Published on September 16th, 2016 | by Brandon


How to Clean the Brake Band and Sprocket Interior on Your Makita 2-Stroke Chainsaw

Properly maintaining and cleaning your equipment will allow you to greatly extend its life and increase its productivity and efficiency. Only start and operate your chainsaw while it is fully assembled and inspected. Take proper safety precautions laid out in your manual before servicing or using your equipment.

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.

  • Step 1: Turn off the engine and allow it to cool down.
  • Step 2: Take the spark plug cap off of the spark plug.
  • Step 3: Remove the sprocket guard.
  • Step 4: Clean the inside using a brush.
  • Step 5: Remove the chain and remove the guide bar.
  • Step 6: Unscrew and remove the screw that is securing the guide plate in place.
  • Step 7: Remove the guide plate.
  • Step 8: Unscrew and remove the screw that is securing the brake mechanism cover in place.
  • Step 9: Clean off the guide plate and the cover of the brake mechanism. Clean out the interiors using a brush.
  • Step 10: Place the brake mechanism cover back on before the guide plate.

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

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