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Chain came off .Went to put back on and when u tighten the screw closest to chain the chain moves as should but if u tighten the back cover screw the chain sticks and won't move as should

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Did you loosen the chain brake ?

Posted on Jan 04, 2017

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    Chastity Keele Jan 04, 2017

    Not sure what u mean I released the handle yes but never had a saw with a break so that's all I knew to do.The chain moves good till u tighten the back bolt closest to the saw handle .once u titen it ,it seems to sick and won't move but so far and hangs up

  • ray gallant Jan 05, 2017

    the front handle is the brake and if it is in the wrong position the chain will not roll as it should . keeps some of us safer is it's purpose .



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SOURCE: Poulan Farmhand chainsaw chain tightens too tight for motor to move chain

Make sure the chain is not over tightened. When adjusting the tightness, ensure there is at least 1/8" of looseness by pulling up on the chain in the middle of the bar and releasing it. If a chain becomes overheated because of leaning on the saw when the chain is dull, or lack of oil on the chain, it may expand in the track and not turn freely.
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New bar and chain should do the trick. ONCE IT GETS A LITTLE DULL T BUILDS UP HEAT AND STRETCHES. Use a good quality case hardened chain they last longer and are well worth the extra money.

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SOURCE: Poulan chain saw. After starting, chain drive won't move

If equipped, the chain brake may be engaged. Its the lever just ahead of the fore handle. (pull back on it)

If the clutch assy. were frozen, then the chain would move all the time.

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SOURCE: fix the tension tightener for ryobi chainsaw

the nut like end of the tention bolt should fit into a hole in the bar. Then as you unscrew the bolt later one it ill push the bar farther away from the bolt heal thus tightening the chain

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SOURCE: How do I tighten the chain on my Remington 14 in.

Mitch if you attempted what is in the manual, and it is not working we would have to see and touch the saw to determine what has failed. If you loosened the bar bolts before trying the adjuster and it did not work, I suggest a trip to a local saw shop.

Chain adjustment pages 1, 8 and 9.
This is from a Remington OM
If you have more questions or need additional help please reply below and I will get back to you. Thank you for using FixYa and Good Luck. HTH

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