Saw Chain Maintenance
How to Break in a New Saw Chain The life of your new saw chain can be extended by taking these few simple steps before using it. 1. Oil your saw chain prior to use.
2. Never run any saw chain on a worn drive sprocket rim or spur system, especially a new saw chain. Replace your rim or spur system after every two saw chains, or sooner. •
3. Run new saw chain at half throttle for several minutes before doing any cutting in order to allow oil to reach all parts of the guide bar and saw chain. Allow the chainsaw and the cutting system to warm up fully. Also recommended: Dipping the saw chain in guide bar oil or drizzling oil down the length of the saw chain on the guide before running it. This gives the saw chain maximum lubrication at the bearing surfaces and rivets. 4. Stop, check saw chain tension, let saw chain cool, and adjust tension often during operation, as shown on "How to Tension your Saw Chain" on page 22
5. Keep the first several cuts light. Keep extra oil on the cutting system during these first cuts, and do not apply heavy pressure.
Safety & Maintenance Manual
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