When it comes to using a chainsaw, the first concern that comes in any newbie's mind is "safety".
Regarding "safely use", it is not about "operating" a saw. Rather than it is to know "how" the saw mechanism works.
Nothing to worry if you are a complete beginner or never take any saw in your hand.
Today, I'm here to help you learn about built-in safety features such as throttle lock, stop control, hand guard,chain brake & other safety things you need to know.
And I’m going to tell you something that l learn through experience...over the last 5 years.
…and how you can learn and follow the same thing.
If you have recently purchased a new chainsaw, you may be looking for some helpful tips on how to use it safely. You may already have been told a little about chainsaws at the store where you made your purchase, or you may be an online purchaser who has little or no idea how the tool works.
This article looks at the best way to handle your new chainsaw for safety and performance so that in no time at all, you will be a confident user.
Chainsaw is often considered to be the most dangerous hand equipment that can be easily bought from the market. Each year, more than 1, 65,000 people get injured because of using chainsaw only in United States of America.
This device is extremely common and normally thought to be very simple to use, but properly using chainsaw, the cleaning of its brush, and felling of trees are the tasks that needs reasonable training and the incorporation of several safety precautions.
Logging can be considered as one of the toughest professions, because of the fact that it’s a dangerous profession;amateurs are required to have adequate training before employing or even buying a chainsaw for themselves.
Operating and employing a chainsaw is a dangerous task and must be done with high degree of care.
Never try to use a chainsaw before getting completely aware of its safety requirements, hazards and proper operational techniques. Read the chainsaw FAQ guide if you never operate a chainsaw before.
Steps to Follow To Use a Chainsaw
Following is the sequence of steps for using chainsaw.
Step 1: Read User Manual
First of all, you are required to read the various instruction and safety tips provided in the user manual for a particular saw. Always read the manual before operating your chainsaw if you are beginner in chainsaw.
Step 2: Select Appropriate Mode of Operation
Select the right mode of operation as per your skills and desired task. For an amateur, a bar type blade can be considered better as compared to bow blade. This bar blade is required to be one third in length as compared to the diameter of the log or the tree you want to cut.
Step 3: Examine the Working Area
Choosing the right environment to work in is very important. You need plenty of space around you when using a chainsaw – at least a clear five meters in all directions.
Make sure that your floor is even and flat so there is no danger of wobbling and ensure that you invest in a good quality, sturdy sawhorse that will be capable of holding the wood safely in place while you operate your chainsaw.
Always make sure that you have told other people who may be in the area that you will be operating an electric chainsaw to prevent any accidents occurring.
Have a thorough look at the area where you want to do the work before actually starting the work. It is very important to have a proper room for the task you are about to perform.
Carefully observe overhead power lines, escape path to remain safe from falling limbs or trees and cars or building present nearby.
Never let your children operate a chainsaw until they reach to a certain age.
Making The Right Clothing Choices
It is vital to make the correct choice of clothing in order to protect yourself when using a chainsaw. Although professionals who use chainsaws are thoroughly covered in safety gear, in a domestic situation, it is unlikely that anyone would go to these lengths.
It is important, however, to wear a few specific items of safety equipment and sensible clothes.
Heavy fabrics are essential and sturdy shoes with a metal toe cap are vital.
Thick gloves should always be worn, although not so thick that fingers are restricted as they need freedom of movement to correctly operate the chainsaw safely.
Another key piece of safety equipment is a helmet that is fitted with a face guard and ear defenders to prevent facial injury and hearing damage.
Step 4: Check Your Saw
Before using your chainsaw for the first time, make sure that you check the chain and learn how to operate the tensioning device. You must also check the chain for sharpness and find out how to keep it in good condition.
Inspect you saw and make sure that you have selected the saw that is appropriate and well suited for your task or assignment.
Ensure the chain is properly lubricated.
Never over-fill a petrol chainsaw and pay attention to the user manual for fuel-mixing advice.
Step 5: Perform Safety Check
It is very important to have detailed safety check.
Make sure that the chain is properly on, the tension is adjusted properly and there is no chance for rotating at the time chain brake is engaged.
Ensure that bar nuts and face plate is firmly on.
Check that the safety brake is working correctly by immediately stopping the operation of the equipment.
Step 6: Handle the Blade Properly
If your saw is running at idle, make sure that the blade would not turn and engage.
Bring the blade in line with particular cut you want to make, disengage the chain brake, press the throttle fully open, and apply the blade on the wood.
Try to avoid forcing the blade because it will apply the cut based on the weight of the blade or because of moderate pressure.
Don’t forget to keep the saw moving in full throttle during whole cutting, setting the throttle off when you are about to exit the cut on the other side of the tree or log.
Step 7: Cool the Saw When You Are Done
After you have completed you task, allow the chainsaw to cool down prior to storing.