Power Equipment Australasia

MAINTENANCE Getting your chainsaw ready for a new season Cleaning and storing your power tools doesn’t have to be complicated. Just follow these simple steps for proper storage and maintenance of your chainsaw so that it’s in top shape and ready for action every time you need it. MAINTAINING AND SERVICING THE CHAINSAW There are maintenance measures you need to perform every time you use your chainsaw; primarily, cleaning to remove resin and other residues that can impair performance. Make STIHL’s Varioclean a part of your maintenance routine when cleaning your chainsaw. Other maintenance measures need to be performed at different intervals. For more details, check your operating manual. To service your chainsaw, clean it and check it all over for leaks, damage or other problems. If you find any, take it to your local STIHL dealer. Sharpen your saw chain, top-up chain lubricant and tension it correctly. On a petrol chainsaw, change the spark plug and clean or replace the air filter. To service your chainsaw you need: • A cloth or brush for basic cleaning • A screwdriver and possibly a socket wrench to disassemble your chainsaw. The right chain file and file gauge to sharpen your chain • Any parts you will be replacing, such as spark plugs, filters, guide bar etc. MAINTENANCE MEASURES EACH TIME YOU USE YOUR CHAINSAW Before using your chainsaw, check that it is safe. Start with a visual check: can you see any damage on the chainsaw or its controls? Are the guide bar, saw chain, chain catcher and other accessories correctly fitted? • Test the throttle trigger, throttle trigger lockout, choke knob, stop switch, master control lever (subject to model). • Test whether the chain brake is working. • Check the condition of the saw chain (does it need further maintenance in terms of sharpness and chain tension?) and the chainsaw guide bar. • Is the chain properly lubricated? • Check whether the fuel tank cap and the oil tank cap are sealed. • There must not be any fuel leaking from the chainsaw. • After use, clean the chainsaw and remove any shavings and dust. PERIODIC MAINTENANCE MEASURES FOR LONG-TERM CHAINSAW CARE • Clean the guide bar (the sprocket nose, the oil inlet-hole, the oil outlet channel and the bar groove), the chain sprocket cover, the cylinder fins and the inside of the shroud and the filter cover. • We recommend turning over and, if necessary, deburring the guide bar each time you change or sharpen the chain. • After breaking in a new saw chain, check the chain tension and make sure the chain is always lubricated. Good cleaning and maintenance will keep your chainsaw in great working order. It will also help you to work safely. Dirty air filters and spark plugs can impair performance and accelerate wear. If maintenance of these components is neglected for long, you may find it difficult to start your chainsaw and notice a significant drop in performance. Talk to your dealer if you spot any problems or are overdue a chainsaw service. TOP TIP: Cleaning after every use is the most important maintenance measure to keep your chainsaw in great condition. That’s because it picks up resin, sawdust and other substances which, in combination with the chain lubricant, can soon cause real problems. Resin accumulates and hardens, and can eventually make its way into the housing and guide bar, or onto the pulley. Remove all traces of resin from the bar and housing at the earliest possible opportunity. Your chainsaw is subjected to a great deal of stress during use, so you need to perform the right maintenance to preserve its exceptional performance. ELECTRIC CHAINSAW MAINTENANCE Electric chainsaws, such as the MSE 141 C or MSE 170 C-B, have a simpler construction than petrol tools, so they require fewer cleaning and maintenance steps. • Remove shavings and dust from the whole chainsaw (use a soft brush, paintbrush or STIHL Superclean Resin Solvent). • Clean the sprocket area with a damp cloth or STIHL Superclean Resin Solvent. • Clean the bar groove. Ongoing chainsawmaintenance is key to preserve its exceptional performance. Here’s everything you need to know about proper storage andmaintenance of your chainsaw courtesy the experts at STIHL Australia. 14 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | MARCH - APRIL 2023