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westman995 10-12-2008 07:40 PM

Chain tension on chainsaw
 
We got a small homelite chainsaw, I think its like "super mini s" or some shit like that.. Anyways my dad had the chain off it and didnt put it back on, hes not around right now and i need to use it. I got the chain on fine and everything and turns good.

Im just wondering how tight i should put the chain? Dont want it too tight or too loose where it could possibly fall off. At first i was thinking i should make it pretty tight, but then i was thinking they are supposed to be fairly loose and i have no idea haha..

So my question is how tight should i put it?

Madcow 10-12-2008 07:44 PM

how i do it is clamp the bar in a vise to hold the saw for me, then i tighten the chain until I can just lightly pull the chain from the bar, with no pull the chain will have very little if any sag.

westman995 10-12-2008 07:55 PM

Is there actually a tension bolt or something to tight the chain? All i did was move the bar forward with my hands and then tighten down the two bolts holding the bar and cover on.

OCR 10-12-2008 11:54 PM

If it is a roller noise bar, you should only be able to pull the chain up until only the tips of the driver teeth are still inside the groove.
If it is a solid nose bar, leave enough slack to expose the driver teeth completely.

westman995 10-13-2008 12:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OCR (Post 45330)
If it is a roller noise bar, you should only be able to pull the chain up until only the tips of the driver teeth are still inside the groove.
If it is a solid nose bar, leave enough slack to expose the driver teeth completely.

Im just got assume that means it either has or doesnt have a gear on the front of the bar. Im actually not sure if this one has it, i saw an extra bar around (from another saw) that had it. I didnt even look when i put the chain on so i guess ill look.

By the way, my neighbors tree fell down today, it was dead and theyre lucky it didnt hit there house, Its not huge. But im gona cut it up and keep the fire wood. I asked him today and he said no problem, So i get free firewood for the time and work cutting it up, and he gets it removed for free. Its just across the street from my house.

OCR 10-13-2008 12:29 AM

You can tell if it's a roller nose as there will be a gap near the tip of the bar. That needs to be greased every couple of hours.

westman995 10-13-2008 12:31 AM

It doesnt look like there is a gap in between in. I dont think its a roller nose bar.. I actually need to put grease on it? How much and where exactly, just around it or what?

OCR 10-13-2008 12:33 AM

At the tip, on both sides you should see a dimple (if it's a roller nose bar) and that is where you inject the grease.

Rubi 10-13-2008 12:33 AM

I've never greased the nose of my bar. I thought that the bar oil took care of that.

Westman, isn't there a screw between the two nuts that hold the bar in place? You should be able to slightly snug up the two nuts and then adjust your tension with that screw. Then completely tighten the nuts.

OCR 10-13-2008 12:34 AM

The adjuster screw should be on the motor side of the bar.

westman995 10-13-2008 12:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OCR (Post 45340)
At the tip, on both sides you should see a dimple (if it's a roller nose bar) and that is where you inject the grease.

Ill check into that tomorrow.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rubi (Post 45341)
I've never greased the nose of my bar. I thought that the bar oil took care of that.

Westman, isn't there a screw between the two nuts that hold the bar in place? You should be able to slightly snug up the two nuts and then adjust your tension with that screw. Then completely tighten the nuts.

Thats what i was figuring haha.. I just filled it with oil too, I think it was empty. I didnt see any screw like that when i had it apart, there was a little slot i had to get the bar into to get it to fit on all the way, one big slot around the bolts/studs, and then a smaller slot below that. Ill check into it some more tomorrow and post pics if i need to.

Rubi 10-13-2008 12:36 AM

Sorry, I might be talking out my ass. I've never used a Homelite: only Stihl and Husqvarna.

westman995 10-13-2008 12:38 AM

Haha o well.. Ill check into the thing some more tomorrow and see if i cant find an adjuster on it. I didnt see one but like i said i didnt really look for it either.

Polaris1man 10-13-2008 07:08 AM

David, just like John said on the chain tension, should be a screw on the side of the brake housing to adjust, and the oil resivor should be on the opposite side

westman995 10-13-2008 02:46 PM

Ill see if i can find that later on. Too bad it rained all day i dont think ill be cutting any up today.

The tree has quite a few smaller branches, im just wondering what is a good way to cut it up as far as the smaller stuff. Should i cut it into short pieces for the stove right off the branch? OR cut the whole branch off and then cut it into shorter pieces?

Madcow 10-13-2008 05:32 PM

please be carefull, always make sure you stand on good footings, never have your face in the line of the bar. just in case it kicks up it wont smack your face. look at what you are going to cut and see how the branch is laying, does it want to fall at the tip or is the tree resting on the branch pushing the tip of the branch up?
plan ahead, when you cut this branch, where is it going to go in relation to where you are standing.
if you are going to cut down on a branch, on the bottom of the branch where you will finish your cut, actually cut up and inch or so, then come to the top and cut down.

westman995 10-13-2008 05:49 PM

Ill be careful, Thanks for the tips.

The tree isnt very big but hey its free firewood for this winter. His other tree is dead too and most likely going to fall, but i wont touch that unles it falls by itself, im not gona get up there and cut on it or anything, maybe when my dad gets back from texas he can do that.

Anyways, should i just get a pic of the tree so you can see what im dealing with?

This just sounds like common sense, but i should start cutting the branches that are on the top side, not laying towards the ground right?

westman995 10-13-2008 06:27 PM

Here are some pics, i didnt feel like going over there right now so i took these from my garage haha..

The fallen tree


This tree should come down too, But im not touching that thing. Im sure the guy would be glad to get rid of it also before it falls on his house and fucks it up. Hes lucky this one fell the way that it did.

Powersledder 10-13-2008 07:56 PM

Be careful about those "loaded" branches, as soon as you cut them they will spring back and possibly hit the chainsaw or knock you off balance.

Rubi 10-13-2008 08:18 PM

Yeah, you better saw those branches off the top and then clean up a bit around there. Then, you can roll that main trunk over so the bottom branches aren't "loaded" as Power says.

westman995 10-13-2008 08:29 PM

Thats exactly what i was thinking. I dono if ill be able to move that damn thing tho? Once its ready to be pushed over so they arent loaded, its still gona be heavy as fuck.

EDIT: Well i dono i guess it doesnt really look that big, maybe i could move it. We will see

Madcow 10-13-2008 09:25 PM

you can fall that bottom tree easy. then clean it on the ground,

you better get that wood cut and split if you are going to burn it this year. if the stove is in the house you dont want green wood burning, thats how you get chimney fires.

westman995 10-13-2008 09:33 PM

I know i was going to start on it today, only thing is it rained all day and i think its going to rain all week. Lets hope not so i can get started on it..

Polaris_800rmk 10-13-2008 10:01 PM

Are you old enough to use a chainsaw?

westman995 10-13-2008 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Polaris_800rmk (Post 45681)
Are you old enough to use a chainsaw?

Haha is there really an age to use one?


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