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Are bent chains fixable?

Post in 'The Gear' started by ChrisN, Mar 14, 2008.

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  1. ChrisN

    ChrisN Feeling the Heat

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    Hey, This has happened twice to me in the last couple of years: My saw throws a chain and when I put it back on the bar it won't align correctly in the channel. As if one or more of the channel guides on the bottom of the chain are out of alignment. Visually I can't see anything out of line. Does anyone know if I can rescue these chains? thanks.

    Chris

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  2. snowtime

    snowtime Minister of Fire

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    yes, usually its just some burrs on the bottom of the chain. You should be able to file it to fit.
    If you can not see the problem then put extra oil on the bar and line up the top teeth with the chain belly hanging free. Start it up. Sometimes it will be very stiff and you can not move the chain by hand. If you get it running then stop and tighten it up. It will adjust itself once its running.
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Snowtime is correct, but be aware: if you don't get them fairly accurate it can cause additional wear to your bar.
  4. burntime

    burntime New Member

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    I killed a bar doing the bent chain thing. Chains are cheap! Toss it and get another. Bars are expensive on the other hand!!!
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