Hand Held Equipment Operation Tips
Chainsaw Starting, Warm Up and Operation:
- Check for proper chain tension. Chain driver links should slightly engage the center of the top of the cutter bar when lifting the top of the chain with a light force.
- Check and fill the fuel tank and bar oil. Ensure that the proper oil mix ratio is being used.
- Ensure that the work area is free of hazards and other people are at a safe distance.
- Place the saw in a safe position to start and ensure that the chain brake is engaged. Never "drop start" a chainsaw! Severe injury or death can occur!
- On saws equipped with a purge primer, press the bulb mutiple times to purge air from fuelsystem and fill carburetor with fuel. If the saw is equipped with a decompression valve, depress it to relieve part of the engine compression to make the engine easier to pull over.
- Squeze the throttle and engage the choke.
- Pull the starter rope a few times until the engine tries to start, "burps."
- At this point, move the choke to part throttle and start the saw.
- Once the saw has started, "bump" the throttle to allow the choke to move to the open position and idle to drop to "normal speed". Never allow the engine to run at fast idle with the chain brake on as this will cause permanent damage to the clutch and brake mechanism due to overheating.
- Rev the engine to part throttle a couple times for a few seconds each to help purge any remaining air from the fuel system. Never run a chainsaw at full throttle without a load for more than a few seconds.
- Move into position and begin cutting. Allow the saw to do the work. Only light pressure should be applied to the saw. Do not "force" the saw into the wood.
- Monitor the chips created by the saw. a properly sharpened chain should create "large chips" not sawdust. Sharpen or change the saw chain periodically as necessary.
- When finished cutting. Move the master control lever to the off position and engage the chain brake.
Trimmer and Blower Starting, Warm Up and Operation:
- Check and fill the fuel tank. Ensure the proper ratio of fuel mix is being used.
- Move the choke to the fully closed position.
- Depress the purge primer bulb multiple times to remove air from the fuel system and fill carburetor with fuel.
- Pull the starter rope a few times, until the engine tries to start "burps"
- Move the choke to the off position and continue pulling the rope until the unit starts.
- Rev the engine to part throttle a couple times for a few seconds to help purge remaining air from fuel system.
- When done trimming, move the on/off switch to the off position. On units with a self resetting switch, it may be necessary to hold the switch in the off position until the unit stops.