We have assembled this guide, a varied collection of tips and advice on safety, usage, fuel and maintenance, to save you time and enable you to use your Petrol Chainsaw with confidence.
Preparation: Before you use your chainsaw for the first time
- Make sure you get used to the weight of your chainsaw. Try lifting and wielding it without it being switched on to get used to it.
- Check all your bolts/nuts/screws are tight before using
Engine Information: If your engine is a 4-stroke, you need only remember to use fresh, unleaded fuel in your engine and never leave petrol in the tank for more than 30 days
N. B. If your engine is a 2–stroke version there some things it is worth knowing
- You have to mix the petrol with engine oil and get the mix right. We recommend the following ratio: Synthetic Oil: (red or blue) 40:1 Mineral Oil: (green) 25:1
- A 2-stroke engine needs three things to work - air, fuel and a spark. If your engine won’t start or there is a problem, it is likely to be one of these, or lack of one of these, that is causing it.
- 2-stroke engines are easy to flood so try not to over crank when starting
Maintenance: Regular inspection is a good way to keep on top of maintenance
- Make sure you inspect the engine on a regular basis
- Make sure the chain is free running and at the right tension. Keep the chain lubricated and clean.
- Check all controls like the throttle and clutch as well as the clutch drum to make sure they are working properly and make sure there is no dust gathering that might get into any working parts.
- Check and clean your chain Brake regularly and give it at least one trial run before every use.
- Take a look at your Chain Catcher and check it for wear.
- Check all your Hand Guards and Handles and make sure they are stable and solid.
- Always keep your fuel-cap clean as any dirt in the engine can cause problems
Servicing: Don’t forget that Annual Servicing is a recommended by the manufacturers and is a requirement if you want to extend the guarantee beyond the first year. An out of tune engine, for example, can reduce performance.
Health & Safety: A chainsaw needs safe handling. These tips should help
- It is VERY HIGHLY RECCOMENDED that you wear safety clothing when using your chainsaw to avoid potential injury. At the very least a helmet, a pair of sturdy metal toecap work boots and strong gloves, ear defenders and goggles.
- You should be "reasonably fit both physically and mentally” before attempting to use a chainsaw so, before you start any work, make sure you are feeling well and alert.
- Make sure you are not suffering from the effects of alcohol and that you are not over tired. Hopefully you have chosen a chainsaw that is not too heavy for your physical strength. E
- Take regular rests and avoid stretching or straining during use. (However, if you do find your chainsaw particularly unwieldy or difficult, please contact us on the e-mail address below to discuss this.)
- Don’t ever make cuts with the saw between your legs; you should make sure your chainsaw is always outside of your legs, to the side. Don’t ever stand on a log and saw between your feet.
- Always stand to one side of the branch or log you are cutting.
- Do bear in mind that if there is a chain problem and it breaks or comes loose it will probably whip straight back so NEVER be in line with the chain and make sure no one else is in line with it.
- Try to power down, or de-throttle, the second you have finished cutting.
- Don’t ever move from cutting area to area with the chain in cutting mode and never run with the chainsaw
- Always transport your chainsaw in a case if possible, but at the very least with a guard on the chain and bar.
- Make sure you keep a tip guard on your saw during use whenever possible. This will help prevent kickback.
- Try to avoid cutting with the blade tip, this will help avoid kickback.
- Try to cut below shoulder height wherever possible. This will keep a chainsaw away from your shoulders and head in the event of kickback.
We sincerely hope you enjoy using your chainsaw and if you have questions or issues not covered in this guide, don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org