As winter approaches, you are likely doing less with your chainsaw. Before putting it away for the winter [or any time more than a couple of weeks] be sure to take these steps to ensure it is ready to start up again when spring comes…
If your chain is sharp it should cut well with very little force on the bar. If you have to force the saw to cut, the chain is dull and needs to be sharpened.
Hand-sharpening your blades with a file takes a little bit of know-how and some practice, but is not hard to master. It can also transform a slow cutting chainsaw into a fast fire-cutting machine.