From simple home improvement jobs to tackling massive tree cutting projects, chainsaws have been enjoying an extensive usage over the past few decades. Construction workers, landscapers, consumers and homeowners alike have realized the endless benefits that come with this piece of cutting equipment.
But we can’t afford to ignore the harm that this small machine is capable of inflicting. It bears razor-sharp metal teeth that run at blinding speed- just inches from your soft fresh. The saw spits out numerous, tiny pieces of wood at supersonic speeds. A tree branch under high tension can spring like a rifle shot when cut.
And so on Regardless of what type of project you’re utilizing your chainsaw in, therefore, it’s imperative that you learn how to correctly and safely use this powerful tool.
The following are NINE top tips for using your chainsaw effectively
Read The Instruction Manual Fully
As with any other machine that you buy, the first step to using your chainsaw effectively is reading the instructions thoroughly and carefully. The manual will help you understand specific functions, modes and components of your particular product before you start using it.
Many people make a terrible mistake of assuming that all chainsaws work the same way. While the basic operations may seem similar for all the achiness, there might b several variations. If you’ve owned a chainsaw before, don’t assume the new one will operate in the same way.
Also, reading your manual will help you understand what your machine can do, what to cut and not to cut with it, and other helpful information.
Take Some Lessons
You ought to stick in your mind the fact that your chainsaw is quite a powerful machine. Stronger than any other over-the-counter machine out there.
As such, having some in-person instruction on how the device operates and functions will go a long way in helping you acclimate to your saw faster.
Today, most retailers are offering their customers one-on-one tutorials and even classes on how to properly use the chainsaw when you purchase from them. Take these classes and tutorials if you can.
To fully learn how to use a chainsaw, you need some bit of learning curve. If it’s your first time using this tool, be sure to find out how to hold it and cut through wood and other objects.
The more correctly you operate your machine, the better you’ll get.
Safety Comes First!
Because the chainsaw cuts through at faster speeds, they produce a lot of debris. Therefore, you should take the necessary safety measures- put on protective equipment such as goggles, helmets, chainsaw caps, etc.
Chainsaw caps, in particular, are helpful if you’re cutting down trees. They’re made of several layers of Kevlar below the outer nylon shells and are great at protecting you again the debris and chainsaw kickbacks.
One more thing: ensure you don’t operate your chainsaw within proximity to people and pets.
Set up A Work Station
Having a working station for your chainsaw is directly related to tip three above- paying attention to safety. This is especially important when you’re working with pre-fabricated construction materials such as lumber.
By securing for yourself a good work radius, you’ll ensure that you and everyone around you will be safe from the debris and other chainsaw-related accidents.
Having a workstation will also give you a simple time working on your project; you’ll have a controlled safe for safely putting down your chainsaw and a place to hold lumber or any other objects you’re cutting.
A workstation may sound obvious, but it’s often overlooked.
What Are The Possible Risks When Using Your Chainsaw?
This is a question you need to ask yourself every time you’re using your chainsaw in any situations.
Knowing your surroundings as well as the trajectory the tree will fall is essential- both for the successful operation and for your safety.
Ask yourself the following questions whenever you’re using your chainsaw to cut a tree:
- What’s the escape route to follow then the tree I’m cutting falls?
- Is there a clear path for this tree to fall?
- What will be the consequences if the tree falls in the unintended direction?
- Are there any people/animals around that could be harmed by the tree when it’s falling?
Ensure Your Chainsaw Is Ready for the Job
It’s not wise to start your chainsaw before checking that everything is in order. Double-checking every aspect of your chainsaw will ensure the job gets done efficiently and safely.
Conduct a quick check on the saw controls, bars, handles, chain sharpness and tension. All these will help prevent possible malfunctions in the middle of the job.
Additionally, it’s imperative that you ensure the gas and oil tanks are correctly filled before you start your chain.
Other than running out of oil mid-way through your job, lack of enough chainsaw oil will lead to friction and overheating that will severely damage your chainsaw.
Start Your Chainsaw Correctly
A word of caution: Always start your chainsaw on a level surface, especially if you’ve never used the machine before.
We recommend you to observe this protocol as it’s the safest startup method for you and everyone else around you.
And before you start the chainsaw, make sure the chain break is engaged, the choke is closed, and the switch is ON.
Proper Body Stance and Form
Another aspect you shouldn’t overlook- adopting a proper stance and form for your body will help you operate your chainsaw efficiently. It translates to better handling of your cutting tool.
No matter what you’re working on with your chainsaw, be sure to maintain a firm footing, watch out for any tripping hazards, and observe a better balance that keeps you from overreaching with your saw.
Other prominent measures to bear in mind- avoid running with a chainsaw, even when it’s off
When operating the machine, keep your hand and thumb firmly around its front handle for maximum performance.
When Not In Use
What do you do with your chainsaw when not in use? The successful completion of your first project does not mean that you’ll never use your chainsaw again. And that calls for proper care of the machine.
Ensure you store the device securely and safely- away from curious kids. This not only gives you some peace of mind but it also a responsible thing you need to do.
If possible, keep the machine in an industrial storage locker to protect it from dust, dirt as well as other elements that might damage it.
If you combine this final tip with the previous eight we’ve discussed above, you’ll keep your chainsaw safe and running at its full potential!