The STIHL chainsaw is one of the best power tools for the home that money can buy. There are many STIHL tools and equipment to choose from, but not all STIHL tools and equipment are created equal.
You can use your STIHL chainsaw for a wide array of home-based projects, including, but not limited to, bucking, felling, pruning, and even climbing. It is also important to take special care of your STIHL tools and equipment in order to ensure that they work as intended and last for many years to come.
Your chainsaw, for example, should be cleaned on a regular basis if you want it to work optimally for the next several years. Here, our focus will be on how to repair and maintain your STIHL chainsaw so that it will be ready to go when summer goes full throttle.
Clean the STIHL Chainsaw
Set the unit upright to begin. The spark plug boot should be extracted. The spark plug must be removed from the socket in a slow and deliberate manner. The electrodes on the spark plug may be tarnished, so please inspect and clean them afterwards.
The fuel will also need to be properly drained. In some cases, it may be wise to fill the unit with some fresh fuel. The air filter must also be removed and then cleaned using some elbow grease.
The spark arrestor should be cleaned, to be on the safe side. To do so, use a compatible screwdriver to remove all of the screws. Then, simply lift the muffler cover off of the unit in order to access the spark arrestor.
The guide bar should be unscrewed in order to remove the chains. The chains may also have some dirt and oil on them, so please remove the gunk before placing the chains back on.
As well, the oilway and oil inlet hole will need to be cleaned out very thoroughly and carefully. After you are done, simply reassemble the unit in order to enjoy it in all its glory and lustre.
Property Tighten Your STIHL Chainsaw Chain
The tightness of the chainsaw chain must be optimal in order to avoid any mishaps in the future. Perform an efficiency and safety check in order to ensure that everything is up to code. A chainsaw can be a very dangerous tool when it is defective or when it is brandished by the wrong person.
The chain needs to be set to the correct tension in order for your chainsaw to work as intended. The hex nuts that are located on the side clutch cover will need to be loosened.
By doing so, the bar and chain will be able to move around freely. Insert a scrench into the tensioning stud and proceed to turn it clockwise until you are able to find the ideal tension for the unit.
Change or Replace Your Bar or Chain
Some parts of your state-of-the-art STIHL chainsaw will eventually need to be replaced. Even the very best STIHL tools and equipment will need to be repaired, maintained, or replaced at some point.
While you are cleaning your chainsaw, you can replace the chain or bar. Throw out your old chain and scrape out any debris and dirt that you come across from the bar groove.
The area around the sprocket will also need to be cleaned, and the clutch cover and oil ports should also be cleaned thoroughly until they shine. After you have replaced the chain, you should ensure that the chain is fit properly. The side cover should then be put back on before you screw on the hex nuts.
Clean Underneath the Chainsaw’s Shroud and Air Filter
Remove the shroud after you have loosened all of the bolts. A soft nylon brush should be used in order to clean out all of the dust. The air filter should also be sealed completely, and the cooling fins should be cleaned out as well.
Fuel the Chainsaw
Your chainsaw’s cylinder and piston will be completely ruined if you do not use the right amount of fuel. Debris and dirt that is found in, and around the fuel tank should be completely removed. The barrow reservoir should also be checked, and oil should be added if needed.
Lubricate the STIHL Equipment Regularly
In order for all of the moving parts to work as designed, your power tools must be lubricated adequately. If you fail to lubricate your equipment properly, then your power tools may corrode, heat up, and/or chafe, and your chainsaw is no exception to the rule.
The manufacturer’s instruction manual should be read from top to bottom. The maintenance section of the manual should be read especially carefully if you want to ensure that the equipment will last for several years to come.
Power equipment can pack quite a punch, but you will need to tend to your tools every now and then in order to ensure that they work at optimal levels.
Power Tool Storage
It is important to store all of your tools in a clean and dry place. Try placing them in an area that is hard to reach so that children and/or pets cannot get to them and cause harm to themselves or their surroundings.
A cabinet or case that is protected with a lock will make it hard for thieves and other unwelcome guests to steal or use your precious power tools. The chainsaw in particular must be cleaned from top to bottom before you place it in your storage unit.
Grime and dirt can be taken care of using a tool that you can purchase at a local supermarket or hardware store for a few dollars.
You may also want to look into replacing the spark plug of your chainsaw. Spark plugs will eventually go bad, so check to see if the unit is still in good, working order. The oil may also need to be changed before you store the unit in your power tool storage cabinet or shed.
Your Chainsaw is Now Ready for the Summer!
Tools have been used since the dawn of time, and their value is just as high today as it was during ancient times. Tools make near impossible jobs possible with just a little maintenance and knowhow.
No one wants to spend hours working on chores or tasks that can be completed in mere minutes using the right tools. However, tools will start to break down over time. If you want your tools to last for many years, if not decades, then they will need to be properly maintained.
Effective tool maintenance will save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars that would have gone toward buying new power tools and equipment. With global warming on the rise, it is best to ensure that tools last as long as possible before they are replaced.
The good news is that most tool maintenance tips and tricks will only take a few minutes in order to implement, so they are not very time consuming. A quick 3 to 4 minute touchup everyday may not seem like much, but it can help add years to the lifespan of your STIHL tools and equipment.