In all probabilities the chain needs to be sharpened!
For any chainsaw to work properly without any hitches, the height of its depth gauges is supposed to be a bit less than the height of its cutters. It is very important for it to maintain this difference. This is because if the difference is too small it will leave you with a useless chainsaw that will only slide over the wood without actually making any cut.
On the other hand, a big difference will leave you with one jumpy, unstable chainsaw that is risky and dangerous to your well-being.
Therefore, you should always try to re-sharpen it, whenever possible and keep the rakers out of the cutters way.
How to Know When to Sharpen Your Chainsaw
You can look for some of these signs to determine if your chainsaw really needs to be re-sharpened or not.
Energy being used– If you happen to be using loads of energy when making woods cuts, then you should re-sharpen your chainsaw immediately. A fine working chainsaw often cuts efficiently without the application of any force. Therefore, this is always a sign of a dull chainsaw.
It produces fine saw dust– A working chainsaw often produces wood chips as opposed to fine sawdust. So, re-sharpen it immediately if it does so.
Jumpy and making irregular woodcuts– If you have unsteady, jumpy chainsaw, the fact is that you are making uneven irregular cuts. Therefore, you should re-sharpen it to start making precise and even woodcuts.