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In this video, learn some tips on how to prepare for winter and winterize your chainsaw
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Hi! I am Kevin Gillis with TTI, and today we are talking about winterizing gas outdoor power tools. Right now we are going to be taking about winterizing our Gas Chainsaw. Now this unit is very similar to your string trimmers and your blowers, it is a two cycle engine. So the first thing we are going to want to do is we are going to want to remove all the gas from the unit itself. So what I am going to do, is again I am going to -- gas can. So I have my gas tank here. So what we are going do is, we are just we are going to empty it into our funnel. Actually, I am just going to angle this little bit. This is a little trickier than the string trimmer.
Okay, alright, now once we have all the gas out of the gas tank, we again going to press down on our primer bulb here, because you could see we have some residual gas. So I am just going to get it back with tilting it and that residual gas. Alright, so now we have no more gas in the unit. What we are going to do? Is we are going to try to it start it. I want to get all that gas flushed out, so we are going to put it in a half choke. Again refer to your users manual. This one actually is just a two step start, but some of them have a three step start. So you want to have it an half choke and make sure it is in the ON position.
Now it may sound like it's going to start, this one obviously has no gas in it. If it does sound like that just let it run until the gas totally is, totally cleaned from the unit, it actually die out. So next thing what we are going to want to do is actually we are going to want to take the bar and chain oil out. Okay, so what we are going to do? I am going to actually put it back. You can put it into, there is a plastic receptacle if you want to hold on to it, or you can actually put it into the bar and chain oil that you, the container that it came in. So I am just going to open this up here, and we are going to put our funnel here, then I unscrew now.
This is if we removed the gas. Now this is a gas oil mix, this is again a two cycle engine, so you have gas oil here, and you have bar and chain oil to lubricate the chains. So we just want to get rid of that for this season. So I am going to pull that out. Okay, this is how you do. Now that's all out. Okay, I have my rag here, just going to wipe it down. The reason we take the bar and chain oil out is, because bar and chain oil for a chainsaw will leak. So coming next season you are just going to come to a, basically a oiled mess, if you leave it in there. So I am going to drain that out. Wipe it down here.
Okay, so once that's done, then we are going to have to add oil. Again we have got rid of our gas and oil mixture, now there is no oil in the unit. We are going to have the add some two cycle oil mix to the unit. Again that will be put through the spark plug port, which we'll have to take housing, we have the top housing off. Most chainsaws do come with a scrench like this one here. But you can use just a flat head screwdriver to take it off but again, you can refer to your owners manual for that. I am going pull my gloves off to begin taking off the top cover housing. Again refer to your owners manual depending on how the housing is put on there. So we are just going to loosen these up here.
Now let's take a look at the air filter. What I am going to here is just loosen this up, and up there we go. We are just going to pop it off. We are going to take a look at it, see if there is any dust or debris. This one here is a paper filter. So if there is any debris or it's looking that it's clogged up, but you are going to want to get a replacement filter at any home improvement warehouse. Now if it's a foam filter, something like this one right here, you can actually bring it inside and just wash it with some warm water and soap. Let it dry throughly, and then put it back in there.
So this filter is looking pretty clean. So what we'll do now, is we will put this through a side, and we will take a look at the spark plug. So let's pop this boot off right here. And we'll just loosen it up, and once we have that lock nut released, we can pull it out, take a look at it, see if it's spoiled, or if it has any damage to it. If there is a problem with the spark plug, you definitely want to replace it before next season, because you do not want to leave this open to collect dust and debris throughout the winter month.
So this spark plug looks good. What we want to do now, is we want to actually add some two cycle oil. Now that we have got rid of all of our gas oil mixture, there is no oil in there to lubricate the components. So we just going to take this right here, and I am just going to prop this up at an angle, there we go couple of drops like that. We had a little spillage there, I will just wipe that all. Okay, and we are all set. We replace our spark plug. Now we'll just give it a one tightened down, so we can tighten down on that lock washer there we go. Put the boot back on, then we are going to put our air filter back in there.
Okay, and then we'll put our housing back on. Wind up your screws, make sure you align that. We are good. Now what we are going to do is we are going to remove our clutch cover to get to our sprockets so we can oil it. What I am going to do, is I am going to put my gloves on, because I may have contact with the chain, as I am doing this. Alright, so let's remove the clutch cover here.
Okay, here we go, and at this point what I would like to do is I like to take the bar and chain totally out, so we have access to the sprocket. So we will set that to aside. Now that we have the bar and chain off, what I'll do, as I will add some bar and chain lubricant to the sprockets. Now that we have got in all the bar and chain lubricant added here, we don't want it to collect any dust or debris.
So actually what I'll do is I will put down a rag right here to place that on there. I will grab my bar and chain oil, kind of actually,l I could probably just put it on my glove there and just spin it around, so that way we are lubricating the sprocket. So it will be good for next season. Okay, so once we are done with that, now we are just want to put the bar and chain back on the unit and get our clutch cover back on, so we have a fully assembled unit ready to go for next season. So here that aligned up, it's in there, what I am going to do is put my clutch cover back on here. We want to make sure that our chain is nice and tight, next season. We will just tighten down the clutch cover and we are done. Now we have winterized our Chainsaw. Next we are going to show you how to winterize a lawn mower.