Chainsaw Bars & Chains
Our in stock selection of bars and chains is second to none. We have a wide variety of bars and chains for every major manufacturer in stock and ready to go. There's no need to wait while someone makes you a loop. Products are available for both the homeowner and professional user. For best results bring in your existing saw, bar or chain and we'll expertly match up a bar or chain for your specific needs.
As an authorized dealer for Dolmar, Echo, Husqvarna, Makita, Redmax and Shindaiwa we have a selection of replacement bars and chains for nearly all of those saws. We also have a great selection of bars and chains that will replace or fit Craftsman, Efco, Jonsered, Poulan and Stihl chainsaws. Even if your saw isn't on this list stop in and we'll probably have something that will work safely and effectively.
We carry chains from Oregon and Carlton. We have a variety of styles of chains from safety chain for the home user to long skip-tooth chains for the professional. We offer competitive pricing and expert knowledge so you can be sure that what you're buying will work with your product.
Bulk pricing for loops is available and the discounts start at 5 loops, mix and match styles and sizes. We can also offer very competitive pricing on chain reels. Stop in or contact us for more information.
There are two main classifications of chainsaw chains. Some chain is rated to meet the low kickback standards of ANSI B175.1-2012 and some is not. Low kickback chain is available for most saws and applications. Some chains are capable of kickback and their use could result in serious injury to the chainsaw operator or bystanders. Do not use this saw chain unless you have experience and specialized training for dealing with saw kickback. Saw chain with reduced kickback potential is available and highly recommended.
Chain Cutter Design
There are 2 basic kinds of cutters for most chainsaw applications, semi-chisel and chisel. Semi-chisel saw chain has a radius or chamfered edge to the cutting corner which allows for easier maintenance and a more durability. Chisel chains have a sharper corner that does allow for faster cutting but it also dulls faster.
In addition to selecting a cutter type there are three other factors that go into finding the correct chain for your saw. It's not enough to simply know that you have an 18" chainsaw. Keep in mind that the best thing for you to do is bring in an existing chain, bar or the whole saw to help us help you get the best chain for your needs.
- Chain Pitch - The pitch of a chain is the distance between any three consecutive rivets divided by 2.
- Chain Gauge - The gauge of the saw chain is the width of the drive link. A drive link is the part of the chain that goes around the drive sprocket and is always inside the chainsaw bar.
- Drive Link Count - This is the number of drive links on a chainsaw chain.
Like chainsaw chains, chainsaw bars are also specific to particular saws and applications. The bar and chain go together to give you the most appropriate cutting experience. Bars have similar measurements to chains (pitch, gauge and drive link count) and additionally have to match the bar mount and sprocket pitch of the particular chainsaw.
Generally bars are split into two different categories for how we classify them but as always there are exceptions to rules.
Laminated bars are 3 pieces of steel or other materials that are attached together with a sprocket nose installed as part of the manufacturing process. Generally they are attached using welds but in some cases they are glued together using advanced adhesives and weight saving metals. Laminated bars are lighter in weight and have an advantage in that they're more maneuverable and make the saw easier to handle.
Solid (Professional) Bars
These bars have a body that is typically made of a solid piece of machined steel with a replaceable sprocket tipped nose or in some cases a solid nose with no sprocket tip. They are usually more durable than a laminated bar but are heavier.
We carry several different kinds of laminated bars and replaceable sprocket nose (RSN) professional bars and have something for almost every kind of user.