How to measure a chainsaw chain length

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How to measure a chainsaw chain length
Measuring the chainsaw chain is often necessary for replacement. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A chainsaw chain is the cutting device that rips through trees and logs. Designed to last a specific amount of time, a chain eventually wears out. Many chainsaw users sharpen the chain in order to extend its life. However, a broken, damaged or severely worn chain ultimately needs replacing. Replacing a chainsaw chain requires you to know the length of your chain prior to purchasing a replacement.

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  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Count the number of drive links (teeth) on the chainsaw chain. For example, the teeth on a chain will be a number such as 52 or 72.

  2. 2

    Measure three rivets on the chain and divide by two. This gives you the pitch of the chainsaw chain, which is necessary to have when buying a replacement.

  3. 3

    Measure the width of the chainsaw chain. The number will likely be from one-quarter to one-half inch in width.

Tips and warnings

  • Call the chainsaw manufacturer to confirm your chainsaw chain measurements. You will need to provide the manufacturer with your saw's model number when confirming the chain size.

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