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Chain Saw Maintenance

A chain saw can make light work of heavy pruning, and like any garden tool, it needs proper maintenance.

Keeping the chain sharp is essential. You can sharpen it yourself, but many people prefer to let a professional do the job.

You should also check the tension of the chain often, since it will stretch with use. Your owner's manual will explain how.

Many saws automatically apply bar oil to the chain to keep it running smoothly, so remember to fill the reservoir as needed.

Don't forget that the spark plug, air filter, and other parts in the engine will need periodic servicing.

Finally, prevent future engine problems by emptying the fuel before you store the saw for long periods of time.

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