Checking and making sure the chain tension of your saw is perfect is crucial before (and even during) working with it. The effectiveness and perfectibility of the performance of your saw might often depend on how tight (or the lack thereof) the chain of the saw is when you work with it, and even when it lays idle.
Here, we will guide you step by step as to how you can tighten the chain on your saw. We have taken the info from Tools Clubs.
Before we start, you should know that you must always adjust the chain of your saw within the first five cuts. If you haven’t used your saw yet and the chain is cold, you will find it fitting the bottom side of the guide bar in a comfortable fashion. However, if you should find the chain loose, that’s a clear indication that it needs tightening.
Prior to doing the actual work to adjust the chain of your Remington Pole Saw, don’t forget to wear gloves and turn the saw off. Also, make sure the chain is not running. Because as always, safety first.
Step 1: Loosen the retaining nuts
Firstly, you need to loosen the retaining nuts.
But, wait! Don’t remove them altogether because you are going to need to tighten them back up after you are done. If your saw has a bar knob instead, do not fret; just turn it counterclockwise to loosen the guide bar a bit.
Step 2: Turn the tensioning screw
After you have done that, you will need to turn the tensioning screw on the back of your saw clockwise. But again, if your saw has a tensioning ring instead, you can just as easily turn it clockwise instead. All while holding the guide bar tip-up.
Step 3: Lift the guide bar up
Following that, to check whether it is working or not, lift the guide bar up. If the chain is still loose, it just means it needs more adjustment. Release the guide bar and turn the tensioning screw clockwise again and keep repeating if needed.
Step 4: Check whether your chain is too tight
During tightening the chain, do make sure that you do not over-tighten it. If your chain is too tight, it won’t rotate making it trickier for you to work with. So, to check whether your chain is too tight, go see if you can turn the chain by hand (Again, do not forget the gloves!).
Step 5: Final step
If the chain moves without trouble and you are sure about the chain tension, now is the time to tighten the retaining nuts back up as well. Assuming that your saw has a bar knob instead, turn it clockwise to secure the tension.
So, there it is! With extremely simple few steps, you can achieve the perfect chain adjustment for your saw.
Important to mention though, after every cut, the chain might get too tight which can cause unwanted damage to your saw. So, make sure the chain is not too tight against the guide bar. If it is, loosen it up a bit. You already know how to!