Your chainsaw is going to be one of the most important tools for you to be able to complete any task or project. So what do you do to make sure that it’s always ready and available for use? Well the first thing you should do is make sure you maintain it properly and there are several steps that you can use to do just that. We’ll go through some of the most important ones right here so you can get your chainsaw in proper operating shape and have it ready for anything.
1. Clean Regularly
The number one thing (see what we did there?) is to make sure that your chainsaw is always clean. Every single time you use it make sure you wipe it down afterward and get rid of any pieces of wood or other materials that may get stuck. You also want to get rid of any sawdust or other debris as this can cause rust or other damage. It could also be dangerous if you don’t realize those pieces are there when you start the saw up again the next time you want to use it. Checking it over after each use keeps everyone safer.
2. Sharpen the Blade
Make sure your blade is always sharp when you’re cutting. A dull blade isn’t just going to mess up your project; it could be a problem for the saw because that dull blade might kickback or cause other problems while in use. In the end, you could end up with more damage to the saw or even injury to yourself because the blade isn’t in good shape. Make sure you’re paying attention at all times and checking for wear on the blade before use. Also check for problems while you’re cutting that might indicate a dull blade.
3. Monitor the Starter
Your saw needs a starter cord in order to run and that starter cord can easily become frayed or damaged over time just through standard use. You want to make sure that you’re checking that cord to make sure that any damage is taken care of quickly. Just pulling the cord out and looking it over and then letting it slide back again will allow you to get a good idea of what’s going on with the starter and whether it’s going to run properly when you need it to the next time.
4. Check the Oil
It may seem strange if you’re not the type of person who uses a chainsaw frequently, but your saw does need oil in order to run. If the oil is getting old you could end up with damage to the chainsaw. If anything gets into the filter you could also end up with some problems so you want to make sure you’re checking both of these areas to make sure your oil is changed when it needs to be and also to make sure that the filter isn’t getting too dirty or clogged, which can result in further damage over time.
5. Take it Apart
You don’t need to do this very frequently but every once in a while take apart your chainsaw and clean it up. This should be more than just the general cleaning we already mentioned but should include cleaning out every piece and checking all of the filters and components for damage. You can replace anything that needs it and you’ll be able to see what kind of shape the unit is in. This is important if you’re going to use it frequently. Also make sure you take it apart and look for any damage if you notice problems or something not working right.
6. Watch Closely
The best thing you can do is make sure that you’re always watching your chainsaw when you’re using it. You want to know exactly how it works and you want to make sure you’re noticing whenever something seems a little off. That’s going to let you know there’s a problem long before it becomes a major issue. As a result, you may be able to fix the problem rather than having to replace something or having to get an entirely new chainsaw.
7. Put it Away Carefully
You want to make sure you’re storing your saw properly in order to prolong its life expectancy. If you’re not taking good care of it you could end up with rust or other damage that isn’t even from use but from being put away somewhere that it’s not going to be safe. You don’t want it anywhere that water is going to get into the case and you definitely don’t want it somewhere it could easily be knocked down. Making sure it’s always stored safely is going to help you keep it running a whole lot longer.
8. Cool it Down
Don’t let your chainsaw get too hot while you’re using it, which could cause overheating. You may need to take a break every so often and you’ll want to make sure you’re paying attention when your saw starts getting warm. As it starts to get older you might notice this more and more frequently, which you’re definitely going to want to take care of as quickly as you can. Don’t let your saw continue overheating while you’re using it as this could cause damage to parts or even cause the entire saw to break down.
Overall, the better the level of care that you give to your chainsaw the better it’s going to serve you over time. You want to be able to use it as long as possible because a good chainsaw is not going to be a cheap investment. The more you pay attention, the better you’re going to be able to care for your chainsaw and definitely the better you’re going to feel when you find out what’s wrong before it’s going to cost you a fortune. You’re also going to be super happy with the way that it continues to run that entire time, instead of starting to wear out over time like some of your other tools.