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Cold Weather Cutting

Tips for reducing cold-weather wear

Oil

  • Use a lighter weight of bar-chain oil, or dilute bar-chain oil 25% with clean kerosene or diesel oil (you’ll need to use twice as much of the diluted oil) and be certain your chain is receiving oil from the saw.

Tension

  • Keep your chain correctly tensioned.
  • Check and adjust often.

Cutters

  • Keep cutters sharp.
  • Touch up every hour, more often if needed.
  • Do not force dull chain to cut.

Depth Gauges

  • It's recommended to check the bite of cutters is regulated by the height of the leading portion of each cutter, commonly known as the depth gauge.
  • Check and adjust your cutter's depth gauges at every sharpening.

Bar

  • Keep the bar groove clean and oil holes open.
  • Turn symmetrical bars over to equalize rail wear.

Drive Sprocket

  • Replace the sprocket after every two chains, or sooner if wear is evident.
  • Be sure to read the operator's manual supplied with your chainsaw in its entirety.

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