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How to Properly Use and Maintain a Chainsaw

Greenworks Blog Team |

Chainsaws are powerful and versatile tools that can make quick work of cutting and pruning trees and other vegetation. However, they can also be dangerous if not used and maintained properly. In this guide, we'll cover the basics of how to properly use and maintain a chainsaw to help ensure that you can use this tool safely and effectively.

  1. Read the Manual

Before you start using your chainsaw, it's important to read the manual that came with it. This will give you important information about how to operate the saw safely and properly, as well as how to maintain and care for it.

  1. Wear the Right Safety Gear

Wearing the right safety gear is essential when using a chainsaw. This should include eye and ear protection, gloves, steel-toed boots, and a hard hat or helmet. You may also want to wear chaps or other protective clothing to protect your legs from flying debris.

  1. Check the Chainsaw Before Use

Before you start using the chainsaw, take a few minutes to inspect it and make sure that everything is in good working order. Check the chain for any signs of damage or wear, and make sure that it is properly tensioned and lubricated. You should also check the fuel and oil levels, and make sure that the air filter is clean.

  1. Use the Chainsaw Safely

When using a chainsaw, it's important to follow some basic safety rules. Always keep both hands on the saw, and never reach across the chain. Keep the chain guard in place at all times, and never remove it while the saw is in use. When making a cut, make sure that the material is properly supported, and that the saw is stable and secure.

  1. Maintain the Chainsaw Properly

Proper maintenance is essential for keeping your chainsaw in good working order and preventing accidents. This should include regular cleaning, sharpening, and lubrication of the chain, as well as checking and replacing the air filter and spark plug as needed. You should also have the saw serviced by a professional at least once a year.


Using and maintaining a chainsaw properly is essential for ensuring that you can use this powerful tool safely and effectively. By following these basic tips, you can help prevent accidents and keep your chainsaw in good working order for years to come. Remember to always wear the appropriate safety gear, check the chainsaw before use, use the chainsaw safely, and maintain the chainsaw properly. With these tips in mind, you'll be able to make the most of your chainsaw while keeping yourself and those around you safe.