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How do I know what chain to get for my STIHL chainsaw?

The best way to know what chain to get for your STIHL chainsaw is to consult your owner’s manual. Every STIHL chainsaw model is equipped with a specific chain that is designed for specific tasks and can optimize performance.

If you no longer have the owner’s manual, you can determine the size and type of chain by looking at the model of your chainsaw and looking up the specifications online. You can also call a local STIHL dealer to get assistance in finding the right chain.

Alternatively, you can bring your chainsaw in to the dealer and they can check the existing chain, measure the length and pitch of the chain and then provide you with the appropriate chain.

Will any chain fit a STIHL chainsaw?

No, not all chains will fit a STIHL chainsaw. STIHL chains have a unique profile that requires a specific chain with specific pitch, gauge, and length. This ensures that the chain not only fits the saw, but runs smoothly and safely as well.

In order to find the right chain for your STIHL chainsaw, you should consult the instruction manual for your specific saw, or contact an authorized STIHL dealer for recommendations.

Are all STIHL chains the same?

No, not all STIHL chains are the same. STIHL offers several types of chains for different applications. The type of chain varies depending on the size and power of the chainsaw and what tasks you are performing.

For example, if you are cutting soft wood, you may want to use a low-vibration, semi-chisel chain as it will cut efficiently and require less maintenance. If you are cutting hard or frozen wood, you may need a full-chisel or carbide-tipped chain, which are better suited for these tougher tasks.

There are also chains designed for specialty tasks such as carving or trimming. STIHL also offers different types of chains in various lengths, so you can find a chain that works best for your particular application.

What do the colors mean on STIHL chains?

The colors that are used on STIHL chains are used to identify the drive link count, chain pitch, chain gauge, and bar length of each chain.

The drive link count is the amount of drive links in the chain and it is identified by a colored stripe on the side of each chain.

The chain pitch is the size of the chain, which is the distance between two rivets divided by two. This is identified by the bands of color on the drive links.

The chain gauge is the thickness of the chain, which can be identified by either a solid color band on the drive link or white numbers on certain models.

Bar length is the length of the bar that the chain fits on, which can also be identified by white numbers on certain models.

Therefore, the colors used to identify the drive link count, chain pitch, chain gauge, and bar length of a STIHL chain can be helpful when selecting the correct chain for a specific job.

Are Stihl chainsaw chains universal?

No, Stihl chainsaw chains are not universal. While you may be able to size your chain to fit a different brand of saw, you cannot interchange Stihl chainsaw chain with that of other brands. Each brand of chainsaw has different measurements of the drive sprocket, drive link count and chain gauge.

Therefore, in order to ensure safe operation and the longest lifespan of your chainsaw chain, it is best to purchase a chain specifically designed for your particular Stihl model. Additionally, parts such as connectors and rivets are also not interchangeable between models.

The best practice is to purchase all of your parts and chains from Stihl parts dealers, as they will be familiar with the brand and the right components for your saw.

What is the difference between Stihl chains?

The primary difference between Stihl chains is their compatibility with different Stihl saws and other equipment. All Stihl chains are constructed from high-quality materials, but they are not all compatible with all Stihl products.

For example, some chains are designed exclusively with select models of electric saws and others are compatible with electric and gas powered models. Additionally, chains come in different pitches (as measured in 1/4-inch increments) and different gauges (measured in 1/100ths of an inch).

Therefore, it is important to determine the correct chain for your particular saw or other equipment before making a purchase.

What kind of chain does Stihl use?

Stihl uses what is known as the VarioChain technology in terms of its chain designs. This is a type of chain that is specifically designed to reduce kickback while also providing high performance. It has been engineered to reduce overall vibration and utilize a low kickback system.

While this chain is designed to handles challenges that come with tougher cutting tasks, it is also known as being quite user-friendly in terms of operation. The chain also resists stretching, which is important in order to maintain its power and overall performance.

It is well-known for its resistance to wear, which makes it last longer than many other chains out there. Stihl also regularly works to set new standards with its chain technology and continues to refine its designs to ensure that the most cutting-edge technology is available in its products.

Can you use an Oregon chain on a Stihl bar?

Yes, you can use an Oregon chain on a Stihl bar. However, be aware that Stihl bars and chains are designed to work together, so you may get better performance and longer life out of your bar and chain if you stay with Stihl products.

