How to Start a Chainsaw
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Whether you’re using a gas- or electric-powered chainsaw, getting your chainsaw started is a quick and simple task. This guide will walk you through the steps to ensure you’re comfortable and safe when using your chainsaw.
One of the most important chainsaw safety features is the chain brake, which is a bar located on the saw’s upper handle.
When it is pushed forward by the forces of a kickback, it will stop the chain from rotating around the saw’s guide bar.
Always start your chainsaw with the chain brake engaged.
- Turn the on/off switch to the on position and open the choke, which regulates the air fuel mix to the engine.
- By opening the choke, a richer mix of fuel will be supplied to the engine during starting.
- If your chainsaw has a fuel primer press it several times until fuel can be seen in the bulb. When pressed, the fuel primer creates a vacuum that draws fuel from the tank and into the carburetor.
- With your left hand on the saw’s upper handle and your right foot in the rear handle, pull up on the start cord with your right hand. It should be a smooth, somewhat quick stroke.
- When the engine begins to turn over, push the choke back in halfway and pull again.
- Once the engine starts, squeeze the throttle once to rev up the engine’s idle.
- The throttle can then be revved up a few more times to get more fuel into the engine.
- Don’t over-do it or the engine may stop running.
- Adjust the choke to the run position and when you’re ready to saw, release the chain brake.
- Most electric chainsaws require you to press and hold the safety lock button in order to make the switch trigger operational.
- Then press and hold the trigger switch to start the chainsaw.
- Keep holding onto this trigger switch for continued operation.
Tip: Check you electric chainaw's operation manual for information specific to your model.
Safety: When starting an electric chainsaw, follow the same safety precautions as you would when starting a gas chainsaw.