All you need to know about chainsaw blade maintenance

A good chainsaw can be quite an investment. You spent a fair amount of money on it in the hopes that it will cut and saw anything you need for years to come. Whether you bought a budget-friendly model or a top-of-the line tool, you will need to perform some regular maintenance to ensure that your chainsaw will run smoothly for years to come. Luckily, chainsaw maintenance is fairly similar to the maintenance you are used to performing on other power tools in your garage.

Chainsaw parts get a lot of gunk in them. Between oil, moisture and tree particles flying around, it is no wonder that debris, sawdust, tiny woodchips and other items can make their way into the chain. This debris can wear down the chainsaw blades over time and if it gets bad enough, can cause the chain to seize. If you follow these steps for cleaning, you should be able to lengthen the time between replacement chainsaw blades. First, clean your chainsaw blades after each use with a tiny steel brush made especially for this purpose. The brush should help you loosen debris and keep the chain from gunking up. If you already have some build-up on the chain, then you will need to do a heavy-duty clean. Release the chain from the chainsaw and soak it in a bucket of cleaner to help loosen old caked-on particles. Make sure to follow your manufacturer's instructions to know what types of cleaning solutions are best for your chain. When you are cleaning your chain, always ensure that it is returned to a properly snug position. You can usually adjust the tightness with a tension knob on your machine.

Staying sharp

Every so often, you will also need to sharpen your chainsaw blades. This can be done with a tabletop sharpener or by hand out in the field. You will need a set of hand files if you would like to sharpen your chainsaw on the go. Keeping your blades sharp will ensure that you get a smooth cut every time and will also help to extend the life of your chain. Of course, you will eventually have to replace your chain no matter how well you maintain it. Replacement is dependent upon use; if you use your chainsaw a lot, then you will need to replace it regularly. If you use your chainsaw every now and then, you might only have to replace it every couple of years.

Finally, always do a visual inspection of your chainsaw before use. This may seem more like a safety tip than a maintenance tip, but frequent visual inspections will catch little problems before they become big ones. You can do your visual inspection while you are oiling up your chain before use. If you prefer, you can do a visual inspection while you are cleaning your chain following a use as well. If your chainsaw is malfunctioning or making strange noises, take it in to a service professional for evaluation and repair.

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