Hey folks, it’s me again with another handy how-to guide for all you weekend warrior types. Today I wanna rap about something near and dear to my heart – proper chainsaw storage. I know, I know, it sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry. But stick with me here, because taking care of your chainsaw the right way can save you big time down the road.
See, most of us just use our chainsaws every so often for things like clearing brush, trimming trees, or cutting firewood. When we’re not using our trusty gas-powered slicing machines, we just toss ’em in the back of the garage or shed without thinking twice. But that, my friends, is a rookie move. Turns out there’s a whole art and science to making sure your chainsaw stays in tip-top shape between jobs.
And who can blame us average Joes for not knowing the ins and outs? Chainsaw manuals are drier than the Sahara. That’s why I’m here to break it down for you in plain English, so you can keep your chain saw humming for years to come. We’ll get into everything from draining fuel, lubricating the bar, optimal storage locations, maintenance tips, and more. So buckle up, buttercup – class is in session!
What are the best practices for chainsaw storage during off-seasons?
When it comes to packing away your chainsaw for long stretches of time, there are a few key steps to remember. Follow these handy guidelines, and you’ll keep your power tool primed and ready to tackle your next woodcutting adventure.
Preparing the chainsaw for storage
Before you tuck that baby away, you’ve gotta get her cleaned up and ready for hibernation.
First things first, drain that fuel! Gas left sitting in the tank can get stale, gumming up the fuel lines and carburetor. No bueno. So empty the tank and let the gas run through the carb until the engine dies. While you’re at it, drain the bar and chain oil too.
Next, give that chainsaw a proper bubble bath – scrub away dirt, sap, and grime on the bar, chain, and body using a stiff nylon brush and soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Don’t forget to grab those air filters with some compressed air too. Nothin’ worse than a dirty air filter!
With your Cinderella all cleaned up for the big chainsaw ball, lube up the bar and chain to prevent rust. Just a little dab’ll do ya. And don’t forget to tighten her chain and grease any gears before she goes night-night!
Choosing the right storage location
Now that your chainsaw is prepped, it’s time to pick the perfect spot for her long winter’s nap. You’ll wanna find a place that’s dry, cool, and away from direct sunlight. Sunlight and moisture can damage metal parts and plastic casings. A well-ventilated area is also key to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Some good options are a locker, cabinet, or shelf in your garage or shed. I like to keep mine snug as a bug in a ventilated hard case – away from lawn mowers, chemicals, or other hazards that could cause corrosion.
If space is tight, you can securely hang that sucker from sturdy hooks or pegs. Just make sure it’s out of reach of kids and pets!
Speaking of hanging chainsaws, you’ve got a few options when it comes to picking the best bed for your sleeping saw. Here are some of the most popular choices:
Hanging – Like I mentioned earlier, hanging from hooks or pegs can be a space-saving way to snooze your saw. Just secure it out of reach of tiny hands.
Protective case – For optimal protection, store it in a vented hard case or sheath. This shields from dust, debris and damage.
Rack – Racks let you neatly stand multiple saws upright like books on a shelf. Choose sturdy metal racks anchored securely to the wall.
However you choose to store it, make sure it’s on a flat, even surface so oil and gas don’t leak out. I like to place mine on top of a small sheet of cardboard or inside a plastic bin to catch any spills just in case.
Long-term storage considerations
For off-season storage spanning 3 months or more, your chainsaw needs a little extra babying.
To truly winterize it, you’ll want to stabilize your gas by adding fuel stabilizer to the tank before draining it. This keeps the fuel from gumming up during its long siesta.
Speaking of fuel, some folks recommend draining it completely for long-term saw storage. But I’ve found it better to leave a little gas in there to keep seals and gaskets from drying out. Your call!
Finally, pop off that air filter and give it a good look-see. Replace it if needed so dust doesn’t cake the filter while it’s snoozing. A fresh filter means a smoother start-up when it’s time to cut again!
Chainsaw maintenance tips
To keep your chainsaw singing all year long, you’ve gotta pamper it with regular TLC. We’re talking the whole beauty regimen – cleansing masks, exfoliating scrubs, the works!
Here are some key maintenance tasks to keep your saw looking fine:
Each time you fire up your chainsaw, give it a little gift of maintenance. Test the trigger lock to make sure it’s working. Check chain tension and tighten as needed. Floss the teeth by brushing debris from the chain with a wire brush. Clean the exterior, check for leaks, and inspect for any loose parts. A little love goes a long way!
