Published on September 16th, 2016 | by Brandon


How to Check and Adjust the Chain Lubrication on Your Makita 2-Stroke Chainsaw

Always ensure that there is enough chain lubrication present in the saw before using it. Check the oil rate using the steps listed below to ensure that your chain is staying properly lubricated.

The following instructions are based on the DCS6400, DCS6401, DCS6420, DCS6421, DCS7300, DCS7301, DCS7900, and DCS7901 model Makita chainsaws. Always read and be familiar with your equipment’s operator’s manual to understand the specific parts and procedures that pertain to your equipment.

Checking the Chain Lubrication

  • Step 1: Start the chainsaw.
  • Step 1: Run the saw about 6” away from the ground or a tree trunk.
  • Step 1: You should see a small amount of oil will come off of the chainsaw and land on the ground. If you do, there is sufficient lubrication.

Adjusting the Chain Lubrication

  • Step 1: Turn the engine off and allow it to cool.
  • Step 1: Adjust the oil pump rate by adjusting the on the bottom side of the housing.
  • Step 1: Use a screwdriver to adjust. Turn the screw to the right to lower the oil rate. Turn the screw to the left to increase the oil rate.
  • Step 1: Ensure that there is enough chain oil in your unit. Frequently check and add oil if needed.

For information about safety, warranty, and your specific model, read and be familiar with your owner’s manual.

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