Chainsaw basics you need to know

Really understanding everything that your chainsaw is capable of (as well as its limitations) is going to give you a lot of extra confidence when using this power tool that you might not have otherwise had.

Yes, a chainsaw – from the smallest electric chainsaw all the way up to the largest gas operated behemoth and everything in between – is going to make life a lot easier for you, but it’s also going to have the potential to cause some pretty unreal damage and devastation instantly, especially if it isn’t used intelligently and responsibly.

The details below will help you avoid those catastrophic issues while also guaranteeing you are able to make the very most of this powerful tool.

Understand the different components of your chainsaw and how they work together

The more you know about your chainsaw, the better prepared you are going to be to make the most out of everything that it’s able to offer you.

You’ll want to know how the chain works with the bar to handle the actual cutting, and you also want to understand the importance of keeping just the right amount of tension and slack in the chain to give you the results you’re after.

You’ll need to know the importance of mixing your fuel at just the right ratio for optimum operation, but you also need to know the value in keeping your chain and your bar lubricated as well – and how to know it’s time to top up on these critical fluids.

You’ll certainly want to know about the safety features that all chainsaws include, especially when it comes to kickback and automatic shut off operations. These are essential features that have been built into every chainsaw for a real reason, and you’ll want to know what happens when a kick on so that you don’t injure yourself.

Have a preflight checklist you run through every time before operation

Pilots – and their maintenance crews – go through a very specific checklist before each and every single flight to verify that their equipment is in perfect working order, that redundancies and safety equipment are in place, and that they aren’t going to be met with any ugly surprises midflight.

You’re going to want to do the exact same thing with your new chainsaw.

You are going to want to have a quick checklist that you run through to make sure that your new saw is fueled up, perfectly lubricated, has just the right amount of tension on the chain, and that the chain itself is in perfect condition to tackle the kinds of cuts that you’re going to be making.

You’ll then need to make sure that your safety features, including automatic shut off and kickback features, are in place and ready to rock and roll and that you have all of the protective clothing and accessories you need to get the job done safely.

Go through this particular checklist each and every single time you fire up your chainsaw and you won’t ever have to worry about nasty accidents popping up seemingly nowhere that could have otherwise been avoided completely.