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Working With a Chainsaw

Basic rules for working with a chainsaw

Holding a ChainsawThe Thumb Grip

Keep a steady grip on both handles on the saw.

Thumbs and fingers must be completely wrapped around the handles. It is very important to hold the thumb of your left hand under the front handle in order to reduce the force of a possible kickback.

Close Contact

Do not be afraid of the saw!

Hold it close to your body for better balance and to make the saw feel less heavy.


Stand with your feet apart.

To achieve the best possible balance, put your left foot slightly in front of your right.

Bend Your Knees

Spare your back!

Do not work with a curved spine - bend your knees instead when working in low positions.

Moving / Transporting the Chainsaw

The chain MUST NOT be rotating when you are moving to another spot.

When moving in several steps, you should activate the chain brake or turn off the engine.

When you move a longer distance (e.g. to and from the felling site) or when transporting (car), you should fit the guide bar guard.

Safety Distance

Make sure that no one is closer than 3–5 metres of you when working with a chainsaw.

During tree felling, a greater safety distance is required.

Starting the Chainsaw

The chain brake should be activated when you start the chainsaw.

Many chainsaw models can be started in what is known as half-throttle position. The chain can then rotate if the chain brake is not activated.

Starting a ChainsawThere are two safe ways to start your chainsaw - on the ground or with the saw between your legs.

Observe national regulations. The controls may vary by saw model.

Start by reading the instruction manual for your saw.

Starting a Cold Engine

If you start the saw on the ground, place it on a flat surface.

Make sure the guide bar is free from knots or similar that may hook up in the chain when the saw starts.

Activate the chain brake.

Press the decompression control (certain models).

Activate the choke.

If the saw is equipped with Air Purge/fuel pump, press the bulb a few times until the fuel becomes visible and enters the carburettor.

Start on the ground: Support with your right foot in the rear handle and keep a firm grip on the front handle with your left hand.

Start with the saw between your legs: Place the rear handle between your left thigh and behind your right knee. Hold the front handle firmly with your left hand.

Pull the starter handle with your right hand. Repeat until the engine fires.

Push the choke (half-throttle) and pull until the saw starts.

Accelerate so that the engine idles and then release the chain brake.

Starting a Hot Engine

The chainsaw starts without the choke when the engine is hot.

Follow the instructions above, but omit the points relating to the choke.

If the engine is difficult to start, apply half-throttle. You access the half-throttle function by first fully activating the choke. Then move the control back.

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.

Husqvarna Automower 450X

Automower 450X

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