How to Care for your Chainsaw
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter184 guides
- Sharpening the chain
- Adjusting the chain
- Carburetor adjustment
How to adjust the chain tension
How to sharpen the chain
In order to sharpen the chain, it's necessary to have a file depth gauge that allows for the file to fit in between the gouges on the chain. Then proceed to the following step:
- Secure the chainsaw. It is much easier to sharpen the chain by securing the chainsaw by the guide bar with a vice;
- Begin by finding the link that has the most worn of the cutting teeth in order to gauge how much filing is necessary and engage the chain brake to immobilize the chain. Mark this first link with a felt tip pen;
- Position the file depth gauge on the chain at the marked link so that the arrows point towards the nose of the bar. File at a right angle to the chainsaw rollers;
- Sharpening is completed by filing each gouge with several smooth, even, pushing strokes for the entirety of chain.
- Once all of the chain is sharpened on the first side, disengage the brake so that the chain may advance and turn the chainsaw around in order to continue with the other side as the chain is made up of alternating gouges facing in opposite directions. The same process is then repeated - secure the chainsaw, position the file depth gauge, choose the most worn link, etc.
How to check the lubrication of the chain
Then, in order to know if it is well greased, start the chainsaw and stand in front of a piece of cardboard. If the chain is well oiled you will be able to see oil splatters on the cardboard while the chainsaw is running. The guide bar and the head of the bar must be lubricated without any debris that could jam and dislodge the chain.
Cleaning the guide bar
How to clean the sparking plug
In order to remove the plug, disconnect the anti-interference and use a ratchet and spark plug socket wrench. Clean the plug gap and the electrode, blow away any residue left after brushing, and replace the spark plug by hand before tightening it with the socket wrench. Spark plugs are items that wear out and need to be replaced periodically. All cleaning should be done after the chainsaw has rested for a period time as spark plugs heat up during use.
How to refuel
How to clean filters
Idle Speed Screws and Throttle Stop Screws
First both screws must be gently screwed onto their seats completely and then each one loosened with one and a half turns. Then, start the chainsaw and with the choke screw positioned towards L, begin turning it towards H until the engine revs up enough so that it sounds like the rpm has reached at its maximum. To keep your engine running smoothly, never run it at full speed as it risks freezing the engine. Once maximum rpm is reached, back off slightly on the choke screw. The screw on the low setting will keep the engine running without stalling. In order to adjust it, with the chainsaw resting at the low idle speed, begin to rev the engine up to its maximum. If it stalls out, the screw must be loosened as the engine was flooded.
Wintering or Storing
The wintering of a chainsaw consists of a complete maintenance:
- Sharpening the chain as required;
- Cleaning sprockets, guide bar and crank case;
- Emptying the tank and cleaning the fuel filter;
- Cleaning spark plugs;
- Protecting guide bar with its housing.
Precautions before use
Due to numerous accidents, before using:
- Check the general appearance of the chain saw and test the safety devices including the chain brake;
- Make sure that there are not any screws that might have come loose from vibration during use ;
- Asses the tautness of the chain and the cleanliness of the guide bar;
- Check fuel levels, especially the chain oil;
- Wear ear protection, safety glasses and work gloves. Specific clothing such as safety chaps are also designed for wearing when using a chainsaw.
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