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“Should Ask” Questions

The following are questions that our customers should ask us about our products and services, but sometimes may not think to ask.

How do I properly adjust my saw chain tension?

In order for a chainsaw to cut safely and effectively, the tension on the chain must be properly adjusted.  The exact procedure for this varies by saw manufacturer and model, so the best thing you can do is to bring your saw to Ida Supply so we can show you exactly how to adjust the chain tension the correct way.

What kind of fuel does my equipment need?

Small engines require special fuel that is a mix of oil and gasoline.  You can mix fuel yourself, but we recommend buying premium pre-mixed small engine fuel, such as Aspen fuel (sold at Ida Supply).

How do I clean my chainsaw properly?

To properly maintain your saw, you should clean it regularly.  You can use compressed air to clean the air filter and the areas protected by the started and sprocket covers.  You should also clean the spark arrestor, spark plugs, chain, guide bar, and chain sprocket.

How often should I change my oil?

The average non-commercial outdoor power equipment user should change the oil in their equipment once per year.  For commercial customers, the oil should probably be changed once every few weeks, depending on the amount of use.

Is my equipment worth fixing?

Eventually, all outdoor power equipment reaches a point where it is more cost-effective to replace the equipment rather than repair it when it breaks.  However, you might be surprised at what can be affordably repaired.  Ida Supply has a large supply of in-stock parts and experienced technicians on staff, and we’d be happy to take a look at your equipment and advise you whether or not it is more cost-effective to repair it or replace it.

What size of saw (or trimmer, snow blower, etc.) should I buy?

When it comes to outdoor power equipment, one size does not fit all.  The size of saw, snow blower, trimmer, or any other piece of equipment you purchase is dictated by what it will be used for.  Luckily, our experienced sales staff can help you select the right piece of equipment for the job at hand.