Your chainsaw comes with a chain. No matter how you take care of it, all things have an expiration date. As you use your chainsaw for woodwork, it gets dull, and it can also break.
At one point or another, you have to buy a new one. But what are the best chainsaw chains out there? Today, not only will I share the best chainsaws that I have used over the years, but I will also provide you with some tips on how to take care of them.
By the end of this tutorial, I hope I was able to impart knowledge to help you choose the best chainsaw. But first, what is a chainsaw chain and what is its role?
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What is a chainsaw chain?
A chainsaw chain is the thing that cuts the wood. It is a component of the chainsaw that is made of steel links. They are held together with rivets, and they look like the chain that you see in bicycles and motorcycles.
The chain loops hold the cutting teeth. The chain is linked to the motor, and it rotates as the motor spins. It is the rotation that makes the teeth cut through wood. The chainsaw’s effectiveness relies on two things: the chain and its cutting power, and the power of the engine.
Faster engines can make cutting easier, but this power has to be within the capacity of the chain. These two parts of your chainsaw must complement each other. A poorly designed chain matched with a high-powered engine is going to break. On the other hand, a powerful chain will not cut at its best if the engine is slow.
Not all chains are made the same. First off, there are three different cutter types.
Before you buy a chain, you have to know what you will use it for. Also, you need to check the manual of your chainsaw to see what chains are compatible with it.
The 7 Best Chainsaw Chains
Now, let us take a look at the best chainsaw chains that you can buy. Experiences and opinions may differ. As far as I am concerned, I am happy with the performance of these chains. These are different chains with different sizes and uses.
This chain is ideal for those who do DIY. The chain is capable of handling tough jobs, and you can use it from yard work and for cutting wood from fallen trees. The cut is smooth, and it uses a semi-chisel chain. The chain complies with standards for kickback prevention.
This one has automatic oiling which can make the chain last longer. The rivets are also hardened, which provides for reduced occurrence of wear and tear.
I used this chain to cut firewood. It has an 18-inch bar that allowed me to replace my old one. It is also easy to sharpen the teeth. What I recommend to prevent premature wear is to soak it overnight in gear oil.
I can say that this chain will complete a lot of tasks before the teeth need filing. And even then, simple touchups will do.
This one has a semi-chisel tooth that is tolerant of dirt and dust. It does not get stuck so you can rest assured that a kickback is not likely to happen. While it can happen from time to time, the kickback is low.
The teeth are sharp, and the chrome plating makes them last longer. They fight to wear and tear for a long time. The rivets are made of heat-treated steel, which makes them tough and not susceptible to breaking.
This chain fits Husqvarna, Craftsman, Sears, Echo, and many others. It has reliable quality, and the steel used is imported from Germany. The steel has anti-fracture technology. The cutter is chrome-played, which gives it a longer life and has the capacity to resist corrosion.
The chain also uses induction on the rivets, and this helps in delivering high-quality cuts. The rivets also have a load-bearing surface that significantly improves its strengths.
When I used this, it was a perfect replacement for my Ryobi 40v chainsaw. The teeth are long, which means I had to sharpen them more often. But at this price, it is easier to replace the chain than send hours filing the teeth.
If you try other brands, you may find that they are too thick. This one is just right, and it does stick. As far as longevity is concerned, I have not done a lot of cutting with it so I cannot really say. However, I can attest that this a good buy and it does the job.
This product can do the job in various circumstances. You can use it to cut oak, maple, hickory, dead trees, firewood, and many more. The chain cuts fast, and it really has sharp teeth. Keep it out of the dirt to make it last longer.
One thing you observe when you cut is that large chips come out, not sawdust. Overall, this is a chain that is great for heavy-duty use. It is a professional chain that is best used by experienced users. The kickback is low, and it is far better than the anti-kickback OEM that you can get in the market.
This saw works perfectly for a small and battery-operated saw. Particularly, it fits only Black & Decker models. If you are a sculpture artist or if you are using chainsaws for wood projects, this is great. However, I would not recommend it for heavy-duty use.
The chain does not have an oil system, so it is going to go bad if you store and ignore it. If you use this chain, make sure you set aside some time to oil it before putting it away.
All of these are chains that I have used before. I have used others, but I can say with my own experience that these are the best chains that give you value for your money. Before you make a purchase, read on as I have more important things to share with you.
How do you maintain a chainsaw chain?
There are basic rules to maintain your chainsaw, which I will discuss with you in this section. These are proper oiling, correct tension, sharp cutters, and correct depth gauge height.
What should you look for in a chainsaw chain?
Before you buy, there are a few considerations that you have to make. This section will teach you what these considerations are, but you still have to consult your chainsaw manual for specific details.
There goes our list of the best chainsaw chains. As always, read the manual of your chainsaw to understand what chainsaws are compatible. The last thing you want is to buy a chain that does not fit your saw. Once you are sure, head on to my recommendations and check the ones that fit your requirements.
As a last advice, always read the maintenance guide of the manufacturer. There are self-oiling chains that you do not need to oil, and there are those that you need to oil before you store them.