What is Pitch on a Chainsaw Chain? Learn Now



pitch on a chainsaw chain

The pitch on a chainsaw chain is the measurement of the distance between any three consecutive rivets divided by two. It determines the chain’s size compatibility with the saw.

When it comes to chainsaw maintenance and performance, understanding the chain pitch is crucial. The pitch of a chainsaw chain can affect your saw’s efficiency and is an integral aspect of finding the right replacement parts. In this guide, we’re diving deep into the world of chainsaw chain pitch.

What is Chainsaw Chain Pitch?

The pitch of a chainsaw chain refers to the distance between three consecutive rivets, divided by two, and it represents the size of the chain. Knowing the pitch of your chainsaw chain is essential because it determines how well the chain fits with the guide bar and drive sprocket.

Measuring the pitch correctly is critical for ensuring that your chainsaw operates smoothly and effectively. The pitch is often considered to be an indicator of the size and strength of a chainsaw chain.

Why is Chain Pitch Important?

  • A correct pitch ensures the chainsaw operates safely.
  • Improper pitch can lead to increased wear and tear.
  • Choosing the right pitch can improve cutting efficiency.
  • The pitch impacts the chainsaw’s compatibility with various cutting tasks.

How to Measure Chain Pitch

Measuring the pitch of your chainsaw chain can be done with a few simple steps:

  1. Identify three consecutive rivets on your chainsaw chain.
  2. Measure the distance between the center of the first rivet and the center of the third rivet.
  3. Divide this measurement by two to determine the pitch.

Below is a table that illustrates common pitch sizes and their measurements:

Pitch NameMeasurement (inches)
1/4″ Pitch0.250″
.325″ Pitch0.325″
3/8″ Pitch0.375″
3/8″ Low Profile0.375″, but with a shorter height
.404″ Pitch0.404″

Tips for Selecting the Right Chain Pitch for Your Chainsaw

Choosing the right chain pitch for your chainsaw is important for optimal performance. Here are some tips:

  • Always check the chainsaw’s manufacturer’s specifications for the correct pitch.
  • Consider the type of wood and cutting task when selecting a pitch.
  • Remember that a larger pitch typically indicates a more aggressive cut.
  • Consult with a professional if you are unsure about the best pitch for your needs.

To know more: How to Determine Chainsaw File Size


Understanding the pitch of a chainsaw chain is essential for ensuring your chainsaw operates safely and efficiently. By knowing how to measure the pitch and choosing the right one for your chainsaw, you can maintain optimal performance and prolong the life of your equipment. Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines or consult with a professional for advice specific to your chainsaw model.

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