How to start a chainsaw

There are two correct ways to start your chainsaw:

  • On the ground
  • With the saw between your legs

No matter which starting method you choose, remember that the chain brake should always be engaged.

Many chainsaw models can be started in what is known as half-throttle position. If the brake is not activated when starting one of these models, the chain may rotate.

Starting a cold engine

  1. Activate the chain brake.
  2. If the chainsaw model is equipped with a decompression control, press it.
  3. Activate the choke. If the saw is equipped with an air purge/fuel pump, press the bulb a few times until the fuel is visible inside it and thereby enters the carburettor.
  4. Starting on the ground: Put your right foot on the rear handle and keep a firm grip on the front handle with your left hand.
    Starting with a saw between your legs: Place the rear handle between your thighs and behind your right knee. Hold the front handle firmly with your left hand.
  5. Pull the starter handle with your right hand. Repeat until the engine fires.
  6. Push the choke (half-throttle) and pull until the saw starts.
  7. Accelerate so that the engine idles and then release the chain brake.

Starting a hot engine

When the engine is hot, it will start without the choke.

Follow the instructions above but disregard the points relating to the choke. If the engine is difficult to start, apply half-throttle.

You access the half-throttle function by first fully activating the choke, then moving the control back.

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