Know the Chainsaw, Then Put It to Work

Know the Chainsaw, Then Put It to Work

The new owner of a chainsaw should read the instruction manual that came with the product. The manual tells how to mix the fuel, how to mount the guide bar and chain and how to start it. Some models have a guard for hand holding the saw that also operates a chain brake. This is a safety feature that promptly stops the chain from running when that mechanism is tripped. The operator should be able to shut off the saw instinctively without looking or feeling for the switch. A good idea is to practice shutting it off without looking at the switch. Do this several times until it is a natural thing to do.

Electric-powered chainsaws are best used around a home where storms break off tree branches and often knock over trees, as they are much lighter to handle than a gas powered saw. Also, besides the weight, the pull start is quite difficult to manage for some people. In clearing away debris, it is best to use a folding hand saw for cutting off small branches and it clears the area for visibility when the saw is in use on the larger pieces.

Pruning limbs of standing trees with a chainsaw is best done if the pruner stands on the side of the trunk, away from the limb being pruned. The first cut should be made on the underside of the larger limbs, six inches away from the trunk. Complete the cut on the topside, a little way out on the limb. This will stop the stripping of bark from the tree, especially in the springtime, as that is when the bark begins to grow. Lastly, cut the short stub close to the trunk.

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When the use of the chainsaw is mastered, put this machinery to work. It will help to clear lots, remove storm damage, create firewood and allow the building of structures for home, work and play.