Chainsaws

How to Prevent Chainsaw Kickback: What Is It and What to Do About It?

In 1999, there were over 28,000 chainsaw injuries reported around the United States. And while this number is extremely high for the 90s, we can only imagine that it probably increased even more 20 years later.  

One of the main causes of chainsaw injuries is chainsaw kickback. Many users are unaware or misinformed of how to properly use a chainsaw, let alone how to prevent kickbacks from occurring.

Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Want to know how to prevent chainsaw kickback? Here’s everything you need to know.

Chainsaw Kickback Defined

Chainsaw kickback is a reaction, usually unexpected, that causes the chainsaw to ricochet from the object being cut towards the user. Whether you’re a new chainsaw user or have been using one for a while, chainsaw kickback is extremely dangerous and can cause severe injuries.

The Kinds of Kickback

There are two kinds of chainsaw kickback that you should be aware of.

  • Linear kickback is going to be a backward reaction from the saw that usually occurs when the chain is nipped by the object being cut.
  • Rotational kickback is a reaction that usually occurs when the point of the guide bar taps the object being cut and jumps back towards the user.

Both kinds of kickbacks are equally as dangerous no matter what kind of chainsaw you are using. Because a chainsaw functions at high speeds of hundreds of miles per hour, it can cause severe and fatal injuries.

How To Avoid Chainsaw Kickback

When used correctly, chainsaws can be one of the vital tools to increase productivity in your business. Here are some tips on how you can avoid chainsaw kick back.

  • Use more than one hand! Getting a firm grip on your chainsaw will help you gain better control for when chainsaw kickback occurs
  • As stated earlier, both kickbacks are a reaction to a blockage encountered when cutting. Before using your chainsaw, be sure that the object being cut is free from all obstacles
  • Be attentive. Don’t operate a chainsaw when impaired
  • Use the chain brake when needed. Before you begin, make sure that your chain brake is functioning correctly
  • Wear safety equipment including a chainsaw safety helmet
  • Use your shoulder as the standard. Never cut an object that is above your shoulder blade
  • At higher blade speeds, your chainsaw is less likely to kickback
  • While cutting, make sure that the nose bar doesn’t make contact with anything in order to avoid it ricocheting¬†

Prevent Chainsaw Kickback And More!

Whether you’re looking to prevent chainsaw kickback or simply want to learn how this kind of equipment can increase productivity in your business, we’re here to help. We started our platform with people like you in mind; those wanting to know more about chainsaws and other related products.

Looking to take on a project that is going to involve a chainsaw? Feel free to check out our Safety Gear section before beginning so that you’re fully equipped with the necessary tools to keep you safe.

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