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How to Use a Chainsaw Safely

19 APR 2023

How to Use a Chainsaw Safely

A chainsaw is a portable power tool that cuts wood with a fast-rotating chain around a guide bar. In the hands of a professional, a chainsaw can be used for pruning, limbing, felling, and bucking trees. Although many tools can perform this task, a chainsaw is ranked as the most dangerous.

Anything that comes into contact with the blade’s top or bottom can change the momentum, causing it to slam back. The best way to prevent such safety risks is to hire a professional tree care company to handle the heavy lifting. Before you hire or purchase a chainsaw, here are tips recommended by the tree care experts at Sesmas Tree Service.

Essential Tips for a Beginner or Experienced User

The safest way to use a chainsaw is to ensure it is properly tensioned and sharp to prevent kickback emergencies. In addition, cutting below the shoulder height is advisable to ensure the project runs seamlessly. Today, low-powered chainsaws are developed for inexperienced individuals, but if you prefer a more hands-off approach, consider working with a professional tree service provider.

First-timers and experienced loggers must familiarize themselves with the tool for safety considerations. If a project requires a chainsaw, here are practical tips for effective and safe cutting.

Before You Start

Whether you are a pro lumberjack or a beginner, never operate a chainsaw alone. The last thing you want is for something to go wrong, risking your well-being and severe property damage. Chainsaw mistakes happen instantly; having a friend on-site can save your life. If you are working in a forest, set a traffic safety flag by your vehicle to alert passersby you are working in the woods. It would help to inform friends or relatives of your whereabouts in case you don’t return. Like most potentially risky jobs, a first aid kit on hand goes a long way in mitigating disasters.

Use Protective Equipment

Cutting trees is a dangerous job. Hence, wearing protective equipment such as gloves, face guards, and logging or steel-toed boots is recommended. If you don’t have access to this equipment, leave the heavy lifting to a certified tree care company. The last thing you want is to wear loose clothing which gets caught in the chain.

Use the Correct Stance

As mentioned, a chainsaw is a powerful tool. Without the proper stance, you risk serious injuries. The first step is finding a comfortable stance and holding the chainsaw with both hands at an angle before you. This helps keep you safe in case of kickback, giving you more control over the scenario.

Use the Correct Chainsaw

Chainsaws vary in size and power. If you rent or purchase a chainsaw, ensure it is right for the job. Consult a tree service professional to determine the magnitude of the job and the right blade size for engine power. Most tools have blades that are two inches longer than wood, which is a vital factor to consider before using a chainsaw.

Now that you know the basics of using a chainsaw, contact us at Sesmas Tree Service to schedule a consultation with our experts. At competitive rates, we provide a wide range of tree services, including pruning, trimming, and felling.