Before you put your chainsaw into storage for winter or a longer break, it needs to be cleaned and safe to store. We guide you through the key steps.
To avoid problems relating to stale fuel while in storage, it’s a good idea to drain the fuel from the tank into a suitable fuel container – make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area. Run the machine at idle until the chainsaw stops by itself, so the carburettor diaphragms don’t stick together while in storage.
Remove the saw chain and guide bar. Clean them and spray them with protective oil. Thoroughly clean the whole chainsaw, especially the cylinder ribs and air filter.
If you use a bio-degradable chain oil like STIHL BioPlus, you should fill the chain lubricant tank to the top to prevent the oil from gumming while in storage; semi-synthetic oils such as STIHL SynthPlus chain oil do not gum, and can remain in the tank without having to be topped up.
Your chainsaw should be stored in a dry place that is well-ventilated and protected against the elements. We advise that you do not store your chainsaw outdoors. As long as the fuel tank is empty, you can store your chainsaw vertically, or even hanging up.
Store your tool in such a way that it is not directly exposed to sunlight to prevent UV degradation.
Pack your chainsaw away so that it cannot accumulate dust: STIHL offers special carry bags and cases to protect your tool while it is in storage.
Always store your chainsaw safely out of reach of people who shouldn’t be using it, including children. It should ideally be in a lockable room or cupboard.
Disposing of fuels and lubricants: Appropriate facilities must be used when disposing of chainsaw fuels and lubricants. You will often find these at recycling centres.
Download the operating instructions for your STIHL chainsaw here