A chainsaw can be an effective tool that can make working in the garden a convenient process. However, it can get tricky to use if you are not familiar with it.
First-time users may feel apprehensive about using a chainsaw and rightly so. Whether you are a first time user or a professional it is essential to maintain extreme caution when using this tool. Not doing so could lead to dangerous results.
Here are some tips to ensure that using this tool will always be a safe experience:
1. Read the manual:
As with any new device or tool, read the manual that came with the tool. Understand the manufacturer’s recommendations about using it and what to avoid. This information will be able to help you understand how the machine works and the things to keep in mind for safe operation.
2. Preparing the chainsaw:
Before you work with the chainsaw, you must inspect it well. It is important that the chains are lubricated at all times.
Chainsaws make use of a reservoir system for the chain oil. As the chain circles around the bar, the chain oil keeps it lubricated. Hence it must be checked before every use.
If there is insufficient oil, the grooves and rails of the bar will tend it wear out quickly. A chain that is not lubricated well leads to an uneven cut. This can get difficult to control and may lead to an accident.
3. Maintain it well:
As you continue using the chainsaw, the chains tend to get overworked. It can also damage the saw, the bar and the engine over a period of time.
If you use the chainsaw often, it is advisable to replace the chain every year. Check for the manufacturer’s recommendation as each might recommend a different hourly usage before you need to replace it.
4. Storing the chainsaw:
Store the chainsaw properly by draining the fuel tank of any leftover oil and petrol mixture. Start the engine of the saw to ensure the remnants of fuel are completely drained.
Check by starting the engine and wait till it stalls and stops operating. Keeping any oil or petrol in the saw for a long time could damage the fuel system.
You can buy one of the best chainsaws but to learn how to operate it well is crucial. Keep these tips in mind so that you can operate the chainsaw safely, competently and efficiently.