Taking care of your cutting equipment

The chainsaw requires regular servicing to perform at its best and last for a long time.

Correct chain tensioning

Make sure that the chainsaw is correctly tensioned. A slack chain may jump off the guide bar, injure you and damage the chainsaw. Overly tight chain tension can cause premature wear of the guide bar. A properly tensioned chain should not hang under the guide bar. The chain tension is correct when the chain is in contact with the underside of the guide bar and you can still pull it around easily by hand.

Always let the chain cool off before adjusting the chain tension. As it cools off, the chain will shrink.

Chainsaw chain lubrication

Poor lubrication is a major cause of premature wear. We recommend you check and refill the chain oil every time you refuel. Husqvarna chainsaw chain oil has been developed to provide good lubrication for our cutting systems.

  • Start the chainsaw.
  • Hold the saw over a stump and rev up the engine.
  • The chain lubrication is working if there is a line of oil left on the stump.

Chainsaw bar maintenance

Most guide bar problems are related to incorrect chain tensioning, poor lubrication or faulty working techniques. The area that is exposed to the most wear is the underside of the chainsaw bars, where most of the cutting is done.

  • Turn the guide bar every time the chain is changed so that it will wear evenly.
  • Clean the guide bar groove and oil inlet regularly.
  • File away burrs from the bar rails.

Replacing the bar

Check the chainsaw bar regularly for wear and burrs on the rails.

Replace the bar if:

  • The bar groove is not deep enough to hold the drive link. Check at the most worn part of the rail.
  • The chain is not kept straight up to the groove.

Sharp chain and correct depth gauge setting

Keeping your chain well maintained and sharp is the key.

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