Stick with the orig­i­nal brand for chain-saw chains

The Family Handyman - - HOME CARE+ REPAIR -

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.

Oil Chan­nel

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