Your chainsaw is subjected to a great deal of stress during use, so you need to perform the right maintenance to preserve its exceptional performance.
We recommend performing maintenance or cleaning your tool before and after every use; this will help to ensure that your chainsaw always provides the very best cutting performance and will last for many years to come. There are various additional maintenance measures that you also need to carry out at different intervals. You can find detailed information about all of these maintenance measures and intervals in the operating instructions for your tool. If you are unsure of anything, contact your STIHL dealer.
Cleaning after every use is the most important maintenance measure to keep your chainsaw in great condition. That’s because it picks up resin, sawdust and other substances which, in combination with the chain lubricant, can soon cause real problems: resin accumulates and hardens, and can eventually make its way into the housing and guide bar, or onto the pulley. Our advice is that you all traces of resin from the bar and housing at the earliest possible opportunity. We recommend you make STIHL Varioclean part of your maintenance routine when cleaning your chainsaw.
Electric chainsaws have a simpler construction than petrol tools, so they require fewer cleaning and maintenance steps:
Use a STIHL guide bar leveller to remove burrs from the guide bar.
As well as the measures listed above, if you have a cordless chainsaw we recommend some additional measures:
If you have a petrol chainsaw, there are a few other maintenance considerations to keep in mind:
Top tip: Good cleaning and maintenance will keep your chainsaw in great working order – which helps you to work safely. Dirty air filters and spark plugs can impair performance and accelerate wear. If maintenance of these components is neglected for long, you may find it difficult to start your chainsaw and notice a significant drop in performance. Talk to your dealer if you spot any problems or are overdue a chainsaw service.
Download the operating instructions for your STIHL chainsaw here at your convenience.