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A chainsaw is a powerful and dangerous tool that should be handled with care. Proper storage is essential to keep the chainsaw in good condition and prevent accidents. This guide will show you how to store a chainsaw safely and securely.
How to Store a Chainsaw
Properly stored, a chainsaw will remain in good condition for many years.
The first step is to inspect your chain and bar. If the chain has excessive wear or the bar is badly worn, replace them with new ones. Worn bars can be replaced easily; chains are more difficult to make fit your bar safely. See our guide on how to replace a chainsaw chain for more information.
Once the chain and bar are in good condition, you need to prepare the saw for storage.
1. Clean the saw thoroughly with a degreaser. This will remove all the oil and dirt from the saw.
2. Disconnect the spark plug wire and tie it out of the way. This will prevent accidental starting and prolong the life of your spark plug.
3. Once you have cleaned and prepared the saw, lubricate all rotating parts with a few drops of lightweight oil. Avoid getting any oil on painted surfaces or near moving parts that could contact them and score or mar them.
Store your chainsaw in a dry location. If the saw will be stored for several days, store it with fuel mixed into the fuel tank to prevent gumming up of the carburetor. Never allow your chainsaw to stand parked overnight on its side or on any surface that is not level.
How to Store a Chainsaw Safely
Storing a chainsaw safely is important to prevent accidents. Here are a few tips:
1. Store the saw in a dry location, away from heat and sparks.
2. Make sure the saw is clean and free of oil and dirt before storing it.
3. Disconnect the spark plug wire and tie it out of the way.
4. Store the saw where it is out of reach of children, pets, or others who are not familiar with chainsaws.
5. Store the saw in its case if possible. This will protect it from accidents caused by dropping, scratching or other damage that can occur during storage. It will also keep dust and dirt off your saw.
6. Avoid storing your chainsaw in an area where it could be exposed to extreme temperatures or humidity, which can cause it to rust.
7. If you must store the saw in humid conditions, use a dehumidifier or dryer with a desiccant inside to absorb excess moisture. Keep the chainsaw away from the desiccant, but be sure it is placed in a location with good air circulation.
8. Store the saw on level ground to prevent accidental falls or tip overs that could damage the blade and other parts of the saw.
9. Do not leave your saw parked outside where it might get wet from rain or snow. If you must leave it outside, cover it with a tarp or other weatherproof covering.
10. Once the saw is set up for storage, check the oil level to ensure that it does not need refilling before use.
11. To minimize dust and dirt on your saw, hang an air cleaner on the exhaust port near where you will place your saw during storage.
Storing a chainsaw is an important step in prolonging its life and preventing accidents. By following these tips, you can keep your chainsaw in good condition for years to come.
Q: Can I store my chainsaw in the garage?
A: It is best to store your chainsaw in a dry location, away from sparks and heat. The garage is not always the best place to store it.
Q: Can I store my chainsaw with the fuel mixed in?
A: Yes, you can store your chainsaw with fuel mixed in, but it is important to do so in a dry location.
Q: What should I do if my chainsaw needs to be stored for an extended period of time?
A: If the saw will be stored for several days, store it with fuel mixed into the fuel tank to prevent gumming up of the carburetor. Never allow your chainsaw to stand parked overnight on its side or on any surface that is not level.
Q: Do I need to lubricate my saw before storing it?
A: Yes, lubricating all rotating parts with a few drops of lightweight oil will help prevent rust and corrosion.
Q: Can I store my chainsaw outside?
A: It is best not to store your chainsaw outside, but if you must, make sure it is covered with a tarp or other weatherproof covering.
Q: What should I do if my chainsaw starts to rust?
A: If your chainsaw starts to develop rust, you can apply a steel wool type cleaner and then oil with machine oil or any other lightweight, non-detergent oil.