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How to Measure the Pitch of Your Chainsaw Chain

by JEREMY HIPA 10 Jun 2022 0 Comments

As one of the important parameters of chainsaw chains, the pitch determines the size of the chainsaw chain together with the gauge and the number of drive links, which closely relates to the compatibility between the chainsaw chain and the guide bar.

In fact, how to get the exact pitch number still puzzles some novices who do not have much chainsaw chain experience. This blog focuses on helping you to solve the question by yourself with ease.

In the beginning, you need to prepare some tools and put on gloves to work through the process and protect yourself from the risk of injury.

  1. A Chainsaw
  2. A Tape Measure

Method 1

The easiest way is to look right on the guide bar if your chainsaw is new. Usually, parameters are presented together on the guide bar, but after working for years, it is possible that the parameters on the guide bar would be hard to access.

 how to measure the pitch of your chainsaw chain

Of course, this print includes all parameters you need, the pitch, the gauge, the length of the guide bar, and the number of drive links.

Method 2

First, you need to know what pitch is.

 how to measure the pitch of your chainsaw chain

The pitch refers to the average distance between every two drive links on chainsaw chains. In more precise words, the pitch is also determined by the half distance of every three rivets on chains.

 how to measure the pitch of your chainsaw chain

After that, you just need to measure the distance of every three rivets and divide it by two or the distance of every two drive links by using the tape measure. For example, three rivets that measure ½ an inch across divided by two give you a pitch of a ¼ inch.

how to measure the pitch of your chainsaw chain

Here, I recommend the former method as it is much harder to measure the precise distance of drive links.

Please let us know if this works and if you have any suggestions or comments. Or you can join us to feature your passion for repair projects, share your stories with the Hipa family or get help from Hipa.

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