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The chain brake 'off' action on the 395xp (well, at least on my saw) is terrible. I believe that this is pretty normal, and I always attributed it to the old design with the one sided lever mount. However; recently I used a 3120xp, which has the same style mount, and the brake is much MUCH better.


Video here


I wondered for a minute if the two side covers were interchangeable, but after a quick look side by side they are obviously not. Then I went away and wondered if it was a shorter/weaker spring. I ordered the 3120xp spring just to compare them. The 3120xp chainbrake spring was longer, and larger diameter, so not a direct swap and unlikely that it is 'weaker'.


Has anyone got any ideas on rectifying this? I am aware that modifying a safety feature really isn't ideal, but the brake is currently so difficult to operate that you tend to just ignore it.


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Looks to me that the actuation is similar and it is only the pulling back of the handle/guard that is more difficult.

Most 395s I have had in are like this. About all you can do is make sure all the parts are clean and are not worn then grease them on rebuilding. 

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I always found that the 3120 had a much shorter travel of the brake than the 395 and a much more positive snap on and off . I rarely use the brake though ...🙂

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