Power Equipment Australasia

• Remove any burrs forming on the bar groove. • Clean the chainsaw ventilation slits with a paintbrush. • Use a STIHL guide bar leveller to remove burrs from the guide bar. STORING YOUR CHAINSAW When you have finished using your petrolpowered chainsaw, there are some steps you can take to make sure it will still be in the best possible condition. Regular petrol contains many additives that can evaporate, react, and attract water. Storing regular petrol inside a machine can cause blockages and gumming to the intricate fuel delivery parts. So, the most important thing to remember is whether you’re storing your STIHL chainsaw. Nobody likes wasting fuel so be mindful of when you are planning to store the tools. Don’t fill the tank right up if you only have a couple of small jobs, as you might not need to use it again for a couple of months. Try to make the most of the fuel you have left so the machine can be put away with an empty fuel tank. Drain the fuel system: To avoid oil leaking from your STIHL chainsaw while it’s in storage, it’s a good idea to drain the fuel from the tank into a suitable fuel container. Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area. Then, clean the tank and run the carburettor at idle until the chainsaw stops by itself, so the carburettor diaphragms don’t stick together while in storage. Disassemble and clean the chainsaw: Remove the saw chain and guide bar. Clean them and spray them with protective oil. Thoroughly clean the whole chainsaw, especially the cylinder ribs and air filter. Top up the chain lubricant: If you use a vegetable-based chain oil, you should fill the chain lubricant tank to the top to prevent the oil from gumming while in storage; semisynthetic oils such as STIHL SynthPlus chain oil do not gum, and can remain in the tank without having to be topped up. Store the chainsaw somewhere dry: Your chainsaw should be stored in a dry place that is well-ventilated and protected against the harsh Australian elements. As long as the fuel tank is empty, you can store your chainsaw vertically, or even hanging up, otherwise there is a risk of your chainsaw leaking while in storage. Keep the stored chainsaw out of direct sunlight and dust: The Australian sun can be stronger than other continents around the world because during summer the Earth’s orbit brings Australia closer to the sun, resulting in an additional 7 per cent solar UV intensity. Coupled with our clearer atmospheric conditions, this means that the Australian landscape is exposed to up to 15 per cent more UV than across the world. Store your tools in such a way that it is not directly exposed to sunlight, otherwise there may be UV degradation of the body. Make sure that you pack your chainsaw away so that it cannot accumulate dust: STIHL offers special carry bags and cases to protect your tool while it is in storage, such as the Chainsaw Carry Case. Store the chainsaw safely: Always store your chainsaw safely out of reach of people who shouldn’t be using it, including children. It should ideally be in a lockable room or cupboard, or high out of reach. Disposing of fuels and lubricants: Appropriate facilities must be used when disposing of chainsaw fuels and lubricants. You will often find these at recycling centres. Check your local council to see where these are near you. TOP TIP: Run the carburettor at idle so the diaphragms in the carburettor do not stick together while in storage. If there is ever something you are unsure of, all STIHL Dealers are trained and qualified to provide the best possible advice and guidance on how to use all tools in the STIHL range. So, if you’re ever in doubt or have any questions, be sure to contact them first. MARCH - APRIL 2023 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | 15