Enter the chainsaw diameter (in) and the chainsaw rotational speed (RPM) into the Chainsaw Chain Speed Calculator. The calculator will evaluate the Chainsaw Chain Speed. 

Chainsaw Chain Speed Formula

The following two example problems outline the steps and information needed to calculate the Chainsaw Chain Speed.

CCS = pi*D/12 * RPM


  • CCS is the Chainsaw Chain Speed (ft/min)
  • CCS is the chainsaw diameter (in) 
  • RPM is the chainsaw rotational speed (RPM) 

How to Calculate Chainsaw Chain Speed?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Chainsaw Chain Speed.

  1. First, determine the chainsaw diameter (in). 
  2. Next, determine the chainsaw rotational speed (RPM). 
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = CCS = pi*D/12 * RPM.
  4. Finally, calculate the Chainsaw Chain Speed.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem : 

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

chainsaw diameter (in) = 5

chainsaw rotational speed (RPM) = 500

CCS = pi*D/12 * RPM = ?