How To Tension Your Chain
by Mike Kelly Field Services Manager Oregon Cutting Systems
Never tension your chain right after cutting. Chain tensioned while hot can cool and shrink,
causing tension to be much too tight. REMEMBER- LET YOUR CHAIN COOL FIRST.
Solid nose bar- Turn your saw's tension-adjustment screw until the bottoms of the lowest tie strap
and cutters come up and just touch the bottom of the bar rail.
Sprocket nose bar- Tension must be tighter than on a solid nose bar. Turn your saw's tension-
adjustment screw until the bottoms of the lowest tie straps and cutters come up and contact the
bottom of the bar rails, at this point add a quarter of a turn to your tension adjustment screw.
engine to the bar's tip, Chain should feel snug but still pul1 freely.
REMEMBER: MORE CHAIN AND BAR PROBLEMS ARE CAUSED BY INCORRECT CHAIN TENSION THAN BY ANY OTHER SINGLE FACTOR.
Oregon Cutting Systems, Division of Blount, Inc. 4909 SE International Way
PO Box 22127, Portland, OR 97222-2127
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