Owning and maintaining a chainsaw involves taking many steps to ensure that you have an efficient tool every time you use it. Because of the nature of the chainsaw, it takes a lot of wear, and should be checked and sharpened regularly. Keeping your chainsaw in proper working order is one of the best safety precautions you can take.
Proper Chainsaw Maintenance
Another reason it is important to maintain your chainsaw, is because they are expensive to replace. Proper maintenance includes cleaning the chain after each use. Use a utility knife or other sharp tool to remove any remaining bits of wood left in the chain. Make sure the chain is sharp. Keeping a sharp chainsaw will make it work more efficiently and put less wear on the engine. Likewise, check the chainsaw depth gauges regularly to make sure they are all level. You will likely need to add oil when you add gas, but if you notice the saw is using more oil than it should, have the saw serviced.
Lubricating the Chainsaw Sprocket
Along with all the other routine maintenance, you will need to regularly lubricate the sprocket on you chainsaw. The sprocket is located at the end of the bar. The sprocket is what helps control heat build up when the chainsaw is operating, and ensures that the saw can rotate with less friction, so it is important to keep it well lubricated.
1 - The Bearings
The sprocket is located at the end of the chainsaw bar. If you look at the side of the bar, you should see a small hole. Using a grease gun specifically designed to lubricate a chainsaw, push the point on the end directly into the hole in the bar. This will not push in easily and it will give you a great deal of resistance. By applying enough pressure, you will push your gun right into the hole in the bar. From there, squeezing the gun, you apply grease to the bearings of the sprocket.
2 - Chainsaw Motor
The sprocket also can be found on the chainsaw motor. You will notice that the sprocket usually has a whole bunch of wood shavings built up. It is usually covered with the shavings. First, you will need to clean the wood shavings from the sprocket altogether. This preparatory step will help to make sure the lubricant penetrates the sprocket and the bar. From the oil resevoir located on the motor, the oil will seep out and lubricate the sprocket on the chainsaw motor. If you do not see (after several hours) any lubricant, then the hole between the two areas is clogged with additional wood shavings. Unclog the hole.
3 - Self Lubricating Sprockets
Check your model's information and user guide. Some of the models today do not include a sprocket and are instead self lubricating. Be sure to know what type you have. Now you are ready to go back to work!