If there’s one outdoor tool that screams “POWER”, it’s the chainsaw. These tools are designed to be tough, durable and to pull off some incredible cutting jobs. However, there are times when you have to baby your saw and perform some maintenance to keep it in good operating condition. It’s almost a paradox that such a powerful tool often has to be cared for like a fine violin, but taking the time to perform much needed maintenance will keep your prized chainsaw in “tune” for many more performances in the future.
Keep it Clean
The best thing you can do to maintain your chainsaw is to keep the chain, and the entire saw for that matter, clean. This is often easier said than done, given the type of work you have to do with your chainsaw. Do your best, though. A clean saw is a happy saw, so take the time to clean your chainsaw regularly, especially after tough, dirty jobs.
Test the Oil System
You need to check to make sure the oil system is doing its job and keeping your saw lubricated. The easiest way to do this is to fill the oil reservoir, star the saw and hold it a few inches away from a piece of white paper, or cloth. Once you have the saw in this position, rev the motor a few times. You should see a light mist of oil collecting on the paper or cloth. If you don’t you may need to have the saw looked at to fix any problems with the oil mechanism.
Sharpen the Chain
There will come a time when you go to cut through some lumber and notice that the old saw is not quite up to the job. You will probably need to sharpen the blade at this point. Sharpening the blade involves getting the right size file for your blade, stabilizing the saw and filing the cutters on the chain in a uniform manner. If you don’t feel up to the task, take the saw into a professional shop for sharpening.
You probably depend on your chainsaw holding up for many years to come. To get the longest life, and best performance from your chainsaw, take the time to perform these routine maintenance steps. By staying on top of the required maintenance, you’ll be adding years to the life of your saw.