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Chainsaw Safety
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Safety first. Always read your owner's manual before operating a chain saw.

The chainsaw is an efficient tool. Yet it can be dangerous if used incorrectly. That's why safety must always
come first. Your clothing is a very important part of this. Even if you're just cutting some firewood outside the
back door of your house, you must use the personal protective equipment that is required in your country.
Of course, protective equipment cannot prevent an accident from happening, but it can help to reduce the
level of injury if one does occur.

Protect head and hands
Never saw without a helmet with a
full-coverage visor and hearing
protection. And protect your hands
with a pair of strong gloves.

Sturdy footwear
Make sure your boots have a
protective toecap, saw protection and
a heavy tread.

Protective eyewear
Use eye protection to avoid injury due
to fine dust and debris in the air.

Protective trousers and
You're safest if you have trousers with
saw protection. That way the chain is
stopped quickly and effectively should
the saw come into contact with your
leg (4a, 4b). Also recommended is a
highly-visible, ventilated protective
If you need to call for help
Ensure you have a First Aid kit easily
accessible. And itís a good idea to
carry a mobile phone and a whistle,
so you can call for help easily, if
something happens.

About the saw
Take your time to get acquainted with
the saw, so you have a good idea how
it works and so you know its most
important parts. Especially important
are those that have to do with safety.

Chain catcher
On the bottom of the saw is the chain
catcher, which catches the chain if it
breaks or derails. (6)

Throttle lock
On the inside of the rear handle is the
throttle control. To prevent accidental
throttle advance, when you squeeze
the throttle control you must also
depress the throttle lock on the top of
the handle.
Stop control
With the easy-access stop control
you can stop the engine quickly.

Right-hand guard
If the chain were to break or derail,
your right hand would be protected by
the right-hand guard on the bottom of
the handle.

Kickback protection
Kickback is possible during most
types of operations, and is caused by
the saw contacting something with the
upper part of the bar nose (the
kickback zone). In a kickback
situation, the saw is forced upward
and backward as a result of the
rotating chain.

The saw has a chain brake to stop the
chain in the event of a kickback. The
chain brake can be triggered in two
ways. One, by the userís hand
pushing the kickback protection
forward, and two, by the inertial forces
that arise during a kickback.

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