Maintaining and caring for your chainsaw after every use
Once you have finished working, you should thoroughly clean your chainsaw. To minimise the risk of injury, it is advisable to wear gloves when carrying out these steps. You can either blow away coarse dirt such as dust or wood shavings off with a compressor or remove it using a brush. Then remove the sprocket cover and also clean the sprocket, lubrication and tensioning mechanism of the chain using compressed air and a brush.
Also clean the groove of the chain guide. Check the oil hole on the chain guide for blockages and remove them if necessary. This ensures that the saw chain is sufficiently supplied with oil. If you have a petrol-powered chainsaw, you should also clean the cooling ribs so they don't get clogged.
Next, saw chain oil that stubbornly sticks to the saw can be removed using chainsaw cleaner. It is important to completely remove the saw chain oil because clogging up can affect the functionality of your saw. If, for example, the air filter of a petrol-powered chainsaw becomes clogged, the engine will have starting problems, performance will drop and wear will increase.
You can find chainsaw cleaner in all well-stocked specialist retailers. If you do not have a special cleaner, you could also use kitchen oven cleaner at least on the chain. Its grease dissolving power will usually be sufficient for any sticking oil. However, plastic parts should not come into contact with oven cleaner.
After your thorough cleaning, you should check the following parts and assemblies for tight fit, cracks, damage and functionality:
- Front and rear hand guard,
- Stop-start switch,
- Throttle lever and throttle lock
- Saw chain: Cracks, deformation of the teeth, irregular wear
- Chain brake
- Tension and tensioning mechanism of the chain
- Chain interception bolt
- Lubrication and oil flow of the saw chain
- Free running of the chain in the groove of the chain guide
- For petrol-powered chainsaws: Cooling, air filter, fuel tank