Should you cut up or down with a chainsaw?

Author: Dr. Dedric Kihn IV  |  Last update: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Make a cut directly down from the top and then finish by cutting up from the bottom. The problem is that sometimes the saw gets pinched in the down cut. Another way to handle this is to make an angled cut down to about a third of the log's diameter.

What's the best way to cut with a chainsaw?

With the saw running at full speed, press against the wood with firm, steady pressure. Don't force it. Let the chain do the cutting. Maintain pressure until the end of the cut, then ease up to finish.

Should I push down on chainsaw?

Don't apply pressure when you're cutting.

Keep a steady grip on the chainsaw, but don't push or force the blade or you could cause it to get stuck or kickback. Don't stop cutting until the blade cuts all the way through the wood.

What should you not do with a chainsaw?

Cutting on or near the ground puts you at risk for sinking the bar into the dirt. When learning how to use a chainsaw safely, one of the first things you should do is make sure to make your cuts off the ground. Dirt can dull the blades and damage the chain, which you want to avoid at all costs.

Does hitting dirt dull a chainsaw?

But when you cut close to the ground, you're just begging for a quick dip into dirt, rocks and crud. All it takes is a second in the dirt to dull the cutters. In addition to dulling the cutters, dirt also wears out the chain links faster, causing the chain to stretch. Plus, dirt wears the sprocket at the bar tip.

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Should you run a chainsaw at full throttle?

Every chainsaw model is designed to run conveniently at full throttle without any irregularities. For chainsaw owners who cut down large trees, they are required to run their chainsaws at full throttle to cut down the tree with ease.

Is it easier to cut a tree with a chainsaw when its wet?

It may come as an eye-opener to some. But wet wood is actually much easier to cut than dry wood. With dry wood lacking moisture content, more friction is created as the chainsaw chain comes into contact with the wood fibers. This friction results in the chain slowing down.

What is the hardest wood to cut with chainsaw?

Top 10 Hardest Woods in The World
  • Schinopsis balansae – 4,570 IBF. ...
  • Lignum vitae – 4,500 IBF. ...
  • Piptadenia Macrocarpa – 3,840 IBF. ...
  • Snakewood – 3,800 IBF. ...
  • Brazilian Olivewood – 3,700 IBF. ...
  • Brazilian Ebony – 3,692 IBF. ...
  • Brazilian Walnut – 3,684 IBF. ...
  • African Pearwood – 3,680 IBF.

Why is it so hard to start a chainsaw?

A dirty carburetor, bad gasoline and low-quality two-stroke oil that creates deposits all contribute to chainsaw starting problems.

Can you use a chainsaw without training?

Only use chain saws that you have been trained to use properly and safely. Read the owner's manual carefully. Make sure you understand instructions before attempting to use any chain saw. Review pertinent health and safety legislation before operating a chain saw.

How often should you sharpen a chainsaw?

A chainsaw may only need to be sharpened once a year if it is rarely used, but a tool that is frequently used will need to be sharpened regularly to ensure that the blade doesn't get too dull. On average, a chainsaw blade will retain its sharpness for about 3 hours of actively cutting through wood.

What angle should a chainsaw chain be cut at?

The right sharpening angle depends on the saw chain and the wood that you want to cut. The sharpening angle will generally be between 25° and 35° – the harder the wood, the greater the angle. To maintain the correct angle, we recommend that you use a sharpening grid or a filing gauge as an aid.

Can you cut with the tip of a chainsaw?

How to Avoid Chainsaw Kickback & Rocking the Saw. It's important to use extra caution when cutting with the tip of the guide bar. The upper portion of the tip is called the kickback zone. Because of the way the chain is designed, you can experience dangerous kickback when trying to cut with the tip.

Why does my chainsaw go blunt so quickly?

If your chain dulls quickly, then it could be a couple of things. Check your user's manual to ensure that you are using the right sized file for your chain. Alternatively, you could be applying too much pressure when you file. This will create cutting edges that are too thin and dull quickly.

Why does my chainsaw dies when I turn it sideways?

If your chainsaw shuts down when turned sideways, it is usually because the fuel filter is held away from the fuel, as the position of the chainsaw has changed. The fuel filter must be able to stay in the fuel as the position of the chainsaw is changed.

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