chainsaw use and maintenance

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15 Responses to chainsaw use and maintenance

  1. anonymous says:

    Thank you Joel – I occasionally have to turn on one of these contraptions and they sure can be cantankerous, especially if older and ‘seasoned’ with use. I can use all the help I can get – much obliged sir!

  2. Mr Galt says:

    This is awesome. Thanks crazy old guy in the desert!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the document, Joe!

  4. Anonymous says:

    …I mean, Joel! ^^

  5. Ben Menadue says:

    This is excellent – straightforward and well written, thanks Joe!

  6. Sadaro Dawn says:

    Just want to say thank you. You were a big help. This is easy to read and understand.

  7. Joel says:

    You’re very welcome. Tell a friend.


  8. PJ says:

    I have a Stihl 032AV, a wonderful (pre-idiot-proofed) saw. Not even a chain brake. Also a newer small Stihl that annoys me with all the interlocks.

    I got in the habit of emptying the fuel tank and then running the saw until it stalls, because my older saw did not like sitting with fuel in the carburetor. I think that carb got rebuilt at least 3 times until I got disciplined.

    I think people should learn to sharpen their own chains. If they depend on dealers to do it they will always be tempted to work with a dull chain. It’s not really that hard in my opinion. The owner’s manual shows how.

    Watch the chain as you use the saw. If you see it getting loose, re-adjust. It is a royal pain if the chain gets too loose and jumps the bar, because the chain gets banged up and you end up having to file it smooth again.

  9. picketth says:

    Thanks- I learned a lot. The “this is my chainsaw…” are you USMC?

  10. Alex says:

    Thanks very much for prividing this document. Easy to read and I learned a lot.

  11. kymber says:

    thank you for the free document Joel….i really appreciate it!

  12. Tom says:

    Thanks for a great how to manual. Many years ago I got married and moved from a city to the country. Picture a clueless yuppie learning to use a chainsaw. I did it and still have all limbs. A safety helmet and chainsaw chaps is a really good idea.

  13. paul says:

    great doc and blog, just found you h/t commanderzero/clairewolf

  14. Anonymous says:

    Love my Huskys . Stihl is just too hard to work on . Special tool this . Special tool that .

  15. AZDave says:

    I follow your blog on a random schedule and your chain saw article was very interesting. I have several chainsaws from gas models to electric and battery models. My first gas saw was a McCulloch chain saw. I have since had several different brands. Since I have but three trees on my property I usually use the battery or electric model for triming and use the gas models for cutting firewood. I go with my two sons and our spouses. We take three trucks and trailers when we go for firewood, both for safety and pleasure .

To the stake with the heretic!