Stihl Chainsaw Chains: What To Look Out For

Stihl Chainsaw Chains: What To Look Out For

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide Stihl Chainsaw Chains and equipment across Ireland. We have the right size for any saw, whether you’re a professional arborist or you just need to use the saw occasionally. Fitting the wrong chain to the wrong saw runs the risk of inefficiency, wear and tear and most importantly, safety hazards – a badly fitted chain can come loose, slip or snap and increase the risk of a dangerous kickback effect. So here’s what to look out for.

Stihl Chainsaw Chains

Stihl chainsaws come with different blade lengths, with each model requiring its own specific chain type. Before you order a chain, confirm the following information about your saw: The Pitch, the chain length, the gauge, and the file size. Double-check your stihl model’s specs. Once you’re sure you know what you need, you can select the chain that fits the bill.

Pitch and Length

The pitch is half the distance between the rivets on the chain and it’s usually measured in inches. Matching these specs to your chainsaw model is crucial.

Gauge and File Size

The gauge refers to the thickness of the chain’s drive link. It should fit your chainsaw’s bar perfectly. File size is all about keeping your chain sharp. A dull chain is a safety risk.

Keeping Your Chainsaw Safe and Efficient

Chain Oil lubricates the chain as it revs, reducing friction and preventing the machine from overheating. It also drastically reduces wear and tear so it’s essential to keep the saw oiled before each use. Keep your chain sharp with Stihl tools. A sharpening tool is also a wise investment if you’re using your chainsaw regularly or occasionally. You need to ensure you have a file size that matches the tooth size on the saw. Keeping the saw sharp will increase efficiency, reduce the dangers of a kickback and help make the process smooth.

Replacing the Bar

Keep using that oil and you won’t need to replace the chainsaw bar too often. With enough use, it’ll eventually need to be swapped. We also provide those for most Stihl models.

If you have any questions about our range of chainsaw chains in Ireland, accessories or other products you can always give us a call on 021 4965 132