Protect head and hands
Never saw without a helmet with a full-coverage visor and hearing protection. And protect your hands with a pair of strong gloves.
Make sure your boots have a protective toecap, saw protection and a heavy
Use eye protection to avoid injury due to fine dust and debris in the air.
Protective trousers and jacket
You're safest if you have trousers with
saw protection. That way the chain
is stopped quickly and effectively should the saw come into contact with your leg (4a, 4b). Also recommended is a highly-visible, ventilated protective jacket.
If you need to call for help
Ensure you have a First Aid kit easily accessible. And it’s a good idea to carry a mobile phone and a whistle, so you can call for help easily, if something happens.
About the saw
Take your time to get acquainted
with the saw, so you have a good idea
how it works and so you know its most important parts. Especially important
are those that have to do with safety.
On the bottom of the saw is the chain catcher, which catches the chain if it breaks or derails. (6)
On the inside of the rear handle is the throttle control. To prevent accidental throttle advance, when you squeeze the throttle control you must also depress
the throttle lock on the top of the
With the easy-access stop control you
can stop the engine quickly.
If the chain were to break or derail,
your right hand would be protected by
the right-hand guard on the bottom
of the handle.
Kickback is possible during most types
of operations, and is caused by the saw contacting something with the upper part of the bar nose (the kickback zone). In a kickback situation, the saw is forced upward and backward as a result of the rotating chain.
The saw has a chain brake to stop
the chain in the event of a kickback.
The chain brake can be triggered in two ways. One, by the user’s hand pushing
the kickback protection forward, and
two, by the inertial forces that arise
during a kickback.