Anyone who uses a chainsaw is familiar with the fact that with every use, the chainsaw accumulates a lot of grime, dust, oil, saps and other materials. The mixture of resin or sap from trees and dirt can dry up and form a thick and hard to remove compound that can drastically reduce the life of your chainsaw.
Apart from increasing the life of your chainsaw, there is another huge reason for giving your hundred percent towards maintaining it in top shape- safety! A chainsaw is perhaps among the most powerful and dangerous hand- held tools which can malfunction and cause accidents if not maintained properly.
Therefore, it is imperative to take the cleaning and maintenance of your chainsaw. You can find more details about power tools on BestHomeGears. The following are a few steps to ensure that your chainsaw is clean and well- maintained:
1. Remove The Chain:
The chain is among the most important parts in a chainsaw. Properly cleaning the chain ensures that it remains sharp and reduces kickbacks and jumps as well.
Make sure that the power is disconnected and place the chain in secured position to prevent any movement and adjust the knob to loosen the chain enough to disconnect it from the body of the chainsaw.
2. Soak The Chain:
Due to the buildup of resins, dirt, and other organic material, it is important to loosen the hold of such compounds from the chain to ensure its longevity. To do this, we need to soak the chain in a solvent of sorts.
You can either use a mixture of household ammonia and water or use packaged cleaners mixed with water for this purpose. Keep the chain soaked for at least 20 minutes, and longer if the buildup seems to be particularly nasty.
3. Use A Brush:
Now, once the buildup has loosened up sufficiently, it is time to totally remove it from the chain. Use a brush with soft bristles, scrub the entire length of the chain by dividing it into sections for more efficient and effective cleaning. Keep doing this until you can see the clean surface of the chain beneath all the grime.
4. Rinse and Repeat If Needed:
Now, just rinse the chain with water and use a soft cloth to immediately dry up the chain to prevent rusting. Go over the chain carefully to check for any trace of left-over grime on the chain. If you fin it, repeat steps 2 and 3 until the chain is totally clean. Once this goal is achieved, you can fix the chain back onto the guide bar of the chainsaw.
5. Oil The Chain:
Like any other machinery, the chainsaw needs to be well oiled to reduce friction, reduce heat, increase efficiency, prevent rust and ensure a long life for the chain. Use manufacturer manufactured or endorsed oil for the best results. Also, empty the chainsaw oil tank after this step to remove the old oil.
6. Drain The Carburetor:
The job of the carburetor is to provide the necessary amount of vaporized fuel to the engine to allow it to burn it and use the energy to run the chainsaw. Hence, it is essential to ensure that it is clean and running properly.
It is necessary to drain it completely first to prevent the diaphragms of the carburetor from sticking to each other.
7. Clean The Parts of The Carburetor:
It is extremely easy to clean the carburetor’s air intake, air filter, diaphragm, cover plate and needle valves. Just use a brush in conjunction with compressed air and/or a spray cleaner.
The gummy brown or gold residues are the ones that have to be removed.
Now, you can just remove the needle valves, diaphragm, and cover plate and place it in the same cleaner you used for the chain and wash these parts similarly. Never use a brush on the exposed carburetor body- only do so on the above-mentioned parts.
Once you’ve done cleaning up your machine, it is time to put it back properly, checking every single screw, nut, and bolt in the process to ensure that you won’t face any issues with it in the future and ensure that it remains an invaluable tool for several years to come.