Best Way To Break In A Chainsaw – How To Do It

What’s the best way to break in a chainsaw?

You’ve come to the right place because that’s exactly what I’ll be going over in today’s post.

I’ll be going over everything you need to know about breaking in your chainsaw.

So let’s get into this!

What is breaking in a chainsaw?

Breaking in a chainsaw is reaching the optimal performance your chainsaw will ever reach in its lifetime. You’re allowing it to run to make sure all the parts are working in harmony and correctly.

What will happen if I don’t break in my chainsaw?

If you start using your chainsaw at full throttle on large trees without breaking it in first, it could break. You should let your chainsaw warm up and settle, give it the time it needs. 

You can think of it as having a car that’s been in the snow for a couple of days, starting the engine, and fully pressing the pedal down. Something is going to go wrong, you’re at least going to wear out some components.

So make sure you’re taking the time to break it in before doing any big jobs.

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How do I break in my chainsaw?

You need to look at what the chainsaw manufacturer says when it comes to breaking it in.

If there’s no information from the manufacturer, know that it typically takes 5 – 10 tanks of gas to fully break in your chainsaw. Start by cutting down small trees and doing smaller tasks for the break in period.

Make sure the bar is being oiled by first filling it up with bar oil, then letting the chainsaw run. Allowing the bar to be lubricated.

You can check if it’s being oiled by letting it run and then touching the chain, lifting up the chain to see if it’s been oiled. Let your chainsaw run for about 5 minutes to make sure it’s been fully lubricated

Check the chain tension by lifting the chain up, there should be a slight gap and it should spring back into place by itself when you let go of the chain.

Will I notice a difference?

Yes, you will notice a difference in power after the chainsaw has been broken in. Many chainsaw users have asked why their chainsaw started working better after a few tanks of gas.

That’s because the chainsaw has gone through the break in period, the components have warmed up and settled for top performance. 


So that was the best way to break in a chainsaw.

Hope you found what you were looking for in this post.

Happy sawing!

– Adam