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Oiling an electric chainsaw

The main types of chainsaws are gas powered and electric powered. The electric powered chainsaws have gained more popularity over the recent years. This can be attributed to the many benefits that they have over the gas-powered ones. Among the top benefits is that they give a smoother cut in addition to being less noisy. They also require less maintenance.
Among the top maintenance tasks for the electric chainsaws is oiling. If you are unsure of any of the steps to take when oiling the chainsaw, it would be best that you seek help from a qualified personnel. Different brands and models may have some minor differences when it comes to the oil changing process. You can check here to see some of the different models and the variations that they have. Below are some basic steps to follow for most of the models, which will help you oil your electric chainsaw the right way.

How to oil an electric chainsaw

  • Confirm if oiling is required

    The first step should always be to check whether you need to oil the chainsaw. Most models will have a reservoir and oiling system, which is designed to ensure continuous smooth operation of the chain and guide bar. When the reservoir is empty, it is important that you add oil before you continue usage. Simply hold the chainsaw directly on top of a paper and rev it. A model that has manual oiling system will require you to pull on a lever, but the are other models where oiling is automated. Check the paper after you rev the saw for a few seconds. The saw needs oiling if you notice no oil on the paper.

  • Refill the reservoir

    This step should only be carried out after unplugging the chainsaw from the power outlet and letting it cool for about an hour after use. Wear the protective gear such as goggles and gloves as well. Carefully remove the chain from the bar, ensuring you do not lose grip as it can end up causing skin cuts. Refill the oil reservoir with the bar and chain oil. You should then use a rag to wipe excess oil from the guide bar, and the chain removed.

  • Reassemble the chainsaw


    Carefully return the chain properly to the guide bar. You should then apply the chain and bar oil directly to the chain and bar. Once this is done, plug the saw back into the power outlet and rev the motor. It should run a lot smoother.

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