Additionally, you may run into clearance issues if the gauge of the Oregon chain is different from the gauge of the Stihl bar. In such cases, you can get an adapter bar, which allows you to use a higher pitch chain even if the bar has a lower pitch, but it’s best to make sure the pitch of the bar and chain are compatible first.

When in doubt, consult with a qualified service technician.

How do you read a Stihl chain?

Reading a Stihl chain involves understanding the chain characteristics, parts, and sequences.

First, it is important to know the features and specifications of a Stihl chain. Stihl chains are either full chisel or semi chisel, with alternating full and semi chisel cutters made of high-carbon high-nickel steel.

These cutters have round-cornered and pointed teeth that are designed to be easy to sharpen, provide an efficient and clean cut, reduce vibration, and have a long wear life. Stihl chains also have drive links that fit into the guide bar and sprocket, and hold the chain securely in place by a clamp link.

Second, you need to understand the parts of the chain. A Stihl chain consists of a drive link, which fits into the guide bar and sprocket; cutters, which are the alternating full and semi-chisel teeth that cut the wood; and a tie strap, which is the smooth connecting link between the two outside cutters.

Finally, you need to learn the sequence of the chain. As the drive link turns, the sequence of the cutters follows in a specific order: an alternating full and semi-chisel cutter, followed by a tie strap, followed by the other cutter.

It is important to understand this order as it will help you to sharpen the cutters and maintain the chain correctly.

By understanding the characteristics, parts, and sequences of the Stihl chain, you will be able to read it correctly.

What Stihl chain cuts the fastest?

The Stihl Rapid Super Comfort 3/8-inch PMM3 saw chain is widely considered to be the fastest-cutting Stihl chain available. It is designed to reduce vibration while maintaining a long lasting cutting edge, increasing productivity and safety.

It is ideal for professionals and homeowners that demand maximum performance from their chainsaws. The Rapid Super Comfort 3/8-inch PMM3 saw chain features Stihl’s patented Gold Standard cutters, allowing for extremely smooth, fast cutting and longer cutting life.

The chain has a semi-chisel cutting surface, which reduces kickback and keeps the blade cool. It also features a three-position depth control, designed to minimize plugging, making it perfect for cutting firewood, lumber, and small logs.

In addition, the Rapid Super Comfort 3/8-inch PMM3 saw chain is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

What do the markings on a chainsaw chain mean?

The markings on a chainsaw chain correspond to how it is designed and intended to be used. Depending on the type of chain, they typically represent information such as pitch, guage or gauge, and the number of drive links per chain.

They also often indicate what type of chain it is, such as a full-skip, semi-skip, or full-combi chain.

Pitch refers to the distance between the drive links, and is typically represented by a three-digit number such as 3/8, 0.325, or. 404. This number indicates the size of the sprocket needed to drive the chain.

The guage, or gauge, is also typically a three-digit number that indicates the thickness of each drive link in the chain, and is also associated with the sprocket size to ensure compatibility. The number of drive links per chain will also be clearly indicated, as it is necessary to purchase a chain that is the correct length for your chainsaw.

Finally, you will often see some type of abbreviation or symbol that indicates the type of chain. These could include FB, FS, or FC, which stand for full-skip, semi-skip, and full-combi respectively.

Full-skip chains are designed to perform better with powerful saws, while semi-skip chains are best suited to saws with up to 1.5kW. Full-combi chains are designed for saws with even less power, and feature a hybrid design that combines elements of both full-skip and semi-skip chains.

It is important to ensure that the markings on your chain are compatible with your chainsaw, and to replace a worn-out or damaged chain with one that has the same specifications. Doing so helps to ensure that your saw works safely and efficiently.

What do Stihl chain numbers mean?

Stihl chain numbers refer to the different types of chains that are designed to fit a certain chainsaw model. The chain numbers are used to identify a particular chain so that it can be used with the correct saw.

The higher the number, the shorter the chain links and the faster the aggressive the cut will be. For example, the Stihl Picco chain number 3 has 3/8-inch chain links, while the Stihl Rapid Super chain number 5 has.

325-inch chain links. The chain numbers also designate the length of the chain, with the higher numbers having longer chains. They can also indicate the type of chain, such as full-skip (FS) or narrow-kerf (NK) chains.

Generally, a higher number chain is going to require more power from the saw and give a more aggressive cut.

