How to handle your chainsaw

Our expert advice for reducing the risk of chainsaw incidents, whether you are a professional or inexperienced user.

Fitting the bar and chain

1. Make sure the chain brake is not activated.

2. Place the bar in position.

3. Check the direction of chain’s rotation and lay it around the drive sprocket and bar. Make sure the chain is correctly seated all the way around the sprocket and bar.

4. Tension the chain by pulling the bar. Refit the chain cover. Check that the stud on the chain tensioner fits through the hole in the bar. Partially tighten the bar nuts.

5. Tension the chain by turning the chain tensioner clockwise. The tension is correct when the chain does not sag below the bar and you cannot lift the drive links completely out of the bar groove.

6. Tighten the bar nuts firmly. Now try to pull the chain around the bar by hand. It should run smoothly. If not, the chain is too tight. Wear work gloves.

Filling with fuel and chain oil

1. Switch the stop button to “on” and pull the choke all the way out. Place the saw on the ground.

2. Hold the saw firmly on the ground while you start it. Put your right foot through the rear handle and grip the front handle firmly with your left hand. Pull the starter cord with your right hand until the engine fires. Now push in the choke without moving the throttle control. The saw has an automatic start throttle setting.

Note! It is very important that you push in the choke after the engine fires the first time, otherwise the engine may become flooded.

3. Pull the starter cord until the engine starts.

4. Lift up the saw and press the throttle a few times to get a feel for how the saw reacts to the throttle.

Hot starting

Do the same as above but do not use the choke. Note: The chain must not move when the saw is idling. If it does, the idle setting needs adjusting. The instruction manual tells you how to do this.

For inexperienced chainsaw users

If you are an inexperienced chainsaw user we recommend you to get familiar with the saw on home ground before you go into the forest and start felling trees. For example, you could start by cutting some wood on a sawhorse. Make sure that the wood is in a secure position.

1. When you are cutting, always remember to grip the front handle by wrapping the thumb of your left hand around the handle. Stand with your feet apart for good balance. Your left foot should be slightly in front of the right.

Do not be scared of the chainsaw. Hold it close to you to reduce strain on your arms and back. But remember not to stand directly behind the saw. Apply full throttle before you start cutting. Start cutting as close to the base of the bar as possible.

2. When you cut downwards the chain will try to pull the saw towards the trunk. This is known as cutting with a pulling chain.

3. Also try cutting from beneath. Then you will feel the chain trying to push the saw towards you. This is known as cutting with a pushing chain.

Retensioning the chain

A new chain should always be retensioned after about 20 minutes use. Switch off the engine, put the saw down, and undo the bar nuts slightly. Turn the chain tensioner clockwise until the chain is correctly tensioned. Then tighten the bar nuts firmly. You should also check that the chain feels oily, then you know that the chain lubrication is working properly.

Handling, US, 3min 40sec