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As you do not say what model this is we will talk about generic replacment, start by making sure the chain brake ( if fitted ) is off, do this by pulling the hand guard fully back to the top handle, next remome the nut/nuts holding the side cover on, wind the chain adjuster screw fully back and remove the side cover, loop the chain over the nose of the bar and take away, loop the new chain over the sprocket and lay around the guide bar, making sure it is in the bar groove,the sharp edge of the cutters on the top of the bar should face away from the saw ( as you look at the saw the chain turns clockwise ) if the bar adjuster pawl is in the crankcase make sure it sits through the hole in the guide bar, if the adjuster pawl is in the side cover make sure this enters into the hole in the guide bar as you re fit the side cover, re fit the side cover nut/nuts finger tight, turn the adjuster so as the chain touchea all the way around the guide bar, with a gloved hand pull the chain around the bar, now re tention the chain if required, now lift the nose of the guide bar and fully tighten the nut/nuts, run the saw, there will be an initial stretch, so re tention as required, do not over tention the chain, it should pull around the bar by hand readily but touch the bar rails, not sag on the bottom of the bar.

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