How to Reduce the Risk of Kickback
Step 1: Before you use a new chainsaw, be sure to read through the operating instructions in their entirety.
Step 2: Stay alert at all times when using a chainsaw.
If you are tired, it’s not a good time to use a chainsaw.
Step 3: Be particularly cautious when removing tree branches.
Kickback can be caused during limbing if the nose of the bar strikes logs, stumps, hidden branches and the end of logs.
Step 4: When preparing a tree for felling, use the underside of the bar (aka pulling chain).
Never saw above shoulder height. Following these two practices will help reduce the risk of kickback while pruning trees and felling objects (bushes, small trees) blocking your way.
Step 5: If you are using your saw for felling or crosscutting, boring the chainsaw bar into the trunk may be the best way to cut.
The best way to avoid kickback, however, is to avoid putting the tip of the chain saw bar against the wood.
Step 6: Make sure the chain brake on your saw works prior to use.
Step 7: Pay attention to the nose of your chainsaw bar and how it is positioned.
Step 8: Choose low kickback chain saw chains.
When buying saw chain, choose the suitable for your needs which has the lowest kickback potential.
Step 9: Use narrow-nose bars, such as Oregon Double Guard bars, to ensure maximum kickback safety.