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Don't Become Another Chainsaw Statistic - Service Your Machine Regularly!

Aug 17, 2007
Ignore regular chainsaw servicing and maintenance and the result will not just be a saw which "skimps" on performance but you could seriously jeopardise your own safety. Chainsaws are responsible for thousands of accidents each year yet many could have possibly been avoided simply by ensuring regular machine checks.

Chainsaw reviews are an excellent way to keep up with handy tips and tricks in maintaining your saw in excellent working order but just reading reviews won't do the job for you.

Some Routine Servicing Tips

Manufacturers know their chainsaws best so doesn't it make sense to become familiar with the user manual. These guides are full of important information relating to every aspect of using your machine including handy tips on maintenance procedures. Performing the servicing suggestions in the manual means you are not only prolonging the life of your machine but reducing the chances of being hurt.

Chainsaw parts come in all shapes and sizes and each brand has it's own features. That's why it's important to stick with brand parts. Using a Husqvarna part on a Stihl chainsaw may be like putting a square peg into a round hole. If the machine has a broken part then don't attempt to use it. At least once, maybe twice a year, depending on how often you use your machine, it should be checked by a qualified technician.

Chainsaw Parts - The Engine

The chainsaw is an intricate machine made up of performance parts and safety features and the end result is both making short work of cutting wood and keeping you from getting hurt.

The engine, the chain, chain tension and guide bar are all areas which need to be maintained in tip top order. Fuel is an integral component and again, your manufacturer's guide will recommend a particular fuel to use with their chainsaw.

The engine needs regular checks before a major service. Check for bar nuts which may have loosened on the handle. The air filter should be clean as well as the muffler while the starter chord is often overlooked by users but a chord which doesn't retract properly could indicate more serious problems.

Servicing The Chain

Adjusting chain tension during regular use should be performed at least every ten minutes. A loose chain is a danger to the operator as it can jump from it's track while a tight chain will mean you'll eventually be reaching into the hip pocket to pay for parts and repairs as it increases wear and tear on the chainsaw parts. Also, checking the oiling system and making sure it's at the correct levels before revving up your machine will ensure smoother use.

There are several indicators a machine may be in need of servicing and we've highlighted some important aspects to keep an eye on. Another is the chain brakes. Simply applying them and seeing if the chain responds quickly rather than continuing to run is recommended. A running chain means it could be time to make a "chainsaw doctors" appointment.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Without proper maintenance and chainsaw servicing your machine is a time bomb waiting to go off! We tell you why plus, read the latest chainsaw news and reviews at:http://www.chainsawlife.com
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