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Keep the working area free from obstructions
such as other trees, branches, rocks, fences,
stumps, etc. Eliminate or avoid any
obstruction that your saw chain could hit
while you are cutting. When cutting a branch,
do not let the guide bar contact branch or
other objects around it.
Keep your saw chain sharp and properly
tensioned. A loose or dull chain can increase
the chance of kickback occurring. Follow
manufacturer's chain sharpening and
maintenance instructions. Check tension at
regular intervals with the engine stopped,
never with the engine running. Make sure the
bar nuts are securely tightened after
tensioning the chain.
Begin and continue cutting at full speed. If the
chain is moving at a slower speed, there is
greater chance of kickback occurring.
Use wedges made of plastic or wood. Never
use metal to hold the cut open.
Cut one log at a time.
Use extreme caution when re
Do not attempt cuts starting with the tip of the
bar (plunge cuts).
Watch for shifting logs or other forces that
could close a cut and pinch or fall into chain.
Do not twist the saw as the bar is withdrawn
from an undercut when bucking.
Use the reduced-kickback guide bar and low-
kickback chain specified for your saw.
Keep a good, firm grip on
the saw with both hands
when the engine is
running and don't let go.
A firm grip will help you
reduce kickback and
maintain control of the saw.
Keep the fingers of your left hand encircling
and your left thumb under the front
handlebar. Keep your right hand completely
around the rear handle whether you are right
handed or left handed. Keep your left arm
straight with the elbow locked.
Position your left hand on the front handlebar
so it is in a straight line with your right hand
on the rear handle when making bucking
cuts. Never reverse right and left hand
positions for any type of cutting.
Stand with your weight evenly balanced on
Stand slightly to the left side of
the saw to keep your body
from being in a direct
line with the cutting
Do not overreach.
You could be drawn
or thrown off balance
and lose control of
Do not cut above shoulder height. It is difficult
to maintain control of saw above shoulder
KICKBACK SAFETY FEATURES
WARNING: The following features
are included on your saw to help reduce
the hazard of kickback; however, such
features will not totally eliminate this
danger. As a chainsaw user, do not rely
only on safety devices. You must follow
all safety precautions, instructions, and
maintenance in this manual to help
avoid kickback and other forces which
can result in serious injury.
Reduced Kickback Guide Bar
The reduced-kickback guide bar is designed
with a small radius tip which reduces the size of
the kickback danger zone on the bar tip. A
reduced-kickback guide bar has been
demonstrated to significantly reduce the
number and seriousness of kickbacks when
tested in accordance with safety requirements
for gasoline powered chainsaws as set by ANSI
A low-kickback chain is designed with a
contoured depth gauge and guard link which
deflect kickback force and allow wood to
gradually ride into the cutter. Low-kickback
chain has met kickback performance
requirements when tested on a representative
sample of chainsaws below 3.8 cubic inch
displacement specified in ANSI B175.1.
Front Hand Guard
The front hand guard is designed to reduce the
chance of your left hand contacting the chain if
your hand slips off the front handlebar.
The distance and
position of the hands
provided by the front and rear handles work
together to give balance and resistance in
controlling the pivot of the saw back toward the
operator if kickback occurs.
The chain brake is designed to stop the chain
in the event of kickback.
NOTE: We do not represent and you should not
assume that the chain brake will protect you in
the event of a kickback. Do not rely upon any of
the devices built into your saw. You should use
the saw properly and carefully to avoid
Chain brake repairs should only be made by a
Sears or other qualified service dealer.
NOTE: If this saw is to be used for commercial
logging, a chain brake is required and shall not
be removed or otherwise disabled to comply
with Federal OSHA Regulations for