Since a chainsaw is relatively expensive for a regular household tool, you would want to extend its life and maximize your use of the unit that you have bought. This would not be possible if you do not maintain your chainsaw probably. When it comes to taking care of your valuable, you should treat it in the same manner that you would treat those that you care about.
In short, do not delay when it comes to the upkeep of your chainsaw. As the saying goes, prevention is always better than cure. Like a normal person, it is important not to overwork your chainsaw since the equipment might experience excessive heat buildup and that can shorten the lifespan of your chainsaw. On the contrary, if you have not used your chainsaw for a long time, you may want to practice using it again to be sure that the machine is working up to its full potential.
You need to have a maintenance routine for your equipment. Tuning up might be necessary before and after using the unit and you should also have a weekly and a monthly routine for the preventive keep up of your chainsaw. When it comes to maintaining a chainsaw, you have two choices, either you spend time on regularly checking for little issues or save all of it for later and blow your money on bigger repairs. Here are some pointers for chainsaw care:
BASIC CHAINSAW-RELATED PROBLEMS
- Unit would not start
This can be caused by several factors like cold weather, or the starter can be acting up, or you may also have old fuel in your oil tank, or a malfunction on the spark plug, or it might have something to do with a clogged carburetor, or probably the air filter. No matter what the cause may be, this is a common occurrence with any chainsaw and you have to know all the simple troubleshooting steps like checking the spark plug, cleaning your air filter, or deactivating the choke.
- Saw cuts slow and stalls easily
It is a frustrating problem to encounter since you are working with a chainsaw to ensure that you can speedily finish your work. You might want to check your power supply to ensure that you have a high supply of voltage since this can affect the optimum performance of your chainsaw. I also cannot stress enough that your chains should be sharpened since a dull chainsaw can also affect the cutting potential of your equipment.
- Saw produces smoke
There are certain problems that you should not even attempt to solve. This is one of them. It is better to call your chainsaw’s manufacturer and have them fix this issue for you. Chainsaws are actually meant to go through a periodic check up with a service centre for quality inspection and servicing.
CHAINSAW ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
Before and after daily tasks
If you plan on working in the middle of the wilderness, it is important to check beforehand if your chainsaw, especially the major components, is working smoothly. When working with a gasoline operated chainsaw, it might be wiser to prepare your mixture in advance. You should also avoid using gas that has ethanol since it has a component that can easily corrode the metal of your engine. It is vital to know whether your switches are all working like the on/off button, the throttle, and the dead man’s switch, since you do not to work with a chainsaw that has troublesome to turn on and difficult to shut off. It is necessary to confirm if all the safety functions are working, too.
Before you work on your chainsaw, you should also be certain that the screws and nuts are tight enough. You should frequently confirm the bar and oil level, along with the chain drive wheel’s condition. Be sure to sharpen the chains so that you can cut wood thoroughly and smoothly and that you won’t bind the chain bar into a log. Before using your chainsaw, be sure that the chain tension is in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, not too tight or too loose. When the chain is running, it should always rotate smoothly to avoid further damages to both the machine and the user. Moreover, be certain that the chain is lubricated sufficiently and you may want to check the chain oil level every now and then.
After using the equipment, wipe any dust that has stuck to the exterior of your chainsaw, especially in the heat sink fins. Clean up your chain by removing any remaining debris that can be found on the inside track of your chainsaw.
Weekly Preventive Maintenance
For maximum effectiveness of the chainsaw, your carburetor and air filter should be in top condition so they will need frequent clean up. Apart from these two, there are several other components of your chainsaw that need cleaning weekly such as the spark plug and the spark arrester, the engine block, cylinder head, your starter, the recoil spring, the muffler, and the cooling fins. If any of these components are damaged, your chainsaw might not work as well when you use it again, especially if you intend to not use the equipment for a long period of time.
It is also preferable that you remove any grime or fuel that has accumulated during storage. Moreover, check if any of you sockets have turned soft and is starting to wear out.
Each month, you must allot more time to check on your chainsaw, since this is the time to be more specific when it comes checking all the components of your chainsaw. You must pay more attention in checking the fuel and oil tank of your chainsaw and the cables attached to it since this is always a tedious task and might require more time than the other upkeep routine.
Begin your monthly maintenance with checking if the electrode gap of the spark plug is at 0.02 inch. Proceed with checking the fuel and oil tank and cleaning and emptying it up in order to prevent the damage that stale fuel can bring to your engine. In addition to that, you should check and change the fuel filter if you find it necessary. You should also check the brake band of the chain brake and the fuel hose for damages, moreover, verify if the clutch centre, clutch drum, and clutch spring is still good for use and is not worn out.
While you are at it, clean the exterior of your carburetor and check the cables and connections for damages. If there are major components that need replacing, be certain that the spare part is compatible with the unit.
Maintenance as Needed
It is important to check if your air filter is broken or has holes, since this means that your air filter already needs changing. The air filter also needs cleaning to ensure that it is well-preserved. Along with this, you may want to examine your equipment’s oil filter.
When it comes to the parts of your chainsaw, you want to avoid and worn-out component since this can damage your engine. Replace any damaged component and properly tighten any loose screws, nuts, or bolts. Nevertheless, you also need a complete set of tools and some spare parts for proper maintenance and slight repairs of your chainsaw.
Be sure that the spare parts that you will purchase are compatible with your chainsaw model. You may also need to double check the components of your chainsaw that can be worn out like your chains, the oiler, the power sprocket, the starter, the drive links, the cooling fins, the spark plug, and the carburetor.
HOW TO STORE YOUR CHAINSAW
If your chainsaw does not come with its own storage case, it might be more logical to buy one that is intended for the specific use of storing your chainsaw and the accompanying tools. It is also important to never store your chainsaw outdoors since it will be harder to maintain your unit once it starts leaking oil. Always store your clean chainsaw in a dry location and be certain that no dust can penetrate your case for maximum protection. Another thing is that you should never store your chainsaw with fuel in it, drain the petrol mixture because this will contribute to the shortening of your chainsaw’s lifespan.
There are several other tricks and tips that you can employ when caring for your chainsaw, however, it is important that the methods that you will use are well-matched to the instructions of your manufacturer. It might be helpful to check the instruction manual before making any drastic changes to your unit. Another essential reminder that you might neglect is the importance of turning off your engine before making any adjustments.
Apart from these tiny reminders, you should be good to go. You can now begin maintaining your treasured chainsaw to your heart’s content and save yourself from bigger expenses if your chainsaw starts acting up.