chainsaw issue

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Was completely thrilled with my new EGO Chainsaw, but as I'm using it more and more and on bigger logs, a problem is coming up. The saw is beginning to bind and smoke in the larger logs, and sometimes the cut bends off to one side.  The cut ends of the logs are polished and dark, unlike earlier cuts when the unit was brand new, which were rougher and lighter.  I've sharpened the chain a couple of times already and also "flipped" the bar.  Research seems to tell me it's a chain-sharpening issue.  I've sharpened chains on my gas saws for years, so I think I'm doing that right, that is unless there is something unique about this EGO chain.  It almost seems like the cut is too narrow and the bar ends up jammed in it.  Sometimes I can drive a wedge in behind the bar and spread the cut a bit wider which will help some.  I know also that plenty of oil is on the chain....this is what I think is actually smoking. 
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Hey Robert, interesting issue you have there. Sounds like you've been around chainsaws a while, so you probably know what you're doing.

The only things that come to mind immediately would be some sort of issue with the chain or bar due to wear perhaps? If you are familiar with chain sharpening you would likely see a chain problem, but I found a picture describing common bar issues that some may overlook:

That picture is from the following web page, which has lots of chainsaw related information:

Also, here's an Oregon chainsaw maintenance guide. There's a wealth of information on the different chain and bar types and how to maintain them (the Ego saw uses Oregon parts):

Is it possible that the particular chain on the Ego saw needs some type of sharpening practice different than what you're used to? If that's possible the info might be in there.

I myself am not intimately familiar with the Ego chainsaw, so I can't reflect on personal experience, but if the saw was performing better when new than it is now it could be a wear or maintenance issue... particularly how the saw no longer seems to want to cut straight.

Let us know if you find anything unique regarding the maintenance of the Ego bar and chain, and if you find an issue with your saw.

Also, if anyone else has noticed anything similar please chime in!