How To Put A Chain Back On A Chainsaw In 4 Simple Steps

chainsaw sharpened

Every now and then, the chainsaw will need to be checked, cleaned or have its parts replaced especially if it has been used for several months at a time. To do this, you will have to make sure that the chainsaw is properly dismantled. In most cases, it will mean that you will have to get the chain out of the way.

Knowing how to remove and put a chain back on a chainsaw is one of the many basic skills that you need to properly learn if you own one. This is because in most cases, you will have to remove the bar and doing so will undo the chain. The chain also has the teeth that are the most abused part of the saw.

This means that you will have to replace them every now and then especially if you need to cut a lot of hardwood trees rather than just doing simple gardening tasks. Putting a chain back on a chainsaw can be simple and easy. However, you need to be careful not to make mistakes. You can follow these steps:

Things You Need To Prepare

1. Work Gloves

work gloves

This will provide ample protection for your hands and your fingers so that you will not get cut by the sharp cutting edges especially if you are using a new chain. You can also use leather gloves or rubber gloves but they might not be able to provide ample protection or a proper fit.

2. A Chainsaw Wrench

A Chainsaw Tightening Tool

You will need this to loosen the bar or the side panel of the chainsaw. Depending on what model your chainsaw is, you can also use an ordinary wrench or a screw driver.

3. A Chainsaw Tightening Tool

Adjusting The Tension

You will need this to loosen the chain so you can remove it or to tighten the chain if you want to put it back on. In some cases, you might be able to use a flathead screw driver to do this job.

4. A Cleaning Brush

wire brush

This will be used to clean the bar and the chain before you put it on. You can also use it to remove saw dust that has accumulated in the casing or side panel so you can make sure that the chainsaw will run properly.

How To Put A Chain Back On A Chainsaw In 4 Simple Steps

Step 1: Prepare The Chainsaw

starting a chainsaw

Place the chainsaw on a flat surface or on a workbench. Make sure that there are no kids or pets around so you can avoid accidents. With your chainsaw gloves or work gloves on, try to remove the casing or the side panel of the chainsaw so you can have easy access to the bar. Try to remove the guide bar.

Step 2: Prepare The Chain

chainsaw chain

If you have a new chain, try to check where the cutting teeth are and make sure that they are all in the correct direction before you put it on. If you are going to put on an old chain, you might want to sharpen it first so you will be able to save a lot of time later on.

Step 3: Clean The Bar And The Side Panel

Clean The Bar And The Chain

While the bar has been removed, take the time to use a cleaning brush so you can get rid of the debris and the saw dust which might clog your chainsaw or cause a decrease in torque and in performance. You can also try to clean the bar and the grooves properly.

Step 4: Attach The Chain

sharpen chainsaw bar

Put the chain back on the chainsaw without the bar. Make sure that it is the correct length and that the teeth are facing the right way. Put the bar back on and try to screw it if necessary. Put the chain along the guide bar and over the tip. Use the tightening tool to tighten and put the cover back on.


Knowing how to put a chain back on a chainsaw is a very important skill that each chainsaw owner needs to know simply because you will need to remove the bar and the chain from time to time. Maintenance, cleaning and making replacements are all things you have to do 2 or more times per year.

So you can easily put the chain back on, you need to make sure that you are going to do it on a step by step or methodical process. Remove the side panel and then the side bar first. When putting the chain, make sure that the teeth are all facing the correct way and wear protective gear when handling it.

Have you tried putting a chain back on a chainsaw? Share your experiences and techniques with us in the comment section.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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