This article is meant to be a starting point for learning how to tension your chainsaw chain. For more information, refer to the operators manual for your saw, the instructions included with your saw chain and/or guide bar, and Oregon Product Support Videos.
How-To Tension Chainsaw Chain Video
Oregon urges you to become familiar with proper saw chain maintenance techniques, and be aware of the possible dangers which can result if saw chain is not properly maintained. Always wear proper protective apparel when operating or maintaining a chainsaw. Check your chainsaw's chain tension frequently during operation.
How-To Tension a Chainsaw Chain
Important: Always make sure the engine is turned off before you begin tensioning the chainsaw chain. Also, saw chain should only be tensioned while it is cool, not hot.
Oregon’s Intenz guide bars have their own built-in tensioning mechanism which allow you to tension chain quickly and easily. With Intenz, you don’t need to hold the bar tip up during the tensioning process.
How-To Tension a Chainsaw Chain on an Oregon Intenz Guide Bar
- Loosen the bar nuts on the side of the chainsaw guide bar.
- Insert a screwdriver or chainsaw scrench into the Intenz slot of the guide bar.
- Turn the screwdriver or scrench clockwise to move the guide bar forward to proper chain tension. Perform a "snap" test to ensure proper saw chain tension.
- Tighten the chainsaw's guide bar mounting nuts - starting with the back nut before tightening the front. With a gloved hand, pull the chainsaw chain along the top of the guide bar from the engine to the guide bar nose several times. The chainsaw chain should feel snug but still pull freely.
Oregon strongly encourages safe work practices and always recommends the use of appropriate safety apparel. Persons demonstrating technical product information in videos or photography do not necessarily represent proper safety habits for any given task.