Checklist: Storing your chainsaw correctly

If you don’t use your chainsaw for more than three months, you should store the device properly in the meantime. Make sure you follow the storage instructions below – otherwise your device may not restart properly when you want to use it again.

  1. Empty and clean the fuel tank in a well-ventilated location.  Dispose of the fuel in an environmentally friendly way, following the relevant instructions: special disposal facilities – such as communal recycling centres – must be used when disposing of fuels and lubricants. This is the only way to properly dispose of these substances. Don’t burn fuel residues, and don’t use them as cleaning agents or similar.
  2. Run the carburettor empty. Otherwise, membranes in the carburettor may stick together.
  3. Remove the saw chain and guide bar, clean them and spray them with protective oil.
  4. Thoroughly clean the device, particularly the cylinder ribs and air filter
  5. If you’re using biological chain oil (e.g. STIHL BioPlus), you should fill the lubrication oil tank to the top.
  6. Store the device in a dry, safe location. Make sure that no-one is able to access the device without your authorisation (e.g. children).

Storing your chainsaw correctly
Tip: Print out the checklist and put it on the wall in your tool shed, or save it on your smartphone!

You can download the “Storing your chainsaw correctly” checklist here.

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3 thoughts on “Checklist: Storing your chainsaw correctly

  1. Even for the most experienced of operators, the chainsaw can be one of the most intimidating tools in your arsenal. Its power requires your complete focus and attention, and its many moving parts make maintaining it a challenge.

  2. my new Stilh MS170 was never used and now it won’t start. I found a bit of gas in it after buying it last fall and emptied it and put fresh gas in it. The dealer that sold it to me said it was the gas and sold me a new carburetor, saying that should take care of the problem. I’ve installed the new carburetor, put new gas (89 octane with full synthetic oil at a 50:1 ratio and it still won’t start.
    Now after spending over $300, I have a very nice looking brand new chainsaw that still will not start.

    1. Hello Robert Klosowski,
      Thank you for your comment and sorry for your inconvenience.
      Please understand that we are not able to diagnose technical issues over distances.
      Could you send us the contact data of the referring dealer and your own contact data and the serial number of your STIHL MS 170 via e-mail at We would like to forward your case to our colleagues from STIHL customer service in your country.
      They will get back to you as soon as possible.
      Best regards,
      Your STIHL team

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