The best saw chain for your saw is determined by the amount of pressure you are applying to it. The more pressure you apply, the stronger and shorter the chain will be. If you need a long lasting chain and you are only applying light pressure, then shorter chains are available.
Manufacturers make chainsaws in different sizes. Some chainsaws brands make chains as short as four hundred feet; others make chains as long as sixteen hundred feet. The best saw chain for your chainsaw must fit the size of your saw. Chains that do not fit properly will break and cause damage to your chainsaw.
Another factor that affects the quality of the chainsaw chain is the material the chain is made of. Steel chains are used more often because they are more durable. They also wear longer and give a smoother cut than other materials. Examples of other types of steel chains are titanium, copper and brass. Chain sizes can also be measured in terms of their gauge; one inch is the standard size.
There are several grades of metal chains available, ranging from low-grade steel to high-grade steel. Low-grade steel chains are used for lower-end chainsaws because they are easily welded. High-grade steel chains are used on commercial chainsaws because they give a more polished look. They also wear longer and have a stronger link than low-grade steel chains.
There are also several different types of saw chains. Two main types are front and full chisel chain. The front chisel chain is made up of one piece of sharpened steel, while the full chisel chain has two pieces. Each has its own benefit and side effects when sharpening; side effects that are less important to include the possibility of backcutting and the length of time the chain can be shortened without causing damage to the teeth.
Flat top and cross-braced chainsaw chainsaws are popular with professionals because they fit tighter. A flat top chain is most appropriate for workers who cut short lengths of wood, and this type of chain fits tightly between the blade and the fence. Cross-braced chainsaw chains are perfect for hobbyists and homeowners who enjoy trimming limbs from trees. The cross-braced style gives an overall smooth look and allows the cutting edge to move along the piece of metal from one place to another. A flat top chain does not fit as tightly and results in less control.
Manufacturers often sell saw chains with different degrees of hardness. A high-quality chain should fit between the fence and the teeth without gaps. This will give a cleaner cut and allow for the blade to stay on the line as it cuts. A lower grade of chain may cause a ripping feeling when the blade catches the tooth.
Some chain is made from a combination of materials, including brass, stainless steel and aluminum. For professional use, many saw chains are custom made from high-quality materials. High-quality chains provide sharp cutting teeth and drive links that are securely welded to the frame. Drive links help the blade to glide along the rail and are designed to slip over and off the teeth of the saw easily. They do not interfere with the teeth or the functioning of the saw chainsaw.
There are several types of saw chains that professionals tend to use. Some are designed to be used in conjunction with a specific type of cutter and some are intended for use on their own. High-quality professional grade chains are usually made from high-carbon steel or a similar material. This ensures a smoother cutting feel for the end user, whether using the machine for general sawing or precision fine cutting.
An average chain can have a length of anywhere from twenty-five to thirty-six inches with a six inch “breakaway” section. This long duration makes it easier to operate the blade and also increases the chances of the chain snagging on the moving fence. A longer duration cut gives the user more versatility and better control over the blade.
The type of blade and the type of sharpeners used will affect how quickly the blade remains sharp. For example, diamond blades will stay sharp much longer than steel blades. Sharpening a chain is much like sharpening a knife. The user must apply a certain amount of pressure and then “time-reload” the file to keep the blade sharp.