Safety Precautions
Safety Precautions
Kickback safety precautions
KICKBACK may occur when the nose or tip of the
guide bar touches an object, or when the wood
closes in and pinches the saw chain in the cut.
• Tip contact can, in some cases, cause a lightning
fast reverse REACTION, kicking the guide bar up
and back towards the operator.
• Pinching the chain along the top of the guide
bar may push the guide bar rapidly back towards
the operator.
• Either of these reactions may cause the operator to
lose control of the saw, resulting in serious personal
Do not rely exclusively on the safety devices built
into your saw. As a user of an electric chain saw, you
should take a few steps to keep your cutting jobs
free from accident or injury.
Do not mount any bow guide on the electric chain
saw. Any electric chain saw equipped with a bow
guide is potentially very dangerous. This electric
chain saw is not designed for use with a bow guide.
The use of a bow guide on an electric chain saw is
more hazardous because of the potential for the bow
guide to come into contact with the cable, causing loss
of control and the likelihood of electric shock.
To contribute to safe operation, your electric chain saw
is equipped with the following important safety devices:
With a basic understanding of kickback, you can
reduce or eliminate the element of surprise.
Sudden surprise contributes to accidents.
Keep a good firm grip on the saw with both hands,
the right hand on the rear handle and the left hand
on the front handle, as long as motor is running.
Use a firm grip with thumbs and fingers encircling
the handles of the electric chain saw. A firm grip will
help you reduce kickback and maintain control of
the saw. Don’t let go of a running chain saw!
Ensure that the area in which you are cutting is
free from obstacles. Do not let the tip of the guide
bar come in contact with logs, branches, or any
other objects while the chain is running.
Cut at high motor speed.
Do not overreach or cut above shoulder height.
Follow chain manufacturer’s sharpening and
maintenance instructions.
Use only replacement bars and chains specified by
the manufacturer, or the equivalent.
• Chain brake
• Power trigger lockout
• Rear hand guard
• Chain catcher
Do not operate your chain saw unless all these safety
devices are properly installed and functioning.
Operating your saw without these safety features
increases the risk of injury to yourself and to others.
Do not use any other combination of chain and guide
bar which is not equivalent to the original equipment.
Failure to follow these instructions may result in serious
A worn or damaged chain og guide bar may break
and cause serious injury or death. Replace entire
chain if it is damaged or broken.
Sharpen and maintain chain according to
manufacturer’s instructions. An incorrectly sharpened
chain increases the chain’s tendency to kick back.
Kickback safety features
Hand guard designed to reduce the chance of your
left hand coming into contact with the chain if it slips
off the front handle.
The relative position of front and rear handles is
designed to provides better control, balance, and
resistance to kickback
Chain brake designed to stop the chain if activated
while chain is running.
Reduced-Kickback Guide Bar, designed with a small
radius tip which reduces the size of the kickback
A Reduced Kickback Guide Bar is a bar which has
been demonstrated to significantly reduce the
force and incidence of kickback when tested
in accordance with UL 1662, Safety Standards
for Electric Chain Saws.
Low-Kickback Chain designed with a contoured
depth gauge and guard link which deflect the
kickback force and allow wood to gradually ride into
the cutter. Low-Kickback Saw Chain is chain which
has met the kickback performance requirements of
ANSI B 175.1.
Safety precautions for electric chain saw users
Safety Precautions
Other Safety Precautions
16. When transporting your electric chain saw, use the
appropriate guide bar scabbard.
17. Cut wood only. Do not cut metal, plastics, masonry,
non-wood building materials, etc.
Do not use your saw to pry or shove away limbs,
roots, or other objects.
18. Do not force the saw through a cut. Exert light
pressure only. Pressure on the saw at the end of a
cut could cause loss of control when the cut is
19. Unplug the power connection when the saw is not
in use.
20. Do not make any adjustment to your electric chain
saw without disconnecting the power supply.
Also disconnect power cable when saw is being
carried any distance or is not in use.
21. Connect electric chain saw to AC power supply of
the correct voltage. Ensure that power supply rating
conforms to the specifications on the nameplate of
the tool.
