So, you’ve bought a brand new shiny chain saw and can’t hardly wait to tear into what used to be the backyard!
Hold on there, Paul Bunyan!
There are a multitude of things to prepare before you grab the gas can. The first thing you should do is take the saw out of the box, set it aside and grab the manual.
Use the saw as a hedge clipper! The sinewy vines will bind up the inner workings under the chain cover. The clutch will overheat and ruin the clutch.
Use it as a leverage device in the cut! You will tweak the bar and future cuts will “go astray” meaning the saw will follow the now – bent – bar to the left or right.
Hand Sharpen. It really is rocket science. We cannot hold that hand sharpening device as steady as a motorized grinder that will reset the cutting angle to the correct pitch and depth as though it were done at the factory.
Start it up and dive right into the work! You will create a condition called “Thermal seizure” which means you have put a demand on the engines piston/cylinder too soon and the rings expand faster than they should and it scores the cylinder walls and ruins the engine.
Drop start: Always place the saw on the ground with the chain brake applied, set your foot inside the handle and pull the starter.
Use gas with no oil: This is the most forgotten and most important. Also, don’t use the gas your father bought 6 years ago for the family’s annual bonfire!
Blaming the saws performance on the engine: Check your chain! If the “cutting point corner” has a rounded shoulder, you are merely “polishing” the wood!
Wear out your starter: If the saw hasn’t started by the 4th or 5th pull, it will not start if you pull it a 150 times more, the only thing that will start will be your car when you run your now broken pull rope to the local shop for a starter repair. I used to charge $25.00 in labor…
For Men Only! It’s o.k. to admit you don’t know what you’re doing in front of your favored peeps…especially your spouse…