How to Keep Your Chainsaw in Tip-top Shape

Every chainsaw owner should invest a little bit of time in regular preventative maintenance. It is much easier to glide a chainsaw through thick shrubs and overgrown trees when the machine is in tip-top shape. Don’t let leaves, branches and other greenery become excessively thick and expect a dusty old chainsaw to get the job done. If you take proper care of your chainsaw, you will find that it can be operated in a safe and efficient manner that conserves energy while simultaneously boosting its lifespan.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tips

Examine the chainsaw’s chain oil and the bar on a regular basis. Ideally, you should give it a look each time before you use it. Always keep the chainsaw very sharp. It will boost the machine’s ability to cut through thick overgrowth and guard against kickback. If the blade is getting dull, you can sharpen a chainsaw with a file. This is not a difficult task and is critical to your chainsaw’s performance. Also, be sure to take time to clean off the chainsaw after each use.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Take a look at your chainsaw’s oil ports from time to time. These are the oil-inlet holes toward the back of the bar. They can easily become clogged, so be sure to clean them with a wire. Then remount the bar after you’ve unclogged any buildup within the oil ports. Chainsaw owners should also know that the centrifugal clutch’s drive sprocket can suffer wear and tear after a few chains have been used. Take a look at the teeth for unbalanced wear or any signs of harm. If it looks especially bad, go ahead and replace it. For those who own saws with a clutch bearing, this is the perfect opportunity to provide some lubrication.

Pay Attention to Your Chainsaw’s Performance, Appearance and Feel

Give your chainsaw a quality control check every so often. Take a look at it to ensure that there are no safety issues or any mechanical problems. Make sure that the chain brake operates as designed. Check the throttle control, the condition of the chain drive wheel, the chain catcher and all of the screws, nuts and bolts. If they are loose give them a nice tightening before turning the chainsaw back on. Give the chainsaw’s manual a good look as well. It will prove helpful in explaining how to use the chainsaw in the proper manner, points out the parts that the user can service himself and provides directions for all maintenance steps.

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