Cutting woods and clearing a chainsaw is dirty work. When you use your chainsaw, the chain gets dirty with a mixture of dirt, chain lubricant, sawdust or resin from the wood of a log or tree. Most of the time, using a heavy-duty chainsaw brush will remove the much of the dirt and debris from your chain. It is important to clean the chainsaw regularly to keep its engine and chain mechanism working properly. If you want to keep your chainsaw fit, then you have to clean it properly. If you don’t properly maintain your chainsaw, its engine may misfire, and the chain bar may receive insufficient lubrication.
Cleaning your chainsaw regularly is an important part of maintenance. A chainsaw should be cleaned regularly. A well-maintained chainsaw lasts longer. So, it doesn’t need frequent repairs.
Methods of cleaning a chainsaw:
Step by step guide that will help you when cleaning the various parts of your chainsaw given below-
Spark Plug: Set your chainsaw upright on the flat surface, and pull the spark plug boot from the spark plug. Remove the spark plug by using a spark plug wrench. Clean the electrodes with a file, or replace the spark plug. If the electrodes are too dirty or damaged, replace the spark plug.
Fuel Tank: Remove the fuel filter by pulling it out of the fuel tank. Drain all the fuels from the fuel tank if the chainsaw has not been used for three months. After emptying out the tank, clean it with a solvent to remove gasoline varnish. Set the fuel filter back in place in the gasoline tank, and fill the tank with fresh gasoline.
Air Filter: Chainsaws need air filters to prevent dust, dirt, and debris from entering the inner part of the chainsaw. If not cleaned properly then the dirt may stick in the filter. It may not enter enough air in the engine.
To clean it, remove the air filter cover by turning the knob on the cover 90 degrees to the left. Pull out the air by using your hand. If you use soapy water, then rinse it with clean water and let it dry before reinstall it.
The guide bar and the chainsaw: The saw chain is responsible for cutting. If it is clogged with saw dust, dirt, debris, etc. then the chainsaw cannot perform well.To clean a saw chain, use degreaser and soak it for around ten minutes. You can also use hot water and soap to clean it out. But it may not get all the grease out.Take a toothbrush and scrub both sides of the saw chain and then rinse it with water. Use an air gun to ensure that all the moisture gets out. Make sure the chain is dry before fitting it back on the chainsaw.To clean the guide bar, use warm water or hot soapy water to clean the guide bar. Make sure that you have removed all the debris, dirt that may have gotten inside the guide bar. Use a pipe cleaner or small-gauge finish nail for the task. After cleaning the guide bar and the saw chain, fit them back on the chainsaw.Clean your chainsaw in a safe and clean environment. Ensure that nothing gets missed at the time of cleaning the chainsaw. Do not clean any chainsaw when it is still hot to avoid accidents.