Chainsaws are versatile, powerful, and durable, but they can also be extremely dangerous. While proper handling is essential for avoiding injuries, routine maintenance also plays a role, preventing accidents caused by dull teeth or worn-out components. The frequently asked questions below will help keep your chainsaw in the same shape it was the day you brought it home from the hardware store.
Answering Common Questions About Chainsaw Maintenance
How often should I check the lubricant?
In addition to fuel, your chainsaw also needs lubricant for both the bar and the chain itself. Ideally, it’s best to check the tanks before each use, and get specialized lubricant from the hardware store instead of using motor oil.
When do the blades need to be sharpened?
A dull chainsaw blade throws up large debris and is more likely to kick back, potentially causing serious injury. Generally, you should sharpen your chain as soon as it starts to cut dust rather than chips, or you have to physically force it through the wood.
How can I tell if my saw needs a new chain?
With proper lubrication and regular maintenance, a chainsaw blade can last for over five years, even with heavy usage. To see if your chain is worn out, inspect the teeth for significant damage, and look for the cutter’s mark on each tooth. If it’s seriously damaged or there’s no more metal between the blade and the mark, it’s time to get a new chain from the hardware store.
How should I store my chainsaw?
If you’re putting your chainsaw away for more than a couple of months, empty the fuel tank and thoroughly clean the inside. Then remove both the chain and guide bar, spray both with protective lubricant, and store everything in an area free of both dust and moisture.
As one of Western New York’s favorite hardware stores, The Hole Works in Franklinville offers a wide selection of chainsaws by Stihl®, one of the leading manufacturers in the industry. Whether you’re a contractor or DIY enthusiast, their helpful staff will help find the perfect chainsaw for your needs. Visit their website for more on their inventory of high-quality power tools or call (716) 676-3998.