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ladder, in a tree or where you do not have firm ground to stand on.

Basic cutting technique


WARNING! Never use a chain saw by holding it with one hand. A chain saw is not safely controlled with one hand. Always have a secure, firm grip around the handles with both hands.


Always use a fast cutting speed, i.e. full throttle.

Take great care when you cut with the top edge of the bar, i.e. when cutting from the underside of the object. This is known as cutting on the push stroke.The chain tries to push the chain saw back towards the user. If the saw chain is jamming, the saw may be pushed back at you.

  • Always use full throttle when cutting!

  • Reduce the speed to idle after every cut (running the engine for too long at full throttle without any load, i.e. without any resistance from the chain during cutting, can lead to serious engine damage).

  • Cutting from above = Cutting on the pull stroke.

  • Cutting from below = Cutting on the push stroke.

Cutting on the push stroke increases the risk of kickback. See instructions under the heading How to avoid kickback.


Cutting = General term for cutting through wood. Limbing = Cutting branches off a felled tree.

Splitting = When the object you are cutting breaks off before the cut is complete.

There are five important factors you should consider before making a cut:

Unless the user resists this pushing force there is a risk that the chain saw will move so far backwards that only the kickback zone of the bar is in contact with the tree, which will lead to a kickback.


Make sure the cutting equipment will not jam in the cut.


Make sure the object you are cutting will not split.

Cutting with the bottom edge of the bar, i.e. from the top of the object downwards, is known as cutting on the pull stroke. In this case the chain saw pulls itself towards the tree and the front edge of the chain saw body rests naturally on the trunk when cutting. Cutting on the pull stroke gives the operator better control over the chain saw and the position of the kickback zone.


Make sure the chain will not strike the ground or any other object during or after cutting.


Is there a risk of kickback?

Follow the instructions on sharpening and maintaining your bar and chain. When you replace the bar and chain use only combinations that are recommended by us. See instructions under the headings Cutting equipment and Technical data.


Do the conditions and surrounding terrain affect how safely you can stand and move about?

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