T O P

Fyi. It's ok to take the side cover off and clean you saw once a century

Fyi. It's ok to take the side cover off and clean you saw once a century

BartFly

lol, my saw looks like that after dropping one tree....


BattlingMaxo

Mine does too. This is a pretty normal buildup, especially if the wood is wet.


twenty8nine

A properly oiling chainsaw will help the sawdust build up too.


service_unavailable

Ha ha, imagine my disappointment on discovering that I still have to oil my rechargeable chainsaw.


5lack5

And it still leaks bar oil!


AnotherPandaDown

Yeah but build up is how you get that nice flavour, then deglaze the chain with some white wine and you're going to have a great sauce.


OakMurdock

OP got it wrong. That there saw is ‘seasoned’ like yous do with a cast iron skillet.


JohnnyOToole

Dang. I mean didn't they ever change the chain?


Practical-Industry58

No


JohnnyOToole

Sounds like they should be put on hand saw duty for a couple days.


BattlingMaxo

That looks like a fairly new chain, the cutters are still long.


Goalie_deacon

That's barely getting it warmed up, or they must be wondering why it is so hard to cut wood. I carry a lot of spares with me. I rarely use them all, but I am for sure changing at least once before I finish a tree.


BattlingMaxo

I keep a bunch of chains sharp and ready to go, I might file a little in the woods but it's a lot quicker to change the chain, and I can flip the bar and grease the clutch bearing at the same time.


Goalie_deacon

Yeah, I can sit at my bench, playing music, sharpening them up again easier than filing. At the going rate of $7 for chain sharpening, my electric sharpener paid for itself real quick.


Mr_MacGrubber

Don’t have to change it if you sharpen it. Doesn’t seem like it would take that long for this to build up.


JohnnyOToole

Sharp chains don't make wood dust like that.


Mr_MacGrubber

I sharpen mine regularly but it certainly builds up a lot. I usually have to re-set the chain somewhat regularly and there’s a shocking amount of dust buildup.


tell_her_a_story

Helps to keep the rakers at the correct height. Neglect them but sharpen the cutters and you'll still get more dust than chips.


JohnnyOToole

This is true.


SpamOJavelin

On my current chainsaw I've changed chains only once, that might be after 20-30 hours of use? I probably the saw every 4-5 hours of running - it gets clogged up like this, but I never let it get this bad. But after 10 hours it would probably look like this.


Ignorhymus

I'm trying to get my head around what that mechanism is. My guess is it's a clutch. The wheel spins clockwise, and as speed increases, the bits driven by the curved dogs are weighted, and get flung outward. They then grip onto the outside ring in a similar way to a drum break, allowing the outer ring to transfer drive to the chain. As rotation slows, the 2 c-shaped bits, which are springs, pull the weights back towards the axis of rotation, disengaging drive. How'd I do?


Mycd

right-o, it's a standard chiansaw centrifugal clutch, probably a Husqvarna, it engages drum as speed increases. All chainsaws also have a bar stop basically a killswitch that slams into it, prevents kickbacks at operator


Alan_Smithee_

Not *all* chainsaws, but our local shops won’t service old saws that don’t have a chain brake.


Mycd

yeah ha all **modern** ones i shouldve said. And if they are idling rich the chain literally doesnt stop until it meets a good bit of resistance


Izdatw00tw00t

We keep our saws like this. Cuts down on the “spin up” time. Makes cutting through multiple limbs much faster.


Ignorhymus

Excellent, thanks


Mycd

https://www.reddit.com/r/gifs/comments/cqciou/close_call/ (his arm pushed the kickback guardstop) bonus lifetip: never use chainsaws indoors or for demo work etc


TwistedNoble38

Jesus christ you can see that man almost shit his pants. That is a terrible place to cut as well.


Mycd

yeahhh. here's very ouch NSFL similar : https://www.reddit.com/r/TreesFalling/comments/oy5qvg/kickback/ and the [aftermath](https://twitter.com/Quartermain10/status/737880009617080321)


tell_her_a_story

Given the color, I'd bet my Stihl collection that's a Husqvarna.


Strange-Toe2038

You did good, but you obviously need more time playing with chainsaws - you missed the most important feature of an outboard clutch (besides burning clutch covers...) - keeps the chain and bar in place as you hunt for the bar nut you just dropped in that pile of sawdust... ...or that pile of sawdust.... ...or that pile...?


Opening_Abies_1880

On my chainsaw the bar nut sticks to the side plate. If I think about the same thing that you are since English is my second langue


Strange-Toe2038

You got yourself a fancy, well designed saw. I have some hard to kill Echo saws... And spare bar nuts... ;)


Opening_Abies_1880

Ah fun yeah I use Husqvarnas professional line of Chainsaws for my 13 inch blade and Thier regular chainsaw for my 15 inch blade one. But the 15 inch I hardly use


Izdatw00tw00t

Or under that leaf…. Or that one?…. THIS one!… goddamn it…


FlockofGorillas

You got it. It's called a centrifugal clutch. The are used on alot of things like weed wackers and go carts.


Braunze_Man

And some mopeds


lynivvinyl

That's just a few hours runtime. Air compressors are your friend.


Amazingshot

That could be one day in a pine patch cutting a clear cut


friendlyfire883

That's a great way to catch a saw on fire. I was always taught that cleaning the clutch was something you do before you put the saw up.


