You may be putting to steep of an angle on the cutters, which will dull quickly. You’re rakers may be too far down, which will contribute to a quick dulling chain. You may be cutting dirty wood. You may be slightly touching the ground with the tip of the bar.
The correct file to sharpen any given chain is worth less than five bucks. It will touch up a chain and keep it sharper than new literally a hundred times (assuming there is no physical damage to the chain ). You can sharpen a chain until the little slash mark at the back of the tooth. It is, however, a learned skill.
That’s an important question, and the condition of your chain has a big impact on the performance and safety of your chainsaw. So, how long does a chainsaw chain last? A chainsaw chain can last for 5+ years with frequent use. For occasional users, a chain could last for decades.
The chainsaw pulls in one direction, which results in a crooked finish. Blunt cutting teeth on one side or uneven teeth lengths usually cause this. The teeth has hit rocks or dirt and broken. If you notice the tops of the teeth are missing you will need to replace the chain.
Using your chainsaw to cut through wet wood will not dull the chain any faster than using it for other types of wood. When you think about it, your chainsaw chain is already wet. True, it is not wet with water. Using your chainsaw to cut through wet wood will not change the efficiency of your chainsaw.
Chainsaw feels unbalanced, cuts unevenly, or rattles when in use. In short, if you have attempted to balance your cutting teeth, are certain of your depth gauge, and the tension is properly adjusted, but the saw still doesn’t cut correctly- then you need to replace the chain.
A 16″ chain costs anywhere from $13 -20. Pay $4-7 per chain to sharpen, and that’s up to 50% of the cost of a new chain!
Don’t Cut With a Dull Blade Cutting with a sharp blade actually extends the life of your chain saw. That’s because a sharp blade pulls itself into the wood, while a dull blade requires lots of downward pressure. That pressure wears out the bar, drive links, clutch sprocket and clutch.
The chainsaw chain should feel snug but still pull freely. Finally, perform a “snap” test to ensure proper saw chain tension. Simply pull the chain on the underside of the guide bar down so one or two drive links are out of the guide bar rails and release it. The chain should snap directly into position.
What happens if the chain breaks while using a chainsaw? The chain will flail a bit and run off the bar.
You can file freehand, straight across, with a flat file, or purchase a depth gauge guide that fits between the cutters and features an opening that lets you file the top of the depth gauges. The top of the depth gauges should be just a hair—0.025-inches—below the top of the cutter’s cutting corner.
While a chain saw does produce some heat while in use, it should never overheat or begin smoking. The most likely causes of smoking and overheating are a lack of air and/or a lack of lubrication to the engine or the chain saw chain guide bar.
It is either wear of the links OR the chain expanding due to heat which could be from lack of lubrication if its getting really hot. Otherwise it could be caused by a dull chain, because dull chains also cause the chain to get hot. Wear will happen slowly unless the chain is being abused.
The most common cause of a chainsaw that won’t cut properly is a dull cutting chain. Try sharpening or replacing the chain. The chain may not have the proper amount of tension. If the adjustment screw is too loose, the chain may not make good contact with the wood.