The chainsaw is a very versatile tool when cutting all kinds of plant materials. But if we fall into some of the errors in its maintenance, we are likely to end up having problems during use.
Like any cutting tool, the chainsaw requires considerable precautions as far as its use is concerned. But as important as taking the necessary safety measures for safe use of the product is its maintenance since without proper control of the state of the machine it is highly likely that we will have problems when working with it. Therefore, we will summarize in this article some of the things you should not do when taking care of your chainsaw. Some tips with which to gain in security and tranquillity when cutting everything you need, since it is not enough to have the best chainsaw on the market at hand if you do not dedicate yourself to keeping it as appropriate.
Do not tighten the chain or check its tension
Chain tension is essential for a chainsaw to function properly, but especially for it to be safe. A loose or loose chain is land paid for problems during the cutting process, such as hooks or even chain breaks, the consequences of which can be fatal. So, before using the chainsaw, it is imperative that we check the condition of the chain, as far as its tension is concerned, correcting it if necessary.
Regarding the tightening process, this depends on the type of chainsaw you have, so you will have to take a look at the options offered by the product for it. In fact, many chainsaws include a side tensioner system, which makes it easier to obtain that correct tension. Other models have quick tensioning, which by means of a simple wrench allows you to regulate that tension easily. Just look at the system that uses your specific product to leave the chain tensioner in just a few seconds, but without going too far, so that the chain can move comfortably.
Never sharpen the chain
As with knives, the chainsaw chain must be sharpened every few hours of use of the machine, in order to properly maintain its cutting properties. A chainsaw without cutting edge will not cut correctly, increasing the risk that the chain will get stuck during the cutting process, increasing in parallel the possibility of a chainsaw bouncing off the material we are cutting. In the most extreme cases, a little sharp chain can break, which can have dire consequences.
Fortunately, today we have in the market a good amount of options to sharpen the chains of our chainsaw, ranging from machines specifically designed for it to the use of stones and other elements designed for the process of sharpening by hand. So just look at the process that suits us and sharpen our chainsaw whenever necessary.
Do not check the condition of cables and batteries
Electric chainsaws have the advantage of not using fuels in their operation. But this means that we must take certain precautions when reviewing them. And one of the most important has to do with the electrical part of the product. The use of an electric chainsaw with a damaged power cord is a considerable risk. Therefore, we should not use a machine that has bare wires, without its plastic cover, or that have that cover in poor condition.
In parallel, for cordless models, we must not use chainsaw batteries that are damaged, swollen or have other defects. These damaged batteries can end up exploding, causing serious damage to everything around them. Therefore, we must change these batteries at the time they present some of these defects, being careful to look for a new battery that has the same parameters as the one we are discarding.
Clean the chainsaw with gasoline or other fuels
Although it is a disused custom, there are still people who use fuels and other flammable products to clean the body of the chainsaw. A custom of yesteryear that today is not necessary since there are all kinds of cleaning products on the market with which to remove the resin and other vegetable remains from the chainsaw safely.
As proof of the risk of this practice, we have the case of a Madrid, who after cleaning his chainsaw with fuel proceeded to turn it on to verify its operation. During that ignition, there was a spark, which inflamed the gasoline used during the cleaning process and generated serious burns, which finally ended his life. So the use of this fuel in cleaning is clearly discouraged, it is advisable to use the specific cleaners that are available to us in the market.
Do not check the condition of the fasteners
Restraints are one of the keys to gain in safety when working with a chainsaw. These fasteners help us keep the chainsaw in its correct position, to apply the cutting force on the area that suits us, as well as to prevent the chainsaw from firing while we use it. If the fasteners are loose, cracked or just not where they should be, then we have a problem.
Therefore, in each maintenance, it is necessary to verify that the different grip areas of the chainsaw are correctly positioned and fixed on the area in which they should be. Check the tension and tighten the corresponding hardware, not forgetting to replace the handles or handles, when they are broken or more damaged than necessary.