How to Handle a Chainsaw

Using a chainsaw as a power tool is great to get large scale jobs done such as tree cutting. As with most things in life, that which is most powerful can also be most dangerous and therefore requires particular precautions.

The origin of the chainsaw actually comes from quite a contradictory place. An orthopaedic surgeon named Bernard Heine created an instrument called the Osteotome in 1830 which was made to improve the cutting of bones – something that we go to all lengths to avoid with chainsaws today. It was only in 1926 that another German inventor patented the chainsaw that was designed and used for forestry.

When starting out with a chainsaw, even if you are an experienced user, read the instructions of each model carefully. Saws can vary in size and strength and the exact model to use depends on the size of the person operating it as well as the task at hand, so choose one that lies at the appropriate middle between these two variables. Remember to scan your environment before starting the engine of the chainsaw and ensure that there is room for you to move and for anything that may fall or move while working. Chainsaws are run by fuel and the correct ratio of gas is essential because there is no oil supply, if the right amount is not used then the engine will burn out quickly.

Speaking of burning out, keep in mind to leave your chainsaw to cool down after using it as the blade will be hot. Do not store a hot instrument, and cover the blade when storing it. Protective gear such as goggles and anti-slip gloves are a must when using dangerous equipment such as chainsaws and ear protectors will come in handy to avoid the nuisance of the loud noise of the saw. A hard hat is important for any wood or debris that may fall.

Strat Training offers in-depth safety courses that deal with the safe and correct operation of chainsaws. If you are keen to learn more, feel free to apply or make an enquiry here.

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