How To Replace Chain On Ryobi Pole Saw? – Complete Guide

Maintaining your yard and garden can be a real pain, but it’s worth it to have a beautiful space to relax in. One of the most important aspects of yard maintenance is keeping the trees and plants healthy, and that includes trimming the branches.

If you have a tree or shrub that needs pruning, a pole saw is a great option for reaching high branches. Ryobi makes one of the best pole saws on the market, but like any other piece of equipment, it requires occasional maintenance.

In simple words, to replace the chain on your Ryobi pole saw, you will need to first remove the old chain. Next, thread the new chain through the guide bar. Finally, tension the new chain.

If you need a more detailed explanation, read on because in this blog post, we’ll show you exactly how to replace the chain on your Ryobi pole saw.

How To Replace Chain On Ryobi Pole Saw

Removing the old chain is no easy task, but it’s a necessary part of replacing it with a new one.

First, you’ll need to remove the cover plate that holds the bar and chain in place. You can do this by hand. Pry up the rivets around the edge of the cover plate using a flathead screwdriver. If you have a Ryobi pole saw, the rivet head will be an open trapezoid shape.

Next, use a pair of vice grips to hold the bar, and loosen the bolt on the cover plate.

Remove the old chain from around the bar by pulling it off with your hands or using locking pliers. It’s important to get rid of any dirt and debris that has built up around the old chain before installing your new one.

How To Install A New Chain?

Installing your new chain is almost as difficult (and messy) as removing it. You’ll need to clean off both sides of the bar with solvent or kerosene to get rid of any grime that would otherwise prevent the links from meshing correctly.

Once the bar is clean, take a link from your new chain and place it on the pole saw’s bar near where it attaches to the cover plate. Slide the next link onto that first one by pushing it with your hands.

Continue adding links until they’re all connected. Use pliers to open up each rivet on the cover plate just enough for each side of the bar to connect to the same link on opposite sides.

Once you’ve done this for every rivet, tighten them back down using an adjustable wrench. That’s all there is to replacing your Ryobi pole saw’s chain!

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How To Put On The New Chain? 

Install the chain around the bar by pushing it onto one side of the link. Then, push the other side on so that all sides mesh together. Make sure each rivet head is positioned to match up with its corresponding link on both sides of the cover plate.

Once everything is connected, tighten down all of the rivets using an adjustable wrench.

Don’t forget to clean the bar and rivet heads if your pole saw is taking on too much resistance when cutting. You can remove any built-up dirt with solvent or kerosene to make sure everything runs smoothly once you’ve replaced the chain.

How To Adjust The Tension? 

To adjust the tension on your chain, you’ll need to loosen and tighten a series of bolts along the top and bottom portions of the bar. You’ll start by loosening each rivet that holds each side of the chain cover plate in place. 

Next, use a screwdriver to loosen up all of the screws around the end cap so that the chain can slide freely.

You’ll then need to tighten and loosen each of the bolts that run along the top and bottom edges of your bar, which will adjust how tightly you’re able to pull back on your chain.

How To Oil The Chain? 

To oil your chain, you’ll need to follow slightly different instructions depending on whether your Ryobi pole saw is gas-powered or battery operated.

If you have a gas-powered Ryobi pole saw, just add two or three drops of oil into the bar sprocket before pushing the chain back onto the cover plate.

For battery-operated models, push the slide bar to engage the motor and oil at least 10 times before using.

How To Replace A Gas-Powered Ryobi Pole Saw Chain? 

First, you’ll need to loosen up all of the bolts around your cover plate with a standard screwdriver. Most chains are connected by rivet heads that look similar to an open trapezoid shape.

Next, use a small tool called a “chain rivet push,” which is essentially a flathead screwdriver with a sharpened bevel, to pull the rivets out of their holes.

After removing them, slide the links of your new chain around your cover plate so that the teeth line up with the ones on the chain’s bar.

Lock the rivets into place using your chain rivet push, and make sure to keep track of which holes you removed them from so that you can replace them correctly on the other side.

Once all of your rivets are back in place, tighten each one down with your screwdriver again before running it through a few test cuts. 

How To Replace A Battery-Operated Ryobi Pole Saw Chain? 

First, push the slide bar all the way in to engage the motor before using your oiling tool to add 10 drops of oil onto both sides of your sprocket.

Next, pull out one link on your old chain that’s connected to both sides of the cover plate using a pair of pliers.

Then, connect your new chain to both sides and loop it around the bar so that all the rivets line up along each side.

Make sure to replace any rivet heads you removed before pushing them all back in with a screwdriver and adjusting their tension with adjustable wrenches.

You’ll need to test your cut after tightening each of the bolts, and add more oil if you start noticing too much resistance.

How To Remove A Ryobi Pole Saw Chain? 

Before removing any components from your Ryobi pole saw, make sure that it’s unplugged or has run out of gas for a gas-powered model.

Once it has cooled down, you can start removing all bolts and chains around the cover plate with a screwdriver.

Next, pull out each chain link by hand or with pliers so that you can cut through any rivets using an adjustable wrench. Once they’re all off, you’ll be able to push back on your cover plate and slide out your bar for easier cutting.

Chain saws are essential tools if you plan on maintaining the health and growth of any number of plant life throughout your yard or garden, whether it’s woody crops like trees and shrubs or grassy ones such as bushes and short stalks.

They come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, power sources, Fi, and capabilities, and it’s important to choose the right one for your needs before investing in a new model. 

Final Thoughts 

A chain saw is a tool that can be used for cutting wood, clearing brush, and other similar tasks.

If your chainsaw has stopped working or needs repair you should follow the instructions in this article to get it up and running again.

This will allow you to continue with all of those necessary outdoor chores without having to worry about any more obstacles like broken tools. Keep reading if you want to find out how to fix a chain saw!