Chainsaw Operating Safety

Operating a chainsaw can be a useful skill to have, but it is important to prioritize safety whenever you’re using a powerful tool. Our team at Rotti’s Power Equipment wants all of our customers to safely enjoy their saws and other equipment, so continue reading for a few safe operating tips!

Safety Gear

Always wear appropriate safety gear when using a chainsaw, including a hard hat, gloves, eye and ear protection, and sturdy work boots. In a professional setting, you may also be required to wear chainsaw chaps and high-visibility clothing.

Know the Equipment

Before using a chainsaw, read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and familiarize yourself with the tool. Understanding the controls, safety features, and the power of the chainsaw you’re using will help you use it safely.

Inspect Before Use

Make sure the chainsaw is properly maintained and in good working condition before every use. Check for any damage or wear and tear on the chain, bar, and other components. If you notice any issues, address them before you attempt to use the chainsaw.

Plan Your Cuts

Plan your cuts carefully before starting the chainsaw, and make sure the area is clear of any obstacles or hazards. Thinking ahead will reduce the risk of unwanted cuts and problems with felling.

Use Proper Technique

Using the right technique will keep you and others safe. Grip the chainsaw firmly with both hands and keep it close to your body. Use a smooth, steady motion when cutting, and avoid any sudden or jerky movements.

Be Aware of Kickback

Kickback is a common hazard when using a chainsaw that can occur when the chain hits an object or when the tip of the guide bar touches a surface. Be aware of this risk and take steps to avoid it, such as using a chainsaw with a low kickback chain.

By following these safety tips, you can safely and effectively operate a chainsaw for a variety of tasks, from cutting down trees to creating beautiful works of art. Always be diligent with your safety and visit us in West Boylston, MA, for your chainsaw needs! We proudly serve the Fitchburg area.

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