Bike chain tool for chainsaw chain?


  #1  
Old 04-07-18, 01:49 PM
E
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: United States
Posts: 15
Received 1 Vote on 1 Post
Bike chain tool for chainsaw chain?

I'm having trouble finding a ripping chain for my chainsaw in the right size, but I can find one that's a few links too long. My chainsaw is only 18" which is on the smaller side for chainsaw milling, but its easy to find ripping chains for 20" bars.

I have a bike chain tool that I feel comfortable using to remove links from a chain, generally speaking. Is it safe and effective to use a bike chain tool to remove the extra links from a chainsaw chain?
 
  #2  
Old 04-07-18, 02:06 PM
Tolyn Ironhand's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 14,195
Received 365 Votes on 316 Posts
I have used a bike chain breaker tool for shortening a garage door opener chain before so I suspect it would work just fine for a chain saw chain.
 
  #3  
Old 04-07-18, 02:46 PM
M
Member
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: USA
Posts: 179
Received 3 Votes on 3 Posts
Why don't you just get a 20" bar?
 
  #4  
Old 04-07-18, 04:46 PM
B
Member
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: New England
Posts: 10,524
Received 37 Votes on 34 Posts
A chain saw chain uses a pin driving tool similar to a bicycle chain, but the replacement pin doesn't just press in. It has a rivet type tool that peens over the end to make the pin captive and smooth. Very common to shorten or actually make a chain from bulk stock.

Bud
 
  #5  
Old 04-08-18, 03:09 AM
M
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 48,238
Received 426 Votes on 381 Posts
I agree with Mad Scientist - it makes more sense to buy a longer bar and chain.
 
  #6  
Old 04-08-18, 07:47 AM
H
Member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 2,082
Received 166 Votes on 145 Posts
The bike chain tool will work temporarily, (about a day) but it's not a correct fix,
you will eventually have a spectacular chain failure.

Better to invest in a 20" bar
 
  #7  
Old 04-08-18, 08:19 AM
A
Member
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: USA
Posts: 679
Received 33 Votes on 31 Posts
would check your local chainsaw shops if they stock ripping/milling chain by the reel most should be able to make whatever size you need could also check online at places like baileys that could make up a chain loop also.
 
  #8  
Old 04-08-18, 02:44 PM
F
Member
Join Date: May 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 518
Received 36 Votes on 28 Posts
There is a bike chain tool that will peen the ends of the pin (Rolhoff Revolver III) but it's on the dear side of $100.
 
  #9  
Old 04-10-18, 02:32 PM
F
Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 66
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Iím struggling with this exact situation, and decided the thing to do was to buy another normal chain and resharpen the cutters to a squarer profile. I'll use my angle grinder. I donít think it will do as good a job as the proper rip chain but then again it wonít cost as much either.
 
  #10  
Old 04-10-18, 02:58 PM
E
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: United States
Posts: 15
Received 1 Vote on 1 Post
Thanks for the advice everyone., particularly Bud and Alan. I see what you're saying peening now too.

I'm hesitant to get a 20" bar because my chainsaw isn't very powerful. I did find that Granberg makes custom length ripping chains. I'll see if I can find somewhere locally too.
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description: