Checklist: recognising a dull saw chain

If the cutting performance of your chainsaw begins to decrease, it could mean that the saw chain needs to be resharpened. We have compiled a list of significant signs of a dull saw chain for you.

  1. The saw chain has to be forced to cut by applying pressure to the engine unit. It does not pull itself into the wood.
  2. While doing a split cut or a cross cut the saw chain creates fine sawdust instead of coarse strands.
  3. Smoke develops while cutting, even though the chain lubrication is in working order and the chain tension is correct.
  4. The cut is crooked and the chainsaw wanders in one direction. This is an indication of dull cutting teeth on one side of the chain or uneven cutting teeth lengths.
  5. It is difficult to achieve precise positioning. The chainsaw “rattles” and “bounces” during the cut.

The essentials at a glance:

Checklist: 5 signs of a dull saw chain

Checklist: 5 signs of a dull saw chain

Tip: Print out the checklist, hang it in your tool shed or save it on your smartphone.

You will find more detailed information about this topic in our article “5 signs of a dull saw chain”.

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