22. Make sure your extension cord is in good condition.
The cable should be of an approved outdoor type
and should be heavy enough to carry the current
your tool will draw. An undersized cable will cause
voltage drop, power loss and overheating.
The wire gauge should not be less than
14 AWG / 2 x 2.0 mm2. A ground fault protector is
23. Keep the cable clear of the chain and operator at all
times. NEVER carry the electric chain saw by its
power cable.
24. Defective power trigger and/or power trigger
lockout. DO NOT use the chain saw if these
parts are defective and do not turn the chain saw ON.
Contact your Authorized Service Dealer.
25. Unplug saw before servicing or changing
26. Your electric chain saw is double-insulated to help
protect against electric shock.
27. Have all service on your electric chain saw
(other than the operations described in the
maintenance section of this manual) performed
by an Authorized Service Dealer.
28. Ensure that all hand tools are removed fromthe saw
before connecting the saw to the power supply.
29. Store the saw unplugged in a dry place out of
reach of children and with the appropriate guide bar
scabbard mounted.
30. When servicing, always use Husqvarna original
spare parts.
31. Maintain chain saw with care. Keep tools sharp and
clean for better and safer performance.
Do not operate an electric chain saw with one hand!
Doing so may result in serious injury to the operator,
helpers or onlookers. An electric chain saw is intended
for two-handed operation.
Stay alert. Watch what you are doing. Use common
sense. Do not operate chain saw when you are
tired. Keep all parts of the body away from the saw
chain when motor is running. Before starting the
saw, ensure that the saw chain is not touching
Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or
jewelry. They can get caught in moving parts.
Rubber gloves and non-skid footwear are
recommended when working outdoors.
Wearprotective hair covering to contain long hair.
Use safety goggles, safety footwear,
snug-fitting clothing, protective gloves, hearing
protection and head protection .
Do not allow other persons to be close to the
chain saw when cutting or when chain is in motion.
Keep bystanders, children and animals ou of the
work area. Do not let unauthorized persons handle
chain saw or extension cord.
Do not start cutting until you have a clear work area,
secure footing, and a planned retreat from the
falling tree.
Avoid body contact with the chain any time the saw
is plugged into a power source.
Before starting the motor, ensure that the chain is
not in contact with anything.
Carry the chain saw with the motor stopped,
the finger OFF the power trigger, and the guide bar
to the rear and away from yourself.
Do not operate an electric chain saw that is
damaged or not completely and securely
Release the power trigger and make sure the
chain is stopped before setting the chain saw down.
Use extreme caution when cutting brush and
saplings. Slender material may catch the chain and
whip toward you or pull you off balance.
When cutting a limb under tension, be alert
for a sudden springback when the branch parts.
Keep the handles dry, clean and free of oil.
Give some thought to the environment of the work
area. Keep work area well lit. Do not expose your
electric chain saw to rain. Do not use this or any
other electric power tool in damp or wet locations.
Don’t use electric power tools in close proximity to
flammable liquids or gases.
Do not operate chain saw in a tree unless you have
received specialized training.
Do not operate chain saw above shoulder height.
Safety Precautions
Double insulation
Your electric chain saw is double-insulated for
enhanced protection against electric shock.
A double-insulated tool is designed with two
separate«layers» of electrical insulation, or one
double thickness of insulation between the operator
and the tool’s conducting parts.
Tools that are double-insulated do not use a
grounded (three-pronged) plug. You can plug your
saw into any conventional 120 Volt electrical outlet.
We recommend using a ground fault protector as an
extra safety measure whenever you use your
electric chain saw or any similar power tool.
Safety precautions must be observed when
operating any electric tool. Double insulation
provides added protection only against the result of
an electrical insulation failure inside the saw.
Power supply and extention cable
Power supply.
Use only an AC voltage supply conforming to the
specification on the name plate of the saw.
Vibrations from the prolonged use of hand tools may
cause damage to blood vessel or nerves in the
fingers, hands, and wrists of people prone to
circulation disorders or abnormal swellings.
Prolonged use in cold weather has been linked to
blood vessel damage in otherwise healthy people.
