Area of Kick-Back | Chain Saws

Kickback is a common cause of injury associated with chainsaws. Kickback occurs when the chain around the end of the bar contacts a hard object (such as a knothole) or when the teeth of the saw are pinched in the wood. This kicks the saw backward and upward, rapidly, where it can strike you.

To reduce kickback: Do not cut with the upper section of the bar. Insert the saw fully. When cutting, always stand at an angle, with a firm balance on the ground or branch, so that if the saw kicks back, it will avoid your neck and head. Make sure your saw has an anti-kickback device.

  • The top front of the bar is the area prone to kick-back.
  • Always keep this in mind.
  • No other part of the saw will work so hard to get you!


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