You never know when you’ll need your trusty chainsaw; any time of the year. If you heat with wood, then you know how important this little machine is in the winter time. Even though there are many parts to a chainsaw, it’s easy to make sure yours is in top running order before you need it. There are always the basic necessities, such as bar oil and fuel to keep a chainsaw running. I’ve listed some other tips on how to keep your saw working properly, no matter what the make and model.
Mix Fuel Properly
All chainsaws require a mix of oil and gasoline, since they have two-stroke engines. Be sure to read the manual your saw came with and the mixing directions on the back of the oil bottle you are mixing with gasoline. For instance, to mix fuel for the Husqvarna chainsaw shown in the pictures, a bottle of two-stroke chainsaw oil is dumped into a 5 gallon gas can and then 2 ½ gallons of unleaded gasoline are then added to the can. As the gasoline is added to the 5 gallon can, it mixes evenly with the oil inside.
Check all Fluids before Starting the Saw
Once you’ve made sure your chainsaw has enough fuel, you’ll want to make sure it also has enough bar oil in it. Tip the chainsaw on its side so the bar oil compartment is facing upwards. This will enable you to unscrew the cap to check the level of bar oil without the oil pouring out all over the place. If the oil level is low, fill it up and put the cap back on. There are also some small holes at the tip of the bar itself. The bar being the long metal piece the chain spins around. The very tip has holes where bar grease should be added each time you use the chainsaw.
Keep reading to learn about the switches and buttons on your chainsaw!