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Top 10 tips for maintaining your Chainsaw

Posted by TIMBERPRO-UK on 26th Jan 2018

Your chainsaw can be a great asset to many jobs for Professionals and home owners alike who have land to maintain. The uses of a chainsaw can include trimming tree branches, cutting back overgrowth, cutting wood for a fire or fire pit and cutting back an unwanted sapling.

Keeping your Chainsaw properly maintained is of high priority in ensuring long life of your

Chainsaw and operating in peak condition. Failure to do so can lead to premature damage

and or failure.

A big part of maintaining your Chainsaw is in how you use it, there are some things

chainsaw users should avoid doing as well as some items that should be periodically

checked to maintain your Chainsaw.

We have compiled a list of 10 top tips to help with the maintenance

of your new Chainsaw.

1. Never run the chain of your Chainsaw into dirt.

Chainsaw users should be careful to avoid running a moving chain into the ground. When cutting a small sapling off at its base, dig around the bottom of the tree so that the trunk can be cut at or below ground level without contacting the dirt with the chainsaw bar. When cutting tree limbs, ensure the limb is supported off the ground on either side of your cut so that the chain does not dip into the ground when completing the cut.

2. Don't cut limbs bigger than what the Chainsaw is designed for.

All Chainsaws are designed for specific jobs, depending on the length of the bar and chain and also the horsepower of the motor. Trying to cut limbs that are too large can potentially damage the Chainsaw. Always consult and refer back to the owner’s manual for the specifications regarding the cutting size restrictions of the Chainsaw you own.

3. Be Careful Not to Bind the Chain Bar While Performing a Cut

Before making a cut with your Chainsaw, always determine how the wood your cut ting is going to move when it begins to split. When cutting a limb, it may be necessary to notch the bottom of the limb before proceeding with a cut from the top of the limb down. If the piece of wood being split collapses back into the space already cut by the Chainsaw, it is possible to trap and bind the bar of the Chainsaw. Not only is a trapped bar a potential safety hazard, but the bar of the Chainsaw can be bent and or damaged, necessitating the replacement of your Chainsaw bar.

4. Check Chain Tension Periodically

A loose chain can cause damage to the Chainsaw bar or sprocket. Loose chains often jump off the bar during Chainsaw use. A loose chain is a potential safety hazard, always check the chain tension before returning the Chainsaw to its case for storage. Make sure you tighten the chain according to the specifications in the owner’s manual. If using the saw for a large project that involves dozens of cuts, shut the Chainsaw off periodically to check the chain and other key components.

5. Keep the Chain Properly Lubricated

The majority of Chainsaws have a reservoir for chain oil that keeps the chain lubricated as it circles around the bar. Check the chain oil level before every use of the Chainsaw. When employing the Chainsaw over an extended period of time, it is necessary to stop the Chainsaw and periodically and checking the chain oil level is correct.

6. Use the Proper Oil-to-Petrol Mixture

Chainsaws run on a combination of petrol and two-stroke oil. Different manufacturers use different specifications, this all depends on the design of the Chainsaw engine you are using. Common fuel combinations to two stroke oil include 25:1, 40:1 and 50:1 but be sure to check the specifications for the particular Chainsaw being used in the user's manual before filling the fuel tank. When using 1 shot fuel mixtures or pre-mixed fuel always ensure you are using the correct mix for your Chainsaw.  Failing to use the correct fuel to two-stroke oil will damage your machine and in some cases incur costs and warranty loss.

7. Keep the Chainsaw Clean

After using your Chainsaw ensure you brush off the Chainsaw’s exterior casing of any sawdust that has accumulated during it's use. It is best to use an oily cloth and wipe down the casing and bar to make sure all the sawdust and dirt particles are removed from the Chainsaw. Always take care when cleaning the bar as to not injure a finger on the cutting edges of the chain.

8. Check for Loose Components

Chainsaws create a significant amount of vibration when being used. Make sure all attachments and bolts have not vibrated loose during a cutting project. Pay great attention to the chain brake bar in front of the top handle on the Chainsaw. The chain brake needs to be properly attached to protect the user during operation of the Chainsaw.

9. Replace the Chain at Least Once a Year

Running a Chainsaw with a worn-out chain places unnecessary burden on the engine unit. A dull chain does not cut as well and can overheat the chain, bar, and engine, all of these can cause damage to the Chainsaw. Having a replacement chain on hand allows for one chain to be sharpened while the other chain is in use.

10. Prep the Chainsaw for Long-Term Storage

If your Chainsaw is not going to be used for an extended period of time, such as over the winter months it should be prepped before you store your Chainsaw. Specifically, the fuel tank should be drained of the unused petrol and oil mixture. Drain the mixture into a safe container for proper disposal; start the Chainsaw’s engine and run out the fuel unable to be drained and the amount remaining in the fuel lines. When the saw stalls, it is ready to be stored. Allowing petrol and oil to sit in the fuel tank can gum up the fuel delivery system of the saw and necessitate repair prior to the chainsaw being used after a long period of storage. This can also cause fuel lines to perish again incurring a cost to replace these lines.

Essential Chainsaw maintenance Items

Chain oil: To keep your chain lubricated

Wrenches and Screwdrivers:Tightening the chain

Two-stroke Oil: Mixed with fuel to internally lubricate the engine

Dust brush: Cleaning the Chainsaw (a large paint brush can work well)

Oily cloth: Wiping down the Chainsaw casing and bar to remove sawdust and dirt

Replacement chain: For use when current chain is dull and ready to be sharpened

Carry/Storage bag: Protects the Chainsaw in storage (these are usually included in the purchase of your Chainsaw)