How to Cut with a Chainsaw

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Learn the do's and don'ts of cutting with a chainsaw in this free educational video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Use & Maintain a Chainsaw
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Today we are going to talk about how to use and maintain a chainsaw. When you are cutting, you may have heard the term kickback. That is when the chainsaw kicks back, fly up, cut you in the head, whatever. It is usually caused by trying to cut with the tip of the chainsaw. Like this, when you try to cut in like that, it could flip action. Never cut that way. If you are going to be cutting a log like this, always come in a lot closer like this. Always have both hands on the chainsaw at all times when you are cutting. Never one handed, always two hands and a firm grip. But you don't want any time when you are cutting to have this lined up with your head in case it does kickback because you could be cutting this and hit something on the tip up above. So I always want you to have it to the side when you are cutting and I want you to be envisioning when you are cutting that, the saw can fly this way or that way. I don't want a leg in the way for this way. Even if you have your chaps on, we just want to avoid it. Just assume that either it is going to kick or the chain is going to come flying off in this plane. So whenever you are cutting, we don't want this plane of the saw to be anywhere any body parts are. So when you are cutting, keep that in mind and make sure you know where that tip is at all times. You know, you are going to be cutting a log like this and hit something with the tip elsewhere. Also as you are cutting, never hit the ground. You should never be cutting a single piece of log anyway because a whole log could move on you. It is just very dangerous. You should have at least a 4 ft. one and it should be secured. Be careful and have fun.

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