A centrifugal clutch works on the principle of centrifugal force. The clutch consists of an inner hub with engaging teeth and an outer hub with disengaging teeth. The teeth on the inner hub are narrower than the teeth on the outer hub. As the blade of the saw turns, it pushes on the inner hub, creating centrifugal force. This disengages the inner tooth on the outer hub, allowing the blade to spin without turning on the motor. The centrifugal clutch on chainsaws is controlled by a trigger on the saw's handle. When the blade hits something, the centrifugal force is overcome by the force of the object hitting the blade. This triggers the centrifugal clutch so the engine turns off.