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1. Personal Protective Equipment

While working with a chainsaw during the winter, as always, wear the correct PPE such as protective pants, a helmet, protective eyewear, and gloves. In the winter, wood is even more likely to splinter, so the use of a helmet and eye protection remains critical.

2. Keep things clean to prevent freezing

Make sure the sprocket cover stays clean to prevent moisture and snow from freezing with the sawdust and oil that often collects around the sprocket. You should also clean the chain brake more frequently than you do in warmer weather, especially if the chain brake is located in the sprocket cover.

3. Keep moisture out of the fuel

Brush snow, sawdust, and moisture away from around the fuel tank before you open it to refuel. If too much moisture gets into the engine, it can cause your chainsaw to stop working or become difficult to start. Over time, water in the fuel line can lead to rusting and corrosion.

4. Increase the amount of oil on guide bar

When snow or damp conditions like rain get on the guide bar they mix with the existing oil on the bar and reduces lubrication. This means during these conditions it is essential to keep an eye on the lubrication of the saw and to keep adding more oil to it when needed.

5. Keep the chain sharp

Frozen wood is much harder to cut, so it’s essential to get your chain sharpened and keep a few spares available. Many people prefer to decrease the top-plate filing angle by about 5 degrees. This helps it cut through the frozen wood and reduce the risk of wear and tear from vibration.


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