Chains Saws, Brush Cutters and Breakdowns: A Maintenance How-to Workshop

Chains Saws, Brush Cutters and Breakdowns: A Maintenance How-to Workshop
Michael Hahn, City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation

Chains saws, brush cutters and other 2-cycle engines play a big role in restoration work. Inevitably they all seem to break down at the most inopportune times - in the middle of the field, during the busiest season of the year. With a little know how and preventative maintenance, you might be able to keep them running smoothly or at least salvage your day in the field. During this workshop we will discuss and demonstrate how to properly maintain, troubleshoot and care for 2-cycle engines. We will talk in depth about the importance of preventative maintenance, how ethanol affects the operation and performance of small engines, and steps to follow to troubleshoot problems in the field. This will be a hands-on workshop, with some examples of small engines there to work on.

Michael Hahn, City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation
Michael Hahn grew up in the Chicago area and has been working in the restoration field for the past eight years. Just recently he moved his family to Ann Arbor to work as a stewardship specialist with the City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation program. There he helps to coordinate stewardship activities throughout the 1200 acres of undeveloped city parkland. Prior to working for the city, he was employed by a land trust managing natural areas and coordinating volunteers. Michael and his wife, Erin, have two wonderful young children. As a family they have been enjoying their time together hiking in woods and discovering all that Ann Arbor and Michigan have to offer.