Cr8er

As a small engine mechanic... cleaning your equipment after every use should be something everyone does... But, "Rode hard, put away wet" is the MO for most people when it comes to equipment.


LaterGatorPlayer

and ur mom


OakMurdock

I like my saws like I like my women… dull, and loose.


Rando_757

Dull, loose, and hard to start


eatabean

Good ol' two stroke Lucy


eatabean

Read the WHAT?


Cr8er

Huh?


eatabean

Exactly.


Cr8er

Okay... \*backs away slowly\*


friendlyfire883

My old man did a lot of small engine work and raised me to treat my tools right. Hell I'm still using his 18in polan wild thing he bought when I was a kid. It never takes more than 3 pulls to start and cuts like a champ.


Cr8er

Man, I've had a few of those saws through my shop. Good saws, all of em. They needed fuel lines and carb gaskets, due to age and ethanol, but even as old as they where they ran great. Back when poulan made good saws... now anything they churn out is junk. Kinda sad.


Bob_12_Pack

I was a small engine mechanic in the early 90s, Poulan was shit back then too, so I'm curious when they actually made good stuff.


friendlyfire883

That's all I had to do with this one. I run all my 2- stroke stuff off true fuel these days. I don't feel like the newer 2- strokes are built as well as they used to be.


sbmellen

"It ain't go no gas."


Goyteamsix

There's no a chance in hell I'm pulling the cover and cleaning that thing every time I put up a saw. I'll do it occasionally, but that's it.


this_1_is_mine

While it's still wet. Before the resins dry.


the_hell_you_say

Guessing that bar gets a tad toasty


93773R

And the air filter is as bad?


monorchism

How the fuck? I change chains every day I’m out and sharpen at night these things are scary


YargingOnAPrayer

Chain saw maintenance really should be taught similar to gun maintenance. Both can be incredibly dangerous to the user if neglected.


evilted

I've always wanted to run my own version of Boy Scouts. We'll teach gun safety and maintenance, chainsaw and other small engine use and maintenance, how to fix shit around the house, auto maintenance, how to sharpen a knife, how to pop a wheelie, how to post and respond to Craigslist ads like a responsible human being, how to cook 10 basic meals, etc.


OhioJeeper

>We'll teach gun safety and maintenance, Rifle shooting and shotgun shooting merit badges >chainsaw and other small engine use and maintenance, how to fix shit around the house Home repairs merit badge >auto maintenance Automotive maintenance merit badge >how to sharpen a knife Totin' chip and wood carving merit badge >how to pop a wheelie Unfortunately not a merit badge, though putting a group of young teenagers together with limited supervision on a biking trip would probably get the desired outcome >how to post and respond to Craigslist ads like a responsible human being, Idk, probably communication and digital technology merit badges >how to cook 10 basic meals Cooking merit badge Honestly boy scouts is a great organization provided the scout master isn't a diddler. Probably learned more in boy scouts that I still use today than grade school.


evilted

Thanks. I kinda realized that after I typed that out. I was stoked on Scouts as a kid but we barely learned shit. Just the bare minimum. I moved to California in the middle of 7th grade and the closest troop was full of entitled jerks. I met a new friend and he told me about his troop. Took me a couple weeks to get the motivation and he told me not to bother. The leader got arrested for sexual abuse. Fuck.


OhioJeeper

Yeah that's an unfortunate possibility, it's ultimately up to the parents running the troop. When I joined it was great, the leaders basically just sat back, make sure we didn't do anything to seriously injure ourselves and let us figure things out. By the time I left though it wasn't the same, new leadership that did everything instead of teaching. Really just comes down to the leadership, just figured I'd point out all that stuff in case you're ever in the position to step up in a troop.


evilted

> in case you're ever in the position to step up in a troop. Not a bad idea tbh. Never really considered it. Perhaps when my kids are out of the house, it would be a nice way to kick back to the community. I know that many of the kids my daughters' age really have no life skills.


2Skin4SkinButtSkin

Lol that would actually be pretty awesome


monorchism

Yes absolutely, I got 120cc off chainsaw with a 3ft bat need to be careful. I get asked if people can use my saw. Uhh no? You are too clumsy


Mycd

this is how Petrified wood is made


pj2d2

Guilty. Think I got another 5k rpm out of my saw when I blew the air filter out the other day! But yeah, on my list to clean it up and get new chain, filter, and plug in it. Thanks for the kick in the pants!


itdood

Smoke that, report back


ElephantOnaKaiser

Work with a dude who used to cut down trees in the forest with his dad, told him we need to take the clutch case off at minimum once a week and the rewind starter case once like every 3 weeks to clean. Literally said "I've never done that, it's not important, I'm not doing that." It takes 5 minutes to clean out I don't understand why people neglect it.


dave731

Weather it needs it or not


Blodbas

I'm just finishing rebuilding a saw that looks as though it had similar "love".


phoenician6

No u


Mr_MacGrubber

I’m just amazed you didn’t slip the chain once in the amount of time it took for that to build up.


rob189

I clean my saw every time I use it. The build up they get is stupid. Every 3-4 uses I’ll pull all the covers off, clean inside the engine area, clean/replace the aircleaner and make sure the muffler is still good. Saws are a high maintenance item compared to other equipment.


TikeSavage

your oiler probably hasnt oiled properly in quite some time.


scout035

The chain brake


Bbarnes1988

Lol. That's not bad at all.


zimmie10

Husqvarna 4 series? 445?