Chainsaw storage ideas

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A chainsaw is indispensable for the most demanding gardening and DIY tasks. It’s crucial that you take good care of your chainsaw for maximum performance. Here, we’ll cover chainsaw storage ideas so that you can have peace of mind that your device will be ready for action when you need it.

Chainsaws make light work of tough jobs, but don’t neglect your device in between tasks. You risk the disappointment of finding your chainsaw is not performing or won’t start properly. We’ve asked an expert for top tips about how to store your chainsaw to keep it in tip-top condition.

So, when should you store your chainsaw? In winter, you’ll want to protect your chainsaw from the cold so it’s ready for the season ahead. Don’t forget to store your chainsaw whenever you anticipate not using it for longer than a month. 

Maintaining your chainsaw extends its lifespan and maximizes your investment. If your chainsaw has not survived the winter, it's worth researching the best chainsaws (opens in new tab) to prepare for your next purchase. For those hunting for a good price, cheap chainsaw deals (opens in new tab) will also have you covered. 

For now, we’ll delve into chainsaw storage ideas to give your device the edge. 

Chainsaw storage ideas to maintain maximum performance 

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Melody Estes

Melody Estes is a Landscape Design Gardening Supervisor from Maine and a consultant for The Project Girl (opens in new tab), where she offers her expertise on taking care of your yard. 

If you’re looking for chainsaw storage ideas, you’re in the right place. Follow these expert tips to ensure optimal performance.

If you have a gas model, don’t forget to drain the fuel. “Never store your saw with fuel in it—this could lead to clogging and other issues later on when you try using it again,” says Melody Estes, Landscape Design Gardening Supervisor and a consultant at The Project Girl (opens in new tab)

Next, you’ll want to clean your device. Remove the bar and chain to avoid missing hard-to-reach spots. Use a cloth and an old toothbrush for nooks and crannies. “Always clean out any dust or dirt inside the housing before storing away your saw,” advises Melody. Check for trapped debris like rocks and twigs. Make the most of your time by using it as an opportunity to check for damage. 

You’ll thank yourself later if you sharpen your chainsaw before putting it away. “You don't want a dull chain because it can damage the engine and could result in injury if the chain breaks,” cautions Melody.

Wondering where to store your chainsaw? Find a dry home for your device. “Avoid putting it in the garage or any other damp or humid areas where it will be exposed to moisture, which can cause problems with the engine and wheels,” says Melody.

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Louise Bond is a UK-based writer specializing in health and wellbeing. She has over eight years of experience in management within health and care and brings this passion and expertise to her writing. Louise has been published in The Guardian, Live Science, Fit & Well, Tom’s Guide, Planet Mindful, Breathe, and Psychreg. She is at her happiest when she is out in nature, whether that’s on an invigorating hike or pottering in the garden.

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