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Saw cut is not straight. It curves until it freezes the chain.

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Hi, sounds like the blades on the chain are either blunt and need sharpening, or they have been sharpened at the wrong angle.
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When cutting, as it progresses, the cut curves to the rught automatically.


Sharpening a chainsaw is an art. I wokred in the logging industry for 20 years before I was shown how to truly sharpen one well!

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.

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If the bar is in good condition and the rakers and cutters are filed properly you will not have to push on the saw to make it cut - it will pull itself through the wood. Indeed, before you buy a bigger saw to cut faster you should ensure correct filing - you may amaze yourself and your buddies!

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