Chainsaw Troubleshooting – The Basics

A chainsaw is a great tool for home improvement and maintenance purposes. While there are no known deaths from mishandling a chainsaw, there have been many deaths related to the misuse of the chainsaw. There are three basic causes of accidents and fatalities associated with the use of the chainsaw.


The most common cause of fatal accidents and fatalities is “chain shock.” Chain shock occurs when a human operator uses the chainsaw incorrectly. A chainsaw is a powerful tool and can produce a lot of damage. The wrong way to use the chainsaw can cause injury or death.

The power of the chainsaw depends on the operator’s experience. If you are inexperienced and do not understand the proper use of the chainsaw, you may try to cut into a tree with it that will cause the chainsaw to fire up, putting more force on the blade of the saw.

If the tree is very thick, or has sharp edges, it could cause the saw to jam or spin out of control. If the chain saw is spinning while you are cutting, the right way to stop the chain is to grasp the chain in the right place to bring it around the operator, instead of pulling back on the chain.

When the operation stops, and you hear a snap, instead of pulling back on the chain, pull the operator’s hand away from the saw’s chain. You may find that it is easier to push the operator’s hand toward the saw rather than to hold it still. The operator should move to a safe place that is out of harm’s way. This is very important if the chain was cut by the saw’s blade.

If the operator hangs on to the chain as the saw is cutting, the chain might snag the operator’s leg or arm. The operator must be able to move to a safe area before the saw starts cutting again.

When you need to cut through two or more pieces of lumber at once, such as a shed or fence, it is best to separate the two pieces by hand, rather than getting on the chainsaw. It is also a good idea to work in a safe place, to not be injured. However, if the problem is not in the safety features of the chainsaw, it is best to wait until after you have separated the wood to stop.

One way that the chainsaw can overheat is when the operator reaches for the nail gun, or other similar device. When working with the nail gun, using the “keep-away” technique of holding the front of the machine with one hand and the rear end of the machine with the other, can prevent overheating.

The operators need to know that some kinds of saws require a longer time to start, while others operate better at lower speeds. Just like any other kind of machine, different saws are built differently. They need to be designed to allow the operator to get close to the machine, and operate without causing any problems.

Other mistakes can be caused by improper positioning of the saw. For example, when operating an angle grinder, and it begins to cut the wood, the operator needs to be able to keep their weight off the side where the angle grinder starts cutting, so they do not hurt themselves.

Other examples of where serious injuries can occur include when the operator falls backwards onto the saw. If the operator is leaning forward and then falls back onto the chain, the chain could twist on the saw, putting excessive pressure on the operator.

No matter what the type of chainsaw you own, chainsaw troubleshooting is necessary to prevent injuries or fatalities. Always take caution when operating the chainsaw, and never operate it under any conditions that you are not familiar with. If you have any questions about how to operate the chainsaw, ask a professional.