Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Most Common Chainsaw Troubles

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with chainsaws as they are quite a complex tool so heres a little troubleshooting guide to cover the most common issues that arise with chainsaws.

No Start Condition

When a chainsaw wont start but the engine turns over freely its a no start condition. This is the most common chainsaw issue and there are many possible reasons for it. A few tips to fix this kind of condition are replace your spark plug as its the most likely part to not be functioning properly and make sure your wiring, ignition coils and switches are all working properly.

Start Stop Condition

This is the name for chainsaws that stop under load or run for a few seconds then die. Lots of parts can cause this issue but the most likely reason would be a plugged spark arrestor screen that would prevent exhaust from properly leaving the engine. You should also check if there are any clogged ports in the carburetor that would affect its ability to inject the right amount of fuel or air into the engine. Other possible but less likely causes are faulty spark plugs, bad gas caps or bad fuel filters.

Hard Starts

A hard to start chainsaw engine can be caused by hugely varied list of parts. Nearly any component of a fuel, spark or air system can cause this problem. The first thing to check is that you are getting a good spark from your spark plug. If that doesn't work try cleaning the intake and exhaust. Next you should check any fuel delivery problems to make sure its getting enough.

Bad Engine Performance

Just because it starts and runs doesn't mean it's not suffering from performance issues. It could sputter or lack power and this normally means that your engine is out of tune. The easiest way to fix this is to keep replacing temp parts such as air filters when they are used up.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Inspecting Chainsaw Bars for Damage

The guide bar on every pro saw lives a tough life. It is constantly battered at a tremendous pace against a variety of materials and all the while the risk of breakage for the novice chainsaw owner is high. Hopefully this mini guide will help you spot when your chainsaw bar is damaged.


Inspecting For Wear

The body of most guide bars wears in two places: On top side of the bar rails and on the surfaces inside the rails. Since the tops of the rails are easy to see and the inside surfaces hard to see, start your inspection by looking at the tops. Pay special attention to the area just behind the bar nose. This is the location where the rails often show the most wear. Saw operators who do a lot of limbing will notice pronounced wear here, because for them, this area of the bar does the most work. Also look for chipping or any other type of rail damage.

How To Inspect A Bar for Damage

Experienced saw operators don't bend bars often, but every pro user will occasionally have their saw's bar in the wrong place at the right time. It can't be avoided. So when a bar experiences “tree trauma,” stop and inspect it. Sometimes it is easy to see it is OK, and you can go on cutting. Other times it is necessary to stoop and take a good look.
To inspect a guide bar for damage, first remove it from the saw. Wipe away any sawdust or debris and look for anything obvious. If all the surfaces look good, hold it level with your eye and look down the rails as if they were a site on a gun. This can be done from either end of the bar. If your bar is bent, you will see sweeps or bends in its body. If you have never looked at a bar from this angle before, you will be surprised how visible even a slight bend is.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Correct Way to Use a Digging Spade

Lots of people put a lot more effort into using their spades than is necessary so i'm going to give you a few tips on efficient, safe digging for the average home user.

Safety First

Digging is hard work and also a good workout but you will need some forms of protection before you can go for a while. First of all you will need gardening gloves to keep your hands from getting massively blistered. It would also help to have Sturdy footwear if you have any.

Efective usage

To effectively use a spade you need to keep it verticle when digging into the ground. This works best if you hold the handle with both hands then push the blade down with your foot. After this your going to want to use the lever system here. Hold the spade at the handle and leverage the soil up so it requires as little effort as possible.To lift the soil simply bend your knees and slide one hand down the blade. Remove the soil by walking a few paces. If you repeatedly twist your torso to drop it next to you it wont take long before you start to feel muscle strains. If you follow this simple guide then digging shouldn't be too hard on you although it is not the easiest of gardening tasks.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Finding the Right Tools for the Job

We talk about the right tools for the job a lot on this website and we even compare and contrast tools to make sure you get the best tool for the job. But what do we recommend to someone starting off on their gardening hobby/career? What tools are right for them?

Well theres no need to worry as Timberpro have made a full infographic showing you 5 tools that will mean you always have the right tool for the job!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Using Gardening Equipment To Get Fit & Healthy!

For the past few months we have been looking at different tools and what they are used for. Now a chainsaw and hedge trimmer will not do the same job for your garden but one thing they do have in common is the ability to get us outdoors and active in our environment!

If you're a bit of a couch potato like me this exercise is perfect in the sense that it gets us active without any real motivation or determination needed as we're having fun whilst doing so! Anyway i'm sure this infographic will be able to explain it better than I ever could!

Healthy Living Through Gardening Infographic


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

What to Look for in a Lawnmower

There's a lot of different kinds of lawnmower with a lot of different information that the average buyer wouldn't know about so this is to inform people of what to look for when buying a lawnmower.

What kind of Lawnmower are you looking to get?

There are a lot of different kinds of lawnmower including push mowers, self propelled mowers, riding mowers or robotic mowers. A push mower is recommended if your garden is evenly sloped whereas a self propelled mower is recommended if your garden features hills and slopes. A riding lawn mower is recommended if the amount you intend to mow is over 1/2 an acre. the robotic mower is a fun choice for smaller lawns.

Choose what kind of power

This mostly concerns push mowers whether you would prefer an electric or gas mower. Electric mowers have the advantage of conserving energy and money whereas gas mowers have a bit more kick to them.

Some things do not affect lawn quality

Horsepower and engine size etc. do not have an effect on the lawns quality so while it may be tempting to buy that big engine with its something ridiculous small car horsepower its not necessary and will not affect lawn quality.

Choose a brand

While this in itself does not affect the lawnmower it does change where and how easily you can get it serviced or repaired if need be.

Set a price range

Some lawnmowers can be very expensive and its better to set your price range first then look to make sure you don't overspend on it.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

5 in 1 Petrol Garden Multitool

Finding the right tools for the job aims to bring you information on how to use and find (stating the obvious huh) the right tools for the job. Well this next tool up is an absolute gem for always having the right tool for the job. Lets look at what this tool contains:

An absolute multitude of tools for use around the garden!