If symptoms occur such as numbness, pain, loss of
strength, change in skin color or texture, or loss of
feeling in the fingers, hands or wrists, discontinue
the use of this tool and seek medical attention.
Users who operate power tools on a continual and
regular basis must keep a close eye on their physical
condition and the condition of the tool.
All electrical repairs to this saw, including housing,
trigger, motor, etc., must be diagnosed and performed
by an Authorized Service Dealer. Operations performed
by untrained persons may lead to the failure of the
double insulation and result in serious injury.
Important considerations.
Secure the tool cable to the extention cord by
making a knot to prevent disconnection.
Do not abuse cables. Never carry the saw by the
power cable or disconnect it by yanking on the
cable. Keep tool cable and extention cord away from
heat, oil, and sharp edges.
Avoid entanglement. Keep cables clear of
operator, saw chain, and branches at all times.
Inspect electric chain saw and extention cables
before each use. Do not use a unit with a damaged
cable. Take the unit to your Authorized Service
Dealer for repairs.
Guard against electric shock. Avoid body contact
with any grounded conductor, such as metal pipes
or wire fences.
Examine the work area. Keep work area well lit.
Do not expose an electric chain saw to rain.
Do not use this or any other electric power tool in
damp or wet locations. Do not use electric power
tools near flammable liquids or gasses.
Extension cable.
The extension cable used to reach the power source
must be :
Specifically marked as suitable for outdoor use.
The W-A marking must be visible on the cable.
Heavy enough (see table) to carry the current
the full length of the cable.
If this conditions is not observed, loss of power
and overheating may damage the cable and the
If you experience any discomfort in your fingers,
hands, wrists or arms, you should discontinue any
work with ALL VIBRATING TOOLS and see your
doctor for medical advice.
Length of cable (ft.)
Wire gauge
To reduce the risk of electric shock, this equipment
has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the
other). This plug will fit only one way in a polarized
outlet. If the plug does not fit properly in the outlet,
reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a
qualified electrican to install the proper outlet.
Do not change the plug in any way.
Cable longer then 50 feet in length is not recommended.
In good condition. Cord insulation must be intact,
with no cracks or deterioration. Plug connectors
must be undamaged.
Safety Precautions for Electric Tools
General Safety
General Safety Precautions
Perform safety check before starting each day.
An electric chain saw is designed to cut wood, and
can be dangerous. Careless or improper use can
cause serious or even fatal injury.
Know the requirements of each job and the terrain
before using an electric chain saw.
It is important that you fully understand the contents of
this manual, and that you allow only competent adults
who understand the instructions in this manual to operate
your electric chain saw. It is your responsibility to make
sure that any people who use your electric chain saw
have read and understood this manual.
Safety is your responsibility.
Read and understand this
manual before operating
your electric chain saw.
If you have any questions,
see your dealer.
Safe ual
Do not modify the equipment for any reason.
Altering the electric chain saw can result in operator
injury or equipment failure.
Never use equipment that is not functioning properly.
If your electric chain saw is not working properly,
have the saw repaired by qualified service personnel.
When using a chain saw, basic safety precaution
should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock and personal injury.
Wear safety equipment
when working.
Never wear loose clothing
or jewelry that could get
caught in moving parts.
This manual is primarily intended for the casual or
occasional operator. These instructions are basic.
It is not possible to cover every situation you may
encounter while using your electric chain saw.
Be careful at all times and avoid situations that may be
too complicated for your experience. If you are unsure of
a cutting situation, call a logging expert before continuing.
We encourage you to seek instruction on the use of
electric chain saw. Your dealer, forestry school or library
can tell you what instructional material and training
courses are available. The better prepared you are, the
better and safer operation you will get from your electric
chain saw.
