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Chainsaw Safety

Working with a chainsaw involves many different work situations with both simple and more complicated steps. The chainsaw is a very effective tool, but it can also be dangerous if used improperly.

In order to avoid accidents and unnecessary strain, you should use the correct working techniques, the best possible safety equipment and a modern chainsaw with functioning safety features.

Chainsaw Safety Features

A modern chainsaw must be fitted with the following safety features:

Kickback Guard And Chain Brake

The chain brake is designed to be activated in two ways. (Three, if it is a Husqvarna Chainsaw the with TrioBrake™ fitted.)

  1. If your left wrist forces the kickback guard forwards, the chain brake will activate.

  2. Following kickback the chain brake will trigger from the inertial forces generated.

  3. With TrioBrake™: If your right wrist lifts the guard on the rear handle, the chain brake will activate.

Throttle Lock on a Husqvarna ChainsawThrottle Lock

The throttle lock is designed to prevent accidental throttle advance. The throttle will only work if the lock is pressed in, i.e. if you hold the saw’s rear handle with a firm grip while accelerating.

Chain Catcher on a Husqvarna ChainsawChain Catcher

The chain catcher is designed to catch the chain, if the chain should break or derail.

Right-Hand Guard on a Husqvarna ChainsawRight-Hand Guard

The right-hand guard is designed to protect the user’s hand, if the chain should break or derail.

Stop Control on a Husqvarna ChainsawEasily Accessible Stop Control

The stop control must be placed where it is easy to access on the saw so that the engine can be stopped quickly in a critical situation.

Chainsaw Safety Course

We would always recommend you take a chainsaw course for safety’s sake!

As a beginner, practising on your own may compromise your safety. If you learn the wrong technique, the risk of accidents rises significantly.

There are several companies and organisations that offer courses in chainsaw use and safety. Find out more about Chainsaw Safety Courses and what rules apply from your local dealer.

Chainsaw Chains with Reduced Kickback Risk

Some chainsaw models can be fitted with a saw chain with reduced kickback. The chain has protective links between the cutting teeth and the guide bar has a nose radius that is less than the guide bar you normally use.

Overall, this means that the saw is much less susceptible to kickback.

The chain’s cutting capacity is reduced slightly, which therefore means you need a greater feed pressure.

Regular Chainsaw Inspection

Remember to regularly inspect the safety features on the saw and always make sure you have a sharp and properly filed chain.

If the safety features do not function properly, contact your local dealer to get this seen to.

A Cleaner Environment

Technological developments are resulting in ever cleaner, more effective and more fuel-efficient internal combustion engines. The chainsaw’s two-stroke engine is no exception.

Having a clean and healthy working and local environment is important to everyone, including those who use chainsaws in their daily work.

X-Torq, which is Husqvarna’s new technology for two-stroke engines, reduces exhaust emissions by up to 75 % and lowers fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to earlier engine generations.

Alkylate Petrol And Vegetable Chain Oil

By using alkylate petrol, such as Aspen, you can lower the amount of harmful emissions from your chainsaw.

There are also vegetable chain oils that are biodegradable and therefore significantly more environmentally friendly than conventional oils.

If you are currently using a petrol/oil can with top-up protection, this prevents unnecessary waste being released into the open.

Avoid Working Alone

Avoid working alone! If there are two or more of you, you can help each other if something were to happen.

The minimum requirements on the occasions where you are working alone:

  • Tell someone where you will be during the day
  • Mark on the map where you are, also mark the route, and give the map to your contact person
  • Always carry a mobile phone or communications radio
  • Keep in regular contact with your contact person (a designated person), at least every three hours
  • Always have a transport vehicle in the forest
  • Always park the vehicle so that you can quickly leave the area
  • Observe all other safety procedures carefully

NB Before using any chainsaw, thoroughly read the manufacturer's operating and safety instructions.

We would like to thank Husqvarna for information supplied that was used in compiling this guide. Husqvarna Chainsaws are considered by many to be the best chainsaws on the market.


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