How to Replace Chainsaw Chain 2020! [3 Easy Steps]

How to Replace Chainsaw ChainHow to replace chainsaw chain is one of the most common questions that any user may have. It’s simple and needs only 5 minutes. But no matter how simple it is you should know the important details about chainsaw chain replacement to installing it correctly. It is going to save time and money for you by knowing the proper method.

Let’s know about the replacement in elaboration.

Detaching the Chain from Chainsaw

If you are new with using a chainsaw this is going to be an unknown thing. By following this simple instruction we will be able to remove the chain off safely. No matter if it’s a STIHL chainsaw chain replacement task or dealing with some other brand.

First of all, you need to pull the chain break back. You should make sure the bar is pointing in a different direction from you. Don't forget this little detail. Otherwise, later it is going to be really tricky when installing and putting chainsaw together. This is the part where chain is going to get released.

Use a detachment tool and undo the bolts. You should make sure they are safely placed in one spot. So that later they don't get misplaced.

Next, you simply detach the clutch cover. Once you get rid of it the whole chain and bar should be visible. Now you should get bar out from the tensioner of chain using some pressure. You will be able to easily lift up the chain.

Be very careful here. There are some sharp parts to deal with. If you do any mistake there are chances of cutting yourself. One of the safe ways to follow here is wearing protective gloves.

Make Sure To Grab the Perfect Measurement of Chain

There are some people who will not be aware of the genuine packaging or information about chainsaw they own. This is the point where one will have no clue about measurements and specification.

If you are in a similar situation then measuring the chain spec is the only option available. Before jumping into the gauging you should once check over chain’s bar. Or maybe you can find the packet of your chain.

There may be some information regarding the measurement. Also, you can try searching for the model of your chainsaw online. If still, you cannot figure out the right specification then there is a standard method to follow. This will find the perfect measurement of your chain.

There is a total of three important figures that you need to find out. These are the gouge, number of drive links, and pitch.

Drive Link

For the drive links, you should start by counting teeth within hooks. One simple way is to flatly lay the chain on a surface. Next, you should make sure the loops are lining up and both are facing each other. You will be able to count them in couples.


To figure out pitch measurement you need to be attentive. This is going to be a bit tricky. To figure out the distance it will need you to check three rivers. Rivet is usually the curvy bolt that is responsible to keep chain parts together.

Then you will be able to easily figure out the three rivets distance. Now simply divide it by 2. Use a ruler instead of calipers to measure this out.

Now depending on the distance, you will be able to figure out pitch. Here are some simple points that might help.

If distance is 0.375 inches then the pitch is going to be a quarter inch.

For 0.1875 inches of distance between three rivets, the pitch is going to be ⅜ inches.

If the distance is 0.1625 inches the pitch is going to be .325 inches.

Finally, if the distance is 0.202 inches then pitch is going to be .404 inches.


To measure the gauge you need calipers. Here you will have to find out the drive link’s thickness. The teeth within chainsaw chain hook are known as drive links.

Use calipers around the tooth and you will be able to figure out thickness. You can measure in both inches and mm. There are a number of sellers who will use both methods. Here are some helpful points.
  • For 1.1 mm metric the Imperial is 0.43 inches.
  • 1.3 mm metric is equal to 0.50 inches Imperial.
  • For 1.5 mm metric the Imperial is going to be 0.58 inches.
  • If the metric is 1.6 mm then the Imperial is going to be 0.63 inches.

Fitting New Chain

Once you find out the perfect measurement for your chainsaw’s chain and buy them, it's time to fit in. you need to be sure to adjust tensioner prior to fitting the chain. You can do it easily by screwing it in.

  1. 1
    Use small amounts to screw it in. This means that the chain should be a bit loose when you screw it out by augmenting the tension.
  2. 2
    Now it's time to move to the back of sprocket. You should thread chain here.
  3. 3
    Simply thread drive links into the chainsaw bar. You may wonder, which way to put a chain on a chainsaw will be right. Starting from its very top go to the back of your chainsaw bar. You should travel nose to nose of the chainsaw bar and then finally work beneath.
  4. 4
    Now you need to adjust pins and pull the bar nose a bit. This will help you to put some tension into the chain.
  5. 5
    You need to swap the side cover.
  6. 6
    It's time to screw the nuts firmly using your hand. But make sure you are not going for too tight screwing.
  7. 7
    Now get adjustment screw and tighten the chain accurately.
  8. 8
    Try to pull the chainsaw chain and see if it's firmly attached. Once you make that sure, you’re done with testing the tension.


Congratulation! You have replaced the new chain on your chainsaw accurately. I hope the tutorial was easy enough to guide you.

Make sure you know about chainsaw parts before dealing with them. Good luck with the whole replacement.