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Tips on How to Use a Chainsaw Safely

Are you planning to cut woods using your chainsaw? If it is your first time to use one, then knowing how to use a chainsaw is important. 

Get to know how you can do it safely by reading the given information below.


One of the most helpful powerful tools today is a chainsaw since it can be used to clean up small landscaping areas around your home.

The good thing about a chainsaw is that it can also help you cut branches that are large and trees that have fallen already.

But this is not an easy task to do since you need to ensure that you are practicing safety precautions when using the tool.

Get to know how to use a chainsaw correctly and safely by reading the information below:

Tips On How To Use a Chainsaw Safely

Reading the User's Manual

how to use a chainsaw safely

The first thing that you need to do is to start reading the user's manual.

The reason behind this is because most of the manuals today will include all the safety precautions that you need to practice for you to be able to operate your chainsaw without putting yourself in danger.

Filling Your Chainsaw with Fuel or Oil

Chainsaws do not have any supply of lubricating oil

Once you are done reading the manual, the next thing that you need to do is to fill your chainsaw with fuel or oil. This will usually consist of a gallon of gasoline and a maximum of 6 ounces of engine oil.

You should put in mind that chainsaws do not have any supply of lubricating oil since there have two cycles of the engine.

This means that the chainsaw can burn quickly if you use the wrong type of fuel.

Doing a Safety Check on Your Chainsaw

Tips on How to Use a Chainsaw Safely

Before operating the chainsaw, you need to do some safety checks to ensure that your chainsaw is working properly. You need to make sure that your chainsaw is properly turned on.

You also need to make sure that the tension is appropriately adjusted for it to avoid rotating once the brake of the chainsaw is engaged.

Another thing that you need to do is to check the air filter if it is installed properly and that the bar nuts and faceplate are firmly on.

Checking the Chainsaw's Filler Caps

Checking the Chainsaw's Filler Caps

Since there are two caps, they will usually be labeled, wherein the smaller is the bar lubricant. The larger one will then be for the fuel.

Once you are done filling them, you need to make sure that they are all installed tightly and start placing the chainsaw of a surface that it flat.

This is important especially if you have larger chainsaws since it will help the blade to commence turning as soon as you start the saw and rev it up.

Pumping the Bulb on the Chainsaw's Carburetor

If your chainsaw has a bulb, then pumping it for at least 3 times would be best. You can place the chainsaw in the choke position since this will help the carburetor to suck in more fuel into the chamber of combustion quickly.

You can start engaging the brake of the chainsaw and switch it on as this will help plunger, rocker, or toggle the switch which will depend on the model of your chain.

Once done, you can start pulling the rope and wait for the engine to fire. You can push the chainsaw's choke if it doesn't start.

Typically if your chainsaw is well tuned, it won't take more than 5 pills for it to start running.

Cutting the Log Using Your Chainsaw

Get the log that you are planning to cut, and you need to bring the chainsaw's blade to the part of the log that can easily be cut.

Once done, you can start disengaging the brake and squeezing the chain's throttle so you can start laying the blade against the log.

Avoid forcing the chainsaw onto the log as this can cause problems. You can instead just let the throttle to run while you are in the process of cutting it.

You can start easing the chain's throttle off when you are already about to exit the log.

Letting the Chainsaw Cool Down

Once you are done using the chainsaw, let it cool down for a few minutes before actually draining the fuel in it.

You can also empty the carburetor by running the engine one more time.

Once you are done cooling down the chainsaw, you can now store the chainsaw in a case. If you don't have a case, then it would be best to purchase a bar cover to ensure that the saw is well protected.

Wrapping Up Tips on How to Use a Chainsaw Safely

These are all the tips on how to use a chainsaw the safest way possible, for you to be able to ensure that won't get injured and get into an accident while working on your logs or woods.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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