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.