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Cutting Equipment - Husqvarna 120 Operator's Manual

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In areas with a hot, dry climate there is a high risk of fires.
These areas are sometimes subject to government rules
requiring among other things the muffler must be
equipped with an approved type of spark arrestor mesh.
When fitting the mesh, make sure that the mesh is
inserted in the right position. If necessary, use the
combination spanner to insert or remove the mesh.
CAUTION! The muffler gets very hot during and after
use. This also applies during idling. Be aware of the fire
hazard, especially when working near flammable
substances and/or vapours.
WARNING! Never use a saw without a
muffler, or with a damaged muffler. A
damaged muffler may substantially
increase the noise level and the fire
hazard. Keep fire fighting equipment
handy. If a spark arrestor screen is
required in your area, never use the saw
without or with a broken spark arrestor

Cutting equipment

This section describes how to choose and maintain your
cutting equipment in order to:
Reduce the risk of kickback.
Reduce the risk of the saw chain breaking or jumping
off the bar.
Obtain optimal cutting performance.
Extend the life of cutting equipment.
Avoid increasing vibration levels.
General rules
Only use cutting equipment recommended by us!
See instructions under the heading Technical data.
Keep the chain's cutting teeth properly
sharpened! Follow our instructions and use the
recommended file gauge. A damaged or badly
sharpened chain increases the risk of accidents.
Maintain the correct depth gauge setting! Follow
our instructions and use the recommended depth
gauge clearance. Too large a clearance increases
the risk of kickback.
Keep the chain properly tensioned! If the chain is
slack it is more likely to jump off and lead to increased
wear on the bar, chain and drive sprocket.
Keep cutting equipment well lubricated and
properly maintained! A poorly lubricated chain is
more likely to break and lead to increased wear on the
bar, chain and drive sprocket.
Cutting equipment designed to reduce
WARNING! Faulty cutting equipment or
the wrong combination of bar and saw
chain increases the risk of kickback!
Only use the bar/saw chain
combinations we recommend, and
follow the filing instructions. See
instructions under the heading
Technical data.
The only way to avoid kickback is to make sure that the
kickback zone of the bar never touches anything.
By using cutting equipment with "built-in" kickback
reduction and keeping the chain sharp and well-
maintained you can reduce the effects of kickback.
Guide bar
The smaller the tip radius the lower the chance of
Saw chain
A chain is made up of a number of links, which are
available in standard and low-kickback versions.
IMPORTANT! No saw chain design eliminates the
danger of kickback.
WARNING! Any contact with a rotating
saw chain can cause extremely serious
Some terms that describe the bar and chain
To maintain the safety features of the cutting equipment,
you should replace a worn or damaged bar or chain with
a bar and chain combinations recommended by
Husqvarna. See instructions under the heading Technical
Data for a list of replacement bar and chain combinations
we recommend.
Guide bar
Length (inches/cm)
Number of teeth on bar tip sprocket (T).
Chain pitch (inches). The spacing between the drive
links of the chain must match the spacing of the teeth
on the bar tip sprocket and drive sprocket. (15)
Number of drive links. The number of drive links is
determined by the length of the bar, the chain pitch
and the number of teeth on the bar tip sprocket.
Bar groove width (inches/mm). The groove in the bar
must match the width of the chain drive links.
Chain oil hole and hole for chain tensioner. The bar
must be matched to the chain saw design. (16)
Saw chain
Chain pitch (inches) (15)
Drive link width (mm/inches) (18)
Number of drive links. (17)

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