How do I tell what grade my chain is?

To determine the grade of your chain, you first need to understand the different grades available. Chain grades range from 20-80, and are categorized based on its tensile strength, fatigue strength, and wear resistance.

Grade 20 chain is the weakest, while grade 80 is the strongest. Additionally, grade 30 and grade 40 chains are the most commonly used.

The best way to determine the grade of your chain is to reference the manufacturer’s specifications for the chain. This should include information about the tensile strength, fatigue strength, wear resistance, and grade.

If the chain does not have any markings for the grade, then you can use a micrometer to measure its thickness. Grade 30 chain typically ranges from 6.2mm – 6.7mm, while Grade 40 chain typically ranges from 8.3mm – 9.


You can also perform a simple pull test to determine the grade of chain. Start by attaching the chain to a scale and slowly pull on it. Grade 30 chain will break at around 12,500 pounds, while Grade 40 chain will break at around 25,000 pounds.

Finally, wear-resistance tests can also be performed to measure the quality of the chain. Grade 30 chain will typically wear away after a few hundred uses, while Grade 40 chain can last up to 10,000 uses before visible signs of wear.

By referencing the manufacturer’s specifications, using a micrometer, performing a pull test, and/or conducting a wear-resistance test, you can determine the grade of your chain.

How do you tell if a chain is backwards on a chainsaw?

If the chain is backwards on a chainsaw, it can be identified by the direction of the teeth on the chain. Properly functioning chainsaw chains will have the teeth angled away from the user when facing the front of the saw.

This is because they are designed to push wood away from the user as the chain progresses around the bar. If the chain is facing the wrong direction, the teeth will be angled towards the user, and the chain is considered to be backwards.

Additionally, the user may notice a decrease in the saw’s cutting power when the chain is facing the wrong direction. It is important to ensure a saw is fitted with the correct chain, as incorrect chain orientation can result in safety hazards and other difficulties when trying to cut materials.

What size is my Stihl chainsaw chain?

The size of your Stihl chainsaw chain will depend on the model you have. Generally speaking, Stihl chainsaw chains are either. 325 or 3/8-inch pitch. To determine the exact size of your chainsaw chain, consult your owner’s manual to find the model number of your chainsaw.

Once you have your model number, you can then use the Stihl compatibility chart to find what size chain is compatible with your saw. The size is often marked on the bar, although this isn’t always the case.

Finally, you can also measure the pitch with a ruler and measure for yourself. The pitch is the distance between any three consecutive rivets divided by two. If you need assistance determining what size chain you have, please contact your local Stihl dealer for assistance.

How are Stihl chain bars measured?

Stihl chain bars are measured by the cutting length or “length of the bar” which is taken from the tip of the bar to the center of the drive link where the bar attaches to the chainsaw body. The dimensions are usually expressed in inches and typically range from 8-36 inches.

The proper length of the bar is chosen based on the size of cutting jobs that need to be done. Choosing the correct length of bar is important as a bar that is too short won’t be able to cut deep enough, while a bar that is too long can be difficult to maneuver, and the chainsaw won’t have sufficient power.

The selection of the bar should also take into account the type of chain that is attached, the type of wood being cut, how thick the wood is, and the type of drive sprocket being used. In general, the length of the bar should not be longer than the average tree trunk diameter being cut.

Can I put a different size bar on my chainsaw?

Yes, you can put a different size bar on your chainsaw. Depending on the type of chainsaw you have, you will need to choose a bar size that fits your specific saw. You’ll need to measure the size and shape of the sprocket nose before making a purchase to ensure you get the correct size.

Additionally, make sure the guide bar you install is designed for your specific make and model of chainsaw and that it is rated for the size and power of your chainsaw engine. When installing a guide bar, you’ll need to carefully follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your chainsaw for proper installation and setup.

Additionally, you should use high-quality fasteners and check them periodically for proper tightness.

How many links are in a 24 inch bar?

The exact number of links in a 24 inch bar depends on what type of chain it is. The most commonly used chains are sprockets, bicycle chains, street chains and roller chains. Generally speaking, a 24 inch sprocket chain will have 82 to 88 links, a 24 inch bicycle chain will have either 94 or 96 links, a 24 inch street chain will have an average of 89 links, and a 24 inch roller chain will have either 91 or 92 links.

Additionally, the chain may also have link plates, which are typically included in the link count.