What`s The Big Deal About Kickback?

What's The Big Deal About Kickback?
Kickback is one of the greatest saw hazards. It occurs when a force throws the saw
rapidly and sometimes uncontrollably towards you. It is a very violent and sudden motion
which can severely or fatally injure you. There are several causes:
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an abrupt change in wood character -- hitting a knot or a nail
striking a nearby limb with the tip of the moving chain while cutting
running the chain too slowly
twisting the saw in your cut so the chain grabs
using a dull or loose chain
having a loose grip on the saw or cutting with only one hand
not paying attention
But kickback can be prevented by a few steps and precautions on your part. These DO
NOT PREVENT kickback completely, but they do reduce the possibility of it happening
to you.
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Always hold the saw firmly with both hands and keep the left arm as straight and
stable as possible
Use a saw equipped with a chain brake, anti-kickback chain, or other Antikickback devices.
BUT, do not rely exclusively upon safety devices.
Watch for twigs that can snag the chain -- the area should be free from any
obstructions.
Cut with the lower part of the saw blade-not with the tip or nose.
Maintain a high saw speed when entering, cutting and leaving the wood cut.
Keep the chain sharp.
DO NOT cut above mid chest height -- the saw is too close to your face.
DO NOT cut brush or shrubbery.
The more you understand kickback and what it can do to you and your saw, the better
chance you have of controlling its surprise movement by keeping your balance and
control over the chain saw.
Chain Saw Troubleshooting
If you are having difficulty cutting or the saw is cutting poorly, there are several problems
you should consider:
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the chain is dull
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the chain is improperly sharpened
the chain is installed backwards
the chain is not properly tensioned
the bar and chain are not properly lubricated
the guidebar is damaged
the exhaust ports are dirty
the fuel filter is dirty
the air filter is clogged
the spark plug is fouled
Your chain saw will also give you clues when it is time to sharpen the chain.
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when you notice the chain tends to walk sideways while cutting
when the cut produces fine powder instead of chips
when you find yourself pressing down hard to keep cutting
when you smell burnt wood
when it takes considerably longer to complete cuts made in less time earlier on
the job
As always ~ be safe!
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