Troubleshooting Your Chainsaw

December 19, 2011



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Calibrate and fine-tune your chainsaw before using it to cut firewood for your wooden stove or fireplace this winter season.

If you maintain and care for your chainsaw, it will last a long time and will be there for you to use every time you need it

Most well built chainsaws are rugged machines, but as with all machinery, they will wear and tear over a period of time.

Slow down the aging process of your chainsaw by taking care of the motor, making sure the fuel is fresh, adjusting the chain, etc.

Chainsaw Parts and information

Chainsaw Parts and Information

Here are a few easy steps to adjust your chainsaw and get it ready for the wood burning season:

  • Make sure to lock the switch on the chainsaw so the motor does not accidentally turn on while you are in the middle of your maintenance procedures.
  • Inspect the extension cord to ensure it is in good shape, check for blown fuses on the electrical panel and replace faulty fuses if necessary.
  • If oil is not reaching the chainsaw chain, remove the flat metal bar called the guide bar and clean it well.
  • Check to make sure that there is enough oil in the machine, and fill the oil tank if necessary.
  • Inspect the fuel filter, replace the fuel line if clogged, and rebuild the carburetor if it is not showing signs of life.
  • Check the spark plug and the air filter and replace both if necessary.
  • If the chainsaw chain or chain components  is loose or wobbly, adjust the tension on the saw chain by slightly loosening the bar nuts.
  • If the chain stalls easily or runs at a speed that seems too slow, the voltage supply might be too low and you might need a more powerful extension cord – no less than 1.5mm at distances up to 100 ft.

For chainsaw parts, maintenance advice, repair information, videos and more, visit this excellent outdoor power equipment resource.

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