Ethanol fuel or ethyl alcohol is an alcohol additive that is commonly used in nearly all gasoline in the United States. It is derived from renewable resources such as corn, sugarcane and wheat. If you buy your gas at a gas station in the US then more than likely what you are buying contains corn-based ethanol. This gas, composed of 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol is sometimes referred to as ethane. Nearly all gasoline sold in the United States contains ethanol, even if there is not a declaration of ethanol on the pump.
What type of fuel to use.
Ethane can be used in all current Husqvarna equipment. However we recommend using at least 89- octane E-10 gasoline, which is the mid-grade between medium and premium gasoline. Fuel that is labeled E-15, E-20, E-85 and Diesel fuel are not acceptable fuels to E-10 and will cause significant damage to outdoor power equipment. Look for an indicator at the gas pump to make sure you are making the right choice. Not all states require that the ethanol level to be identified at the pomp. In these circumstances, make sure you do your own research.
Because today’s gasoline contains ethanol and alcohol, it absorbs water if exposed to air. In many cases the operator is unaware that their gasoline has become contaminated with water and unintentionally pours it into their unit. This is because your fuel mixture will separate into layers if it contains a high enough percentage of water. If you don’t shake your mixture, you may unintentionally pour a damaging concentration of water into your unit. Always vigorously shake the fuel mixture immediately before pouring.
Other ways of preventing problems related to fuel- absorption of water.
By taking the time to understand the issues surrounding today’s gasoline you are more likely to enjoy your equipment and prevent much frustration.
The chainsaw is an efficient tool but it can also be dangerous if used incorrectly, that's why safety must always come first.
NOTE: Refer to your Owner's Manual for specific safety instructions on your chainsaw.
Your clothing is a very important part of this. Even if you are just cutting some firewood outside the backdoor of your house, you must use the personal protective equipment that is required in your country.
The best items of your equipment are highly visible ventilated protective jacket and trousers fitted with saw protection. Of course protective equipment cannot prevent an accident from occurring, but it can help to reduce the extent of the injury. You should also have boots with a steel toe cap, saw protection and a heavy tread, and a helmet of course with a full coverage visor and hearing protection.
Make sure you’ve got a first aid kit ready and accessible and it's a good idea to carry a mobile phone and a whistle so did you can call for help easily if something happens. Protect your hands with a pair of strong gloves and, if possible, bring someone with you when you work especially if you are inexperienced.
Have fun and stay safe when using your chainsaw. For a list of chainsaw accessories check OttawaChainSaws.com.
Filing the chain is an important part of maintaining the saw and it’s not difficult if you use the proper instructions and equipment. It’s easiest if you file the chain relatively frequently.
Filing the chain on your chainsaw.
Regular Safety Inspection and Maintenance.
When it comes to other maintenance, there are a few parts that require cleaning now and then to ensure safety and efficiency of the chainsaw .
We hope you’ve learned more about how to use a chainsaw properly. It might seem like a lot to take in, but with a little practice, you will soon become competent with the saw. Try to bring along an experienced person and the beginning and study the user’s manual.
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