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Did you ever cut a tree down the old style using an ax? Then using a chainsaw might feel like a blessing. With a chainsaw, you can cut down trees or thick branches in a matter of minutes than with an ax. And just like any other sharp tool, there are certain dos and don’ts of a chainsaw. Keeping these chainsaw safety tips in mind, you can work safely and sound in any environment.

Do's and Don'ts of Chainsaw To Stay Safe

Chainsaw Do’s

  • Use the branded chain and bar(if not included with the main tool) for a better cutting experience.
  • Understand the features and functions of the tool before using it. Read the included user manual.
  • Always check the air filter before starting a gasoline chainsaw. Replace the old, dirty filter with a new one for better fuel efficiency and the long life of the engine.
  • Engage the chain brake before starting the engine.
  • Use sharp chain only.
  • Keep the chain oil level at optimal when starting to cut down thick limbs or the entire tree.
  • Use good quality fuel and oil with gas chainsaws. Maintain the mentioned oil is-to-fuel ratio for smooth operation.
  • Position yourself properly when attempting to cut a branch or wood. Do not stand directly behind the object. Ensure you wear the right footwear for the occasion.
  • Do wear your safety goggles and noise-canceling headphones(if required).
  • Maintain ideal chain tensioning. The chain should not be too loose or too tight.
  • Take time to check the fuel in between cutting trees, especially when working on larger projects. Do refill when necessary for smooth functioning of the engine.
  • Remove the chain and bar from the tool after use. Store them in a safe place indoors when not in use.
  • Do charge the batteries fully before fixing them in an electric chainsaw.

Chainsaw Don’ts

  • Do not just ideally operate or play with the chainsaw.
  • Never let the chain touch the ground or other object that is not intended to cut with a chainsaw.
  • Do not refill chain oil or fuel when the engine is still running.
  • Chain adjustment is a big no when the motor is running.
  • Avoid using a damaged chainsaw.
  • Never touch the sharp chain even when the tool is ideal.
  • Do not let the old fuel sit idle for many months as it will only damage the engine’s life.

What should you not cut with a chainsaw?

The curiosity to know what a chainsaw can cut is hard to ditch. But you need to understand that you cannot pass the sharp chain through a variety of materials other than wood. This is because the tool is designed in such a way that it chops wood only. Now the wood can be any, softwood or hardwood.

So in short, there are a few things you should never cut with a chainsaw. This includes plastic, metal sheets, PVC pipes, steel pipes, ice, drywall, etc. Doing so will only induce vigorous kickbacks that can potentially injure you. In addition to being unsafe, cutting other objects with a chainsaw damages the chain, bar, and engine. It puts a lot of pressure on the tool that in turn, damages drive links, clutch, and chain brake.

Precautions to take when fuelling a chain saw

Maintaining good fuel and oil levels is a must while operating a chainsaw. However, there are certain things to keep in mind while refueling the chainsaw for optimal performance of the gas engine. Take a look below to understand the proper refueling of the machine.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s guide to oil and fuel ratio. Generally, the fuel ratio mix is 50:1. Therefore, for every gallon of gasoline, you need 2.6 ounces of oil. While the ratio is largely the same for most gas chainsaws, it is good to check the manual for your particular model.
  • Never attempt to refuel a hot or running chainsaw.
  • Use only quality fuel and oil that are safety certified for tool use.
  • Mix the fuel/oil in a well-ventilated area to keep yourself away from the toxic smell.
  • Do not keep any inflammable objects or light a cigarette while refueling the tank.

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The Bottom Line

Do’s and don’ts when using a chainsaw might look much but they are very easy to follow. You need to have some precautions and wear the right clothing for the occasion. It will only help in the proper and safe cutting of wood/trees. And who doesn’t enjoy a smooth and powerful wood cutting session especially when the project involves cutting tree trucks or cleaning off a backyard?

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