Maintaining a Chainsaw

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 24, 2014)

If you are faced with an unwanted bush, shrub, or tree then chances are you will need a chainsaw. As anyone who has ever gone shopping for one of these pieces of equipment can tell you, they can cost a pretty penny. Since the prices for these tools can run anywhere from $70 to over $450, they are more than just a tool, they are also an investment. Whenever you make an investment such as this, it only makes sense that you will want to take care of it. Properly maintaining your chainsaw is one way that you can go towards protecting that investment.

  • Before using. Before you even begin to use your chainsaw for the very first time, you need to make yourself familiar with how it works. This means that you need to read through the owners manual before you begin using this power tool. Inside the owners manual you will find information from the manufacturer on how to prepare your chainsaw for use, as well as some guidance on how to keep it working. While you don't need to have the manual memorized, you do need to be familiar with it.
  • During use. When operating the chainsaw, make sure that you are using it the way the manufacturer suggests. This means that you do not jam the blade into any cut, making sure that it is well lubricated, and that it has the proper amount of fuel. If you do not, then you will run the risk of damaging the chainsaw, or dulling the blades. Also, while you are using the chainsaw, be sure that you periodically allow your chainsaw to cool down. The friction caused by the chain cutting can also cause the blades and chain to warp.
  • After use. Once you have finished using the chainsaw, be sure that you store it properly. This includes checking to make sure that the chain has the proper amount of tension, that the blades on the chains have not gotten too dull, as well as checking the lubricant levels. If at all possible, take the time to clean your chainsaw as well. This means to get out the sawdust, and other dirt and grime that can cause problems if left in place too long.
  • Professional maintenance. Periodically you should take your chainsaw into a professional for maintenance. Just like a car, a chainsaw may need to be taken in and tuned a little. Simply put, you take the chainsaw into a professional to see if anything needs to be replaced or repaired that you may have missed.

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Lee Wyatt

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