Chainsaw Storage Ideas: How To Store And Winterize A Chainsaw Correctly

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Correct chainsaw storage is important for keeping your machine in tip-top shape.

I have to admit that my chainsaws are not stored all that well. Because I’m running out of room in the workshop, they are strewn all over the place, BUT I need to get them set up on some solid hooks.

As my chainsaw collection grows I even have a small Stihl MS180c set up as an ornament in the living room – pic on Instagram here. My wife loves it.

Nevertheless, do what we say and not what we do, as they say.

The table below has some products that can help with better chainsaw storage, but we’ve got plenty of other great DIY ideas that don’t involve spending money as well!

How To Store A Chainsaw

Chainsaw Wall Mounts

  • Black low profile chainsaw wall hanger/mount
  • Can hold up to 100 lbs
  • Made in the USA
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Husqvarna Chainsaw Storage

  • Case and scabbard
  • Protects powerhead, bar, and chain
  • Suitable for a range of saws
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Jonsered Universal Chainsaw Case

  • Larger case with room for accessories
  • Stackable for many cases
  • Fits 18" - 20" bar
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Cheap Chainsaw Bag

  • Soft case for storage or transport
  • Made of thickened fabric
  • Offers mild saw protection
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SawHaul Chainsaw Scabbard

  • Storage/transport for chainsaws
  • For use on tractors and vehicles
  • For up to 20" bars
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The wall mounts are among our favorite ways to store a chainsaw.

A lot of people choose to hang their chainsaws from hooks and mounts like this, but other options include cases, bags, boxes, scabbards, hangers, and so on.

There’s nothing wrong with keeping your chainsaws on the floor, but if you want to free up some space, consider these options. They can prevent your chainsaws from being accidentally damaged or leaving oil on the floor.

Before we consider some more chainsaw storage ideas, here is one example of how NOT to store chainsaws… 😂.

Looks like somebody was a Husqvarna fan!

how to store chainsaw

The story is that this guy picked all these saws up from an estate sale and then didn’t have anywhere to store them.

They ended up living in the boot of the car for a while!

It’s an extreme example of storing chainsaws poorly, though let’s be honest, these don’t look like they are in the best condition anyway.

Chainsaw Storage Ideas

Chainsaws can be stored for both the long and short term in various positions.

They don’t have to be standing on end with the bar pointing to the ground, nor do they need to be flat on a shelf.

They can be stored:

  • On an angle, as in the stores
  • Sitting on the ground, as most of mine are in the garage right now
  • Upright, which can be a much better use of space

I personally store my chainsaws flat in the garage, but this is mostly because I haven’t set up an alternative at the moment. It would be nice to at least get them on an angel on a shelf when I get the time!

Chainsaw cases are one good option for organizing and storing your saw.

For storing or carrying your chainsaw on a tractor or other vehicle, check out the SawHaul chainsaw carrier.

Here are some other chainsaw storage ideas.

how to hang a chainsaw

Can you store a chainsaw vertically?

Yes!

These saws are simply hung from heavy-duty hooks.

This option is a very easy, quick, and cheap option for storing chainsaws. You’ll want to ensure the hooks can hold the weight over time as the worst thing would be having a chainsaw drop from a height.

You’ll also see in this chainsaw shed that many are stored flat on a shelf. There’s no problem with this either!

stihl chainsaw storage

This is an example of Stihl Chainsaw storage.

It doesn’t matter what chainsaw brand you are using, Stihl, Husqvarna, or anything else. They can all be stored in the same ways.

However, each manufacturer will have its own chainsaw storage best practices that you should consider. How you store them may factor into warranty concerns, so always have a quick read of your manual.

Stihl, for example, recommends:

  • Storing the chainsaw out of the sun
  • Cleaning the saw and putting it away free from dust
  • Making sure it can’t be accessed by children and pets
  • Storing it in a dry location with no chance of getting wet

When storing a chainsaw long-term, there are other things you might like to do like draining the fuel. We’ll cover that down below in how to winterize a chainsaw.

