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I have just fitted a new chain, but I am getting a very poor cut, would I have fitted the chain the wrong way?

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As you run your finger across the top of the bar, from the front to the back, towards the motor that is, the teeth should be pointing forward. Check it out and if they are not, just flip the chain.

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