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Finding the Right Saw Chain
Finding the Right Saw Chain

Finding the Right Saw Chain

There are several ways to find the right saw chain for your saw. Knowing the make and model of your saw is a good starting point to use our Part Finder lookup. If you need further help identifying this information, you can take your saw to the servicing dealer for assistance.

Identifying and Replacing Chain

In many cases, Oregon offers multiple saw chain options for chainsaws. Here is information to help you determine the right saw chain fit-up for your chainsaw and the different chain types to meet the needs of different chainsaw users. Learn how to identify and replace chain by finding the chain pitch, chain gauge, and how to measure chainsaw chain.

Saw Chain Identification

To identify saw chain you need to know the following:

Gauge

Gauge

Chain Gauge is the Drive Link's thickness where it fits into the guide bar groove, matching the guide bar gauge. The gauge of the chain and the gauge of the bar must match. Oregon has several gauges of saw chain: .043", .050", .058", and .063". Normal wear can make it difficult to accurately measure chain gauge on a worn chain. Always order by the number stamped on the drive link of your old chain to assure correct gauge. Please see table below for more information.

Pitch

Pitch

Chain pitch is the size of the chain and is defined as the distance between any three consecutive rivets divided by two. Oregon chain is made in several pitches - 1/4" is the smallest, 3/8" is the most popular, and 3/4” is the largest. Pitch is important because the drive sprocket must be the same pitch as the chain, and if applicable, the bar nose sprocket. The easiest way to determine the pitch of your chain is to look at the number stamped on the drive link. Please see table below for more information.

Cutter Type

Cutter Type

There are various cutter types:
1. Chipper
2. Semi-Chisel
3. Chamfer-Chisel
4. Micro-Chisel
5. Chisel

Sequence

Sequence

Saw chain sequences include: standard, semi-skip, and skip.

What is the Saw Chain Product Family?

What is the Saw Chain Product Family?

Oregon understands that the need of woodcutters – professionals and novices – are as diverse as the terrains and environments in which they work.

We have organized our saw chains and guide bars into product families with key characteristics that different users will value. These product families will ensure that you choose the right chain and bar based on your everyday needs. It will make understanding the differences between our products effortless. 
 

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What is the Saw Chain Product Family?

Saw Chain Family Specification Chart — Retail

Not all saw chain mentioned on the packaging or in search results will fit every version of equipment listed. To make sure you are getting the correct part feel free to call our Customer Service team at 1-800-223-5168.

Oregon chain sold in retail stores such as mass merchants, home, and hardware stores, uses a letter system that corresponds to chain types, as well as pitch and gauge.

Please see table below for more information:
 

saw chain pitch
Pitch

gauge
Gauge

Chain Class
Retail Chain Code Chain Type
AdvanceCut
3/8" Low Profile™  0.043" R 90PX
3/8" Low Profile™ 0.050" S 91PX
3/8" 0.050" D 72V
3/8" 0.058" P 73V 
 ControlCut
0.325"  0.050"  H 20BPX
0.325"  0.058" J  21BPX
0.325"  0.063"  L 22BPX
1/4"  0.050"  A 25AP
 VersaCut
3/8" Low Profile™  0.050" T 91VXL
SpeedCut
0.325"  0.050"  M Pro Series 95TXL
0.325"  0.050"  G* 95VPX*
PowerCut
3/8" 0.050" E Pro Series 72LPX 
 3/8"  0.050" B 72LGX
0.325" 0.050" Q Pro Series 20LPX
0.325" 0.063" V Pro Series 22LPX


*Chain part numbers have been obsoleted. Contact your aurthorized Oregon Distributor for Availability.
 

Saw Chain Family Specification Chart — Servicing Dealer

Not all saw chain and guide bar mentioned on the packaging or in search results will fit every version of equipment listed. To make sure you are getting the correct part feel free to call our Customer Service team at 1-800-223-5168.

Saw Chain Pitch Saw Chain By Gauge 

saw chain pitch
 

gauge
.043"
gauge
.050"
gauge
.058"
gauge
.063"
1/4" 25 
3/8" 
Low Profile
 90  91
.325"

 20

95

21 22
3/8"  

72

 73  75
.404"

27

59

68

Reduce Chainsaw-Related Injuries by Using Low Kickback Chain

Reduce Chainsaw-Related Injuries by Using Low Kickback Chain

Most of today’s chainsaws incorporate features that reduce kickback and other sources of chainsaw-related injuries. These built-in features include chain brakes, the front (left) hand guard, the bar tip guard, and low or reduced kickback chain and guide bars. In order to guarantee the effectiveness of these safety features, you need to make sure that your chainsaw is properly assembled and that all of the components are securely attached and functional. Unless you have experience or training for responding to chainsaw kickback, you should use low kickback chain. In North America, low kickback chain is packaged with a green label from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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Reduce Chainsaw-Related Injuries by Using Low Kickback Chain

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