Over time the bar on your chainsaw can warp and become damaged, when this happens you need to replace the bar to ensure you can safely use your chainsaw. Using a chainsaw with a faulty bar could end in not only damage to the machine but also injury.
In this guide, we show you just how easy it is to replace the bar on your chainsaw and in the process we are also going to change the chain also. If you also want to change your chain you’ll need to make sure along with the bar that you select the correct size for your appliance.
When selecting which chain you need always make sure you purchase the correct size as these cannot be shortened or extended. To measure, take a measuring tape and from the base of the bar to the nose you’ll have your chain length. Or you can count the number of drive links that spread out over the chain, these are the links on the inside of the chain which slot into the bar.
Once you have got the correct bar and chain you can now begin.
This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part on a typical chainsaw, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar.
What You Will Need:
Step 1 - Safety Advice
Usually, this line will be basic and small however because of how dangerous chainsaws can be even when not in use it is recommended to take precautions. When beginning any work disconnect the spark plug as this will instantly stop any possibility of the machine from starting up.
Step 2 - Removing the Bar & Chain
To begin you first need to locate the two nuts which hold the clutch cover in place. Using a socket, remove the nuts and put them to one side - to remove the chain you need to push the bar in. This will then allow you to take the chain off, along with sliding the bar off the chainsaw.
With the clutch cover removed it is recommended to give the area a good clean, you may notice that it has a build up of dirt and debris. Also, make sure the chain break is clean and clear and has no damage.
Step 3 - Fitting the Chain Bar & Chain
Next, we are going to replace the chain bar. Insert the new bar and once its in position, you can now look at replacing the chain.
To ensure you have the chain facing the correct position you need to face the blade links, which are the sharp edges of the blade pointing in the direction it’ll turn. This will be along the top and over the edge. Once you’re happy the chains in the correct position you can now hook it over the sprocket and make sure you now feed the drive links into the groove on the bar.
Step 4 - Applying Tension to the Chain
We can now start to put the chainsaw back together and we can begin with the now clean clutch cover - however, make sure you line the adjustment pin first making sure it’ll line up with the hole on the bar.
Once in place, you can now loosely tighten the nuts so that it holds the cover in place but does not secure it completely. You can now adjust the bar to set the correct tension - to do this you just need to tighten the screw which is positioned on the side of the bar.
So how tight does the chain need to be?
Looking at the bottom, you’ll see the cutter links, and the ones in-between, the tie-straps should just be nicely touching the bottom of the bar. If you pull the chain down slightly it should spring back up and another quarter turn on should fit it perfectly.
Once you're happy with the tension you can take your socket and tighten the nuts so they are nice and tight.
Step 5 - Generously Lubricate the Chain & Bar
Before we are finished you will want to lubricate the chainsaw, chain and the bar; the chainsaw should have an oil reservoir, simply unscrew the cover and pour in the lubrication oil.
Next, you want to locate the tiny hole on the end of the chainsaw bar. You can either pour the lubricant or using an oil to get the oil in that hole. Then taking an old cloth you can spread the lubricant over the chain, ensure you give the chain a good coating of oil. This will allow the chain to turn smoothly when in operation.
And finally - if you disconnected the chainsaw by the spark plug make sure you reconnect it and away you go.
There you have it! You’ve just successfully replaced a blunt blade and damaged bar onto your chainsaw extending the overall lifespan. Many may consider scrapping the machine and replacing it however this is a waste of money especially when you can replace it so easily.