How To Start A Sthil Chainsaw Safely
If you want to start your Sthil chainsaw safely, here are the step-by-step instructions on how to do it. Before you try to start the chainsaw, it is important to make sure that you have the right protective gear. This helps ensure maximum safety while you are working. It’s important that your clothing is snug-fitting and sturdy, while providing freedom of movement. It’s never a good idea to wear loose clothes that could catch in scrub or wood.
Protective Gear To Use Before Staring a Chainsaw
- Chainsaw Helmet
- Hearing protection
- Face protection
- Close-fitting attire with cut-retardant inlay.
- Chainsaw Gloves
- Type A & Type C Chainsaw Trousers
- Chainsaw safety boots with a steel toecap, nonslip sole and cut-retardant inlay
Make sure that your work area is safe before you start your Sthil chainsaw. For each of the steps mentioned below, make sure that you follow all the safety precautions, including any that have been mentioned in your chainsaw owner’s manual. Follow these steps:
- Before activating the chainsaw, push forward the chain brake.
- Make it a point to remove the bar cover before you start your chainsaw.
- If the saw has a decompression valve, this is the time to press it. It will help with firing the engine and getting the chainsaw started.
- If there is a primer bulb present, press that multiple times. This can help with starting the saw, and it also reduces the number of pulls required to start it.
- Set the master control lever to the Choke / Cold start position.
- Press the throttle trigger lock-out and then the throttle trigger.
- Press down the master control lever to its maximum position.
Starting The Chainsaw – 12 Basic Steps
To start your chainsaw, first lay it down on any flat surface. Make sure that the cutting attachment isn’t in contact with the ground. This will help avoid putting yourself unnecessarily at risk and will also prevent blunting of the saw. Follow these steps:
- Allow the chainsaw to be on the ground.
- Place your left hand over the handlebar & your right hand on the starter rope. Now push your right toecap firmly into the rear handle; this will stabilise your Sthil chainsaw.
- Next, pull the starter rope slowly with your right hand till the point you feel some resistance.
- Pull the starter rope harder multiple times until the engine starts briefly.
- Keeping it as vertical as possible, pull the rope upward, without letting the rope to chafe anywhere against the tool’s fan housing.
- The chainsaw engine will fire very briefly and will die down immediately.
- Move up the Master Control lever by a notch (this is the half throttle position); it will open the choke.
- Pull out the starter rope once more until the saw engine fires again.
- Once the engine has fired and starts running, briefly touch the throttle with your index finger. At this point, the master control lever will then move back right into its normal idle setting.
- Lift up the chainsaw slowly, making sure that you don’t touch the throttle’s trigger.
- Now use your left hand to pull the chain brake’s handle toward you. This will release the chainsaw brake.
- As you do this, keep hold of the saw’s handlebar using your left hand. Once you hear the click sound, it means that the chain has now been released and it can turn on the bar.
Check Lubrication and Use The Chainsaw
Before you start using the chainsaw, check the chain lubrication. Simply hold up the chain saw against any light-coloured background, like a sheet of paper on the ground or even a tree trunk and then open up the throttle fully.
If you notice any chain lubricant appearing on this background, you can start working. Your chainsaw is now ready for use. It’s always best to refer to your owner’s manual for safe working practices while starting the chainsaw.