Are you interested in how chainsaws can help you trim trees and shrubs with speed and ease, but you’re not sure how to harness the power? Figuring out how to use a chainsaw is an important matter of safety and efficiency. By reading the following short guide, you can begin your path to chainsaw expertise.
Where to Cut
You probably already know that a chainsaw is a rotating chain of blades attached to a motor, but you may not know that cutting at different sections of the chain produces different effects. The kickback zone, which is the top half of the tip of the saw, can violently kick back toward you if you use it to cut through tough surfaces. Most people prefer to use the bottom half of the saw for cutting as the saw pulls slightly, making it easy to control.
By following a few common guidelines, you can avoid the most common injuries to the left arm and thigh. When running the saw, always keep your left thumb wrapped around the front grip. This can prevent dangerous kick back. Carry the saw in your left hand at the front grip in order to prevent the chain from accelerating should you fall. Finally, always make sure to wear safety gear, including a helmet, goggles, gloves, steel-toed boots, ear protection and chaps.
Before starting any cut, develop a strategy to meet your goals. Think about each branch and where it’s going to fall so that you are in a safe position. When cutting down a whole trunk, make sure there is a clear path on the ground before you begin cutting. Always give a loud audible signal to any ground personnel or other bystanders before making a cut.
Chainsaws are efficient tools for a wide variety of jobs on your property. Before you begin cutting, make sure to consider all the following:
- Know how the chainsaw behaves in all scenarios
- Make sure you have the right size chainsaw (powerwise) and bar for the job at hand
- Exercise proper safety precautions at all times
- Create a plan of action for each cut