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Bicycle chain tip. The chain breaker tool is the one tool that will pay for itself. Chains break off at times for no apparent reason. Keep it with you when biking, as it can also help another stranded cyclist.

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2 of my electric makita chainsaws have dime tip carving bars. chains keep coming extremely loose after only a few cuts. I spent as much time tightening the chains as carving.

chains that come loose that fast , and is not a cause of a weak bar bolt slipping , for sure is caused by improper oiling of chain and its overheating , heat makes metal expand so chain goes slack if it gets hot

Jan 11, 2016 | Makita Garden

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I can't locate the chain link which must be used to separate it for removal. It's been some time since I removed a bike chain, and from what I remember, chains used to have "master links", but evidently no more. Do I need a special tool to detach the chain? Son's bike is a Diamondback Outlook. Hope someone can help!

Yeah, they generally don't have those Master Links anymore.

For most modern bikes you have to use a CHAIN BREAKER TOOL. See the following link for a picture and general price:


Here is a link to an online How To Guide on how to use a CHAIN BREAKER TOOL to break a chain and replace it:


And here is a link to a short video on the process as well:


It is not an overly difficult repair so you should not have much problem with it even if it is your first time using the tool.

Please comment back here to this page if you have any details to add, have any questions, have difficulty accessing the links, or just require further general assistance and I will respond as soon as I see it.

I hope that was helpful to you, good luck.

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May 24, 2011 | Diamondback Outlook 26" Mountain Bike

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I have a remington 18 inch chain saw ansd the chain has stretched where it cant be tightened any more. I can not find a way to seperate the chain and remove a link. There does not seem to be a link that can be removed. Ant ideaS?

You need specialized workshop tools to break a chain, and another tool to rejoin it (Chain Breaker, Chain Joiner). These are quite expensive items and costs more than a few new chains each, so it is probably more cost effective to get a new chain. It is odd the current chain has stretched that much. perhaps it had one too many links to begin with?

Feb 25, 2011 | Garden

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Good Day I have got a RYOBI Planer Thicknesser Model AP13 and one of the chains did broke. Are these chains ordinary Bicycle Chains or are these chains spesial chains. Regards Karl Schweizer

Part # 827794 Chain
They sure do look like bicycle chains, but without measuring the links with a micrometer and comparing them with a bicycle chain, i wouldn't be comfortable installing one you made based off of eyeballing it alone. You may know this already, but be sure to remove both sprockets the certain chain rides on, and assembling the 3 pieces as one assembly back on the shafts, its much easier then loosening the shafts from the main unit.

Nov 24, 2010 | Ryobi Garden

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