Tuning A Chainsaw


User safety is fundamental when using outdoor power equipment. This video will give an overview of the pre-start check and safest starting methods. It will also explain which PPE protection is needed when using a chainsaw.

Tuning a chainsaw can be a complicated process since you will need some knowledge of engines to do it successfully. If you are not familiar with the process, it is best to take your chainsaw to your local dealer if it is not running properly to get it fixed. 

Troubleshooting Advice

Before taking it to your local dealer there are a few things you can check to troubleshoot your chainsaw. Check whether or not the air filter on the saw is clogged or look for any obstructions that could be causing the saw to not perform as it should. Additionally, if the chain is running on, it could be that the throttle has been over-adjusted and running too fast. Or, your clutch system may be having problems and the centrifugal clutch is engaging. It is very important that you check you don’t have a broken spring or fault here. If you do, take your unit to your dealer. 

Components of tuning a chainsaw 

Throttle adjuster 

Your chainsaw pre-adjusts the throttle to a certain point. If it is turned on too tight, the chain will continue running as it puts pressure on the throttle, damaging it. However, adjusting it too far out can also cause the chainsaw to stall. 

Low jet adjuster 

Attached to the carburetor are the high and low jets. The low jets are important in the revving of the chainsaw. Starting your saw from very low revs when depressing the trigger means it will rise in the rev range very quickly with no lag. The lower throttle jet can help with better pickup. 

High jet adjuster 

The high jet adjuster works with the upper range of the chainsaw, typically when the saw is physically working with timber. Adjusting this incorrectly could cause the saw to lean out, resulting in internal damage. 

Have questions? 

If you aren’t comfortable tuning your chainsaw at home, it is always best to visit your local dealer to get expert assistance. Your dealer can help ensure your chainsaw is operating at its peak and keep it in great condition. If you’d like to find out more, contact our friendly team or head to our website for more information.

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