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Ryobi 14 inch electric chainsaw won't cut with new chain

My chainsaw won't cut through logs and there is quite a bit of smoke. Puzzling

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  • murphysean37 Mar 20, 2009

    I have an electric chainsaw and just replaced the chain - but its doing exactly the same thing as this.


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Hi Rossmac,

Both the smoke and it's lack of cutting ability are symptoms of the same problem. The Chain is dulled. Instead of cutting, it's just rubbing on the wood and heating up. It's also not a big deal to fix..

Your options are:

  • Replace the Chain
  • Have the Chain sharpened
  • Sharpen it yourself
To sharpen it yourself, you will need a narrow round file that will fit inside the Chain teeth. Each tooth has a two cutting edges, get the file a position that matches the tooths angle of attack. Don't over do, three to five swipes of the file should do it on each surface.

You will see they alternate directions. You may find it easier to do all the teeth in one direction (skipping every other tooth) then do the other direction. Up to you.

When you are done, check the level of your chain oil. Since it did get hot, you might manually oil the chain before trying out your handi-work.

Go cut some wood.

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

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    Justin Case Dec 26, 2008

    May I ask why you decided to give my solution a poor rating?

    I gave you the reasons for your problem, alternative solutions and the procedure for fixing it yourself if you so chose.

    What more could you want?

    There is no 'auto sharpen - make the smoke stop' button, if that's what you were looking for. So as a reward for taking the time to provide an effective correct usable solution to your problem at no cost to you, you give me a rating that says I was no help whatsoever and reduces my standing in the community. I can't thank you enough for taking the time to undo the dozens of FixYa ratings you have negated with your generous TFT, not to mention the dozens more it will take to recover from it.

    Well, I hope you get your problem fixed, but I advise you to look elsewhere for a solution.

    Happy Holidays

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Nov 03, 2010

    Update - Craftsman now has a self sharpening feature on some of their models.

    I was skeptical, but let me tell you, when they say it will sharpen the chain, d@mn. The done deal was sharper than any chain (including new) I've ever used


  • marty1609 Nov 22, 2010

    You were absolutely correct. My chainsaw blade was dull. I purchased a Manufacturer Refurbished Paulan Pro 20" 46cc. The chain came in a plastic bag supposedly new. Tried to cut a 6" log and it would not go all the way through and the chain began to smoke. Had my friend sharpen it and now it cuts through everything. Don't know why Paulan Pro would send me a dull chain. Thanks again and have a happy holidays.


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