Great Chainsaw, but chain dulls too quickly...

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New to me Ego 16" Chainsaw (not new to chainsaws) and today was the first time I had a chance to use it. I needed clean up some branches here and there and also get rid of those overgrown Juniper bushes that I have been putting off for a few years.

Let me say that I was totally impressed with how this cut through the branches of various evergreen and a few silver maples. I checked the chain tension a few times and only needed a small adjustment after running a while. I attacked the Juniper bushes (more like trees at this point) and that went quite well...until about the 4th one in. The battery (5ah) was still going strong, but I started to notice that the cuts were taking longer and finally noticed that it was starting to burn the wood, not cut. There was plenty of chain oil and the oiler was working. 

I paused and after inspection I noticed that the chain itself was pretty dull already. I don't have my saw files anymore so I figured I would just hope over to HD and pick up a new one so I could finish up. Only, HD doesn't carry the "recommended" chain locally, I would have to order it. That is really an option when I am in the middle of a job. 

So after some research, I picked up am 'equivalent' Oregon R56 and once installed, back in business. Like a hot knife thru butter...

I guess my only complaint is that the shipped chain is really weak and while I don't mind buying a second chain to have anyway, I would have expected the original to last more than a day out of the box.

Otherwise, I am happy with the performance and look forward to tomorrow's encounter (if my back holds up)...

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  • sore....

Posted 2 years ago

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Agreed. I am sharpening mine, but yes, that was quick to dull.
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Michael G

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I have this chainsaw also. Does the Oregon R56 last longer?

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Ego uses Oregon bars and chains on their saws. It will be interesting to see if your replacement chain fares better than the one included with the saw.
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LOL..I wish I could give a long term review on the R56 chain, but it only has 6 cuts on it with the largest being a 6" brush trunk. The original chain is quite dull to the touch now and am I currently looking a sharpening solutions for it. The R56 is still sharp :^)