Chainsaw maintenance tips and tricks

Just like pickup trucks, pro football teams, and politicians, everyone has an opinion about the very best chainsaw brands available on the market today – and everyone is gung ho about their favorite and pretty much down on the rest of the competition!

But we really feel like the best chainsaw is a perfectly maintained, razor-sharp, and safely used chainsaw, and that’s what we kind of want to highlight in this quick guide.

Going through a proper chainsaw maintenance process on a regular basis is going to help you have a lot more confidence when it’s time to use your chainsaw, but it’s also going to improve the overall results you get out of this piece of equipment as well.

Preventative maintenance extends the utility of your chainsaw dramatically

Pretty much everyone knows that you’re going to have to refuel and remix gas in your chainsaw on a regular basis, that you’re going to have to adjust the tension on your bar and chain from time to time, and that you’re going to have to hit a sweet spot with oil and lubrication all over the chainsaw – but a lot of folks avoid preventative maintenance for too long and really cripple the longevity of a pretty expensive piece of equipment.

What a mistake!

Thankfully though, running through preventative maintenance shouldn’t take you all that long and it is only going to really be necessary a handful of times each year. Think of it as an oil change or a tuneup for your chainsaw and you’ll be able to wrap your head around it pretty quickly.

Preventative maintenance includes…

The first thing that you’re going to want to do when it comes time to knock out preventative maintenance for your chainsaw is really assess the quality of your chainsaw and find the key areas that you’ll want to work on first.

Brand-new chainsaws are going to require very little maintenance, maybe a swapout of the fluids that they have been running for a while and a tightening of your bar as well as a visual check on the chain to make sure that it is still in rocksolid condition.

Chainsaws that have seen a considerable amount of use, however, should be checked over more thoroughly.

You’ll want to run a fresh tank of gas through older chainsaws, paying specific attention to how the motor sounds and whether or not it needs a little bit of TLC. You’ll also want to swapout all fluids (lubricating oil as well as bar and chain oil) completely, really cleaning down the chainsaw before you apply new fluids.

Finally, it’s not a bad idea swapping out your chain every year (or as necessary throughout the year). Yes, chains can be sharpened, but eventually – like any other tool – they are going to reach their breaking point, and you don’t want to find that out the hard way when you’re in the middle of a project or when you are on the way to the emergency room!

Handle these bits and pieces of preventative maintenance on a routine basis (say every month or so, every quarter, or every six months at the very latest) and you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.