A chainsaw is probably the scariest thing to clean in the entire world. Every time we use a chainsaw, it gets dirty with a lot of saw dust and scraps of wood caught up by the tool. Newer chainsaws nowadays are built with safety in mind. However, just because it’s safer doesn’t mean you don’t have to be careful anymore. At the end of the day, a chainsaw is still considered as one of the most dangerous tool you can have a hands on with.
Handling a chainsaw always need to be taken with care properly. A little damage can gradually become worse along the way. So it is important to handle your chainsaw with care every time you use it. In fact, the more you take care of it, the longer its lifespan will be. A clean chainsaw also gives top-notch performance too. With that said, follow these steps below on how to properly clean your chainsaw.
- Chain Comes First
- A clean chain is equal to a happy chainsaw. If you maintain the chain to be as clean as it can be, it will perform as it is intended too. Not only that, but having a clean chain also prevents unexpected accidents to happen. Thus, keeping you safe as you work with the tool.
- Before anything else, place the chainsaw in a flat surface to prevent it from wobbling. If you are cleaning an electric saw, then make sure that it is unplugged first before starting the cleaning session.
- Remove the chain from the saw by loosening the knob that slacks the chain from the body of the chainsaw. After removing, soak it for 20 minutes in a mixture of cleaner and water.
- Once done, brush the chain by using a soft bristled brush. Brush it until it becomes squeaky clean to look at. Rinse with water and use a soft cloth to dry it immediately to prevent rust from forming up. Now that you’re done with that, it’s time to oil the chain.
- Oil acts as a lubricant for
chains. This is crucial in order for the chainsaw to work properly. By oiling
the chain, it reduces friction between the guide bar and the chain thus
allowing the blade to cut and spin freely without using too much heat energy. Empty
the oil tank after oiling the chain.
- Time to Clean the Chainsaw Carburetor
- The chainsaw carburetor is the one responsible for fuel flow throughout the engine. Having a dirty carburetor will result to malfunctioning, thus, making the engine not to start at all. This will eventually lead to damaging the entire tool if not being taken care of as soon as possible.
- A carburetor is a small air-fuel mixing device that supplies vaporized fuel and air to the engine. It functions by supplying tiny amounts of fuel mixed with air to make the engine work.
- Keep in mind that before cleaning such, it is important to drain the carburetor first to prevent its diaphragms from sticking to each other. It’s also crucial to check each bolt and screws that they stay tightly secured.
- Note: A gummed up carburetor is easier to clean compared to the other. All you need to do is to clean its air filer, air intake, diaphragm, and its cover plate and needle valves.
- Thoroughly inspect the carburetor and check for gummy gold and stick brown residues. Use a spray cleaner to clean any kinds of debris that’s found outside the carburetor. Using a small brush, clean the outside of the carburetor until it looks good as new.
- Now that the outside is clean, you need to remove the needle valves, diaphragm, and also the cover plate. Soak them inside a bowl with a cleaning solution and let it stay for minutes.
- Once done, it’s time to clean the exposed part of the carburetor body. Use a spray cleaner paired with compressed air to clean the holes of the carburetor’s body under the diaphragm and needle valves. Spraying through the air intake will also clean the carburetor’s throttle too. Keep spraying until there is no dirt to be seen. Keep in mind that you should never use a brush when cleaning such to prevent scratches or any kinds of damage.
- Lastly, clean all the extra
parts that you put into the cleaning bowl and let it dry before putting them
back into place.
- Finally, we are now at the final process of cleaning your chainsaw. Now that the chain, the carburetor, and all its parts are thoroughly cleaned, you can now reassemble the whole chainsaw.
- After doing so, place your chainsaw in a dry and ventilated area. Make sure that the room you put it in is dust-free and well-insulated to protect the chainsaw from unexpected weather conditions. Better yet, put the chainsaw inside a cabinet to keep it away from your kids, pets, or anyone in the house that has no idea on how to handle one.
And that’s all of it! Cleaning your chainsaw must not be overlooked. And cleaning it is never a hassle, as long as you follow this three easy steps. Proper maintenance is the key for a well-working chainsaw. So what are you waiting for? Grab your chainsaw and start cleaning it today!