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Chainsaws in the snow

Post in 'The Gear' started by Joful, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    So, a little late, as I spent last Sunday using three of my saws in the snow, but what is recommended for after-care of a saw used in the snow? All I did was remove the scabbards and set them in the warm(er) garage to dry when I got home, figuring they've got enough bar oil spilled and leaked all over them from years of use, to protect from any snow they picked up. I was setting them on hardpack snow between use, but trying to keep the bars out of the snow as much as I could.

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  2. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    Hot chocolate? :p

    Snow really won't hurt them. Mush easier on them than dirt or nails.
  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    With no use or cleaning in a few days, the chain may get some rust.
    I like to pull the bar & chain & blow out the wet wood chips & crud.
    Run a small wire in the bar to get the wet crud out of the chain grove.
    If not going to use it for a while, WD40 or some light oil on the bar & chain.
    I touch up the chain with a file too.

    Like you said, usually enough oil on everything to not do much rusting, but
    I was taught to service & clean my tools after use :)

    Ready to go when needed ;)

    I hate to have to work on my tools, before I can use them :mad:
  4. peakbagger

    peakbagger Minister of Fire

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    The advantages of bucking up a tree supported by snow far outweighs any minor things you have to do to dry it out. The bar lube is pretty tenacious and usually creates a barrier on top of the metal.

    I can buck up wood far faster as I am not worried about sticking a tip in the ground, it also stretches the time between filings.
  5. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    I was in the middle of a tractor project, which wrapped up last night. Will likely swap the chains and clean tonight. The used chains go on the grinder... no hand filing, here!

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