All tools require regular maintenance, but some are particularly important to keep up with. One such tool is the chainsaw. Left too long without care, it can become more than a tool for cutting down trees – it can turn into something very dangerous.
Keep Your Chain Sharp
A chainsaw that is dull can catch in the wood and kick back on you. While it may not cut wood as well, it could injure you, so this must be avoided. You can use a file to carefully sharpen each tooth, but you may prefer to turn this over to a professional.
If you do choose to sharpen the chain on your own, be sure to secure the tool and use the chain brake. Then begin to sharpen the cutting teeth by setting the file depth gauge so that the arrows point at the bar nose. You can then file at a right angle to the rollers and carefully sharpen every other tooth. Then turn the saw around and do the remaining teeth.
The process can be tedious, which is why many people prefer to hire someone else to do the maintenance.
Check and Maintain the Oil Levels
Before each use of the chainsaw, you should look at the bar and chain oil level. If it needs more oil, make sure you top it up. It’s a good idea to always have the proper oil for your saw on hand in order to maintain the saw.
Without the right oil levels, the chainsaw will have difficulty working correctly, so you need to keep this in mind and make certain to check the levels frequently.
Clean the Saw After Every Use
No matter what you’re using your chainsaw for, it’s going to get dirty. Debris tends to collect in the saw teeth and it may pick up sap or other substances, as well. This is normal, but if you don’t clean it all off, you could end up with chips causing problems or with other issues.
Before you use the saw, check the air filter. If it’s dirty, you can clean it before use. However, if the filter is just too dirty to clean easily, you’ll need to replace it.
Once you’ve finished for the day, use a stiff brush to clean off all the debris that has caught on the saw. Wipe it down if there is any sap on it. Dish soap can work well to clean this off, but it’s important to dry the saw very well after. You may also apply oil to it to prevent damage from moisture in the air.
Look after your chainsaw and it will serve you for many years to come. However, it’s also important to take it in for servicing from time to time. If you would like to have someone clean and service your chainsaw, contact Basically Tool Hire today.