Alligator loppers are relatively low maintenance and don’t require quite as much attention as chainsaws, which is part of what makes them awesome. They do require some care, however, to keep them working as long as possible.
The following tips will help you keep the loppers going longer to get the most bang for your buck:
After each use, especially large projects, you’ll want to inspect the machine for debris. Make sure you unplug it before doing anything else.
First, remove the chain cover and pull out any debris you find there. Sometimes it will get trapped and cleaning it out will help make cutting easier for next time.
Next, take a paint brush and brush out the ventilation.
Finally, if you see any spots you want to clean do so with a damp cloth and mild soap. Never let water inside the machine or submerge it in water.
You may also want to periodically oil the alligator loppers so they run more smoothly. There is a specific spot where you will want to do this which is outlined on the manual you will get with the tool.
When you will not be using the tool for a few months, wipe all the metal parts with oil (so that they do not rust) and place in a dry area where temperatures do not go below 41 degrees Fahrenheit or above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the alligator lopper is in a stable place where it won’t fall.
And that’s it! You don’t need to keep it perfectly clean, but if you do this little bit of maintenance and store it correctly the tool will work well for a good long time.