Every time you use a chainsaw, it is deemed to collect dirt and debris in the process. Most of them soak a good ton of thick oil and resin from trees. It’s important that you care and maintain your chainsaw if you wish to have it serve you properly in the long-run.
Cleaning it is just one of the procedures of which we are going to discuss today. A chainsaw brush may be the first accessory you may have for this purpose, but this does not mean you are off the hook when it comes to cleaning your chainsaw.
Chainsaws are regarded as dangerous tools which cause many accidental injuries leading to numerous visits to the emergency room each year. Individual safety features are equipped in each chainsaw, so be sure to check that you have engaged those pertaining your particular chainsaw.
So which is the Correct Chainsaw Cleaning Process?
Get Ready to Clean the Chain
- Turn off the tool and engage the chain brake
- Adjust the knob that loosens the chain slack
- Slide the chain slowly off the guide bar
Cleaning the Chain
- Spray the chain with a degreaser or
- Get a chainsaw detergent and mix it with water in a plastic bucket
- Let the chain soak in the mixture for around 20minutes.
- After it has soaked properly, use a soft brush like a toothbrush to remove the oil and debris that have accumulated over time
- Rinse the chain thoroughly with clean water
- Ensure it is dry before you put it back. An air gun is efficient in drying the tool
- Set the chain back and tension it to the right resistance for oiling
In the meantime, the rest of the machine should be resting on a stable platform. If you have an electric or battery powered chainsaw, then you only need to use a damp cloth to clear out specs of dust and wood from the rest of the frame. But if you own a gas chainsaw; let’s continue with the cleaning process.
Empty the gas tank.
Most chainsaws use 2-stroke engines where you have to mix the oil and the fuel.
- Disengage the oil filter before pouring out the fuel.
- Check for any deposits. You can brush off the deposits or soak it in a detergent for faster cleaning.
- Empty the fuel in a plastic container; that is if the fuel has sat idle for about three months
- Use a solvent or oil thinner to clean the rest of the fuel
- Rinse the tank with a small amount of kerosene.
Now, squeeze the air filter out of the unit. It is sometimes tricky, but the manual will guide you safely.
- Soak it up again with soapy water and rinse it out
- Ensure it is dry before you put it back
The Spark Plug
- Set the chainsaw upright on a flat platform
- Disconnect the spark plug boot from the spark plug
- Use a wrench to remove the spark plug
- Check for excessive deposits on the plug‘s electrodes
- You can file the electrodes or replace the spark plug entirely
- Put back the spark plug without connecting the boot
So, what do you do if the deposit is excessive?
For the spark plug to collect carbon deposits, it means the fuel is burning lean emitting lots of exhaust. It’s important you adjust the position of the carburetor to ensure the engine gets consistent air flow.
Cleaning the Spark Arrester
You’ll find the spark arrester behind the muffler.
- First, spray it with a brake cleaner/alcohol before considering its removal
- If spraying does not work, you’ll have to pull it out
- Use a soft brush to clean out the deposits
- Replace it if it’s too damaged to work properly
Additional Tips to Maintain your Chainsaw
- Always check for loose parts before start of work
- Avoid driving the chainsaw into dirt
- Always cut trees and wood with the recommended cutting diameter for your particular chainsaw
- Use the correct oil-to-fuel ratio to preserve the engine life
We believe you’ll benefit immensely from proper cleaning of your chainsaw. Ensure that you understand safe working procedures plus the potential signs that your chainsaw require instant cleaning. And, keep the cleaning supplies at a secure but easily reachable area.
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