Common Sense
Your electric chain saw can be a very dangerous tool if
improperly or carelessly used or if improperly equipped
or maintained. The following instructions are basic and
cannot cover all situations you might encounter while
using your electric chain saw. Use common sense and
caution at all times. Avoid situations that may be too
dangerous or complicated for you. If you still feel you do
not understand the dangers of using an electric chain
saw after having read this instructions, you should not
use the saw. Seek personal instruction from people
qualified to instruct you on the use of electric chain
saws. Your dealer can tell about training provided by
local forestry schools. Should you have more questions
about the use of your saw, don’t hesitate to contact your
dealer or us. We will be more than happy to provide you
with any advice that will help you to use your saw in a
better and safer way. New designs and techniques are
introduced continously - designs that will increase your
safety and productivity. Make a point of stopping by your
service dealer to see how the latest designs can
benefit you. It will be worth it. Safe cutting.
Electric Chain Saw Operator
Personal Equipment
Your electric chain saw comes with an Operator’s
Manual containing general information on how to safely
operate your electric chain saw. It also provides specific
information on your particular model.
Read the Operator’s Manual very carefully before
operating the electric chain saw.
We work continually to improve our products, and
engineering changes and improvements are introduced
from time to time. Written notices describing these
changes are sent to our dealers. Make a point of asking
your dealer to show you the latest design.
Your condition
Never operate an electric chain saw when you are tired,
angry, emotionally upset or under the influence of
alcohol, drugs, medications or anyting which could
affect your vision, alertness, coordination or judgement.
Cutting wood can be strenuous - check with your doctor
before undertaking this kind of work.
Under no conditions should the electric chain saw be
modified from its original design without the approval of
the manufacturer. Nonauthorized accessories should
never be used. Nonauthorized modification and/or
accessories can lead to serious injury or death to the
operator or to others.
The noise produced by a
chain saw is loud enough
to cause permanent
hearing impairment after
long or continous periods
of exposure.
Always wear hearing
protection when operating
a chain saw.
Thrown Objects
Proper clothing and equipment (as shown) protect you
from potensial hazards such as lacerations, thrown
objects and hearing impairment.
Always wear:
• hearing protection
• goggles or face shield
• non-slip gloves
• safety pants or chaps
• boots with steel toecaps and non-skid soles
When the motor is running at cutting speed, the saw
chain runs at approximately 30 - 35 mph (14 m/s).
It is capable of throwing objects such as chips and small
pieces of wood with considerable force, and can cause
injury, especially to the eyes.
Always wear safety goggles
or a face shield to minimize
the risk of injury from
thrown objects
Personal safety equipment will not prevent all
accidents, but it may minimize injury in the event of
accident. For your own protection, ask your dealer to
show you the latest safety equipment available, such
as a hard-hat with face shield end ear protectors, and
safety pants or chaps.
Never wear loose-fitting clothing, jewelery, etc., which
could catch on the saw and cause serious injury.
Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair.
Complete Protective Helmet
This consists of a lightweight hard-hat with ear-muffs
and face shield attached. The main advantage is that
everything you need is in one piece of equipment rather
than three. Ear-muffs attached to the hard-hat also help
keep it securely on your head.
The hard-hat is intended to reduce the risk of injuries
from objects that may fall from a tree. Ear-muffs reduce
the risk of hearing impairment from operating noisy
equipment over a prolonged period of time. The face
shield protects the face from small branches and the
eyes from flying dust and chips.
Heavy Duty Gloves
Special gloves are available with the left glove reinforced
to minimize injuries from accidental contact with a
running chain saw.
Protective Pants or Chaps
The material used in modern protective pants consists of
several layers of tough syntetic fabric which reduce the
likelihood of injury in the event of contact with a running
chain saw.
Special work boots with reinforced front and upper sides
are available for loggers. Should you inadvertently hit the
boot with the saw, these protective boots may protect
you from injury.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit approved by the Red Cross or similar
organization should always be carried in case of injury
in the field.
A kit should contain large dressings for lacerations,
splints and slings for fractures, antiseptic and other
optional items for your safety and convenience, such
as insect repellent or a snake bite kit.
We strongly recommend the use of this safety
equipment by all users at all times.
Because safety records demonstrate a clear decrease
in the rate of injury when safety equipment is used,
most professional logging operations now require their
operators to wear these items. Take advantage of their
experience. Your dealer will gladly assist in finding the
right safety equipment for you.
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