On a weekly basis, check wear and tear on vibration dampeners by giving them a good jiggle. Replace as needed. Inspect the ON/OFF switch for dirt accumulation. Clean it out with compressed air. Check the starter cord and replace if frayed. Sharpening the chain regularly also keeps your baby cutting nice and smooth.
Do a full system checkup 2-3 times per year. Replace the spark plug. Inspect and clean the fuel filter and air filter. Remove the clutch cover and lubricate the clutch drum bearing. Check the sprocket for wear. Clean the exterior housing and inspect closely for cracks. Keeping up with routine seasonal maintenance helps your chainsaw stay young and vibrant!
Chainsaw safety tips
I can’t rap about chainsaw best practices without droppin’ some safety knowledge. Chainsaws are mighty useful tools, but also dangerous if mishandled. So equip yourself with the know-how to operate them safely.
Handling and transportation
When running a chainsaw, wear protective gear – we’re talking gloves, boots, chainsaw chaps, helmet with face shield, and ear protection. Safety first, baby!
Always engage the chain brake before starting. Keep that brake on when carrying your saw from place to place. Let the engine fully cool before transporting your saw or fueling up. Hot exhausts near gas aren’t groovy.
Clear away any debris before sawing. Make sure bystanders and pets are at a safe distance. And give yourself solid footing and plenty of room to maneuver while operating your power tool.
Storing your saw safely is just as important as using it safely. Keep it locked away out of reach of kiddos. Make sure the case is ventilated so gas fumes don’t build up inside.
Never stash fuel or oil near flammables, heat sources, or ignition sources. A spilled sip could spell disaster! Store them separately from your saw in a locked, ventilated cabinet away from anything combustible. Safety saves more than just trees, ya dig?
Frequently Asked Questions
Alright friends, let’s chop it up and answer some commonly asked fuel injection questions about off-season chainsaw storage.
Can chainsaws be stored vertically?
You bet! Storing chainsaws vertically is A-OK as long as the gas and bar oil tanks are empty. If you do keep fuel in it, make absolutely sure no leaks will drip out and create a fire hazard.
Can you hang chainsaws for storage?
Abso-freaking-lutely. Hanging is actually one of the most popular storage methods. It saves floor space and keeps the saw easily accessible – just hang on secure hooks or pegs anchored into studs or beams.
Can chainsaws be stored on the side?
Sure can! Laying a chainsaw on its side is fine for short-term storage. For long-term though, I’d keep it either vertical or hanging to be safest. Always place on an even, smooth surface like a piece of cardboard so it doesn’t leak.
Should you store chainsaws on concrete?
Nah, not the best idea – concrete retains moisture which can rust metal parts. Better to place on wood, cardboard or inside a case or bin. Storing on a concrete floor is fine, just elevate it slightly.
How do you store a chainsaw so that it doesn’t leak oil?
The #1 tip is to empty the gas and bar oil tanks before packing it away! Also storing it on an even, flat surface prevents spills. Lay it on cardboard or inside a bin to catch errant drips just in case.
How to winterize a chainsaw?
Winterizing is easy. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank and run it to circulate before draining. Some winterize by completely draining fuel, but a little gas prevents drying out. Clean the air filter or replace if needed. Voila!
How often should you perform chainsaw maintenance?
Stay on top of maintenance with daily, weekly and seasonal routines. Daily – check chain tension, test trigger, clean debris. Weekly – inspect vibration dampeners and ON/OFF switch. Seasonal – replace spark plug and clean filters, clutch, sprocket, etc.
Phew – that was quite the crash course on how to treat your chainsaw like royalty! Proper off-season storage and regular TLC will keep your trusty chainsaw primed for decades of wood-chewing action.
By draining fuel, cleaning gunk, lubricating parts, stashing in ideal conditions, and doing routine maintenance, you’ll preserve performance and prevent costly repairs. And don’t forget critical safety rules for handling, storage and PPE.
Take care of your chainsaw, and it will take care of you! Until next time, stay safe and keep on sawing, my friends! Let me know if you have any other burning chainsaw questions. I’m always happy to chat tools and maintenance. The power is yours!
Michael Boyle is the founder and main author of Chainsaws Finder, boasting over 20 years of experience in the chainsaw industry. Hailing from Texas, Michael combines his extensive knowledge and hands-on expertise to provide reliable advice and top-notch service. His vision is to empower chainsaw users to tackle any project with confidence, making Chainsaws Finder a trusted resource in the field.