Chainsaw Maintenance

Discussion in 'Tree Service Equipment' started by Bobbo22, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Bobbo22

    Bobbo22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    How often do you guys have to take your chainsaw in for maintenance?

    What do you have to get repaired most often?
  2. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    do your own sharpening, no other maintenance other than to dust out the air filter every once in a while, your frequency of use will dictate the spark plug replacement.
  3. stonny9

    stonny9 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Most you should need is air filter, spark plug,chain, and bar. Also when sharpening the depth teeth need the occasional filling. I bought a stihl all in one so it just takes a hair off during sharpening. The bar can be rotated so it doesn't get grooved so fast on the tip from the limbing pressure point.
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  4. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    I keep a couple of bars, chains, and sparkplugs handy.
  5. ilike2mow

    ilike2mow LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,032

    I usually only sharpen my saw when I notice it's not cutting very well. I usually check the air filter before I use it and the bar and chain get cleaned every time I store it. Before it gets put away, the bar groove gets cleaned out and I also clean under the clutch cover.
  6. Bobbo22

    Bobbo22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Any ballpark on how many spark plugs you purchase per year?

    How about air filters?
  7. ManuelMowing

    ManuelMowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Depends on how much you are using your saw. You should check you spark plug gap every few cuttings. Check what you saw calls for. Stihl plug setting gap is .020".
  8. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    There's more than that. I flip the bar at each sharpening.
    Keep the oil pump breather hole clean, or else it may not oil correctly.
    I switch up and back between two chains too (it makes the sprocket wear more slowly).

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