This is a unique way to keep chainsaws – stored in a log of wood!

While it looks great, it may not be the best idea.

Unless the wood was absolutely and totally dry, sap and moisture could damage your bar and chain by being left like this.

How can you store a chainsaw in a garage to make the most of limited space?

Putting them on the wall like this helps. Create a strong, durable stand which they can easily slip in and out of without being damaged.

chainsaw shed

Most chainsaws in the stores are stored on an angle, and this is fine too.

You might even be able to pick up an old chainsaw storage rack from the store if you’re lucky.

To reiterate, it’s totally fine to hang a chainsaw upside down.

Make sure you hang them from a stud to avoid dropping the chainsaw, especially when you’ve got plasterboard lining the walls.

Winterize Chainsaw

There are different ways to store your chainsaw over winter.

Depending on who you’re talking to or what you’re reading, they will have a different opinion on what to do.

Steve from Steve’s Small Engine Saloon recommends running your saw once a month through winter in order to exercise the carburetor.

He also recommends using a fuel stabilizer with fresh fuel during this period.

The Toolsman also recommends using Seafoam or Stabil fuel stabilizers.

Stabil (or STA-BIL) is the brand that pops up most frequently when asking others how they winterize chainsaws. It’s guaranteed to keep fuel fresh for up to 2 years in storage.

Using a product like this means you won’t need to drain your fuel tank before storing, and allows your machine to start quickly again next season.

It’s suitable for all gas engines, including small 2-cycle chainsaw engines.

And finally, in this official Stihl video, we learn how to drain a chainsaw of fuel and oil.

Regular fuel from the gas station breaks down quickly which is why it’s not good to leave in your tank. The chemical composition changes, and running or keeping old fuel in your chainsaw can damage it.

If you know you won’t be using your saw for longer than 2 months it’s important to put it into storage mode.

After draining the tank, add a product like Stihl MotoMix. It’s a high-grade, ethanol-free, fuel mix that will remain stable for up to 2 years. The product will need to then be run through the system for storage.

Of course, this won’t be an issue if you have a battery-powered chainsaw or an electric chainsaw.

Long Term Storage Tips

Here are a few other long-term storage tips for chainsaws:

  • Top up the bar and chain oil so that it doesn’t dry out
  • Remove the bar and chain so that’s it’s safer
  • Make sure all dust and chips are removed
  • Keep chainsaws off the floor in case of an unexpected water leak

Should you run a chainsaw dry before storing it long-term?

There is a lot of debate about whether or not this is good for a small engine. Those who are mechanics think this is the worst thing possible, though there are plenty of people who do it.

Here’s the advice of one man on Facebook:

how to store a chainsaw

I don’t know how hard woodpecker lips are, but I’m thinking pretty hard to get into some of those trees!

Some chainsaws, such as Stihl’s biggest chainsaw, take up more room, but can be stored all the same. Let us know how you store your chainsaws and feel free to offer any further advice in the comments below.

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5 thoughts on “Chainsaw Storage Ideas: How To Store And Winterize A Chainsaw Correctly”

  1. Hi I see a lot of chainsaws on Amazon are sold with chainsaw cases designed specially for them. Are these necessary or important? Judging by the pictures in this post they aren’t!

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    • No they are totally optional. If I had to guess, I’d say less than 5% of chainsaw owners keep their chainsaw in a chainsaw case. You can get the cases on Amazon for Husqvarna chainsaws (without buying the chainsaw as well), and I’m sure this one would be suitable for many other brands as well. Cases do have their benefits – they stop oil leaking onto your garage floor and can carry spare chains, etc as well, but they’re not a must-have!

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  2. My chainsaws just sit on the floor of my workshop. Some of them leak oil but it’s all good. Want a better solution and think the vertical hanging is probably the answer.

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