Chainsaw storage and care tips

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.

A STIHL MS 500i W petrol chainsaw on a workbench with tools hanging on the wall behind

Step-by-step chainsaw storage preparation

A STIHL MS 462 C-M petrol chainsaw on a workbench with the cover removed

Video instructions for chainsaw storage

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.

Operating instructions for STIHL chainsaws

Download the operating instructions for your STIHL chainsaw here

A STIHL chainsaw in a plastic storage case on a wooden workbench

Store it safely in STIHL bags and cases

Chainsaws should remain clean and dry while in storage. We recommend that you use storage bags and cases to keep your tool free of dust.

Summary: chainsaw storage

  • To ensure there is no oil leakage while your chainsaw is in storage, empty and clean the fuel tank first. Do this in a well-ventilated area and dispose of the fuel appropriately according to environmental regulations, for example at a recycling centre
  • Drain the fuel tank and run the machine at idle until the engine cuts out. 
  • Remove the saw chain and guide bar, clean them and spray them with protective oil
  • Thoroughly clean the chainsaw, particularly the cylinder ribs and air filter
  • If you’re using a vegetable-based chain oil such as STIHL BioPlus, fill the lubricant tank to the top to prevent the chain lubricant from gumming in storage
  • Store the chainsaw in a dry, secure location, well out of the reach of children. You can hang your chainsaw vertically for storage if the fuel tank is empty