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My chainsaw pulls to one side when cutting wood. how can i stop this? i have tried sharpening more on one side than the other but i may be trying on the wrong side.

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All chain teeth need be of equal size and opposite angles else it will cut at an angle. There is a wealth of information publish by a company that has been dealing with chain for very long time. Please read anything that appears remtely related.
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Check the edges of the bar where the chain groove is. If the metal is worn so that it sticks out beyond the vertical face of the bar, it can catch on the kerf and deflect the cutting or stop it altogether. File the protruding edges off (at about 45 degrees) If the groove/chain is badly worn, you may need to replace both. Sharpening should be as symmetrical as possible--don't try to fix one problem by introducing another. Hope this helps!

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It appears that your problem has one of two causes.

1. Sorry, but you may not have filed the chain correctly, a common problem for newbies and some veterans. Ensure that all cutters are filed at the same angle (save your old chain and buy a new one for a quick solution). The file should be worked from the back of the tooth to the point ONLY. The file should be stroked at 90 degrees to the bar and parallel to the line that is inscribed on the tooth (if a line does in fact exist). Each raker should also be the same height - get a raker gauge from your chainsaw shop. If the rakers on one side of the chain are lower than the other side and/or the cutters are filed at significantly different angles on one side than the other the saw will cut in a curve.

If you look at the cutter from the side each one will show a quarter moon filing "circle" and both sides of the chain MUST be equal or close to equal. If one side has a moon and the other does not the saw will cut in a curve so severly it will bind in the cut.

2. A worn bar that is higher on one side of the chain groove than the other will also cause problems - a new bar is the only long term solution for this. The unequal height is caused by incorrect filing of the chain and long term use of the bar with this condition.

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