Chainsaws The Proper Stance for Holding a Chainsaw and Safety Rules

Published on June 19th, 2015 | by Kimberly Myers


The Proper Stance for Holding a Chainsaw and Safety Rules

Ever wonder what the best way to hold a chainsaw is? It’s pretty easy, and it will help prevent you from losing balance and hurting your back!

Proper stance for holding chainsaw:

  • Do not fear the saw! If you hold the saw close to your body you will have better balance and it will make the saw seem like it weigh less, this will keep you sawing longer, as you will not tire as quickly.
  • Be sure that you have a steady grip on both the front and rear saw handles. Your thumbs and fingers should wrap completely around the handles, a good strong grip. To reduce force in case of a kickback, hold your left thumb underneath the front handle.
  • It is very easy to hurt your back while using a chainsaw, don’t curve your spine to move lower, bend your knees instead. Your back will thank you
  • Balance is very important when working with power equipment, stand with your feet apart and put your left foot just a little big in front of your right foot. Your wide stance and staggered feet will provide the best balance for sawing!

Safety Rules:

  • When you are walking to another spot, you should not have the chain running, you should activate the chain brake or completely turn off the engine when you are moving by several steps. If you are moving further, or in a car, the chainsaw should be shut off and the guide bar guard should be put onto the saw.
  • Be smart when you have others around you. They should be at least 3-5 meters away from you, and if you are felling a tree, that distance should be even greater to prevent any possible injury.

It is very important to use the proper stance when using your chainsaw. These suggestions and rules will help keep you and those around you safe!


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