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The chain will not stay tight. After about i minute of cutting the chain gets loose and jumps off of the bar. I tighten everything really tight after adjusting the tension. It runs and cuts fine until the chain gets loose. Thank you Ken kjohnson1@pdq.net

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On the aduster screw where you tighten blade ... is there an extra nut? I think you need to screw that nut tight so the adjuster screw cannot rotate from vibration.

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New Rancher 455. Ran for a few minutes then tried to tighten chain but adjuster was maxed out (completely tight clockwise). Removed cover, now can't get tension adjusting pin in hole in bar....pin sits...


Ok.. with the cover off the clutch you notice the screw and the pin that is suppose to go into the hole.. with the chain on the bar back the screw until the pin sits in the hole of the bar.. The chain should be lose you will see the chain dangle at the bottom of the bar.. put the cover back on with it lose.. hand tighten the two nuts that hold the cover on. with the bar in hand and you pulling the bar up make sure the two nuts are on tight enough so the bar does not move but dont over tighten it. tighten the screw you will notice the chain starting to move, and start to tighten up.. once the chain is in the grove of the bar grab the chain and move the chain with your hand to make sure you have not over tighten it. if the chain moves freely and is not lose ( you can also double check how tight it is by grabbing the chain below the bar and letting it go if it snaps back into the bar and doesnt hang there you are where you need to be.) tighten the two nuts up on the cover and start up the saw. Run the saw to make sure everything is all set and nothing is lose before cutting.. If the chain never get to tighten up you need a new chain. buy a new chain and follow the steps again. let me know if you have any questions

Jun 19, 2011 | Husqvarna , No.455 Rancher, 20" Gas -...

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Hot bar loose chain


Remove the bar and chain from the engine. Clean the side of the engine where the bar fits, start the engine and run fast for several moments. Oil should ooze out of a port and run down the engine side. If nothing, then the oil lines, valves, tank filter, and the oil pump (behind the clutch assembly) should be checked for plugging, breakage, or other problems. If oil comes out, then clean the oil holes in the bar drive end including the two small holes that lead from the larger holes out to the chain groove on each side. Clean the entire chain groove. Oil and check the end sprocket for smooth, relatively free turning. Compressed air is very useful for cleaning these parts. Reassemble bar and chain making sure the adjustment tang drops into one of the large holes--you may have to back off the adjustment several turns to make this work. Make sure the chain cuts toward you on the bottom run and install the clamp nuts/bolts finger tight. Adjust the chain until it pulls up to the bar and you can turn the chain by hand. Run a line of oil around the chain to pre-lube it. Tighten the clamp nuts and retest the tension again. If ok, start the engine and run for several minutes, then place the tip near some cardboard and run at speed for several moments--it should throw off a thin line of oil. Make sure the chain is fully sharpened then try a few cuts. It should cut smoothly without any undue pressure from you. Hope this helps!

May 15, 2010 | Husqvarna Chain Saw 20" Bar

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Trouble with all three of my old Poulan Chainsaws. After starting and attempting to cut, chains either keep getting loose or very tight and stalls chainsaw. Would you think bent bar or dull chains?...


This may help.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4146814-chainsaw_chain_installation
You can have chains sharpened.
Just because you added oil does not mean it is getting to the bar. Your manual shoul explain how to test.
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. HTH
Lou

Feb 16, 2010 | Poulan PP4218AV 18" Chain Saw

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Chain keeps coming off and when is on wont cut


If you are having difficulty fitting the drive links into the bar groove, the chain binds or rides up when rotated there may be burrs on the drive links. These often form if the chain comes off while at speed. use a file on the drive link flats to remove them.
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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. HTH
Lou

Nov 25, 2009 | Garden

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How do i tighten the chain on a stihl 038av magnum?


Normally, a loose chain will enhance it's ability to jump off when trimming small branches.
When installing and/or adjusting a chain;
1) install the chain, bar, and cover, and install the cover nut loosely
2) support the 'nose' end of the bar with a block
3) tighten the chain until it touches the bottom of the bar,
and then tighen the adjuster 1/8 of a turn more.
*this will make the chain just a LITTLE snug
4) tighten the cover nut, and then by hand CAREFULLY rotate the chain.
If you cannot rotate by hand, it is too tight. re-adjsut
** This proceedure must be used on ANY brand chain saw.
Here is why.
If the bar nose is not lifted upon adjustment, when cutting,
the nose will move upward, the chain will have a 'droop' away
from the bar and appear to have loosened while cutting.
Any contact with a small branch will flip the chain off of the bar.
If you re-adjust it improperly, the same senerio will occur the next cut.

Nov 22, 2009 | Garden

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Chain keeps coming off


Normally, a loose chain will enhance it's ability to jump off when trimming small branches.
When installing and/or adjusting a chain;
1) install the chain, bar, and cover, and install the cover nut loosely
2) support the 'nose' end of the bar with a block
3) tighten the chain until it touches the bottom of the bar,
and then tighen the adjuster 1/8 of a turn more.
*this will make the chain just a LITTLE snug
4) tighten the cover nut, and then by hand CAREFULLY rotate the chain.
If you cannot rotate by hand, it is too tight. re-adjsut
** This proceedure must be used on ANY brand chain saw.
Here is why.
If the bar nose is not lifted upon adjustment, when cutting,
the nose will move upward, the chain will have a 'droop' away
from the bar and appear to have loosened while cutting.
Any contact with a small branch will flip the chain off of the bar.
If you re-adjust it improperly, the same senerio will occur the next cut.

Nov 12, 2009 | Remington Electric Chain Saw

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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.
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  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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I have a poulan pro 260 chainsaw and just replaced the bar and chain. Tighten chain and brake nuts and after a few seconds of cutting the bar is shaking and the chain is loose. Switched back to the old bar...


check the cog that the chain runs on, the one on the back of the centrifugal clutch they are supposed to be changed when you change the bar ((i dont bother until iget symptoms like yours or the chain starts to get tight and loose tight and loose)

Jul 28, 2009 | Garden

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Cannot tighten the chain bar


Make sure the bar is positioned on the bar adjusting pin before you tighten cover. Adjust tension with bar adjusting screw, then tighten bar bolts.

Mar 25, 2009 | Poulan PP4218AV 18" Chain Saw

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