Chain Saw Safety – PLEASE READ
- Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw’s chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting.
- Shut off the saw or engage its chain brake when carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain.
- Keep your hands on the saw’s handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the saw.
- Proper personal protective equipment must be worn when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protection.Do not wear loose-fitting clothing.
- Be careful that the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw.
- Watch for branches under tension, they may spring out when cut.Be cautious of saw kick-back. To avoid kick-back, do not saw with the tip.
- When cutting, stand on firm ground to the side of the saw furthest from the chain. Keep an escape route open, in case the tree unexpectedly shifts or rolls. Never stand on a log pile while cutting.
- When cutting a pile of wood, make sure the chain saw tip does not come in contact with any logs behind the one you are cutting. Such contact may cause the saw to “kickback”
- Despite safety features and protective clothing, injuries can still arise from chainsaw use, from the large forces involved in the work, from the fast-moving, sharp chain, or from the vibration and noise of the machinery.A common accident arises from kickback, when a chain tooth at the tip of the guide bar catches on wood without cutting through it. This throws the bar (with its moving chain) in an upward arc toward the operator, often causing serious injury or even death. Another dangerous situation occurs when heavy timber begins to fall or shift before a cut is complete – the chainsaw operator may be trapped or crushed. Similarly, timber falling in an unplanned direction may harm the operator or other workers, or an operator working at a height may fall or be injured by falling timber.The risks associated with chainsaw use mean that protective clothing and hearing protectors are normally worn while operating them, and many jurisdictions require that operators be certified or licensed to work with chainsaws. Injury can also result if the chain breaks during operation due to poor maintenance or attempting to cut inappropriate materials.
- Gasoline-powered chainsaws expose operators to harmful carbon monoxide (CO) gas, especially indoors or in partially enclosed outdoor areas.
- Place starting switch in “on” position, engage choke only if cold starting. Grip the front handle with your left hand and hold the saw down by putting your right foot in the rear handle. Place your right hand on the starter handle and pull out the starter cord slowly until the starter pawls engage. Then pull sharply.
- If choke is engaged, disengage the choke control immediately when the engine first ignites. The saw should start with the next sharp pull. When the engine starts, rapidly give full throttle. Release the trigger to return the saw to idle.
- CAUTION: Do not release the starter handle from fully pulled out position as this can cause damage to the saw.The chainsaw is equipped with a chain break which is activated by depressing the lever in front of the top handle. This is a safety feature which aids in stopping the motion of the chain if it is engaged. Please be sure to disengage the break before using the machine.
- Make sure the Brake is not engaged, pull it back towards the rear of the machine to disengage is completely
- Press the switch to engage the electric motor
- The chain brake is an important safety feature of the saw. If activated, it can stop the chain in a fraction of a second if you get a kickback from the saw.
- The chain brake can be triggered in two ways : either by the motion of the saw during kickback, or if the wrist of your left hand strikes the kickback guard.
- The greatest hazard when working with a chainsaw is if the saw kicks back. Kickback can happen if something contacts the upper quadrant of the tip of the bar or if you try to cut with the upper quadrant of the bar tip. The bar tip will then try to climb upwards, and the saw will be thrown backwards by the force of the rotating chain.
- You should always make sure the bar tip does not contact anything and never try to cut with the kickback sector of the bar.
Re-Tensioning the Chain
A new chain should always be re-tensioned after about 20 minutes use. Switch off the engine, put the saw down and undo the bar nuts slightly. Turn the chain tensioner clockwise until the chain is correctly tensioned. Then tighten the bar nuts firmly. You should also check that the chain feels oily, then you know that the chain lubrication is working properly.
Chainsaws Get Blunt
Chainsaws always become blunt after use. The time in which it takes to becomes blunt depends on the type of wood being cut and how dry the wood is. The drier the wood the faster the chain becomes blunt.The chainsaw will be sharpened at no extra charge when the chain becomes blunt. This can only be done at one of our branches so the machine must be returned to us for sharpening. Sharpening takes approximately 15 minutes. Please don’t rant and rave about a chainsaw that does not want to cut because it is blunt. All our saws are sharp when they leave our shop, we have explained how and why this happens and what the solution is.