How to Sharpen and Clean Your Chainsaw Chain
It is important to keep your chainsaw chain sharpened and cleaned. When the chainsaw becomes dull it can cause kick-backs dangerous to the user. You’ll begin to notice the wood trimmings look more like saw dust and less like wood chips. This is a good indicator that your chain needs to be sharpened. Cleaning and sharpening your chainsaw will increase its lifespan and ensure you get precise cuts.
Sharpening Cutting Teeth and Depth Gauges
To sharpen your chainsaw, you’ll need:
- Filing kit
- Pair of gloves
Clean Your Chainsaw Chain
Cleaning your chainsaw chain is easier than it might seem. First, loosen the chain until it is loose enough to pull off the guide bar and remove it. Make a mixture of 1 cup of household ammonia and 1 gallon of water to soak your chain for about 10 -15 minutes. Then, scrub with a soft bristle brush until it is visibly clean. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry it off immediately to ensure there is no moisture left.
Now, you’re ready to oil the chain. Place it in a plastic tray and pour some bar and chain oil over it.
We recommend ECHO’s Bar and Chain Oil, available at any of your local Hydro-Scape stores. Pour enough oil in the tray to cover halfway up the chain. Soak it for 3 hours on one side and then flip over. After it has finished soaking, clean the oil off with paper towels and re-install it in your chainsaw.
Maintaining your chainsaw chain will ensure it performs safely and precisely as you need it to. With these simple steps to care for your chain, you’ll reap the rewards of a long-lasting chainsaw. Longevity and superior performance is important for a job or DIY project. If you’re considering upgrading or have always wanted to invest in order to become a first time chainsaw owner, we have a simple product guide for you below:
ECHO CS-217T: Is a lightweight chainsaw at approximately 6 lbs. in dry weight but still offers a competitive edge with features such as G-Force Engine Air Pre-Cleaner™ that pulls dust and chips from the air box, providing a clean air supply to the engine, a digital ignition system that automatically adjusts engine timing for optimum performance, an anti-vibration system for reduced operator fatigue, and a side access chain tensioner for easy chain adjustment.
ECHO CS-370: The new CS-370 is a mid-range saw that features a 36.3 cc Power Boost Vortex™ engine, the new G-Force Engine Air Pre-Cleaner™, the ECHO i-30™ starting system and more. It has a dual-post chain brake handle as well as a side-access chain tensioner for easy adjustments. The CS-370 is designed for the professional tree care operator, farmer or rancher, and the proficient homeowner.