How to Adjust and Identify a STIHL Saw Chain

Whether you need to adjust the tension on your saw chain or identify the type of chain you have been using to find the right replacement, we have you covered with step-by-step instructions.

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Adjusting Your STIHL Saw Chain

STIHL is the only gasoline-powered chainsaw manufacturer to design and produce its own saw chains. Through advanced engineering and technological innovations, each STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain is created for maximum performance.

Watch our how-to video to learn the differences in adjusting a cold chain versus a recently used chain. As always, be sure to read and fully understand the instruction manual that came with your STIHL product before making any adjustments.

Identifying STIHL Saw Chains

On each STIHL saw chain, you’ll find a Marketing Number System in addition to the part number. This allows for easy identification of any chain. A chain marketing number will include the following information.

ANSI B175.1 Chain Saw Kickback Standard
STIHL’s green and yellow color code system serves to identify STIHL bars and chains with different kickback reduction characteristics. Green (go) marks those products which are designed to reduce the risk of kickback injury and comply with the ANSI B175.1 kickback standard. STIHL’s low-kickback chain features a green tie strap that identifies each loop as “low-kickback” chain that meets the ANSI standard. Recommended for both the experienced and inexperienced chainsaw user. Yellow (caution) marks products with increased risk of kickback injury. They are for use only by persons with extraordinary cutting needs and experience and specialized training in dealing with kickback conditions.

Still Have Questions?

Contact your local STIHL Dealer for more information or assistance on adjusting and identifying your saw chains.