Even though the steps for a chain replacement are simple and can take less than five minutes, it's important to point out a few repair details that can make all the difference between a chain that's installed correctly and an incorrectly installed chain.
Of course, the first step toward a proper chainsaw chain replacement is getting a matching replacement chain for your chainsaw.
To learn how to match chainsaw chains for compatibility, please read our article: Chainsaw Chain Measurements, Sizes, and Types. Continue below for chainsaw chain replacement steps.
Steps to Replace a Chainsaw Chain
Other chainsaw designs may be a little different than that of the chainsaw we use here as an example, but chainsaw designs are similar enough for the steps in this article to help most chainsaw owners regardless of the model they own.
The only tool needed for this repair is the scwrench that most likely came with your chainsaw. Otherwise, a flat head screwdriver and a socket wrench will do just fine.
Step 1: Remove the Old Chainsaw Chain
The side plate on most chainsaws will most likely be held on by two nuts.
Using a scwrench or wrench, unscrew the nuts and remove the plate to access the chain.
A chainsaw's brake is sometimes attached to the guide bar side plate, like the chainsaw in our example.
If your chainsaw's brake is attached to its side plate, make sure to unlock the brake before removing sprocket the plate. Removing the side plate with the brake in the locked position can make it difficult or impossible to reinstall.
Step 2: Release the Chain Tension