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It is normal for gas-powered chainsaws to "kickback" or respond forcefully to your action - especially when you are sawing through a piece of wood. The main reason for this is that the chainsaw has a lightweight engine, which is incapable of controlling the motion of the chainsaw. When you try to force the chainsaw to cut through a piece of wood, it will kickback or respond forcefully.

However, you can prevent kickback by using the correct technique. The proper technique is to let the chainsaw do all the work, and not to force it. If you insist on forcing it, you will be more likely to have kickback.

So, the first thing you should do is to use the correct technique. Once you have the correct technique, you can prevent kickback. This can be accomplished by following these 8 steps:
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When the chainsaw stops or slows down while cutting, either bar or chain overheats. The overheating of the bar or chain happens when the chainsaw is used continuously without cool-off period. To make sure your chainsaw will never overheat, your chainsaw should be allowed to cool off for at least 5 minutes between each session of continuous use. You can also check the temperature of the bar or chain once in a while. If the temperature is hotter than normal, then allow your chainsaw to cool down.
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I have had my Stihl saw for 5 years now. At the time I bought it, I was an apprentice carpenter so it got a lot of use. I have never had an issue with it, I've replaced the chain once (the chain is designed to break before it damages the engine) and the only thing I've replaced is the chain oil. I think that chain oil is available at Home Depot or Lowes for cheap. I highly recommend the Stihl saws, I've also heard good things about Husky.
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