Saturday, 12 July 2014

Chainsaw Tips

I remember back in the 90's when many of my buddies who were loggers thought this was the best song in the world. I liked it too, but I didn't tell them that! Can't let them rednecks think too highly of themselves, eh? (The Lumberjack -- by Jackyl) 
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Using a Chainsaw on Wet Wood - To keep your chainsaw from binding on wet wood, wipe the whole bar with bar or chain oil - repeat as needed. (Be sure it isn't running when you do it, dumbass!)
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Homemade Chainsaw Protector - You can make a chainsaw protector from a piece of 5/8 to 1/4 inch rubber hose, cut to twice the length of your chainsaw bar. Slit the hose lengthwise and it will be able to slide over the chain. Mark where the hose bends to the curved tip of the bar and cut two v-shaped notches in it so it can make it around the curve of the bar without the hose bunching up. Tie a piece of twine around the base of the bar and let your chainsaw bounce around in your truck like a true lumberjack.  


Homemade Chainsaw Oil-Applicator - A plastic mustard squeeze bottle makes a good chainsaw oil applicator because it's easy to carry along, eliminates the need for a funnel, and prevents drips and spills.


Chainsaw Oil - There is a special oil which is sold for lubricating motorcycle chains. It sprays on as a liquid, dries as a film, and contains molybdenum disulfide as well as other lubricants. This spray works especially well on chainsaws that do not have an automatic oiler.  


Making an Even Pour - When pouring oil or gas from an un-vented container, hold the can with the spout on the top to get an even flow. This allows air into the container to displace the flow of liquid.
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Chainsaw Spare Parts Kit - Make a spare parts kit to pack with your saw when going into the woods. An extra chain loop, a spare bar, a clutch assembly and a spark plug will help you through most saw failures. These are parts you are going to need eventually anyways, so buy them two at a time and keep a spare with you.


When to Sharpen the Chain - Dull saws don't cut well and waste your time. You need to sharpen the chain when it is producing a fine sawdust rather than chips.


Tightening the Chain - Once you install a new chain on your saw it will stretch out within a half dozen cuts or so and will need to be tightened again. You must do this not only to minimize wear but more importantly, to make sure the chain doesn't fly off the bar.
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