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Having trouble putting on new chain.have no manual.the 2 mounting holes in bar what are they for

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There should be some bolts that allow you to tighten the bar, and a slot that allows the bar to slide when you loosen the bolts.
Also, there should be some kind of adjusting screw that allows you to tighten the chain. To remove the old chain and install the new chain, you'll need to completely back off any tension on the adjuster, allowing the bar to move TOWARD the chain saw.
You should keep the chain oiled, and whenever it stretches, even a little, you should adjust the chain according to the owners manual too keep it at the right tension.
The two mounting slots are usually aligned with something that will keep the chain bar straight; such as a bolt or perhaps a pin in the motor assembly.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011

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