Good tips for Chainsaw Maintenance

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  • Good tips for Chainsaw Maintenance

    Posted by Darren on August 30, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Here are some of my tips for chainsaw care and for good longevity. First, clean the saw and spray chain and bar with a light oil like WD-40. After about 15 to 20 cuts flip the bar and sharpen or swap the chain for even wear. I have a case for each saw to store in when not in use, and keep a quart of bar oil with the saw. Over extended periods of time, I will drain the fuel and bar oil-less mess. Keep fuel lines and primer bulbs on hand and a fuel filter or 2 and of course a spark plug to round out the reserves. I will be starting a video series on this subject this week, stay tuned.

    Darren.

    KenJr replied 1 year, 3 months ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
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  • SilverLining

    Member
    August 30, 2022 at 1:48 am

    I look forward to seeing more on this subject. Other equipment maintenance will be great too!

    • Darren

      Community Leader
      August 30, 2022 at 1:50 am

      I will put that on the list, thank you.

      Darren

      • Saul-Good

        Member
        August 30, 2022 at 12:49 pm

        Hey Darren. I work on small engines and what constitutes appx 50% of the repairs we take in are fuel system related. One product we’ve found that is consistently good for the long haul is Husqvarna mixed or 4 cycle gas. The worst thing is when hubby is away and the power goes out and the Mrs has to try to start a generator with varnished gas in a metal tank/bowl. The shop owner had the same 1 gallon of Husq fuel in his generator in the shed for 6 years. Last check, it had all evaporated. For generators and the average homeowner that uses their saw a couple times a year, the Husq gas is cheap “will start insurance”. We’ve seen water in ” Tru fuel” and other canned gas but Husq is consistently good if tank is clean to begin with and tank sealed up. Husq will extend your warranty if you buy several cans with purchase of a new saw, trimmer etc. Some dealers sell in bulk (bring your own can) but smaller quantities can be purchased at big box stores like Lowes, HD. Hope that’s useful to somebody.

    • Darren

      Community Leader
      December 21, 2022 at 2:34 am

      Hey Lesa, just saw your reply. I am working on a training course for small engine repair for the Homesteader. By the end you will be Abel to troubleshoot most anything and diagnose problems. Workbook and all.

  • Darren

    Community Leader
    August 30, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    That should be very helpful for those that are forgetful(I mean “preocupied”). Any little tips will help. Equipment isn’t getting any cheaper and parts, well if can ever get them, aren’t ether. Thank you Saul

    Darren.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by  Darren.
  • AutumnDawn

    Member
    December 2, 2022 at 4:13 am

    We’re about to start a big project cutting up fallen trees. All chainsaw tips will be appreciated.

    • Darren

      Community Leader
      December 21, 2022 at 2:40 am

      Sorry for the late response. As far as the chainsaw goes just keep running good fuel in it and keep a sharp chain. The extras are changing fuel filters often and make sure you flip the cutting bar every so often. Also ensure the oiler is always working. Have an extra spark plug and chain with you will make your day go better.

  • JeffBen

    Member
    December 21, 2022 at 3:07 am

    Ironton Portable Chainsaw Sharpener — 12V, 55 Watt, 25,000 RPM | Northern Tool These are a great tool to have handy. I usually have the tractor close can just clamp it on sharpen up and get back to work

    • Darren

      Community Leader
      December 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm

      Hey JeffBen, thanks for the link, that looks like a cheaper alternative to the Dremel. I will put that on my review list.

  • KenJr

    Member
    January 5, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing

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