Are you new to the use of the chainsaw? We have got you covered. There is a lot you could do with this hand tool, but manipulating the chainsaw can be tough without some advice.
In this piece, we have assembled some tips to assist you as a beginner in navigating the herculean task of wielding a chainsaw. Without any further delay, let’s get started!
- 1 Don’t overexert yourself
- 2 Match the task with the right tool
- 3 Assess the chainsaw
- 4 Study your working environment
- 5 Always wear your safety gears
- 6 Use the chainsaw below the shoulder level
- 7 Never use the chainsaw on a ladder
- 8 Hold the chainsaw right
- 9 Be vigilant
- 10 Drop-starting the chainsaw is dangerous
- 11 Beware of kickbacks
Don’t overexert yourself
There’s a growing trend of do-it-yourself enthusiasts (which is in itself a good thing), but you have to learn to understand your capabilities and limits.
If you have any iota of doubt regarding your capacity to handle a chainsaw, then you have no business using one. This hand tool isn’t the regular items that anyone can cope with. There are lots of risks involved with the use of this machine.
Match the task with the right tool
Chainsaws differ, and so do their capacity. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. For a beginner, smaller and less powerful chainsaws might be advisable, but it limits the sort of work the hand tool can deal with. The more powerful a chainsaw, the more experience you’ll need to handle it.
Assess the chainsaw
Don’t just start the chainsaw and commence cutting exercise. Instead, lubricate the relevant parts and ensure the tension in the chain is perfect else you’d be doing your chainsaw some serious harm.
Also, check the gauge settings, and take a look at the safety fixtures to confirm if they are in perfect shape. Should you observe any problem with the chainsaw – perhaps something is out of place – resist the temptation to use the device.
Study your working environment
The nature of your working environment can deter your progress in the work you intend using the chainsaw for. If you’re cutting large trees, observe that there is nothing attached to the tree which could come crashing down on you while cutting.
Also, confirm the surrounding is free from substances which can affect your position and cause bodily harm should chainsaw fall off your hands.
Always wear your safety gears
Yes, you are excited about putting your new chainsaw to work, but you have to be adequately suited to do that. Donning safety goggles and earmuffs are inevitable and should be a no-brainer considering the operational nature of the chainsaw. Loose clothing should never be used together with the chainsaw.
Use the chainsaw below the shoulder level
The chainsaw should never be used above the level of your shoulders. When you use the chainsaw above your shoulders, you are less likely to have a bird-eye view of what you’re cutting, which increases the risk of a kickback.
Never use the chainsaw on a ladder
Sometimes, you have to cut some branches which are beyond your reach, and a ladder, coupled with a chainsaw, might appear to be a match made in heaven, but it’s not. Should the chainsaw suffer a kickback, you are more likely to fall, and the outcome could be grave when you remember an operational chainsaw is in the picture.
Hold the chainsaw right
When using the chainsaw, you have to hold the saw properly. A proper stance should never be compromised on the altar of comfort. Always have the chainsaw supported with both hands and it shouldn’t be far from you.
Also, a balanced stance is essential, considering the risk involved with the use of the chainsaw. When cutting, focus on the task, and don’t just move your body as you deem fit as kickbacks can occur suddenly.
When using the chainsaw, understand this is serious business. Your level of alertness should be above board. Just like the chainsaw cuts wood, it can inflict grave injuries on you should you falter in concentration. If you feel tired in your limbs or can’t continue, don’t force it - rest if you have to.
Drop-starting the chainsaw is dangerous
Don’t attempt to drop-start a chainsaw as the hand tool can move in a manner which could cause injuries. Instead, you can place the machine on a flat surface and try starting the chainsaw. Always try to reduce the possibility of the moving part of the chainsaw coming in contact with your body.
Beware of kickbacks
One of the significant risks associated with the use of the chainsaw is the possibility of kickback setting in during a cutting exercise. Like a ‘kneejerk’ reaction, the kickback reaction is supposed to preserve the chainsaw from damage, but this could come at your expense if you’re not careful. To avoid such an incident, check the tension in the chain and don’t cut wood with the tip of the chainsaw.
Hopefully, this piece offered more insight on a first time use of the chainsaw. While the chainsaw could help you with your woodwork tasks, learning the ropes is critical to safe and efficient use of this hand tool.
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