A chainsaw is a dangerous device to use. It can cut anything that’s in front of it, be it the wood or the flesh. When used properly, a chainsaw can be a great resource to cut through the wood but improper or amateur use can lead to serious injuries to the operator. So, in order to work with a chainsaw, one needs to first learn how to safely use a chainsaw.
Safely Chainsaw Usage
Chainsaw is indeed precious machinery to cut through woods, fallen trees, and logs. But the real work is to figure out where to start as that directly affects job safety. With the help of chainsaw experts and their opinions, we figured out the safest way to work with chainsaws safely.
We’ll walk you through the steps you need to take in order to safely carry out the tasks. Safety is the most important and we surely realize that. The tips we’re going to enlist here are the best you can undertake to avoid any serious troubles.
1)Avoid Kick-Back Zone while Cutting:
A chainsaw is a dangerous device to use. It can cut anything that’s in front of it, be it the wood or the flesh. When used properly, a chainsaw can be a great resource to cut through the wood but improper or amateur use can lead to serious injuries to the operator. So, in order to work with a chainsaw, one needs to first learn how to safely use a chainsaw..
Sometimes, one needs to cut from the lower side of a branch or a log or a tree and in that case, the upper side of the bar is used. The saw pushes slightly outwards but that is controllable and the work comes into flow slowly and gradually.As long as you’re following the safety precautions, both these methods are safety-guaranteed.
But, one method you should never adopt is using the Kick-back zone for cutting any sort of material. You might, now, be wondering what a Kick-back zone is. Kick-back zone is the top half of the tip of the bar. When this zone gets in touch with something while you’re cutting something, the chainsaw suddenly moves up and back towards you.
That causes the operator to, mostly, lose control of the chainsaw and get injured. Most of the modern chainsaw have introduced the chain brake which allows the operator to halt the functioning of the chainsaw as soon as such a thing happens, hence timely avoiding any mishap.
2) Feel your Chainsaw:
You should start cutting only when you feel comfortable with your chainsaw. A chainsaw can be tricky to use and you mustn’t mess with it unless you know its tricks.
To have a feel of your chainsaw, fill in the fuel to it. Turn on the chain brake, pull out the choke and turn on the ignition switch. Be sure to lock the chainsaw on fast idle. Do all this by placing your chainsaw on the ground.
Once you’re ready to hold the beast, put your right foot’s toe onto the back handle of the machine and grab the front handle with a stiff left arm (that helps attain control on the machine), pull the starter handle on to actually fire up the engine.
Push the choke and take your saw off the fast idle. Your chainsaw is finally in the running state and can actually cut now. Place your right hand on the back handle, lift the saw up and hold it in your hands for a while.
Try to feel how your chainsaw is responding to a throttle. Throttle means basically giving fuel to the engine to start spinning the chain. Now handle the chainsaw in your hands, with your feet at a considerable distance so as to maintain a balance, and keep the chainsaw on one side of you. Never keep it in front of yourself.
While cutting wood, you’ll come across different kinds of resistance. In case of cutting from the bottom of the bar, the saw will pull you into the thing you’re working on and while cutting with the top of the bar, the opposite will happen. There’s terminology for this second force. ‘Pushing chain’ is used for such a force that pushes you away from the thing you’re cutting.
While working with a pushing force, try to keep your arm or the handle of your saw against your thigh in order to gain more control of it. That way, you can better oppose the pushing force and do the work smoothly.
3) Be strategic while cutting:
Before you start to cut a log, a tree or any such thing, have a detailed look at the workspace and plan your work prior to setting off to doing it. In case of a tree, you’ll come across branches that’ll be fallen by your chainsaw and those branches will have to find their way down to the ground. Make sure you’re not standing in their way and they have a clear path to fall.
In other cases, the branches might be lying under the tree and cutting them might cause the tree body to move. Well, in such a case, clear some space behind you so that you can run and avoid any injuries or mishaps in case the tree moves or slides. You don’t want to get tripped over something lying behind you.
Also, make sure there’s no useless thing lying in your work path. Sometimes, when one’s too busy in one’s work, one might not notice any such and might get tripped over it and hurt oneself.
While cutting a tree, start on the opposite side of the trunk that is, work with the thin side first and move all the way to the thick side. This is a safer way of doing it. You can place the bottom of the saw on the tree trunk for cutting branches. That’ll provide both safety and control.
4) Safe Tree Trunk Cutting:
Before cutting a tree trunk, make sure it is lying on the ground and not suspended in the air because of any support from any branches or stumps. If there are any branches or stumps holding the tree trunk up, cut them and slightly roll the trunk to a plane ground. Once the trunk settled, start the cutting process.
Now, here’s the benefit of freeing the tree trunk of any support. If the tree trunk is suspended in the air, that’ll cause the weight of the trunk to slightly move inwards once you’ve made a deeper cut.
So, the upper side will move inwards and congest the space for the top of the bar to work. In case, you need to work with a suspended trunk and your chainsaw is stopped while cutting a trunk in the middle, use a stout branch as a lever to move the trunk upwards and free the saw.
If the trunk is on the ground, feel free to cut through it and your chainsaw won’t stop because of the trunk pinching in. In this case, keep the saw parallel to the ground as you move downwards.
This will keep the chain from hitting with dirt and spread around any unnecessary mess. This helps cut the wood smoothly and easily.
Use Safety Gear
Apart from planned cuttings and precautions, there is some safety gear as well that you can grab in order to protect yourself in case of a mishap.
In the market, you’ll find helmets with a face screen and ear protection that are efficient in protecting one’s head and eyes from any injuries during work. If the machine goes out of hand or a branch falls, the things stay in control and nothing gets horribly wrong.
Chainsaw Safety Boots:
These are also for safety in case your chainsaw get tripped over some wood or maybe some tree truck falls down onto your feet. Safety boots are a blessing, so don’t miss out on them.
Chainsaw Gloves and Trousers:
There are safety gloves and trousers also available, in the markets, which protect one’s hands from bad branches and one’s legs from the chain in case it goes off the bar.
Safety must be one’s first priority and work to be second. Never compromise your safety and follow as many safety precautions as you possibly can.