Chainsaw Maintenance Tips: Keep That Saw Running Right

Chainsaw owners can do their equipment a world of good by taking the time to perform a dozen or so basic checks at regular intervals.

Air Filter: Remove the air-filter box from the mouth of the carburetor and wash it in solvent (or soap and water, if it's a plastic element). If you can, blow it clean with compressed air. You also might want to take the time to clean the carburetor body and the area around it (with the choke closed, of course), and to check if the throttle and choke linkages are operating their respective butterfly valves correctly (just look down the throat of the carburetor while working them).