If you’re looking for the answer as to whether a chainsaw can get wet, well, they sure can. And if they aren’t, then probably you are not working hard enough.
Chainsaws are sturdy animals. They are built to withstand the vagaries of nature. Most sawyers work in climates which are either moisture laden or has rain as a major weather feature. The important aspect about chainsaws and moisture is that when you go on to use it again, it needs to be wiped off dry.
What do you do when your chainsaw gets wet?
Since chainsaws are operated electronically, it is important to ensure that there is no water in and around the device. And there are reasons for it. Wet chainsaws can lead to rusted blades, which will lead to inefficiency.
There is also a possibility of slippage, both while holding the machinery or between blades and driving links. One more important thing about chainsaws and moisture is that it should never be allowed to enter its fuel tank. Oil and water have never been great together. This will lead to fuel contamination and the possibility of the tool malfunctioning will be quite high.
Using the chainsaw in the rain comes with its own set of precautions. It’s a kind of checklist every sawyer worth his salt will agree to.
Have your air filter cleaned and dried. Especially if the wood, you will be cutting is dry and dead. This is because dry dust in the filter will expand when damp air runs through it thereby choking the saw. This is a problem with both plated and pleated filters.
- The clutch bearings also need to be wiped dry.
- The fuel tank needs to be properly sealed off. Water should not be allowed to enter the area at any cost.
- Keep the sprocket cover clean. Snow and moisture usually freeze with sawdust and oil creating malfunctions.
- The chain brakes need to be cleaned, wiped and dried more often. This is done to avoid moisture clinging on to the links. The chances of slippages are high under such circumstances. Also the metal lasts longer and not fall prey to rust.
- Keep an eye on the control mechanisms and the safety features of the chainsaw. Moisture seepages are harmful to the overall health of the tool as well as to the user.
- The anti-vibration system of the machine needs to be insulated from any moisture leakage. In the eventuality of anti-vibration malfunctioning, an increase in the vibration of the chainsaw can, not only lead to user fatigue, but accidents too.
There are a few other precautions which need to be observed too. During rain or moisture laden environment, be sure to wear ground gripping footwear. Do not slip and fall.
Remember frozen wood is harder than non-frozen wood. Decrease the angle of the chain while cutting. This will improve the cutting experience as well as it will be quicker.
So returning to where we began. Can Chainsaws get wet? Yes, they damn well can.
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