Chainsaws are extremely powerful tools and should be taken seriously when using them. We’ve created this chainsaw safety guide to hopefully provide you with the correct information so you can use this tools safely. These tools are undoubtedly dangerous as their capability to saw tree trunks in half makes them capable of rendering an enormous amount of damage to the human body. As a result, it is important that you use this machine carefully and practice the necessary safety precautions. By doing so, you will keep yourself safe and in one piece. We will now take a look at exactly how to safely use a chainsaw and tips you should keep in mind.
First of all, if you’re new to using a chainsaw and need to cut down a large tree, then it may be best to call in the professionals. There is no shame in getting professional help since larger jobs require more experience. However, if you’re confident that you can do the job yourself, then you need to get the right chainsaw for the job. Small chainsaws are much easier to use and they are best suited for small jobs. The larger a chainsaw gets, the more powerful it is. If you’re a complete beginner, then you should start with a small chainsaw to cut branches or very small trees.
Once you have a chainsaw, the next thing you need to do is thoroughly check and examine it. You should check to ensure the chain has enough tension, all of the parts are lubricated, the depth gauge settings are accurate, the cutting edge is sharp enough and that there aren’t any loose parts.
Next, you need to check the area that you will be working in and make sure that it is clear and safe. This means removing any items from the ground that you may possibly trip on. You should also ensure the area is cordoned off so that people won’t get in your way. If you’re cutting down a tree, then it is important to check the tree to make sure there isn’t any debris that could potentially fall on you.
Using The Chainsaw
After you’ve done all of your checks, then you’re ready to start your chainsaw. It is important that you use a cold or warm start position. Never do a drop start since this can cause the chainsaw to swing in an arc, leading to accidental injury. When you start the chainsaw, you should also be careful of potential kickback, which can occur anytime. In a kickback, the guide bar pushes back against you suddenly.
There are many reasons why a kickback can occur such as if the depth gauge settings are too low, the chain is loose, if the saw hits a hard object etc. Many modern designed chainsaws have a leather mitt that is attached to the front handle to help protect against kickback, so make sure to properly use it if you have one.
In order to deal with and reduce kickback, you should always hold the chainsaw with both hands and always know where the tip of the chainsaw is so you can prevent it from touching things. You should always check and test the brake chain to ensure it is working and also be very careful when you’re cutting light materials since these can catch in the chain causing kickbacks.
Another precaution when using a chainsaw is that you should never try to cut anything that is above your shoulder height. This is because there is a higher likelihood that you’ll lose your balance, especially if a kickback occurs. While using the chainsaw, you should keep the body of the chainsaw near to your body and near to whatever you’re cutting. You should be firmly on your feet and well balanced and only attempt to cut wood with the chainsaw and nothing else. When cutting wood and logs in particular, you should only cut one log at a time.
It is essential that you take good care of your chainsaw and maintain it regularly so that it lasts longer and is safer to use. After you’ve done cutting wood with your chainsaw, it is important that you clean it. Sawdust needs to be cleaned from the chainsaw’s sprocket cover, chain, air filters etc. You should also clean the groove of the guide bar as well as properly oil your chainsaw. When it comes to the chain, you should always ensure it is sharp and the depth gauge settings are set according to the manufacturer’s guide book.
Wear The Right Gear
In addition to properly using and maintaining your chainsaw, you also need to wear the correct gear when using it. Safety gear can help to save you life or prevent life altering injuries. You will need chaps, protective gloves, safety glasses, a helmet, steel toe boots and hearing protection (grade 4 or class 5). Once you have purchased these protective gear, you should keep them clean and always wear them when using a chainsaw.
It may be tempting to forgo wearing safety gear if you’re doing a small 5 minute job, however, that could be the worst mistake of your life. Unfortunately, many people have damaged themselves and even had limbs severed simply because they didn’t wear their safety gear.
Whenever you first start up your chainsaw, you should always start it when it is safely on the ground. When you start to use the chainsaw, you should think carefully about each cut and always avoid using the tip of the chainsaw due to it’s tendency to cause kickback. If you’re right handed, then your left side would be the most at risk of injury. So, always be sure to pay close attention to your technique to prevent potential injury. If you need to move from one location to another, always turn off the chainsaw and then take it the next location. You should never walk around with it on.
In summary, the above chainsaw safety guide will help you to safely use a chainsaw. So, be sure to thoroughly read and re-read it as many times as you need to so that you can ensure your personal safety and the safety of others around you. For further reading you can check out this guide here.