S Be extremely aware of situations or obstructions that can cause material to pinch the top of or otherwise stop the chain.
S Do not cut more than one log at a time.
S Do not twist the saw as the bar is withdrawn from an undercut when bucking.
Avoid Pull-- In:
S Always begin cutting with the engine at full speed and the saw housing against wood.
S Use wedges made of plastic or wood.
Never use metal to hold the cut open.
Stand to the left of the saw underside of
Never reverse hand positions
Thumb on underside of
Clear The Working Area
REDUCE THE CHANCE OF
S Recognize that kickback can happen.
With a basic understanding of kickback, you can reduce the element of surprise which contributes to accidents.
S Never let the moving chain contact any object at the tip of the guide bar.
S Keep the working area free from obstructions such as other trees, branches, rocks,
fences, stumps, etc. Eliminate or avoid any obstruction that your saw chain could hit while you are cutting. When cutting a branch, do not let the guide bar contact branch or other objects around it.
S Keep your saw chain sharp and properly tensioned. A loose or dull chain can increase the chance of kickback occurring.
Follow manufacturers chain sharpening and maintenance instructions. Check tension at regular intervals with the engine stopped, never with the engine running.
Make sure the bar nuts are securely tightened after tensioning the chain.
S Keep a good, firm grip on the saw with both hands when the engine is running and dont let go. A firm grip will help you reduce kickback and maintain control of the saw.
Keep the fingers of your left hand encircling and your left thumb under the front handlebar. Keep your right hand completely around the rear handle whether your are right handed or left handed. Keep your left arm straight with the elbow
S Position your left hand on the front handlebar so it is in a straight line with your right hand on the rear handle when making bucking cuts. Never reverse right and left hand positions for any type of cutting.
S Stand with your weight evenly balanced on both feet.
S Stand slightly to the left side of the saw to keep your body from being in a direct line with the cutting chain.
S Do not overreach. You could be drawn or thrown off balance and lose control of the
S Do not cut above shoulder height. It is difficult to maintain control of saw above shoulder height.
KICKBACK SAFETY FEATURES
CHAIN BRAKE AND CKA ANGLE
S Chain Brake, designed to stop the chain in the event of kickback.
The following features are included on your saw to help reduce the hazard of kickback; however, such features will not totally eliminate this danger. As a chain saw user, do not rely only on safety devices. You must follow all safety precautions, instructions, and maintenance in this manual to help avoid kickback and other forces which can result in serious injury.
S Reduced--Kickback Guide Bar, designed with a small radius tip which reduces the size of the kickback danger zone on the bar tip. A Reduced--Kickback Guide Bar has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the number and seriousness of kickbacks when tested in accordance with safety requirements for gasoline powered chain saws as set by ANSI B175.1.
WARNING: WE DO NOT REPRESENT AND YOU SHOULD NOT ASSUME THAT THE CHAIN BRAKE WILL
PROTECT YOU IN THE EVENT OF A KICKBACK. Kickback is a lightning fast action which throws the bar and rotating chain back and up toward the operator. Kickback can be caused by allowing contact of the bar tip in the danger zone with any hard object. Kickback can also be caused by pinching the saw chain along the top of the guide bar. This action may push the guide bar rapidly back toward the operator. Either of these events may cause you to lose control of the saw which could result in serious injury or even death. DO NOT RELY
UPON ANY OF THE DEVICES BUILT INTO
YOUR SAW. YOU SHOULD USE THE SAW
PROPERLY AND CAREFULLY TO AVOID