Working with a chainsaw entails a variety of tasks, some of which are simple and others of which are more difficult. Although the chainsaw is a powerful tool, it may also be dangerous if handled incorrectly. You should utilize proper working skills, the greatest possible safety gear, and a current chainsaw with functional safety measures to avoid accidents and undue strain.
Operating a Chainsaw: The Fundamentals
- Maintain a firm grip on the saw’s two handles. The grips must be tightly covered around the thumb and fingers. To limit the force of a potential kickback, it’s critical to keep your left hand’s thumb by the front handle.
- Do not be frightened by the saw. Keep the saw close to the body for greater balance and a lighter sensation.
- The feet should be shoulder-width apart. Place your left foot slightly ahead of your right to create the finest potential balance.
- Take care of your back. When operating in low positions avoid bending your spine and instead bow your knees.
- When going to a new location, the chain must not rotate. You should use the chain stop or turn off the motor when travelling in multiple steps. When moving a great distance or shipping, the guide bar guard should be installed.
- When operating with a saw, be sure no one is within 3–5 meters of you. A greater safety distance is required when felling trees.
Working Alone Is Not a Good Idea
If there are 2 or more of you, you can assist each other in the event of an emergency. If you have to work alone, make sure to:
- Inform someone of your plans for the day. Give your contact point (a chosen person) your route and location, using GPS coordinates if possible.
- Carry a smartphone or a portable radio with you at all times and make contact with your contact partner at least once every three hours.
- In the woods, always have a support vehicle and always park it so that you can swiftly escape the area.
- Keep a close eye on all other safety precautions and always have chainsaw safety gear.
Keep an Eye Out for Kickbacks
The upper half of the guide bar’s snout is the kickback area. Slicing with this section of the guide bar increases the chance of a kickback, which occurs when the chain grips the wood and the saw and blade are thrust backward or upwards by the turning chain’s force. A kickback can be quite dangerous, and you should be aware of the following:
- If the chainsaw is not operated cautiously, kickback can happen during most industrial activities. This is why it is critical that you learn and apply proper saw techniques.
- Use a saw with a functioning chain brake at all times.
- The grips must be tightly covered around the fingers and thumbs. When using the saw, put your left thumb beneath the front grip to catch the saw if it kicks back.