Simple Steps: Your Guide to Beginning Chainsaw Safety
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Knowing how your chainsaw works is part of the responsibility of owning one. You should know how your particular model, whether it is an electric or gas-powered, works, and what parts are what. Chainsaws are fairly simple to break down and put back together for maintenance (described below) and cleaning, and knowing the names of the parts and what they do can better help you keep your saw in good working order.
Tree Snags and Soundness
Also, look not only around the surfaces you are cutting upon but also up to avoid creating any issues with hanging your logs up in surrounding vegetation. Also know if there are any loose or broken branches, or snags, that can potentially fall as you work. These are called widowmakers, for the reason that they have the potential to cause fatalities when cutting timber. The soundness of your wood can also create problems. Trees that show rot may not fall the way you want them to. If you have no experience in checking if a tree is sound, you may want to hire a service to do so.
Starting an Electric Chainsaw
Starting a Gas Chainsaw
Kickback occurs when the upper tip of your chainsaw comes in contact with something while spinning and forcibly throws the saw upwards and backward towards the user. Although many saws now have low kickback bar and chains as a safety feature, it is never suggested to use the tip of the saw to make your cuts, but rather allow the bottom of your saw, or even the long top part, to take on the cutting surface. It is inevitable that the tip will come in contact with cutting material, so always be aware of where your bar is at to be able to hold your saw and be prepared to use the chain brake to stop the chain if it kicks back with any force.
Obviously, a saw is a dangerous tool, and knowing what to do, and what to avoid as you become more comfortable with it is important. There are a few things you should never do no matter how well versed you are in chainsaw use. The following are habits that can quickly turn to disaster and result in serious injury or death.