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Rental Chainsaw Safety Tips

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Doing some work in the backyard? You might need a chainsaw. A chainsaw is quite expensive so unless you are going to use it all the time, it makes sense to rent rather than buy one.

Stoves, fireplaces, and other heating systems require access to timber. Before winter arrives, people usually cut the wood from trees and store it in their garage. The ability to wield a chainsaw expertly allows you to cut the wood precisely. However, as a newbie, most people forget to take safety measures before picking up a chainsaw. You are probably wondering how hard can it be. Well, you better be familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules before you approach Espanola rentals for a chainsaw.

Following are a few safety tips to help you understand different operating areas of a chainsaw:

Before Starting the Chainsaw

  • Check chain tension, bolts and handles, and controls to make sure they are in working order.
  • Adjust the settings according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
  • Make sure the chain is well lubricated and does not have blunt blades.
  • Drop-starting the chain should be avoided because this results in a hard kickback that can cause harm. Always start the chainsaw by placing it on the ground.
  • Engage the chainsaw’s brake and start it with at least ten feet between you and any fueling area.

Avoiding the Kickback

  • Hold the chainsaw firmly with both hands, making sure the grip is secure.
  • Do not face the nose bar towards anyone standing in front of you and make sure it doesn’t come in contact with anything when the chainsaw is started.
  • Avoid cutting tree limbs with just the guide bar nose.
  • When cutting tough or small limbs, be extra careful because they can get stuck in the chain.
  • Don’t try to use the chainsaw to cut anything that is above shoulder height
  • Always keep the chainsaw at full throttle while cutting.
  • Don’t overreach.
  • Do not cut multiple logs at once.
  • Avoid the plunge-cut technique if this is your first time using a chainsaw.
  • Clean the chainsaw properly after use so that saplings are not caught between the chains.
  • When cutting anything, do not stand at a 90° angle to the chainsaw.

Chainsaw Safety

The speed of a standard chainsaw is between 32 mph and 45 mph. You can imagine how damaging a kickback at this speed can be. Since you are getting the chainsaw from Cooks Espanola rentals, you need to take some additional safety measures to keep yourself and the device safe.

  • Clean away debris and dirt from the chains.
  • Before cutting anything, make sure the object doesn’t have any nails in it.
  • Shut off the chainsaw as soon as you are done.
  • Wear tight-fitting clothes that do not hinder movement.
  • If you’re using a fuel chainsaw, always turn it off while refueling.

Perhaps the most difficult challenge a chainsaw poses is the kickback. You are bound to experience it as a beginner. This is why safety wear such as chaps, face shields and helmets are recommended. So before getting one from Cooks Espanola rentals, make sure that you are familiar with all the safety tips.

For more safety tips, check out this blog.