Chainsaws are susceptible to a very dangerous phenomenon called kickback. This dangerous
and violent reaction can occur when the moving chain at the nose or tip of the saw's guide bar touches an
object. During a cut, kickback can also occur if the saw chain is pinched in the cut of the wood.
Kickback is a lightning-fast reverse reaction that can
kick the guide bar up and back towards the operator. Injuries can happen
from the saw lunging back at the operator or, in turn, by the operator's
resulting lack of control. Either way, serious injury can result from kickback
so you should cut in such a way as to minimize the possibility of losing
control of the saw from a kickback situation.
The top of the tip of the chainsaw guide bar is referred to as the "Kickback Danger
Zone". Care should be taken to avoid contacting any objects with that area of the chainsaw. This includes
trees, logs, fencing, rocks, or the ground.
To help reduce the risk of kickback, your chainsaw is
likely equipped with a number of safety and anti-kickback features such
as a bar tip guard, chain brake, front hand guard, and a low-kickback saw
chain. The only way you can benefit from these and other safety features
is by making sure that your chainsaw is properly assembled and maintained
Chainsaws that conform to the latest anti-kickback standards
(ANSI B 175-1991) are labeled as such. Saws that have been put into service
prior to 1995 must be equipped with a protective device to minimize the
chance of kickback. In some cases, a retrofit may be required to bring your
saw into compliance.
For more information on how you can avoid or reduce the
chance of kickback with your saw, please stop in or call us at Bob's
Power Center. We can help you make the best choice when it comes to
picking out the proper saw, chain, and accessories.
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