How to use a chainsaw Working with chainsaws, part 1
How-To's & Guides

Basic rules for working with chainsaws

Follow these basic rules when using a chainsaw for more efficient use and increased personal safety.

The thumb grip: Keep a steady grip on both handles on the chainsaw. Thumbs and fingers must be completely wrapped around the handles. It is very important to hold the thumb of your left hand under the front handle in order to reduce the force of a possible kickback.

Close contact: Do not be afraid of the saw! Hold it close to your body for better balance and to make the saw feel less heavy.

Balance: Stand with your feet apart. To achieve the best possible balance, put your left foot slightly in front of your right foot.

Bend your knees: Spare your back! Do not work with a curved spine, bend your knees instead when working in low positions.

Moving/Transport: The chain must not be rotating when you are moving to another spot. When moving in several steps, you should activate the chain brake or turn off the engine. When you move a longer distance (e.g. to and from the felling site) or when transporting (car), you should fit the guide bar guard.

Safety Distance: Make sure that no one is closer than 3–5 metres of you when working with a chainsaw. During tree felling, a greater safety distance is required.

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