Electric chainsaws are cheap and economical for consumers who only need a chainsaw to chop firewood or cut down small branches. These chainsaws are designed for the light user in every way possible. For instance, the toolless chain tensioner, a knob located on the bottom of the machine, tightens and loosens the chain with just a spin of your finger.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Electric chainsaw
Turn the chainsaw off. Once it completely stops, grab the plastic chain brake on the top of the saw and push it backward.
Pull on the chain lightly. If it has no give, it is too tight. If the chain is barely hanging on the bar, then it is too loose.
Locate the knob on the bottom half of the saw where the motor and the chain meet.
Loosen the chain by rotating the knob counterclockwise. Tighten the chain by moving the knob clockwise.
Tips and warnings
- A new chain may need tightening after as few as five cuts.
- Use gloves when pulling on the chain as the blade can easily pierce skin.
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