Chainsaw Cutting Problems: Common Causes and Failures

Blog | August 17th, 2018

If you are like us then your chainsaw is probably the most used power tool in your garage or shed. Chainsaws are incredibly powerful cutting instruments that can serve to make our lives much easier, supposing that we treat the machines right, as well. Here at Peninsula Mowers Mornington, we believe in the power of knowledge and how preparing for issues can serve as a great way to prevent them. Today, we are setting our sights on chainsaws and all of the cutting problems that are so common with the tool. We’re going to outline some common chainsaw cutting issues and how you can fix or prevent them in the future. Ready to read? Let us begin!

Common Chainsaw Cutting Problems
Your chainsaw is like any other machine that you will work with in your life, at times it will operate correctly and with proper maintenance, it can last a long time. However, just like every other machine, problems are prone to pop up and when they do, you need to be equipped with the knowledge to solve them. Being that chainsaws are relatively simple machines, we’ll be focusing on the most common cutting problems.

1) Uneven or Difficulty Cutting – While it can be difficult to work your chainsaw through certain objects, you still should be able to power through. When you notice difficulty cutting, or even simple uneven cutting, this is a tell-tale sign that your chainsaw’s teeth are starting to wear out. When the teeth of your chainsaw start to wear out, the machine pulls and creates ragged cuts. Solution: sharpen the teeth or have a professional sharpen them for you.

2) Issues Starting – Sometimes, you’ll notice that your chainsaw can’t even get started without running into issues. This is most likely a problem with something going on inside of your engine: your spark plug, fuel filters or carburetor could all be at blame here. Look at the different components to make sure that everything is operational.

3) Missing Teeth – A simple problem that afflicts many chainsaws during operation is the issue of a missing tooth. Your chainsaw is constantly being asked to do hard work, so when you ignore properly maintaining the chain then you could see issues down the line. Make sure there are no missing chainsaw teeth on your band.

4) Loose Chainsaw Band – Finally, make sure that you frequently check the state of your chainsaw band. You don’t want your band to get too loose as this could potentially lead to a dangerous situation. Make sure that your chainsaw band is at the proper tension before operating.

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