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Chainsaw Maintenance | Taking Care of Your Chainsaw


Chainsaw cutting logs

Gas engine powered chainsaws come in a variety of models made by many different manufacturers for anything from light garden use to heavy industrial machines that are used by professional loggers. Your model will most likely have an owner's manual, which should be consulted. However, there are things that you can do that will keep your chainsaw in serviceable condition and ready to work when you want it to.

The engine unit

Look after the basics but be sure to consult your owner's manual. Every time you want to use your chainsaw you should:

  • Ensure screws and bolts are tight; chainsaws vibrate in use and screws and bolts will loosen
  • Clean the air filter; brush the housing down first before exposing the air filter to prevent dust and debris from getting into the carburetor
  • Check that the controls are working
  • Top up the fuel and check the fuel hoses
  • Check and top up the chain oil level; the chainsaw will use chain oil quickly. It is advisable to keep a container of it to hand.

Other maintenance tasks that need to be done either by yourself or by your dealer include:

  • Check and clean the fuel filter once a week (if necessary)
  • Clean the muffler screen once a week; clean the muffler monthly
  • Clean and adjust the spark plug once a week (if necessary); replace the spark plug annually
  • Check the starter cord weekly; look for fraying and that the toggle is secure
  • Clean the carburetor weekly (if necessary)
  • Clean the fuel tank monthly (if necessary).

It is advisable to thoroughly brush down your chainsaw after use, including removing the housings. You may be surprised at just how much sawdust you will find. Also take off the chain and the bar. This is achieved by removing the bar-retaining nuts; you will also have to remove these nuts to change the chain. Clean the chain, bar, and the chain drive sprocket and lubricate as advised in your owner's manual. If your chainsaw fails to start, look to the spark plug, air filter, and carburetor as the most common causes. Your chainsaw is a useful and valuable tool. Use a carrying case to protect it when it is in transit and not in use.

Bar, chain, and sprocket

Check that the chain bar is straight and that the guide trough is not clogged with debris or pinched. Apply lubrication as per your owner's manual and replace the bar if necessary.

Check the tension of the chain. When the saw is not in use the chain should hang slightly from the bar. However, the chain guides, also know as tangs, should still be in the slot of the bar.

Your chain should be sharp. You will soon notice if it is not as the saw will fail to "bite" into the wood and you will have to apply considerably more pressure in order to cut; having spare, sharp chains available is desirable. It is possible for you to sharpen your chains yourself or you may take them to your dealer to have them sharpened. Getting the file angle right to sharpen your chains is critical. Using a chain sharpening service is sometimes a better choice in the long run. If the chain is old and worn, discard it and fit a new one. You really do not want to risk a potentially serious injury from a chain breaking while you are cutting.

Even though your saw may be relatively new you need to inspect this for signs of wear and remove any debris. Rotate the sprocket to ensure it moves smoothly. If you are in any doubt it is advisable to consult your dealer; the failure of a chain drive sprocket while you are cutting can result in serious injury.

Small engines are unforgiving. The lack of a few minutes of simple maintenance can turn a simple job into a nightmare. Spend the time and your chainsaw will perform well.


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