Chainsaw Maintenance Tips

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Chainsaws perform some of the toughest work around. Tree trunks, branches and other objects are no match for a well-maintained machine. However, taking care of your tool is part of its long-term success. Refine your cut this season by focusing on chainsaw maintanance. This timeout will give your cuts a better edge with safety as a main priority.

Examine the Filters

Similar to a car, your chainsaw has both fuel and air filters. Ideally, check the air filter more often than the fuel filter. Flying particles during use will become trapped in the air filter. Rinsing it out or replacing it entirely will allow the machine to work at peak efficiency.

The fuel filter must be fished out of the tank during chainsaw maintanance. Perform this task before and after the busy season with your tool.

Clean the Guide-Bar Groove

The chain and bar use a groove in order to move against each other during operations. Chainsaws certainly kick up a lot of debris, and the groove becomes a perfect location for accumulations.

This maintenance task takes some effort because the chain and bar must be removed or loosened, depending on your model. Clean out the grooves with a hand tool before putting the chain and bar back together. The operation will feel smoother as a result of your efforts.

Check the Oil Reservoirs

Look for the reservoirs that lubricate the Stihl MS170. There’s typically a bar-chain reservoir or an automatic supply. Although these reservoirs are protected by design, they can become clogged at times.

By using a small wire, unclog the reservoirs with care. Ignoring this maintenance step will lead to dry conditions, which will cause seizes and further wear to the tool.

Verify the Fuel-to-Oil Ratio

Be aware of the volume of fuel to oil in your Stihl chainsaw MS170. Proper ratios ensure that the machine is lubricated and fueled for the task ahead. If you’re unsure about the ratios, consider a pre-mixed fuel. These products come professionally mixed so that you don’t have to worry about the ratios.

The best time to perform any checks on the fuel and oil is when you’re running low. Take the time now to perfect this ratio for many hours of faithful use in the future.

Consider Chain Tension

With the tool turned off, carefully pull up on the chain. It should free itself from the bar with a few of the teeth showing on the bottom side. If the chain is too loose or tight, it should be adjusted. Most models come with a tensioning tool in order to keep up with this maintenance task.

Test for Sharpness

If you notice that the cuts from your Stihl MS170 aren’t as clean as they were before, sharpness is an issue. Take a close look at the chain with the machine turned off. The connections or rivets should be strong and free from any damages.

A chain that still has a strong appearance can be sharpened. Depending on the model, use a file and follow the teeth’s angles in order to sharpen them to a perfect cut again.

Reset the Gap

The spark plug is just as important to your Stihl tool as in the family car. Access the plug, pull it out and use a gapping tool to reset the spacing between the plug and upper section.

This gap provides the necessary space to encourage a strong spark. If the spark plug looks worn or has a lot of built-up residue, it may need to be replaced. Check the spark plug several times a year if the chainsaw is in constant use.

Catch up with the experts at Motion & Flow Control Products today. Be a champion for your tool as your cutting tasks add up in number. You’ll make short work of those projects when a maintained chainsaw is by your side!