Chainsaw Safety Tips
The chainsaw is one of the most common pieces of power equipment used today - once a specialty-tool used
primarily in the timber industries, chainsaws have become an essential item to own for many homeowners.
A marvel of convenience and awesome power, chainsaws have enabled homeowners and landowners to undertake
trimming and clearing tasks that previously were better left to professional cutting services. From
firewood for the woodburner or fireplace to clearing new area for yards to cleaning up after heavy
storms, chainsaws help make light work of cutting trees and branches.
Because of their more aggressive looks and purpose, chainsaws tend to be given more respect overall by
operators than their lawnmower or snowthrower cousins. There is no masking the raw power that chainsaws
possess - a metal chain whirring at tremendous speeds with dozens of cutting teeth doesn't have any of
the disarming qualities of, say, a riding lawnmower.
Unfortunately, though many people are wise enough to handle chainsaws with the proper care, there are
still thousands of injuries each year from inexperienced or unskilled operators using chainsaws in an
unsafe way. The potential for harm exists with all types of power equipment but chainsaws pose a greater
threat than others do simply by the design of the saw itself. The fact that the chainbar and chain are
exposed to the operator during use can lead to some dangerous situations if extreme care is not exercised
before, during, and after making a cut. Add the fact that oftentimes chainsaws are being used in less
than ideal locations and footing conditions, and it's easy to see how accidents can happen.
Bob's Power Center sells and services many chainsaws each year and wants their customers that use
chainsaws to do so safely. To help you understand the importance of proper chainsaw safety techniques;
we've gathered these helpful guidelines. Take your time to read the following tips and be sure to share
them with anyone that you know that uses a chainsaw.
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