Chainsaw Safety Tips for Beginners

Thick branches, stubborn scrub or decaying trees – such unruly gardeners are best encountered with a chainsaw. But dealing with the chainsaw must be learned: how do I start it properly? Where should I stand when cutting? And how the tools to be looked after and cared for? If you are a woodworker or gardener, then the purchase of a chainsaw is recommended. Although private use on your property is also permitted without a bill, as soon as you work outside of your private possession with the chainsaw, you must be able to produce a chainsaw certificate. What you have to pay attention to in general, you will find compact in our chainsaw ABC:

Basic Chainsaw Safety Tips


  • Driving force: electric, petrol or rechargeable battery saw

With electric, gasoline or battery, there are three different drive variants. The former means plug into the power socket, and off you go. But be careful: keep the electric saw away from rain or moisture and use it only with the plug and a suitable power outlet. Before refueling your gasoline chainsaw, be sure to stop the engine. When filling with fuel, you must not smoke; there should be enough distance from an open fire. Particular filler neck prevents fuel spillage. Buy the fuel ready mixed! A dedicated mixture lasts only three months, while the finished special fuel can last up to ten years. The cordless chainsaw works wireless and emission-free, the current state of charge of the battery can be read easily by pressing a button and, thanks to lithium-ion technology, it can be recharged quickly whenever needed.

  • Starting the chainsaw

When beginning the gasoline chainsaw, this is parked on the ground and held (sword must be free). The switch next to the rear handle is something like the ignition of the car. On “I” is working, on “O” (STOP) the saw is off. In a well-adjusted, modern saw the engine starts after three trains at the start of the rope at the latest. The electric saws are even more accessible to star. While working, the lock button can be released, but the on-off switch must remain activated.

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  • Holding the chainsaw

The hands enclose the handles so that the thumb always encloses the handle (closed handle). Hold the chainsaw with your both hands always. Support the chainsaw as far as possible when cutting (on the trunk or the stopper claw). Supporting increases safety and makes work more accessible.

  • Body position when cutting

The basic cutting position while using the chainsaw should be chosen or fixed so that body cannot be lost control or balance by impact and pull as possible. For a firm and safe standing, the legs are therefore laterally and offset lengthwise. However, don’t place your left foot in front of the line of the front handle. Do not hold your head over the chain or rail but laterally offset. If you are using ladders or on the trees never try to use the chainsaw in that case.

Chainsaw Safety Tips while working

  • Safety brake

The saw chain runs over a relatively small, but directly driven sprocket. The drum behind the sprocket is surrounded by a drawstring, the chain brake, which encloses the drum by triggering the front brake bail and brings it to a standstill at lightning speed.

  • Re-tighten the chain

Between the two retaining bolts or the front side hides the clamping screw with which the chain is tensioned by the flat screwdriver. For this, you have to solve the two nuts easily. Most electric saws have a quick-release device, which allows the chain to be tensioned and set up without tools.

  • Lubrication of rail and chain

The tank for the chain oil is at the front of the chainsaw. Because sawing without oil would mean the early death of rail and chain; Do not confuse fuel tank with gasoline chainsaws. Some chainsaws have automatic chain lubrication and a regulator to adjust the oil flow.

  • Saw chains – the right chain collection

There are different saw chains for every chainsaw, every application, every rail. But already the teeth differ in their size and geometry. Here you should seek advice from the expert and pay attention to the approval of the chains for each device.

  • Transport

When transporting the chainsaw, switch off the engine and engage the chain brake. Furthermore, the chain guard must be installed over a greater distance.

  • Proper protective clothing

Before you start, you still need to dress appropriately! Protection for head, eyes, ears, hands, legs, and feet is mandatory. For the head area, there is a protective helmet with visor and ear protection, which protects against noise and flying branches and chips. Also, it is essential to wear cut-resistant trousers with reinforced leg inserts when working with the chainsaw.

  • Cleaning the chainsaw

To clean your chainsaw regularly from dry, stubborn dirt such as resin is essential. After using the chainsaw each time, wash your saw and remove the chain. If necessary, loosen the chain tension and put a chain guard over the sword. You can do it by yourself with a sharpening set that suits the chain if you have learned it under expert guidance. For the gasoline chainsaw, you should clean the air filter, oil connection, guide rail and cylinder ribs after each use. In general, if the maintenance plan is observed in the operating instructions, you do not have to worry about the condition of your chainsaw.

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