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How to Replace a Chainsaw Chain for Poulan Pro 220LE Chainsaw 

by JEREMY HIPA 23 May 2022 0 Comments

Find a new chainsaw chain

To keep your chainsaw working to its full potential, it’s important to make sure the chain is always the right choice for your specific applications. If you happened to hold a Poulan Pro 220LE Chainsaw, a 16 Inch, .050", 3/8" LP, 57DL saw chain may fit your needs.

Here we'll walk you through the whole replacing process to help you get the job done. You can either check our how-to video or read on for more details.

Step-by-step guide for the chainsaw chain replacement for  Poulan Pro 220LE Chainsaw

Before the replacement, you need to prepare some tools and put on a pair of cut-resistant glove to work through the process and protect yourself from the risk of injury.

  • A flat head screwdriver
  • A socket wrench
  • A new saw chain replacement for Poulan Pro 220LE

Remove the side plate

The first step is to remove the side plate. There are three nuts that hold everything together, two on the same side, and another one in the front of the plate.

how to replace a chainsaw chain for chainsaw Poulan Pro 220LE

You need to unscrew these nuts by using a socket wrench and flat head screwdriver respectively to dismantle the side plate.

 how to replace a chainsaw chain for chainsaw Poulan Pro 220LE

how to replace a chainsaw chain for chainsaw Poulan Pro 220LE

Then, you are able to take off the side plate easily.

 how to replace a chainsaw chain for chainsaw Poulan Pro 220LE

NOTE: The brake of the Poulan Pro 220LE chainsaw is attached to the side plate. If there is a brake attached to the side panel, you need to dismantle it or you will find it difficult to access your chainsaw chain.

Release the chain tension

Usually, the tensioner is founded on the inside of the guide bar. But the case of Poulan Pro 220LE chainsaw is different.

how to replace a chainsaw chain for chainsaw Poulan Pro 220LE

You need to loosen it with your flat head screwdriver a little so that your old chainsaw chain will be released easily.

Remove the old chain

After release the tension, you are able to remove the old chain easily.

 how to replace a chainsaw chain for chainsaw Poulan Pro 220LE

Thread the new chain onto the guide bar

Once your new chain is on the groove of the guide bar, you need to thread the chain onto the chainsaw’s clutch drum and make sure that all the drive links gear with the sprocket.

how to replace a chainsaw chain for chainsaw Poulan Pro 220LE

Tighten the chain to the correct tension

After threaded, you need to adjust your chain to the correct tension by tightening the tensioner.

 how to replace a chainsaw chain for chainsaw Poulan Pro 220LE

Put the side plate back on

Adjust your guide bar level to the right position. Then, put the side plate back on your chainsaw as well as the three nuts with a socket wrench and flat head screwdriver. At last, tighten the nuts a little loose.

how to replace a chainsaw chain for chainsaw Poulan Pro 220LE

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 and also get help from Hipa.

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