Chainsaw Sharpener - A Must Have Tool For Chainsaw Maintenance

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					Chainsaw Sharpener - A Must Have Tool For Chainsaw Maintenance
If you want to be able to take your chainsaw out of the garage and use
it, whenever you need it, without trouble you will have to do some
chainsaw maintenance, even if it's out of season. There are some basics
you need to do to make sure you maintain your chainsaw well.
Sharpening:
You must keep your chainsaw sharpened. You can easily do this with a
chainsaw sharpener. You can tell your chain is dull in a couple of ways.
Is it biting through the wood? Chainsaw chains should grab the wood and
pull itself through the cut. When a chain fails to do this it is probably
because it is dull. Also a sharp chainsaw should throw out decent sized
wood chips. If you find your chainsaw is throwing out nothing more than
saw dust you need to sharpen your chain.
A dull chain makes cutting much more difficult and increases the chance
of accidents. So making sure you have a sharp chain is imperative to safe
cutting.
The Fuel System:
Make sure to keep the fuel free of moisture and all other contaminates.
Chainsaws use a mix of oil and gas. The exact ratio for the mixture will
depend on which model you are using. To avoid using the wrong gas make
sure to label the gas can. It's easy to use the wrong one with all the
small yard tools having different gas/oil ratios. You do not want to use
gas mixed for another appliance.
Check the fuel filter often during peak use times. It can easily become
clogged and this decreases the flow of fuel going to the saw. Make sure
you clean your fuel filter regularly and change it when needed, which may
be up to once a week if you are using your saw a lot.
The Chain:
In addition to keeping your chain sharp there are other factors that need
to be checked to make sure your McCulloch chainsaw is running safely and
in optimal condition. You want to check the chain to make sure it is
loose, but not too loose. If your chainsaw's chain is too tight or too
loose it will cause problems. When the saw is off the chain brake is
released you should be able to manually feed the chain through the saw.
Make sure you frequently check the bar retaining nuts as they can come
loose from all the vibration.
Give your saw a once over before you fire it up, each time you use it.
Look for bent teeth, or bends or crimps in the bar. Make sure the chain
moves easily around the bar.
There is no warning light when you are getting low, and you may be
surprised how quickly go through it. Check the bar and chain oil level
frequently during use. Add more before you see the smoke coming from your
saw.
Air Filter:
McCulloch chainsaws are always used in dusty environments. it's just part
of what chainsaws do. Because of the dusty environment you must clean the
air filter after every use. Before you expose the air filter, make sure
to clean the outside of the saw and move it to an area away from sawdust
or other materials that could fall into the carburetor. Remove the filter
and clean it with an air compressor or as recommended in your owners'
manual. During peak usage periods you will probably need to replace the
air filter once a week.
Engine:
It is best to take your chainsaw to a professional chainsaw technician if
you suspect there is an engine problem. They have the tool and expertise
to efficiently and correctly fix your chainsaw.
Out of Season Storage:
If you don't use your chainsaw for more than 30 days at a time, you need
to take some special precautions to limit damage to your saw. Drain all
fuel out of the tank. Next, drain all fuel from the line and carburetor
by starting the saw and running it until it stops. Drain all oil and
remove the bar and chain. Store the chain in an airtight container that
is filled with oil so that the entire chain is submerged. Apply a light
coating of oil to the bar and wrap it in paper. Clean the exterior and
interior of the saw. Remove the spark plug and apply a rust inhibitor
into the combustion chamber. Replace spark plug and pull the starter rope
slowly several times to distribute the inhibitor over the cylinder.
There's nothing worse than needing to use your chainsaw and finding it
doesn't run. You can keep it running in good condition no matter what
with a little maintenance during use and proper storage during the off
season. To learn more about chainsaw maintenance and how to use a
chainsaw sharpener stop by chainsaw sharpener information.

				
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