How to use and maintain a chainsaw

Just a super quick post today about chainsaws. Sort of a halloween theme right? Well I suppose saws are more useful than chasing screaming children around a corn maze.

Like many people I spend a fair amount of time sawing dead fall and pruning every year. Previously I had always taken my saw to the dealer to get service done and to get my blades sharpened, however I am very interested in starting to learn how to do these myself.

I purchased a chain saw sharpening tool that attaches to the end of a dremel and I will be reviewing that in an upcoming video, so watch out for that.

eHow definitely has the best collection of videos on using and maintaining a chainsaw.

Keeping your saw maintained will greatly increase the lifespan of your saw, definitely worth the effort

How to use and maintain a chainsaw

Author: Nick-LaDieu

Webmaster of Budding skill enthusiast and modern survivalist.

When nick isn’t plotting his next project he is probably running with his dogs, riding his mountain bike, or fiddling with his home theater.

  • Clinton J

    Hey, just wanted to make one comment… (Sorry, its kind of a rant)
    I’ve always sharpened my saw using a hand file. My opinion is that it helps the blade last longer. I am assuming that using electrical tools disconnects you from your tools and you can remove more material from your blade than is necessary. Items like the compound miter saw looking chainsaw sharpeners take away material from each blade whether it is sharp or not… using a hand file is cheaper, doesnt require electricity, and can be done in the field- if you are out all day long, you might need to sharpen 2 or 3 times throughout the day… and dull tools are dangerous.

    If you are at home, put the bar in a vise (don’t crush it) and go to town with the file… if you are in the field, get a stump vise! Here’s a pretty good pdf made by STIHL:

    Another thought is that the survival podcast and this show seem to be about getting back to our roots, redundancy, back up plans, doing things that way our grandparents would… So when the ice storm comes and the power goes out, I hope you can use that hand file to sharpen your blades and cut the snot out of anything blocking your path! (Including zombies if you’d like 😉 )

  • I was actually discussing the dremel tool with a friend yesterday and it was his opinion that it took off too much.

    I appreciate being able to get back to basics, but I guess at my core I am a bit of a gadget nut. I have to check myself every once in awhile and ask myself my motivations.

    I’ll get on the file sharpening skill as it sounds like the way to go. Thanks for the gut check.

  • Sean Sharrow

    I want to cut trees that are fallen in a river and some are partially or completely submerged. Do I need a special kind of bar or attachment to cut logs that are in water?

  • Anonymous

    what you need is a come along and some good rope to pull them out first.