Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Winter settings for chainsaws
As the minus temperatures arrive for Christmas, I thought it time to explain the winter setting for some chainsaws. By understanding some very simple adjustments it is possible to get a cold chainsaw running perfectly in winter weather conditions and limit the frustration of a spluttering machine.
The diagram and explanation below is taken from the user manual of a STIHL 026 and describes the simple alteration that can be made to improve performance in cold weather. It is important to note that a similar operation can be performed for most chainsaws but will not be exactly the same for each model.
If you have a different make or model of chainsaw simply look for the removable or adjustable piece of plastic or metal that will allow the warm air from the cylinder head to circulate back through the carburettor. It will usually have a tiny diagram of a sun and a snowflake to indicate how to set it. Some must be removed entirely and some are just moved into a different position.
IMPORTANT WARNING: The setting must be put back to summer setting in warmer weather as leaving it in the winter setting will cause over-heating and possible damage to the machine.
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