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Regular chainsaw maintenance

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Regular chainsaw maintenance doesn't only keep your chainsaw healthy, it will keep you healthy as well.

Proper chainsaw maintenance not only extends the life of the tool but also ensures safe and efficient operation, reducing the risk of accidents during use. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines and safety precautions when maintaining and using a chainsaw. Here are some tips to keep your chainsaw in perfectly working order.

Tandem Chainsaws

Cleaning chainsaw

Regular Cleaning

After each use, make sure to clean the chainsaw thoroughly. Remove any debris, sawdust, or oil buildup from the chain, guide bar, and air filters. This helps maintain proper functioning and prevents clogging.

checking chainsaw tension

Chain Tension

Check the chain tension frequently. A properly tensioned chain ensures safe and efficient cutting. If it's too loose, it can jump off the guide bar, and if it's too tight, it can cause excessive wear or damage.

Sharpening chainsaw blades

Sharpen the Chain

Dull chains reduce cutting efficiency and can be dangerous. Use a chainsaw file or a sharpening tool to keep the chain teeth sharp. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the correct filing angle and depth.

Air Filter Maintenance

Clean or replace the air filter as needed. A clogged air filter can affect engine performance and increase fuel consumption.

Inspect guide bar on chainsaw

Inspect the Guide Bar

Regularly inspect the guide bar for wear, cracks, or damage. Replace if you notice any signs of wear to maintain precise cutting and reduce the risk of accidents.


Chainsaws require proper lubrication to prevent overheating and reduce friction. Regularly check the chain oil reservoir and refill it with the appropriate oil to ensure smooth operation.

2 Stroke oil mixture

Fuel Mix and Storage

If your chainsaw uses a gasoline engine, always use the correct fuel mix as specified in the manufacturer's manual. Additionally, when storing the chainsaw for an extended period, empty the fuel tank and run the engine until it's out of fuel to prevent fuel-related issues.

Safety Checks

Regularly inspect the chainsaw's safety features, such as the chain brake and throttle lockout, to ensure they are functioning correctly.

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Professional Maintenance

For more complex maintenance tasks or if you're unsure about a specific issue, consider taking your chainsaw to a professional service center for inspection and repair.

These few steps and checks if done regularly will add years onto your machines life. Happy cutting.

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