October 18, 2017 /

STIHL Chainsaw Safety

Keep the right grip

Keep a steady grip on both handles on the saw. Thumbs and fingers must be completely wrapped around the handles. It is very important to hold the thumb of your left hand under the front handle in order to reduce the force of a possible kickback.

The boxer’s stance

Stand with your feet apart. To achieve the best possible balance, put your left foot slightly in front of your right foot.

Mind your back

Spare your back. Do not work with a curved spine. Bend your knees instead when working in low positions.

Hold the saw close

Do not be afraid of the saw. Hold it close to your body for better balance and to make the saw feel lighter. Also, make sure that no one is closer than 3m to 5m of you when working with a chainsaw. During tree felling, a greater safety distance is required


The chain must not be rotating when you are moving to another spot. When moving in several steps, you should activate the chain brake or turn off the engine. When you move a longer distance (eg to and from the felling site) or when transporting the chainsaw, you should fit the guide bar guard.

Beware of kickback

Kickback can occur during most work procedures if the saw is not handled carefully. This is why it is essential to learn and use the correct saw technique. Always use a chainsaw with a working chain brake. Thumbs and fingers must be completely wrapped around the handles. Always keep your left thumb under the front handle to catch the saw in case of kickback. The kickback zone is the upper part of the nose of the guide bar. Applying the guide bar here has a kickback risk. Never saw using the part of the guide bar that poses a significant risk for kickback. In the event of kickback, the chain will grip the timber with the kickback zone first. The saw and blade are thrown back and up by the force of the rotating chain.