When the rain finally stopped today, I thought I would try and find a spot where I could cut a little firewood and get some outdoor time. I remembered some trash cherry trees on the edge of a pasture that were leaning out and generally getting in the way of mowing. These are small, crooked trees and I like burning cherry but I can't cut them in the summer due to the problems with drying cherry leaves being toxic to cows so today was a good day to take them down.
Cut one tree down and into firewood and was working on the second tree when the saw threw the chain. That was odd as I sharpened the chain yesterday and definitely tensioned it, but ok. Not my first time putting a chain back on but this time it worked on the chain catcher pretty well and bunged up some drive links so the chain wouldn't easily go back on the saw. Dang, I didn't take a spare chain with me and was too trifling to go home, put a new chain on and go back to work so I just called it a day.
Oddly enough, I can't see the chain catcher on the parts diagram but I'll run by a dealer and get a couple so I have a spare. I might pick up another loop of chain as well as insurance although the saw was cutting really nicely so it wasn't a dull chain that caused it to jump.
I've thrown a chain quite a few times over the years but this is the first time it actually screwed up the chain so I couldn't immediately put it back on the saw. I guess there is a first time for everything.