A gardener who wants to be effective with his tools in the yard needs something handy, sophisticated and purposeful. As time and technology have leaped into another era, they have fueled the advancement in tools as well. These tools are a great improvement in horticulture and the industry. They have become an indispensable part to the garden kit and gardener having devotion in do-it-yourself.
Not only these tools have become the chum of the do-it-yourself lovers but also have reduced the labor and the cost. If we talk about lawn tools what is more important to talk about than a chainsaw?
It is the tool that addresses almost all of your garden needs. It is here to serve you to chop, shape, and cut wood with less effort and in a lesser time span. All you need to do is to pull its trigger bang! Now be ready to witness its dedication to its services. Your chainsaw is all in one garden tool.
Why do I need to clean my Chainsaw?
We need to clean our chainsaw every now and then, especially after every use. Cleaning it once in a blue moon is not a functional habit. Whenever you use your chainsaw, it gets the debris of plant residue, resin, gum, sap and wood dust. This filth needs to be cleaned to keep your chainsaw operational. They not only blunt the blades but also make the chainsaw get jammed and clogged even during the procedure.
Cleaning the chainsaw
After chopping, trimming, cutting or giving your trees a shape, your chainsaw needs to be cleansed thoroughly. It is a better option for making it more effective, reliable and durable. This blog will share the proper way according to the apt steps to clean the tool.
So dive in!
You may have a cordless electric chainsaw, corded electric chainsaw or Gas-powered one, you will always end up with apt leaning after the procedure is done. There are so many things to be considered before and during cleaning of the chainsaw.
What to clean the chainsaw with?
There can be many things that can come handy to clean the chainsaw with.
You need a well-aired part of your yard or house to clean it especially if you are cleaning a gas-powered one.
Ammonia can be used in diluted form to clean the chainsaw of all the dirt and filth it has been carrying so far.
Following are the main steps involved to clean a chainsaw with ammonia.
- Take your chainsaw to a sufficiently ventilated part of your yard. Wear the garden gears and start the procedure. Mix a cup of ammonia in a standard sized pail. Add one gallon of water in the pail containing ammonia. If you want to increase or decrease the quantity of solution, increase or decrease it according to the same proportion.
- Take out your chainsaw carefully and lower it down into the solution steadily. Avoid putting it in a single go to avoid the splashing. Let the chainsaw sit in the ammonia and water solution for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Put on your rubber gloves and the safety goggles to avoid any allergic reaction to skin or eyes. This is a must do step for your protection.
- The heavier debris like plant remnants, sap and resin will soften by getting dipped in the pail of ammonia and much of it might have fallen down into the bucket. Now either take a toothbrush or a hand brush to clean it. The size of the brush depends upon the size of the blade of the chainsaw. Try to take a brush with soft bristles.
- Scrub the sides of the blade of the chainsaw with the brush. Do not opt for heavier blows; it might cause you an injury. Your chainsaw is clean now.
If your chainsaw is electric and you cannot risk it much in putting it in ammonia or any other diluted solution, then cleaning it with soft cloth is your way to do it. You have to merely dust the chain saw first so that the sap, plant residue and other dirt or fluid is cleaned off properly. The scrap of the twigs and the gum might have tried to jam its blades, so they are required to be got rid of. Try to clean it with a dry cloth but if the dirt is too stubborn you can soak it in the water and dishwashing detergent solution. After cleaning it, wipe the moist parts with a dry soft cloth like linen and cotton.
If your chainsaw is dirty only with dust of the wood or does not have mastic or resin on the blades, your air compressor is the best choice for you to clean it. The compressor will suck up all the dirt in a split of the seconds and you are done with the easiest and stress free of the chainsaw cleaning.
Safety Measures for Cleaning chainsaw
Make a to-do-list and tick the things I am mentioning for the safe cleaning of the tool.
Firstly, in the chainsaw cleaning strategy make your kit of the garden gears ready. It should contain safety goggles so that the dirt or the particles of the debris do not injure the eye. Another thing to be considered in your kit is the thick rubber or latex gloves that can save your hands from the sharp blades. Furthermore, you have to put on the dress that is not too loose on your body. Your kit should also have a first aid box to cope with any unwelcoming situation.
Switching off of the tool
Before you start your cleaning, stop your chainsaw. You will not and should not run the risk of hurting yourself. Switch your chainsaw off before cleaning even a bit. It will reduce the risk of any unwelcoming or unpleasant incident. A running machine is a running risk. So switch it off properly to avoid an out of the blue incident.
Letting it get cool down
After you have switched off your chainsaw, you need to give it time to hold its nerves. Let it cool down completely so that you can start your scrubbing and vacuuming. Avoid cleaning the hot gadget or machine. It will save you an unexpected episode.
Your cordless electric chainsaw is totally battery operated. So its treatment is must before going to the cleaning. Store the battery with meticulous care.
- Take a dampen cloth and clean the battery. Thoroughly examine the battery to detect any damage.
- Your battery charge level should be two bright and lit LEDs for storage. By doing so your battery will be saved from the deep discharge.
- Removed battery should be stored apart from its other parts. Similarly, keep its charger safe aside.
- Clean the charger with a damp cloth. You can also use dampen cloth for cleaning its other parts.
Emptying the fuel tank
On the contrary, if the chainsaw is powered by petrol or gas, be alert there are other cats that need to be out of the bag. It is going to be more stressful as compared to the battery powered cordless chainsaw.
- Take your chainsaw to a well aired nook of your yard. The fuel tank of the chainsaw should not contain any fuel during the process of cleaning it to avoid any unexpected happenings. Dispose of the fuel you have taken out of the tank in an environmentally friendly way.
- After making it empty let the chainsaw operational for idle before cleaning, so that if any of the fuel is left behind gets consumed. It will get switched off all by itself.
- Examine the spark plug and the vent for the air and clean them of any residue.
- Cleaning the air filter is also a mandatory part of its cleaning. Tap all the dirt out of the filter.
- Appropriate tools for cleaning
Ensure proper cleaning tools at hand before you get into the hot water. You should necessarily have the following in your kit.
A clean paintbrush or tooth brush with soft bristles for cleaning electrical contacts.
- Soft cloth for wiping off the dirt and residue
- Filing gauge
- Varioclean or Multispray