Does cutting hanging grape and bittersweet vines with a chainsaw often cause the chain to get off its track? Or am I running the chain too loose?
I messed up one chain and bar, got new ones (which did not have the ez adjust tightener), and all is fine for cutting logs, but several times I have had trouble with cutting vines, and now have a second chain with burrs that wont run it the track (gonna try to file it down.
Check your drive teeth on the chain, then properly adjust chain tension. Vine is grabby, but sometimes a bad drive tooth will cause the chain to jump off the bar. Keep rpms up when cutting vine. Is the chain an anti kickback chain?
Cutting vines never a good idea with a saw, I do it but unless your comfortable with your saw not good idea. Like Camp said loopers are the way to go. Sounds to me you keep your chain to loose, when you let of the throttle it should come to a stop quickly. It would also help to have one of them chains with the longer rakes but they suck for cutting wood. You can also throttle her up good and swing it like the Texas Chainsaw dude like I do....but it’s only a matter of time 😂