Some simple tips:
* Make sure the saw has fresh fuel—this is one of the first steps! If you are using an ethanol-containing fuel, the ethanol may be damaging your saw. If your saw has a primer bulb, the ethanol will start to deteriorate both the rubber primer bulb—as well as the fuel lines. Mechanic in a Bottle Fuel Treatment will help to rejuvenate the rubber and prevent it from drying out and breaking.
* Make sure the air filter is clean. Blowing out a dirty air filter with a high pressure air hose can be harmful to your saw: the high pressure air can actually make the dirt push through the air filter fiber, allowing larger holes that dirt can get through. This debris gets into the intake and cylinder, and ultimately destroys the engine.
* Make sure the oiler is working correctly. It is a good idea when you start your saw, to place the tip of the saw a few inches from a piece of cardboard and make sure there is adequate oil sling on the cardboard. If the oiler is not allowing enough oil to run through, the chain and bar will get hot and both will potentially be ruined. Also, make sure oil discharge area is clean and that the oil can flow through the oiler easily and into the bar groove.
* Make sure the chain saw bar groove is clean from debris. If the groove of the bar is full of debris the oil will not flow through it as it should and again can damage both the bar and the chain.
* And, last but not least, make sure the chain is sharp! A sharp chain is going to make the job go a lot easier—easier on the saw, and easier on you! If your chain needs to be sharpened, bring it to one of our three Dave’s Tractor World locations, along with this article, and we will sharpen one chain for you for free!!
The ideas in this article are not all inclusive, but are a great starting point to keep your chain saw running and performing as it was designed to do. If you are having problems with your saw, bring it to us and we will get you back out and cutting wood for winter! Visit us on the web atwww.DavesTractorWorldLLC.com.