About Chain Saw Chain Tension

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Chain saw tension is the amount of tension on the chain as it rides on the bar, as a loose tension results in twisting and a tighter tension results in too much friction. Adjust the tension to get the right balance of slide and power with instructions from an experienced carpenter and construction specialist in this free video on power tools.

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Hello, my name is Mark Blocker and in this segment we're going to cover chainsaw tension. O.k, chainsaw tension. What chainsaw tension is, is the tension that the chain rides on the bar, and this is important and it's adjustable by the user to have a preset amount of tension. If the tension is too loose and the chain's hanging off, it's going to want to twist and the chainsaw won't cut correctly. If it's too tight, you get too much drag or friction and that robs too much of the engines power and doesn't you good cutting strength. Also, you can pre-load the tip of it by applying too much tension through the tips section. So, the chainsaw tension is important for the chainsaw to operate correctly, cut smoothly, and stay on the bar itself. The tension itself on the chain varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, and model to model. So, make sure you check your operators manual, that should give you the proper procedure for adjusting it and just how much tension should be applied to the chain. That's what chainsaw tension is.

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