How tight should a chainsaw chain be?

There’s no one answer to how tight a chainsaw chain should be. It depends on the saw, the type of wood you’re cutting, and your own preferences. However, there are some general guidelines to follow.

Ideally, you want the chain to be tight enough that it doesn’t bounce around as you cut, but not so tight that it binds up or damages the saw itself. You may need to experiment a bit to find what works best for you.

In general, though, most chainsaw experts recommend tightening the chain until it just barely starts making noise as it cuts through the wood—any tighter than that and it’ll likely start damaging the saw’s internal parts.


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