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Starting a chainsaw is definitely the first major step towards well using it. These pieces of equipment come in diverse forms and shades. Thanks to this diversity, you will similarly have to adopt varying approaches to power yours in readiness for the job. We are here to help you out to know how to start and use a top handle chainsaw properly.
As we have already hinted, the approach you use is determined by the chainsaw you have. The fuel source is by far the most significant determinant. There are three main kinds of chainsaws regarding this. These are the fuel-powered, gas-powered, and the battery-powered, respectively.
How To Start And Use A Top Handle Chainsaw Properly
The fuel-powered chainsaws are those that use gasoline to generate the torque necessary to bring about the cutting mechanism. Follow these steps to operate yours:
- Fill the fuel tank to the brim, ensuring that the ratio is proper as per the manual.
- Mix some 40 parts of gasoline and one-part of two-cycle engine oil separately
- Clean the chain bar and then apply some lubricant.
- Eliminate all dirt and debris from the chain links before setting out.
- Shift the ‘stop’ switch to the ‘on’ position
- Raise the choke lever to its highest position
- Press the primer bulb around 10 times
- Transfer the chainsaw to a very firm surface and anchor it firmly.
- Pull the starter cord around 2 to 3 times to propel the engine.
- Reduce the choke lever to the middle position
- Open the throttle.
- Pull the starter cord again three or four times to get the engine started
- Let the motor warm
- Squeeze the trigger to up the speeds
The gas-powered engines are those that draw their cutting power from the natural gas. They are comparatively easier to start. Follow these steps to actualize the same:
- Put on the safety gears.
- Fill the tank with sufficient levels of gas
- Engage the chain brake to prevent the same from spinning
- Press the decompression valve to relieve the buildup of pressure.
- Pump the primer to eliminate air from the gas line.
- Activate the choke to expedite the heating of the engine
- Place the chainsaw safely on a floor and in a neutral position.
- Now pull the starter rope to prime the engine.
- Repeat the procedure a second time if the engine does not start.
- There you go!
Lastly comes the battery-powered top handle chainsaws. These derive their power from batteries, mainly Lithium-ion that are rechargeable. We mostly use them for remote cutting applications such as distant logging. Follow these steps to go about the issue:
- Insert the battery in the slot provided
- Check the charge levels. (Ideally, this should be 100%.) You may have to recharge it to the brim if it is below this threshold.
- Locate the ‘on/off switch,’
- Power it on
- You are now ready to go!
- Never attempt to engage a chainsaw without foremost understanding how it operates and its operational requirements. These items are ordinarily too dangerous to handle without due care.
- Keep the area wherein you engage the chainsaws well-lit and appropriately ventilated. The latter requirement is handy when engaging the gas- or fuel-powered saws as they are the more dangerous ones.
- Read your own manufacturer’s manual and adhere strictly to the instructions contained. Remember, different saws require unique approaches to handle and engage.
- Regular practice is, by all means, vital to mastering these gadgets. It is only by practicing regularly that you will master the procedures are in use and watch out for any faults that may arise.
It is always a good thing to read your manufacturer’s manual first before setting out to start your chainsaw. The guidelines we have given above are too general to be taken literally. Each make contains some uniqueness that might also require special considerations. You do not want any mix-ups, do you?
Then again, ensure that your ambiance is properly ventilated to ward off any risks of respiratory illnesses more so if the saw in question is powered by fuel. Never forget to keep kids away from you too! You are now good to go.