Chain Saw Guide: Use Safety in the Woods

Use Barnacle Parp's Chain Saw Guide and learn the chain saw safety skills you need to fell small and large trees, and cut wood.



Chain Saw Safety
Whether crosscutting, bucking or checking for the direction of stress, our tips will show you how to use chain saw safety in the woods.
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When crosscutting logs supported on one end, make two cuts in this sequence.
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When crosscutting logs supported at both ends, make two cuts in this sequence.
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When stems, supported at both ends, are thicker than guide bar length, cut in this sequence.
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If cutoff section is likely to settle and bind against the blade, make cuts on an angle so the cut opens up.
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When stems, supported on one end, are thicker than guide bar length, cut in this sequence.
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When a log is supported under, both ends, never allow saw blade to get pinched in the cut by trying to cut through the timber in one pass. Always cut on the compression side first and the tension side last.
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Two hints for crosscutting a felled tree with stem thinner than guide bar length, and supported at both ends.
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To fell big trees with a diameter exceeding twice the bar length, start by carefully making a plunge-cut into the center of the tree, making sure to press nose of bar into the log until the guide bar is into the wood double its width before making the boring cut. Finish with about three fanlike cuts, changing fulcrums as little as possible.
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Plan your escape route well, at a 45 degree angle. Once the tree begins to fall, retreat quickly!
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Left: On a small tree, put the bumper of the saw to the log directly behind the hinge and make a fanlike felling cut. Right: Preferable notching technique when felling on a slope.
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To fell trees with a diameter exceeding the bar length, start with the notch cut, in about 1/3 the tree's diameter. Finish with about three fanlike cuts, changing fulcrums as little as possible.
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The first step in felling a thicker-stemmed tree is to make the directional cut by "pulling chain." Make sure that the angle is greater than 45 degrees. Finish cutting initial wedge out, making sure the lower cut meets the upper one exactly.
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Then change position to finish cut by "pulling chain" again.
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First, place the nose of the bar at an angle to the proposed bore. Second, speed up engine and press the bar nose against the wood, then slowly pivot the engine while continuing to press the bar nose. Never plunge the nose of the bar straight into the wood!
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