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
  • Vice
After securing the chainsaw in the vice, engage the chain brake to keep it from moving.
Place the sharpening Guide on the chain with the arrows pointing towards the nose of the chainsaw. As seen in picture.
Run a round file across the blade 2-3 times for each cutter until it shines silver. The rollers on each side of the guide will keep you from filing too much. Be sure to sharpen at a 30-35 degree angle from the blade horizontally.
Release the chain brake to move the chain forward and expose more cutters to file. When finished filing one side of the chain, flip the saw around to file the opposite side.
After sharpening the cutting teeth, it’s time to sharpen the depth gauges. Check the depth gauge height by placing the Filing Guide over it. If the depth gauge reaches higher than the Filing Guide then file it down until the depth gauge is flush with the Filing Guide. Use a flat file to file this section of the chainsaw.

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:

CS271T - View Product Info

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.

CS370 - View Product Info

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.