Safe Operating Techniques - Chainsaw

Date Posted:17 August 2013 

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The risk of accidents and injury is reduced if you follow safe work techniques. 

ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF Starting

  • Don’t start the saw at the place of refuelling – move at least 3 metres away.
  • Make sure the area is safe, with no other people within a two metre radius.

Drop starting is not an acceptable safe method of starting a chainsaw.

Method 1: Starting saw on ground Ground Starting Method

This method is recommended for cold starting, and for heavy or hard to start saws. 1. Remove scabbard.

2. Depress decompression button.

3. Ensure ignition switch is on.

4. Apply chain brake.

5. Place saw on ground, guide bar pointing to left.

6. Clear away any obstacles, particularly near tip of guide bar.

7. Kneel on left knee and place the right foot through the rear handle.Left hand is on the front handle with the left arm straight and locked. Keep back straight.

8. Pull the starter cord with the right hand.

 

Method 2: Using “leg lock” method This method is recommended for most situations and starting warm saws.

Leg lock starting 1. Remove scabbard.

2. Depress decompression button.

3. Ensure ignition switch is on.

4. For warm start, have chainsaw on idle.

5. Apply the chain brake.

6. Grip the front handle with left hand, keeping arm straight.

7. Place rear handle behind right leg with saw body supported on upper left leg.

8. Use right hand to pull starter cord.

9. Maintain straight back, look straight ahead.


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