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How can I Stay Safe When Using a Chainsaw

2017-01-21

A chainsaw can be a very helpful tool, if used properly. You would better read the instructions when you are strange about a chainsaw. If you are still uncertain, it is a good idea to seek help from someone with a little more knowledge on the subject.

Even if you know how to perform a chainsaw well, you still should wear safety equipment to give yourself a protection. If you require eyeglasses, wear them when operating the saw. Look for safety glasses that can be worn over your regular glasses.

Choose clothing carefully, avoiding hooded sweatshirts with dangling cords, or loose-fitting apparel that could become entangled in the chain. Tuck in shirts, and if you have long hair, tie it back. Other clothing tips include wearing heavy boots, and removing jewelry when using a saw.

Avoid using a chainsaw when tired, sick, or taking medication. It's important to be alert at all times. Never use a chainsaw after consuming alcohol or drugs.

You should turn off the chainsaw when you move to another place. Turn off the saw before moving on to the next area. Also, make sure no one is close to you when you are operating a chainsaw. Kickback can cause severe injuries. Children and pets should be kept out of the work area.

With frequent use, saw chains become dull, which leads to rough, jagged cuts and a much slower cutting process. When this occurs, a chain saw sharpener is used to sharpen the chains, bringing new life back to the power tool. You should consider some important tips when you buy a chain saw sharpener.

Chain saws come equipped with several different size chains. The most popular sizes include 1/4 inch (0.635 cm), 0.325 inch (0.826 cm), 3/8 inch (0.95 cm) and .404 inch (1.02 cm)-pitch chains. Some chain saw sharpeners will accommodate all these sizes, while others will work with one size only. If you are purchasing a sharpener for one particular chain saw you use on a regular basis, it will be more cost effective to purchase a sharpener meant specifically for that size.

The amount of chain saws that you sharpen regularly, and the frequency with which you have to sharpen them, should be a large determining factor in the type of chain saw sharpener you purchase. A hand file should work fine if you sharpen your chain saw less than once or twice a month. It does a quick, simple resharpening without even having to remove the chain from the saw. If you are sharpening your saw chain fairly often, or sharpening a couple different chains, the mini grinder can do the job in a reasonable amount of time, without having to remove the chain from the saw. Sharpening a large amount of chains in a reasonable period of time requires the use of a full-size, bench, or wall-mount grinder.

Removing saw chains and putting them back on can be a time consuming hassle. Many people avoid having to do this by using a hand file or a mini grinder to sharpen their chains. Using the hand file involves placing the chain saw in a vise and sharpening each individual saw tooth to a point. A mini grinder is operated by a 12 volt battery. Attach the sharpener to the saw, while it is secured in the vise, and it will sharpen several teeth at a time. You may need to move the chain away.

Where to Buy

Depending on your knowledge, the best place to start looking for either type of chainsaw is at a big box or home improvement store. These retail chains have expert employees who can help answer your questions and guide you to a model that is right for your needs.

You can choose a new Tree Saw on the Internet, if you have known which one you want to pay for. Consider sales sites as well as online auctions.