Maintenance Tips To Extend Your Chainsaw's Life

How can you keep your chainsaw working for a long time? Take care of it. Learn how to maintain chainsaws so they work well for all your outdoor jobs.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tips: How to Make Chainsaws Last

Perhaps one of the most iconic and commonly used power tools around, the chainsaw is a tool that we find ourselves using quite often. If you have a property that has a lot of land, or you just have a good deal of foliage in your yard, a chainsaw is a must-have item for the times when you need to clean things up a bit.

Although the chainsaw is a power hand tool the unit does still have a very powerful gasoline engine attached to it, and thus the chainsaw is like other internal combustion-powered tools in that it needs routine maintenance to stay functional. Depending on how much you plan on using your chainsaw you’ll want to do the routine maintenance at least once or twice a year, and this will keep your chainsaw running smoothly and efficiently.

The chainsaw is a lot more complicated then its simplistic name might imply, and there are a lot of moving parts on it that will need to be maintained. First and foremost the chainsaw is powered by a chain, and thus lubrication is mandatory under any conditions. Because the chainsaw can be a potentially dangerous tool that should be kept in optimal condition to prevent injury to the user.

Chainsaw maintenance doesn’t have to be as intimidating as you might think, but there are quite a few things that are going to keep your chainsaw in operation for a long time. Read on as we take a look at a few tips on how to maintain your chainsaw, and keep it in operation for the next season.

Why you need to maintain chainsaws for Safety reasons

A chainsaw is a tool that can potentially be deadly if it is not handled correctly, and the same can be said for the safety features failing. The chainsaw is motorized via trigger, and after a while, this trigger can become stuck. One of the problems with a sticking trigger is the fact that the chainsaw can remain above idle, and this could potentially be dangerous.

You’ll want to make sure that the throttle and the trigger are both lubricated, which will ensure a smooth operation and safe user experience. Another safety feature that you’ll want to keep an eye on is the throttle trigger lockout, which prevents them from being revved on its own. Make sure that the area around the trigger lockout is free of grime and debris that could impede safe operation. You’ll also want to monitor the chain break after every use, and if it becomes damaged the part will need to be replaced immediately.

Routine chain saw Engine Maintenance

A chainsaw is a small engine power tool, and as such, the engine will require routine maintenance to keep it in working condition. Just as you would do with a lawnmower you’ll want to change the spark plug at the start of every season, this will keep the operation of the chainsaw nice and smooth when you begin the next use.

Another thing that you want to do with your chainsaw is kept a fresh change of oil in it because the sludge build-up is even worse for small engines then it is for a full-size motor vehicle. Most modern chainsaws also have an ail filter and fuel filter, and it is recommended that both of these are changed as well to keep dirt and debris out of the engine and the fuel mixture. Doing this minor tune-up at the start of every season will keep your chainsaw in working condition, and help to extend the lifespan.

How to Maintain The Chain And The Sprocket

The chainsaw is a rather unique power tool in that it’s powered by a chain, and as such you’ll want to make sure that the sprocket is lubricated and without any wear to it. If the sprocket is worn down and looks like it could use a replacement, chances are it probably needs to be replaced.

The same goes for the chain, it should be nice and sharp and if it's getting dull you’ll want to sharpen it. The chain on a chainsaw should not be loose at all, so you’ll want to tighten it and make sure to replace it if you cannot get the chain safely tight enough. The chainsaw is supposed to operate with a tight and well-maintained chain and sprocket, making sure that these two items are in working order will ensure a longer lifespan for your chainsaw.

Rotating The Bar And Checking The chainsaw Starter

The bar is probably one of the most important parts of a chainsaw, its the thing that keeps those sharp blades spinning and in safe order. The bar should be rotated before every use, and If you notice that the bar is becoming difficult to move it might be time for a replacement. The chainsaw bar takes the brunt of the abuse when it comes to a chainsaw being used, so naturally, once the bar starts to get excessive wear on it you’ll want to replace it.

A damaged bar can cause eventual damage to the sprocket and the chain, which in turn will begin to put a strain on the motor as well. Another thing that you’ll want to check often is the starter spoil, keep a keen eye on the cord and make sure that there is no excessive wear on it. It's also prudent to check the air intake holes around the starter and the flood, all of which should be in clean working order.

Conclusion: How to make chainsaws last a long time

When it comes to effective power tools the chainsaw is one of the most used, which means that maintenance is an important aspect. The chainsaw has many moving parts on it, all of which take an extensive level of strain and force when the tool is being used to cut through thick tree stumps and whatever else you might be using your chainsaw for. Routine maintenance on the chainsaw is just as important as it is for any other power equipment that you have, and if you fail to do the maintenance to your chainsaw it can greatly decrease the lifespan of the unit.

Resources— Chainsaw Direct, Chainsaw Journal