HOW TO USE A CHAINSAW SAFELY – A chain saw can be a real handy tool around the garden. If you have your own log fire then a chain saw can make light work of chopping up logs. With any garden machinery it’s important to learn how to use it properly so that you can get the job done efficiently and safely. In this guide we’ll show you how to use a chain saw the right way.
Before attempting to use your new chain saw read through the manufacturers manual which details the use, maintenance, controls and safety features.
Like most gardening jobs you should wear protective clothing, foot ware and eye wear. Note that a chain saw is a noisy machine so wearing protective ear plugs is a very good idea.
Place the chain saw on the ground and disengage the chain break and pull out the choke. You will need the choke if you are starting the chain saw when it is cold.
Press the decompression valve and press the purge bulb a few times.
Place your left hand on the top handle and your right foot on the bottom handle and pull the starting cord with your right hand. This will ensure the chain saw does not move about when starting.
Once you have started the chain saw you can disengage the choke. To stop the chain saw depress the ignition switch.
To cut wood or a log hold the top handle in your left hand.
Disengage the chain break and grip the lower handle with your right hand.
Depress the power switch and bring the chain saw up to full power.
Gently lower the chain to the log and begin cutting.
You should always cut using the middle portion of the chain saw. Trying to cut with the tip is not very effective and the chain saw will have a tendency to kick back and up which can cause serious injury. Modern chain saws do have an emergency chain break in this event but avoiding using the tip altogether is much safer.
It is good practice to never work with a chain saw above your head. You should also avoid standing directly over the item you are cutting. The best method is to work at waist height and position your body to the side.
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