A tree in the yard is a blessing and its sprucing and trimming is the job of a true garden lover. Either you take professional services for such a job or you prefer to do it yourself. But the professionals have got a high price. What if you buy a chainsaw for the same price and do it easily at your home? The second option not only seems economical but feasible as well. Yes, you can easily do it and save pretty dimes. Do a double business by selling the log in the market and recover what you have paid for the chainsaw. Shake hands you have lost nothing.
But do you know
How to operate a chainsaw safely?
Hang on man, I am here to show you how to do it safely without getting kickbacks from your chainsaw. For such a famously powerful tool, you need to take exceptional care. Do not get the victim of the fast and the furious tool. Follow the given safety rules before you start doing it. These rules are the same for veterans and the newbies. They can be divided into two phases. Precautions and rules to be followed during the procedure.
Wear the safety gear- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
A chainsaw safety gear or PPE includes a helmet, face guard, safety goggles, chaps or protective pants, logging boots, hearing protection, and safety gloves. Do not try to operate your chainsaw wearing loose clothes. The teeth of the saw can easily drag you to itself by getting caught into your loose dress. Similarly, wearing flip-flops and shorts will not help do the job safely. Your gears are worth millions to save you from any unforeseen incident.
Creating a safe environment
Know your surroundings well before you start your work. Work out the possible routes that you can escape from in case the chainsaw loses her mind. Before starting to work like cutting, chopping, or trimming, check the environmental safety of the detailed status quo. Have a 360 D analysis of the area around. Look into every nook and corner. Draw plan A, plan B and C for your escape in case of any incident.
Look for all the possibilities at which place the tree will fall?
Where will it fall down?
What will happen if the tree falls on an unexpected place? Do not take risks and go for all the possible safety measures. If you are chopping in a wood mark your area with a flag if you are alone so that people can find you out. But it is not recommended to go alone in the woods with a chainsaw. Take your friend with you who will keep an eye on you and will help you out if needed.
Check the equipment
Check either the chain is in proper tension or not. Also check whether it is working properly. Another thing to consider is the fuel if it is working on gasoline. Check the fuel tank and make sure it is enough for your task. Refill your tank when the saw is not hot. If it is electric chainsaw, check your cords, batteries and extensions. Check control, handles, bar and sharpness of the tool before you begin.
Safety during the procedure
Starting the saw. Start your saw safely by placing it on the ground, gripping it tightly and pulling the rope. Bang! Here you go after pulling the rope a few times, it is set to work. Let it whirl and buzz for a while under your knee. Once you have started the chainsaw, have a sound footing on the ground, keep yourself balanced, grip the front handle, and do not overexert yourself.
Chainsaws always have a kickback-like reaction due to which you can lose your grip and balance. Be mentally prepared for that. Be aware of the position of your chainsaw. Start with the cutting of the woods slowly and steadily. Keep your eyes and mind focused on the point where the saw is cutting the wood. Take utmost care that the trunk or the log may not spring back at you. If any such situation occurs, act upon the escape plan you have already devised. The felled wood is to be piled on a side so that it does not cause any hindrance in further process. And you are done with it safely. Shake hands.