Getting Ready For Spring
If your STIHL tools have been hibernating over the winter, it's time to pull them out of storage and get them ready to go!
Follow the tips below to help you get the most out of your STIHL tools this season!
You can always take your equipment to your local STIHL dealer for a tune up. But, be sure to visit early in the season to get a head start on all your outdoor power equipment needs.
(Note: For a more comprehensive list of maintenance and repair instructions, always refer to your product's instruction manual)
Clean and Check
- Start off by cleaning your equipment if you didn't do so prior to storing it for the winter
- For all equipment, visually inspect the entire tool. Look for cracks in the housing and ensure that all controls are in proper working condition
- For chain saws, make sure to check the hand guard and chain brake
- Always inspect the deflectors on trimmers and cutter blade guards on hedge trimmers
- For edgers, check the cutting guard
- Re-tighten all accessible screws and nuts
- Replace the trimmer line on your trimmers and brush cutters (trimmer line dries out and older line will break more easily – so be sure to stock up for spring!)
- Inspect and sharpen (or replace) any blades as necessary on all cutting tools and attachments – don't forget your hand tools too!
- Check and change the oil and/or air filter as required
Keepin' it Fresh
For all of your gasoline powered equipment, you need to remember to:
- Start with fresh fuel. Using fuel over 60 days old can cause issues with the engine which leads to problems running your equipment
- We recommend mixing high-octane fuel and oil at a 50:1 ratio. You can find our Fuel Mix Calculator to help you
- Make sure to dispose of old fuel properly
- If you don't use a lot of fuel, MotoMix premixed fuel may be a good choice for you….ask your local STIHL dealer for details on this amazing product
- Replace the spark plugs if necessary
For corded electric equipment:
- Inspect all power cords. Do NOT use if damaged or if the insulation is cracked
For battery equipment:
- Charge the batteries for your battery powered equipment
- Recycle your old batteries. Find out where here: http://www.call2recycle.ca/
Don't forget before you get started to make sure you inspect all of your personal protective equipment as well! A cut in your chaps or a crack in your helmet means it's time for new gear.