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Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Jeff Linderman


How to make your chainsaw run like new

Life would be harder for me this time of the year if I didn’t own a chainsaw. Chainsaws help me clear away bush/tree damage and tangled debris left behind by winter storms.

Throughout the spring and summer seasons, my chainsaw is also my go-to tool for clearing brush that’s too thick for a string trimmer or pruner.

How to make your chainsaw run like new:

1. Tune it up after off-season storage.

A tune-up kit specifically designed for your model will optimize efficiency. A chainsaw tune-up kit most often includes an air filter, fuel filter and spark plug. Enter your chainsaw’s model number at to discover the kit for your model.

2. Provide consistent maintenance.

Follow the recommendations listed in the owner’s manual and on our Chainsaw Maintenance Tips.

3. Lubricate the bar and chain.

Regularly apply bar-and-chain oil for proper lubrication. Never use conventional motor oil on a chainsaw, as it does not have the consistency necessary to stick to the bar. The rotating movement with expel the oil quickly. My favorite chainsaw bar and chain oil? Poulan Bar & Chain Oil and Echo Bar & Chain Oil.

People often ask me, “How do I know if my chainsaw’s chain is lubricated enough?”

Here’s the simple way to check chain lubrication:

1. Start the chainsaw.
2. Hold the running chainsaw a few inches above a tree stump, thick cardboard or other suitable surface for two to three minutes.
3. After these few minutes, an oil stripe should appear on the testing surface. If it does, your chainsaw is properly lubricated. If no stripe appears, the blade and the chain are not sufficiently lubricated.

4. Fix what’s broken.

If there are changes in your chainsaw’s performance or if anything is broken, troubleshoot and fix it as soon as possible to avoid downtime and more expensive repairs later.

Enter your chainsaw model number to find free troubleshooting and how-to repair help.

Related information
Chainsaw Troubleshooting and Repair Help
Chainsaw Maintenance Tips
Chainsaw 101

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About the Author

Jeff Linderman is’s in-house outdoor power equipment and landscaping expert. For 25 years, Jeff owned and operated a successful commercial and residential landscaping business. He couldn’t afford the extensive downtime that came when he brought his equipment to be repaired at overloaded small engine repair shops. Instead, Jeff learned how to complete the repairs on his own. This interest in outdoor power equipment grew as Jeff completed extensive manufacturer training. Today, Jeff is a Briggs & Stratton® Master Service Technician, Kohler® Engines Expert Technician and a Kawasaki® Service Technician for Engines and Power Products. He has a B.A. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Jeff worked for 25 years as a sergeant in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department while he operated his landscaping business. He’s an avid fisherman and lives in the metro-Detroit area.

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