As we move from an icy winter to a windy spring the best tool in your arsenal has to be your chainsaw. Trees can fall at any given moment with little help from outside influences. Ice and snow from the winter months build up on the branches and the high winds of spring increase their odds of breaking and making a mess of your yard. This is why it is important to have your chainsaw prepped and ready in the winter and spring months.
Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #1: Correct fuel and oil ratio
When it comes to making sure your chainsaws are ready a little regular maintenance goes a long way. Maintenance is not only simple; it takes almost no time at all to perform. The most important thing is to make sure you have the correct ratio of fuel and oil in your fuel tank. Without the proper ratio, you run the risk of doing serious damage to your saw.
Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #2: Bar oil reservoir
Next thing to look at is your bar oil reservoir, this keeps the chain well lubricated and reduces the friction between the chain and the bar. Typically you can expect to fill this oil every time you fill it with fuel. Doing this will extend the life of your chain, bar, and sprocket. It is important to remember to use the proper bar oil for the season. If it’s winter you use winter grade oil and if it’s summer you use summer grade oil.
Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #3: Proper chain tension
Proper chain tension can be determined if you can lift the chain out of the track to where you can just barely see the bottom of the tooth on the chain. It should snap back into place if the right amount of tension is applied.
Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #4: Sharp chain
The saw chain on your chainsaw may become dull over time. If your saw is dull and needs to be sharpened there are a few things to look for.
- The saw chain will not pull itself into the wood. You will have to force it to cut by applying pressure to the engine unit.
- When making a vertical cut the saw chain will create fine sawdust instead of coarse strands.
- Smoke rises up even though the chain lubrication is in working condition and the chain tension is correct.
- The chainsaw rattles and bounces while cutting, making it difficult to get precise positioning.
If you notice these signs while using your chainsaw it’s time to sharpen and possibly replace the saw chain.
Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #5: Clean air filter
The air filter on your chainsaw keeps dirt, dust, and other debris from entering your chainsaw’s carburetor, which can negatively impact the engine and hinder performance if not properly maintained. Make sure to regularly clean or replace your air filter to ensure optimal performance and to prevent more costly repairs down the road.
There is nothing more frustrating than having a piece of equipment that isn’t ready for the job ahead. If you take a few moments you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle.
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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.
Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.
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