How To Clean Your Chainsaw Like A Pro

Aug 20, 2018 | Blog

Every time you use your chainsaw, it always gets covered with thick gobs of oil, its chain gets dirty with a mixture of dirt and sawdust and even sap or resin from the wood of a log or tree.

Learning how to properly clean your chainsaw could easily be a matter of life and death. While the new chainsaws are equipped to be safer than ever, due to their sophisticated technology and sturdy construction, a chainsaw is still considered to be one of the most dangerous tool.

To extend and maintain the life of your chainsaw and make sure it is clean and in top working condition. Even if your chainsaw is newly brought, you just can’t expect it to keep running always, because a little abuse and neglect goes a long way.

What would be worse if the chainsaw dies in the middle of its duty?

By giving time to clean your chainsaw can save your life or prevent any unwanted accident, as well as extending the life of the chainsaw. But that’s only if you clean your chainsaw it right.

Proper cleaning, care, and storage lengthens the life of your chainsaw.  A clean chainsaw in a good working condition will give you years of efficient, hassle-free service just like any tool.

With proper cleaning, your chainsaw will provide many years of service. Take the time to read the entire article carefully to learn how to clean your chainsaw correctly.

How To Clean Your Chainsaw

Step 1: Cleaning the chain.

cleaningThis is the most important part of chainsaw cleaning. Cleaning the chain will help keep the saw running and working the way it is intended to work. A well cleaned chains will also reduce any accidental jumps or kickbacks when you use it, keeping you safe while using this dangerous tool.

IMPORTANT: Put the chainsaw in a secured position so that the saw does not move as you are working. Also, if you are cleaning an electric saw, make sure that you disconnect it from any source of power to prevent any chance of accident.

To clean the chain, you must remove it from the saw. Adjust the knob that loosens or tightens the slack of the chain and slide the chain off its guide bar to completely remove the chain. After you remove the chain, it will need to soak in some mixture of cleaner and water. Soak for about 20 minutes.

Tip: You can use a mixture of household ammonia and water, use a cup of ammonia for every gallon of water.

After soaking, use a soft bristle brush and gently scrub the entire saw chain, brush until it is visibly clean. Then rise it thoroughly with water, make sure to dry it off immediately and ensure there is no moisture left to prevent rust from forming.

You are now ready to oil the chain.

To work properly, chainsaw chains and its bars must be lubricated. Oiling the chain reduces any friction between the guide bar and the chain allowing the blade to cut evenly and spin freely while minimizing the heat energy produced.

After thoroughly cleaning and oiling your chain, empty the chainsaw oil tank.

Step 2: Cleaning the Chainsaw carburetor.

pexels-photo-116741It also essential to clean the carburetor, if it’s not cleaned and clogged it will restrict the flow of fuel to the engine, as a result, the engine may not start. Additionally, you can damage the saw by not properly cleaning the engine’s components.

The carburetor is a small, air-fuel mixing device that supplies vaporized fuel and air to the engine. Its main function is to accurately supply extremely tiny amounts of fuel and mix it with the air entering the engine so that the engine runs properly.

Reminder: Remember to drain the carburetor first, to prevent its diaphragms from sticking together. Also check all the nuts, bolts, and screws to make sure they are staying tight.

If you have a gummed up carburetor, cleaning it out is a very simple; just clean the carburetor’s air filer, air intake, diaphragm and its cover plate, and needle valves.

Check the carburetor and look for a gummy gold or brown residues. You should be able to clean it easily by with a spray cleaner or use compressed air to clean other debris from the outside of the carburetor. Also use a small brush, thoroughly clean the outside of the carburetor.

Once the outside is clean, you may now remove the needle valves, next is the diaphragm and its cover plate, and place all of them in the bowl with the mixture of your preferred cleaner.

You now have the exposed carburetor body.

Spray the cleaner with a compressed air into all the carburetor’s body holes under the diaphragm and needle valves. You also need to spray through the air intake to clean the carburetor’s throttle as well.  Make sure it the body is cleaned thoroughly and no more dirt is visible anywhere.

Keep in mind: Never use a brush on it. A spray cleaner or compressed air by itself should be enough to make it clean.

Go back again to your cleaning bowl, clean and brush the needles valves, the diaphragm and its cover plate.

Step 3: Reassemble the carburetor and the whole unit.

ressembleAfter cleaning, you can now reassemble the carburetor. Also, reassemble the whole chainsaw as well.

After reassembling, rotate your chainsaw and make sure it is running in all possible positions.

Store your chainsaw in a dry, well ventilated place. Your chainsaw should be stored in a dust-free environment and protect it from the weather. The best place to store it is in a lockable cabinet.

Cleaning your chainsaw chain will ensure it performs safely and precisely as you need it to. Making sure its chain and carburetor are clean, your saw’s engine should last you many years of work. By paying attention to details, these simple steps to clean your chainsaw will give you the rewards of a long-lasting cutting machine.

John McDonald

Chainsaw Expert for

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