Saving some money is always a good thing, but that doesn’t always happen – especially with tools. After all, you want to make sure that you have high-quality tools and keep them in good shape. That way, when you need them again they’ll be ready. But that might mean replacing some of the components.
How Long Can You Keep a Chainsaw Chain?
The truth is there’s no good answer to this question. It all depends on what you’re doing with the chain, what quality chain you bought in the first place, and how well you’re taking care of it. All of these things will influence the way that your chain continues to work for you.
In general, a chainsaw should last at least 5-6 years, but that depends on you getting a good quality chain and taking care of it. If you get a higher quality chain and you’re even more meticulous about the maintenance you can easily make your chain last far longer than 6 years.
Keeping Your Chainsaw Running
Now, if your goal is to keep your chainsaw chain as long as possible you want to be sure that you’re monitoring all of the different features of the chainsaw. That includes making sure that it’s well oiled at all times while running. It also means keeping it from overheating.
You want to be sure that you are evenly sharpening the blades at all times and that you are keeping the chain tightened to the proper levels. Also, make sure that you keep it clean at all times. That means wiping it down after use and before putting it away, every time.
When you take care of your chainsaw in these ways it’s going to last a whole lot longer than if you ignored some (or all) of the basic maintenance tips.
What to Watch For
Another thing to be aware of is the potential problems that could come as a result of your use of the chainsaw. For one thing, you want to watch what you’re using the chainsaw on to be sure that it doesn’t get damaged from the work you do.
Watch for nails, rocks, knots, and other hard objects that could be present in your project. If you hit these with your chainsaw you run the risk of damaging the blade, the chainsaw as a whole, or yourself, and definitely cutting down the life of the blade.
Keeping it As Long As Possible
The best thing that you can do is make sure that you are caring for your chainsaw as a whole. This will allow you to keep each of your chains as long as possible, to make sure you can save as much money as possible. But at the same time, it can help you still do the job you want.
There’s no reason you should have to throw out your chainsaw chains every few years, and you shouldn’t even have to if you’re being diligent about the care they need.
Walt moonlights as a handyman after getting off his busy job as a commodities trader. He enjoys writing about all things related to DIY, home improvement, etc.