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Cant find the screw to tighten chain on saw

I cant seem to keep my chain tight. I cant find the tightening screw. All I can do is loosen the 2 bolts and pull the chain tight. I have no owners manual. Can you help me please.........doug wilhite

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  • mindyrussell Jan 02, 2009

    I have the same problem. Let me know if you get an answer. Cleaning it doesn't help.

  • latazza108 Jan 18, 2009

    i have a Poulan in which i paid $170 for. i thought i was buying a quality product that was easy to tighten the chain.
    i know where the tighten wheel is, but it doesn't help. cleaning doesn't help either.

    i won't EVER buy a Poulan product again!

    the chain get very loose very quickly. it's very hard to keep tightened.

  • Anonymous May 25, 2009

    Same problem here - first, tightening the saw is major surgery; then it does not stay tightened. I will NOT buy another Poulan.



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You have to look from profile to the chain saw(clean it)

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