How to Maintain Your Chainsaw Like a Pro

Like any other equipment, your chainsaw requires routine upkeep to ensure that it will keep running at optimal conditions. And as an operator, it is your responsibility to maintain your chainsaw by consistently performing inspections, repairs, and other maintenance procedures.

Learn about proper ways to perform a number of maintenance procedures, as well as helpful tips and tricks in keeping your professional chainsaw in a good condition, in this quick and easy maintenance guide that we have prepared for you.

Safety First

It goes without saying that ample precaution and safety preparations are much needed when handling sharp objects or equipment. It is important that you adhere to safety regulations recommended in the user’s manual that accompanies your chainsaw. While it might be a hassle to wear protective gears and prepare safety tools before doing a task, you have to remember that this is a must to ensure your own safety while working on your equipment.

With that being said, always make sure to wear leather gloves when handling the cutting component of your chainsaw. This will prevent you from injuring your hands in case of any unprecedented accidents. Furthermore, it will be wise to wear clothes like heavy trousers and protective boots. While the latter is not as required as wearing leather gloves, they do make a difference when it comes to protecting vulnerable parts of your body.

Regular Inspection

Inspections play a big part in maintaining any equipment. Through inspecting your chainsaw before using it, you will be made aware of components and parts that seem to be in an odd condition. However, it can be a little overwhelming to check your chainsaw part by part. So with that in mind, we have prepared a checklist of components that you have to check and the things you have to look out for.

Throttle Trigger

Needless to say, your trigger is one part of your chainsaw that you will have to check on regularly. By regularly, we mean that you have to inspect it before each use. If the throttle trigger is sticking or the engine refuses to run idle after you release it, it’s a sign that there is something wrong with your chainsaw. It’s best not to push through with using it and take it to a service center for an assessment instead.

Safety Features

True to their description, safety features are components that ensure the operator’s safety during an operation, so it goes without saying that these parts should really be thoroughly monitored. Always check features such as chain break and throttle trigger lockout if they are functioning properly.

Air Filter

Make it a habit to check on your chainsaw’s air filter before each use. Ensure that it’s not dirty or damaged. You should also keep in mind that the air filter needs routine cleaning or replacement depending on its condition.

Chainsaw Bar

Another component that you should give ample attention to is the chainsaw bar. This area usually takes on wear and tear when your chainsaw operates. Consider turning your bar from time to time so either side does not experience severe wearing. Inspect the bar groove and the lubrication hole as well. Make sure that they are clean and lubricated.

Drive Sprocket

Make time to check on your drive sprocket. You might have to replace it if it’s noticeably worn out. You should also check on the condition of your cutting edges. Sharpen them if necessary. To do this, you may refer to our guideline about how to properly sharpen a chainsaw.

Spark Plug

Check on the condition of your spark plug weely. Keep in mind that it will need cleaning as well. Furthermore, you will have to ensure that the spark plug gap is still 0.5 mm. If not, you will have to replace your spark plug immediately.

Cooling Fins

To ensure proper cooling and heat distribution, you also have to give attention to your cooling fins. This is located in the cylinder of your chainsaw. It will also need some occasional cleaning in order for it to work efficiently.


An equipment’s carburetor has always played a vital role in a machine. Regularly inspect and clean your carburetor and airbox. It is also important to check the screen in your chainsaw’s muffler. Clean it up or replace when necessary.

Bolts and Nuts

Oftentimes, operators completely forget about these components. However, they actually play a very important role in keeping your chainsaw in one piece. Always inspect nuts and bolts in your chainsaw if they seem like loosely fitted. Having loose bolts or nuts can wear and tear other components of your chainsaw since they are operating improperly. This can result in various safety hazards especially when you are in the middle of using the equipment. With this in mind, always remember to tighten any loose bolts and nuts properly before starting up your chainsaw.  

Maintenance Procedures

We understand how overwhelming maintaining your chainsaw is especially for first-time operators or users. So to ensure that you are executing them properly, we have prepared a quick guide on general maintenance procedures such as how to clean your chainsaw properly and how to change the chain and bar.

How To Clean A Chainsaw

It goes without saying that your chainsaw will definitely need some cleaning occasionally. It actually serves an important role in chainsaw maintenance. By routinely cleaning your chainsaw, you are allowing it to work and operate in optimal conditions and giving it a longer lifespan. But despite these advantages, many operators are reluctant to clean their chainsaw mainly because they do not know how. Fret not, however. We are here to guide you through the entire process.

Step 1: Clean the chain brake band

To do this, you have to locate the clutch cover and remove it. Clean your chain brake band with a cloth. Wipe debris and dirt off of it.

Step 2: Clean the chainsaw bar

Clean your chainsaw bar by scooping out or scraping off debris from inside the track using a thin piece of wood or metal.

Step 3: Move on to the cylinder

Remove the cover of your cylinder. Clean the air filter as well as the cooling fins. Make sure to get rid or unclog these components if you notice any debris build-up that seems stuck between the slots.

Step 4: Put the components back together

After you have cleaned the components, carefully put them back in place. Remember to tighten bolts and nuts along the way as well.

Step 5: Clean the chainsaw’s exterior

Of course, you will have to clean the outside as well as the inside. You can do this by using a cloth to wipe off debris. Feel free to scrape away any stubborn stains or debris build-up also with a thin piece of metal.

Step 6: Lubricate your chainsaw

Make it a habit to occasionally lubricate your chainsaw. This protects the components of your equipment from rusting. Moreover, lubricating can ensure that parts and components will move smoothly once the chainsaw is operated.

How To Replace Your Chainsaw Chain

Once the longest cutting tooth has been worn down to less than 4 mm, your chainsaw will then need a chain replacement. So if you notice that your chainsaw is in dire need of a new chain, here is how you can replace it.

Step 1: Replace the chain with a new one

Remove your chainsaw bar as well as the pre-existing chain that you have. Afterward, carefully put your new chain in place of the old one.

Step 2: Adjust the tension on the new chain

Needless to say, adjustments will have to be done in consideration of your new chain. Fittings that are compatible with your old chain may not be suitable for the replacement. Adjust the tension on the new chain. Make sure that tension is just right, not too loose that it comes off the bar and not too tight to wear off the bar.

Step 3: Reattach the chainsaw bar and test the chain

Put the chainsaw bar back in place. Afterward, test the chain by slightly pulling it up about 1 cm from the bar. If your chain is properly installed, you should find it easy to rotate it around the bar even with just using your hand.

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