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Spring Spruce-Up

Keeping Lawn and Garden Tools in Shape

Keep your spring maintenance tools rust-free, sharpened and mechanically sound.

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Chainsaw (4 of 7)

Chainsaws require the most maintenance of any seasonal tool, which means regular maintenance — either by a professional or yourself — is necessary to keep it in working condition. Master gardener Paul James, from HGTV's Gardening by the Yard, recommends the following each time you rev your saw:

  • - Ensure the tank is properly filled.
  • - Check for an approved lubricant in the chain oil tank.
  • - Verify the chain tension is consistent with the manufacturer's recommendations.

    Carefully follow your owner's manual for any specific maintenance needs and help keep the saw in shape by steering clear of rocks and other unforgiving materials.

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