Get the chain saw season off to a perfect start

The start of autumn and winter also marks the start of the annual chain saw season. It’s time to get your chain saw out of your shed and get to work cutting wood for your fireplace as well as many other jobs that need doing. But before you get going, you should check to see whether your chain saw is working properly. Here are a few tips for you.

chain saw season

Before you get started

Follow these five simple steps for safe and optimum results with your chain saw:

  1. Check your cutting attachment for damage
  2. Clean the air filter and the cylinder fins
  3. Tension the chain
  4. Fill the tank: first chain oil, then fuel
  5. Check the chain brake and all other safety features (stop button, chain catcher, throttle trigger lockout)

If you observe these five pointers, you can be sure that you are well prepared to get to work.

Four things you should remember

Always keep the following four things in mind to make sure you get the most out of your STIHL chain saw for a long time to come:

  1. Rotate the guide bar and remove burrs from the guide bar (if necessary) after every time you change or sharpen the chain.
  2. Regularly clean the…
    • Sprocket nose
    • Oil inlet hole
    • Oil outlet channel
    • Bar groove
    • Cooling fins
  3. Once you have worn in your new chain saw, check and correct the chain tension.
  4. Never work without lubricating your chain!


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