How to Clean a Chainsaw Air Filter

Cleaning a chainsaw air filter can be a simple process if you know what you’re looking for. Here’s how to do it:

Turn off the chainsaw

  • Turn off the chainsaw.
  • Put the chain saw on a flat surface.
  • Make sure that the chain saw is not running and that it is not hot, plugged in, or connected to a power source.

Remove the screws and top cover

The first step is to use a screwdriver to remove the top cover. Once you’re done removing all of the screws, gently lift up your chainsaw and set it down on its side. Be sure not to drop your chainsaw or let it fall off of a table or countertop—this can cause serious damage!

Next, flip over your air filter housing and notice that there are several pieces inside:

  • Air filter housing
  • Air filter element (a reusable part)
  • Metal mesh screen (stops dust from getting into the engine)

Check the air filter for dirt or debris

Check the air filter for dirt or debris.

If it is dirty, clean it. If it’s not dirty, you don’t need to clean it.

If you do clean the air filter and then put it back on your saw, make sure you let it dry completely before putting it back on. Many people leave their air filters soaking wet after washing them and then bring them into their shop or garage where they can get dusty and clogged again very quickly in that environment.

Clean the housing with a rag or brush

When it comes to cleaning your chainsaw air filter, the best tools you can use are rags or brushes. You can also use a solvent. A brush with bristles is more effective than one without. In fact, a wire frame brush is even better than a plastic frame brush for this task. Finally, when using any type of brush for this purpose (including the ones mentioned above), be sure to keep its handle long enough so that you won’t accidentally get it caught in your chainsaw blade while working on your air filter!

Put the top cover back on

Put the top cover back on.

  • Make sure the cover is positioned correctly.
  • Make sure it’s tight. If it’s loose, you may have trouble starting or running your chainsaw.
  • Check for damage to the filter assembly or cover.

You should regularly clean your chainsaw’s air filter to get optimal use out of it

As you know, it’s important to keep your chainsaw well-maintained in order to get the most use out of it. One way to do this is by regularly cleaning your air filter. Air filters need to be cleaned every time you use your chainsaw, at the very least. A clean air filter will give you better performance when using your chainsaw and help prolong its life.

To clean the air filter on your chainsaw:

  • Use a rag or brush to remove any dirt or dust from around any vents in the air filter housing. Then blow compressed air into all openings until they are completely clear of dust and debris.*


Cleaning a chainsaw air filter is easy and doesn’t take much time. Just remember that it needs to be done regularly so that you don’t end up with an inefficient or even dangerous tool on your hands.

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