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Without a chain, your chain saw isn't going to be able to do much for you. However, not just any chain will do. You have to have the right saw chain to get the job done. Chainsaw bars need specific chains, otherwise, you'll have a more dangerous tool in your hands than normal.
If you're on the search for a new chainsaw chain, you've come to the right place. We carry all kinds of saw chains to fit your needs. Find out how to get the best chain for your tool below.
Determining What Saw Chain Size You Need
Chains come in a number of different sizes. In most cases, your chainsaw bar will have a measurement on it, telling you exactly what chainsaw chain you'll need. However, if that measurement is missing, there are other ways to determine what size replacement you'll need. You'll have to measure two separate things to find the right saw chain, pitch and gauge.
Figuring Out Chain Pitch
A chain's pitch is the distance between the chain's drive links. This an easy measurement to obtain from just about any chain, even when the chains are still on chainsaws. Simply measure the distance between any 3 consecutive rivets. Then, divide the number by 2. This is your chain pitch. The most common chain pitches you'll find when you enter a shop are 3/8" and .325". Availability for these two sizes is common.
Determining Chain Gauge
Chain gauge is the width of the groove that fits the chainsaw bar. Determining chain gauge is fairly easy work, as long as you have a few coins with you, and a flathead screwdriver. First, take your chain off the chainsaw bar. Carefully clean any debris or junk out of the groove that travels along the bar. Then, using your coins, find the coin that fits snugly into the groove. It shouldn't be loose, and it shouldn't have to be forced. Each coin represents a different gauge measurement:
- Quarters are a .063 gauge
- Pennies are a .058 gauge
- Dimes are a .050 gauge
What About Low Kickback Chains?A low kickback chain provides safety where some other chains don't. They reduce the risk of kickback through different design. They're also known as semi-chisel chains. Some believe that these chains are a compromise on efficiency, especially when compared to a full chisel chain. However, it's recommended that you use a low kickback chain if you're just getting started with chainsaws.
Treestuff Carries the Chainsaw Chains You're Looking For When you shop at Treestuff, you're going to find the chainsaw chain you're looking for. We carry a number of different products from trusted brands like Oregon and Husqvarna.
As always, safety and quality are the utmost concern. If you're not sure what you need or have any questions, please ask a Treestuff specialist by using our online chat. You can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org and by calling 877-408-7337.