Any chainsaw requires you to master the three basic steps. The first one is felling a tree where a chainsaw operator carefully cuts a standing tree in a controlled way and deducing its path of fall. The second step is bucking. In this step, the operator cuts the trunk of a felled tree to create lengthy logs. Next step involves limbing, in which the chainsaw operator removes all the branches present on the felled tree.

Now, we will provide a systematic guidance on using a chainsaw, which will cover the steps mentioned above.

How to Use a Chainsaw

1. Inspect the Chainsaw Before Starting

Before starting a chainsaw, it is prudent to check its parts and see that it is fit to operate. Have a quick look at the chain tension and sharpness. Then, inspect the chainsaw bar, guide bar, rear handle, and controls.

While it is an obvious step, ensure that you have filled the bar oil and gas in the chainsaw reservoir before you use it. You should always fill it with gas and oil every time you use it, even if it needs to be used for a couple of minutes. This is prudent to keep the chainsaw lubricated at all times.

Without the oil, the body of the chainsaw may be damaged due to friction.
Furthermore, always fill the oil and gas in the chainsaw away from a vehicle. Also, make sure the tool is not hot while you do so. Keep it away from hot place when filling the fuel in it for safety reasons.

2. Start the Chainsaw

A chainsaw can be started in two ways. The first way involves keeping the tool on the ground. The second one is done by keeping the chainsaw between the operator’s legs. No matter what method you choose, you will first need to make sure that the chain brake is pressed. This can be done by pushing the chainsaw handle forward.

In addition, you will need to make sure that the choke and start switch on the tool are on. Some models of a chainsaw accompany a primer button to start it. If you have that on your unit, then you may have to press that button as well.

To start a chainsaw on the ground, you need to lay it flat on the surface first. Then, you have to use your left hand to grip the saw’s handlebar.

Furthermore, use your right toe to lock the handle next to the trigger given for throttling the device. You may have to press the handle firmly with your toe to do this. Now, you can pull the rope for starting the chainsaw.

Note that the saw might not start instantly upon pulling the rope. If that happens, disengage the saw’s choke, and pull the tool’s rope again. This method should start the chainsaw safely in your hands.

If you want to start it by placing it between the legs, then lay the saw’s rear portion firmly against the right leg. Ensure that the chainsaw guide bar is almost perpendicular to you while doing so. Also, use your left leg to grip the saw’s rear portion firmly. After that, follow the same steps for starting the machine just as you started it on the ground.

Once the chainsaw has started, control its throttle to keep it at an idle state, until you plan to use it.

3. Handle the Chainsaw Safely

To ensure that you are handling the chainsaw safely, you need to be aware of tripping mishaps. Avoid hazards by maintaining decent footing and keeping a firm balance. You need to stay aware of not reaching out too much with the saw in your hand.

Always maintain a firm grip on the front handle using your left hand. Your thumb should wrap around on the handle, instead of just resting on the handle.

4. Control The Pinch And Chainsaw Kickback

A risk that chainsaws have while operating them is that they tend to apply force in the opposite direction. This phenomenon is known as a chainsaw kickback. A kickback takes place when the corner in the front of a guide bar touches an object. This can forces the bar to jump out instantly causing it to hit the person holding it. This happens because the log tends to squeeze the blade back by pinching it.

Any chainsaw operator needs to learn this basic rule to never touch the bar’s top corner, as the reaction speed can be dangerous. One needs to practice a safe operating method to handle a chainsaw. First, you need to wear protective clothing and headgear for keeping yourself safe. After that, you should practice a two-handed, firm grip on the tool. Your posture also needs to be balanced and strong on the ground.

Moreover, you also have to be aware of the tension developing in the log being cut using a chainsaw. This tension can cause the fibers of the log to press against guide bar from both sides, leading to a pinching effect.


Now that you have understood the right way on how to use a chainsaw, it is important that you practice your stance regularly. Avoid using the device barehanded. Keep track of where and how you are going to use it so that there is little chance of a hazard around you.

You may also need to practice deducing the felling of a tree. This is necessary so that it does not fall in the wrong areas. Have a safe time using your chainsaw!

About the Author James S

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