Stick with the original brand for chain-saw chains
When you need a replacement chain for your chain saw, you might save five or ten bucks by choosing a brand that’s different from your saw brand. But, according to Christian Johnsson of Husqvarna, that’s not a good idea. Here’s why.
When designing a chain, engineers make dozens of decisions about every little component in the chain. And those decisions are made with a specific saw in mind. The result is a perfect match between the chain and the saw—and optimum performance. If you install a chain that wasn’t made to match the saw, overall performance will suffer, maybe just a little, or maybe a lot.
Another tip from Christian: After every eight hours of use, remove the bar, flip it over and reinstall. That results in even wear on both sides and a bar that lasts longer. For more on using and maintaining a chain saw, search for “chain saw” at familyhandyman.com. Chains and saws are designed for each other. For example, X-Cut chains, engineered for Husqvarna saws, are prestretched at the factory and include a unique feature: Oil channels in the drive links distribute bar oil efficiently, for better performance and less wear.