Chainsaw – A Sculptors Greatest Tool

Chainsaw Tool

For many ice sculptors, a chainsaw is the main weapon of choice. Its ability to make huge cuts through the thickest of ice makes it essential for anyone looking to create an ice masterpiece.

That’s why it is important to take the necessary precautions to make sure it is running at its highest level.

For many it may seem like a tough undertaking, but these simple steps could keep your chainsaw revving for a long time.

Keep It Cutting

Chainsaws have a reservoir for oil that keeps the chain continually lubricated as it moves along the bar. However, this eventually runs out so it is important to check it every once and while to make sure it has enough oil so the chain moves smoothly.

Also, make sure to check the chain tension because if it were to become loose it could potentially damage the bar or the sprocket leading to a big headache for you. In addition to that, inspect around the chainsaw for any other loose parts as well.

Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you keep your chainsaw clean.

Take the time to wipe any excess debris off of the case and bar with an oily cloth but be careful not to cut yourself on any of the teeth.

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9 Tips To Keep Your Ice Sculpting Chainsaw In Working Order

9 Tips To Keep Your Ice Sculpting Chainsaw In Working Order

Hand tools to power tools; sculptors use dozens of devices to create ice sculptures.

 

As time goes by and tools are used they encounter the normal wear and tear, therefore, caring for those tools is of the utmost importance.

 

It is much cheaper to maintain a tool than replace it, especially power tools.

 

One of the most used and essential power tools is the chainsaw.

 

From carving off huge chunks of ice to creating feathers on an angel’s wings the chainsaw is very versatile.

 

Here we have listed tips on how to keep your chainsaw in good working order:

 

  • There are electric chainsaws and gas powered chainsaws, whatever the power source of your saw be sure to inspect before each use.

 

  • For electric chainsaws always check for a cut or frayed cords and wiring.

 

  • Make sure to use the correct gasoline and oil mixture for gas powered model chainsaws.

 

  • For all model chainsaws, make sure to check for loose bolts and screws.

 

  • Always inspect your chain for bent or broken link, dullness, and broken teeth.

 

  • Replace your chain whenever you find defects, not only for precision in your work but also for your safety as “kickbacks” can cause serious injury.

 

  • Before storing your chainsaw make sure to inspect again and replace any broken parts.

 

  • For gas powered chainsaws, use a fuel stabilizer with fresh fuel to prevent clogging the carburetor.

 

  • For electric chainsaws follow the owner’s manual for instructions on cleaning the battery terminals and regularly charge the battery.

 

With the best and largest selection of ice sculpting equipment in the world, Ice Crafters is guaranteed to have the tools you need to get your job done.

 

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Crafting Works Of Art With The Right Chainsaw

Crafting Works Of Art With The Right Chainsaw

Perfecting your ice sculpture is difficult and it’s important to understand the differences in chainsaws and how they can affect the cuts you make into the ice. Using too big of a saw will cause messy cuts and too small of a saw won’t go through the ice enough.

 

So, not any chainsaw will do when you’re getting ready for your ice sculpture. There is a chainsaw for every activity and every step that you’ll take while crafting your work of art.

 

Two chainsaw brands that are popular with ice sculpting are Stihl and Makita. Stihl is more of an investment than other saws, so these are best if you are going to be using them often rather than every once in a while.

 

These saws are well made and while they are not the fastest they are extremely hard to wear out. Makita saws are faster than Stihl but still work well however, they do get hotter than other saws. Both are very popular brands, so ultimately the choice will come down to personal preference.

 

When you begin sculpting your art, it’s wise to start with a long bar like the Stihl MSE 220-20, which is perfect for ice carving and getting through those thick blocks and making straight cuts. For sculpting, it’s time to switch over to the short saw, like the Makita 5012B.

 

This is better for any turning or smaller cuts. It’s also better for faster carving because it’s lighter and easier to reposition.

 

Ice Crafters offers the best and largest selection of ice sculpting equipment. We work closely with ice sculptures to ensure that we are bringing you the most cutting edge tools in the market. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, please contact us today at 1-800-871-0739 or email us at icecrafters@aol.com.