How to Change the Air Filter on Your Chainsaw

A chainsaw is a very handy tool for a person to have. Whether you are a construction worker or just a guy who likes to do projects around your home, you will find that a chainsaw can really help to cut your work load time in half. Whether you are looking to cut down tree branches near your home or you need to cut some wood to build a new deck, a chainsaw can really be the difference in creating the right kind of look you want while saving yourself a significant amount of time. It really is a great tool to have.

Like any tool, especially one that is motorized, you really need to take care of your chainsaw to keep it working at peak efficiency. In fact, failure to maintain your chainsaw will greatly reduce its effectiveness and may cause it to malfunction at some point. That malfunction may destroy the chainsaw itself and cause you to get injured. Therefore, it is essential that you take care of your chainsaw and maintain it regularly.

One of the key components that you really want to spend your time on to make sure that it is properly maintained is the air filter. An air filter that is clogged or dirty will reduce the effectiveness of the chainsaw. This is why it is a major component that you must maintain regularly, at least once a year.

You may want to do this, but have no idea how to change the air filter on your chainsaw. Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to do so.

The first thing you want to do is to get the screwdriver mechanism that came with your chainsaw to remove off the case around the base. Most chainsaws will come with a special device like this, that is much more than a screwdriver. This all-in-one tool gives you the ability to perform all of the maintenance on your chainsaw. However, it is understood that some chainsaws do not come with this tool. If that is the case, a regular screwdriver will do the job for you. Use the appropriate screwdriver to unscrew the screws in the base so that you can remove the outer casing.

With the case removed, you will then see the cover that is over the top of the air filter. This should easily slide off, but some require that you use apply pressure to both sides to be able to pull off the cover itself. If you find that you are having difficulty getting this cover off, using a flathead screwdriver can do the trick for you. Simply apply pressure to one side, a slight pressure, until you have placed the head underneath the cover. Then lift with a small amount of tension until the cover comes off.

As a note of caution, don’t try to jerk the cover off. You may wind up damaging the cover so that it cannot be placed over the air filter again. This will put your chainsaw in jeopardy.

Once you have the cover off, all you need to do is pull out the air filter. This should come out very easily out of the well. All you have to do now is slide the new filter into the well and you have successfully replaced the air filter.

From here you are just following the reverse steps. Place the cover back on top of the year filter making sure that it is tightly in place. Next put the outer casing back over the base and replace the screws back in to the case. Your chainsaw is ready to use again.

You will likely find that these few steps will take you no longer than four or five minutes to be able to perform. That is a very small amount of time to ensure that your chainsaw is working properly.

It is important to reiterate that failure to do this kind of maintenance can lead to your chainsaw being permanently damaged. Dust and debris that is not properly filtered can destroy the motor and make your chainsaw inoperable. Knowing this, it only makes sense to provide the proper care to your chainsaw so that it will always run efficiently.