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How can I tighten the chain?

My chain on my chainsaw mastercraft 2500 (electric) is becoming loose. How can I tighten the chain?

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Chainsaw bars get loose all the time. This can create a dangerous situation.

Tightening the chain is done through the positioning of the bar. The further away from the drive gear it extends, the tighter the chain is.

The are usually two nuts holding the bar on. These need to be loosened slightly to allow the bar movement.

Depending on your model there may be a guard over them. Remove it.

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