You have probably Googled, ‘How to clean a chainsaw’, but we’ll do you one better. If you wish to extend the useful life of your chainsaw, you need to make sure that it is operating at its best condition. To do so, you will have to carry out some general care and maintenance steps which include:

  1.  Checking the chain and bar’s oil level before every use
  2.  Keep the chain sharp for more efficient results and to prevent kickbacks
  3.  Clean the debris off the chainsaw after every use

Always be careful when handling sharp objects and wear necessary protective clothing. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself then don’t.

How to Sharpen the Chain of Your Chainsaw

To sharpen the cutting teeth of the chainsaw, you will first have to pace your chainsaw in a secure position. Once this has been done, go ahead and engage the chain brake and begin sharpening the cutting teeth of the chain. While doing so, make sure that the file depth gauge has its arrows pointing towards the bar nose of the chainsaw.

Now begin filing the chainsaw at a right angle to the chainsaw rollers. Go ahead and file all of the cutting teeth in a pushing and smooth stroke. When you’re done, you can turn the chainsaw around and begin on the other side.

How to Clean a Chainsaw

This is another very important part of how to clean a chainsaw maintenance process. The specific parts of this process that need special attention include locating the clutch cover and removing the cover. Once this has been done, begin cleaning the chain brake band. You may also clean the chainsaw bar with the help of a slim piece of metal or wood in order to scoop out all the debris stuck inside the chain track.

Next, you should locate the cylinder cover and begin removing it. Once removed, you can wash the air filter and clear the cooling fins by removing any debris you can spot visually. Lastly, you can check the flywheel fins to locate any contaminants. These can cause blockages in the air that cools the chainsaw engine and should be cleared away.

Lubricating the Chainsaw’s Chain Using WD-40

Naturally, the chain of your chainsaw will need to be oiled well to function perfectly. To make sure that it functions well, grab some WD-40. WD-40 works great for both – rust prevention and lubrication. Other than this, it will also prevent some future contaminants that are inevitable after every use.

So there you have it fellow lumberjacks. Your chainsaw is well oiled and sharpened for your next project. Now all you have to do is make sure that you clean and maintain your chainsaw on a regular basis for a longer and more effective life for this essential power tool. If a proper maintenance process isn’t in place, then you will most likely have to make an expensive replacement soon enough.

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