First, if purchasing a chainsaw remember that you need to purchase one that fits what you plan on using the saw for plus it needs to one you can manage comfortably. A good light-weight chainsaw is good for cutting limbs, firewood and small trees. Lightweight saws are good for occasional use.
A mid-weight chainsaw is better for more frequent use. A heavy-weight saw is for professional use only.
When deciding on a chainsaw, it is important to buy saw that have modern safety features. The front hand guard is a bar in front of the top handle. This is for hand protection if the event your hand slips.
The role of the front hand guard is to keep your hand from making contact with the chain. The chain brake is designed to stop a moving chain very quick. In fact, in a fraction of a second if kickback happens. The throttle trigger interlock stops the accidental opening of the throttle. The rear hand guard is located on the rear handle and is designed to protect your hand if the chain breaks or jumps. The role of the chain catcher is to catch a broken or jumping chain. A stop switch needs to be where you can manage without compromising your grip on the rear handle of the saw.
As you can read, there are many safety features on a chainsaw, but according to Dr. Rains, these features do not replace common sense, proper training on how to operate and safe operating practices. The first time you use your chainsaw, it is suggested to have an experienced chainsaw operator with you. Learn from their experience and knowledge. Keep in mind the following chainsaw safety tips. First, start the chainsaw carefully. According to Dr.
Rains, when starting hold the saw firmly in place. Remove all loose debris and make sure the guide bar is not touching anything. Make sure the chain brake is engaged. Remember too that working with a chainsaw can be tough work. Stretching and strengthening your back muscles can reduce strains. The right clothing is important too when using a chainsaw. Pick clothes that are close fitting, but not restricting. It is suggested to wear steel toe boots and even a hard hat. Safety glasses are a must for eye protection. Gloves are needed to help reduce cuts and even burns. You are also advised to use chainsaw safety chaps if you plan on using a saw for extended periods of time. Have the correct tools on hand for repairs and maintenance. The list of tools may include a wrench, sharpening file, screwdriver and a sharpening gauge. You may also need a wedge, sledge hammer or hatchet to help fell a tree in the direction you choose.
It is important for you the owner to be familiar with the saw and all of the controls. Dr. Rains says to be particularly familiar of the cut-off switch. You need to know how to sharpen and lubricate the saw. You need to be aware of the correct gas-oil mixture too. Read your owner’s manual.
Here are a few don’ts in chainsaw use. Never use a chainsaw by yourself. Never let a child operate a chainsaw or be in the work area when sawing. Be aware of other adults around you too. It is good to keep others out of the work area when operating the saw. Do not use the tip of the saw for cutting. Kickback can occur when the tip of the saw bar touches wood and is pushed back when the chain hits at a certain angle. The saw can cut into you with kickback. Kickback is the leading cause of chainsaw injury. Also, do not use chainsaws where it will be higher than your waist when cutting. It is easier to get injured cutting with the chainsaw above your waist than when held below the waist. For more information on chainsaw safety contact Gordon County Extension at 706-629-8685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.