Safe Starting


Forget whatever stunts you've seen where people fire up a chain saw while holding it in one hand. This tool needs to be ­firmly under your control, especially at the start.
  1. Place the saw on the ground and make sure there is nothing touching the bar.
  2. Engage the chain brake. If the engine is cold, pull out the choke completely.
  3. Put your right foot partway through the rear handle and hold the front handle ­firmly with your left hand.
  4. Pull the starter-cord handle with your right hand until the engine starts.
  5. Push in the choke and hit the throttle once so the engine speed drops to idle. Disengage the chain brake only when you're ready to begin sawing.
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