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Slacken back wheel and pull back to tighten chain.

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The chain has come off. I put it back but it is too loose. How do I tighten it


Should be a screw next to the bar. you can tighten it and it will tighten the chain. Keep in mind that the 2 bolts holding the bar and cover in place have to be loose to do this.

May 27, 2016 | Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"

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After you install bar,chain,and brake cover(tightened)the chain wont turn.


Tighten the adjusting screw with the two nuts loose but snugon the middle of the chain on the top of the bar. Tighten the chain screw until the chain is loose enough to raise the chain up about 1/2 inch then tighten the mounting nuts tight. Then see if it is ok.
Terry

Jan 07, 2015 | Husqvarna 338xpt 14" Gas Chain Saw Husky...

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Chain tightens


For your safety DO NOT leave part of the drive link exposed no matter what some so called expert recommends.

Normally if the nose is not held up when adjusting a chain it slackens. Are you sure the oiler is working? Hold the nose 3 - 8" above a surface (newspaper works well) rev it up a little. You should see a line of slung off oil slowly appear. If excessively tight to begin with, friction may be causing this.
Chain Adjustment
  1. Make sure the chain brake is off (gloves will protest your fingers).
  2. If necessary, loosen the bar nuts that are clamping the clutch cover in place (or whatever holds the clutch cover and bar on). They do not need these really loose - finger tight will do.
  3. Ease the tension adjustment until the chain is obviously loose.
  4. Using one hand, hold the nose of the bar up.
  5. While holding the nose up, adjust the tensioner so that the center of the chain just touches the underside of the bar, add a touch more.
  6. Continue holding the nose of the bar up & tighten up the bar nuts / bolts / quick-release system.
Dale this is a safety item. I suggest you take your saw and cup of premium black coffee to one of your local chainsaw outlets. A sales person should be willing to demonstrate (gratis but no promise) proper tensioning. Buy a couple of replacement chains or some 2-cycle oil while there as a thank you. Please reply below with what you find. Good Luck. HTH
Lou

Feb 26, 2010 | Poulan P3314 14" Gas Chain Saw 2.0 Cuin...

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My chain keeps getting loose....is that normal?


On a new chain perhaps. One that has been in service for a while the stretch should be adjusted out. Not holding the nose of the bar up as you tighten the bar nuts is the usual cause of this malady.
Chain Adjustment
  1. Make sure the chain brake is off (gloves recommended).
  2. If necessary, loosen the bar nuts that are clamping the clutch cover in place (or whatever holds the clutch cover and bar on). They do not need these really loose - finger tight will do.
  3. Ease the tension adjustment until the chain is obviously loose.
  4. Using one hand, hold the nose of the bar up.
  5. While holding the nose up, adjust the tensioner so that the center of the chain just touches the underside of the bar, add a touch more.
  6. Continue holding the nose of the bar up & tighten up the bar nuts / bolts / quick-release system. HTH
Lou

Jan 14, 2010 | Ryobi Factory Reconditioned 18" 40cc...

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Loose chain


it sure can happen. You can also take a link out of the chain to shorten it also, best thing buy a new chain.

Dec 06, 2009 | Makita DCS6401 20 20",64cc Chainsaw 2...

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CHAIN AND BAR KEEPS LOOSENING UP AFTER 3 TO 4 CUTS. RESET TENSION AND BAR AND LOOSENS AGAIN AFTER 3 TO 4 CUTS.


Are you holding the nose of the bar up as you tighten the bar nuts?
You loosen the bar nuts and gravity pulls the bar down. You check the chain and the tension is correct, tighten bar nuts. Begin a cut and the bar slowly moves upward (no matter how tight the bar nuts) and the chain becomes slack.
19d6408.gif Chain adjustment
  1. Make sure the chain brake is off (gloves will protest your fingers).
  2. If necessary, loosen the bar nuts that are clamping the clutch cover in place (or whatever holds the clutch cover and bar on). They don't need these really loose - finger tight will do.
  3. Ease the tension adjustment until the chain is obviously loose.
  4. Using one hand, hold the nose of the bar up.
  5. While holding the nose up, adjust the tensioner so that the center of the chain just touches the underside of the bar, add a touch more.
  6. Continue holding the nose of the bar up & tighten up the bar nuts / bolts / quick-release system.
One more likely possibility, is the chain isn't being oiled.
Checking chain lubrication
Aim the tip of the bar at a light colored surface about 20
cm (8 inches) away. After 1 minute running at 3/4 throttle
you should see a distinct line of oil on the light surface. HTH
Lou

Oct 20, 2009 | Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"

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After tightening the chain up on the bar it still loosens up why


Keep the nose up!!!
Chain adjustment
  1. Make sure the chain brake is off (gloves will protest your fingers).
  2. If necessary, loosen the bar nuts that are clamping the clutch cover in place (or whatever holds the clutch cover and bar on). They don't need these really loose - finger tight will do.
  3. Ease the tension adjustment until the chain is obviously loose.
  4. Using one hand, hold the nose of the bar up.
  5. While holding the nose up, adjust the tensioner so that the center of the chain just touches the underside of the bar, add a touch more.
  6. Continue holding the nose of the bar up & tighten up the bar nuts / bolts / quick-release system. HTH
Lou

Oct 15, 2009 | Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"

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How do I tighten my chain? its too loose and keeps falling off.


Mike's answer might do it. My saw has a feature in the Chain Bar to turn right or left to move the Bar in or out. Loosen those same nut Mike wrote about, but now turn the Bar Feature (gear) to adjust, and then tighten the two nuts.

Jun 10, 2009 | Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"

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I am having a problem with the chain on my poulan chainsaw. the chain comes loose or comes off after just a few cuts. am i missing something or could it be a malfunction


It sounds like the chain is not being set quite tight enough. Turn the tightening screw until the chain barely lifts above the bar when pulling on the middle of the chain.

May 11, 2009 | Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"

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