Preventing Injuries When Using a Chain Saw

Chain saws are popular equipment rentals for a wide range of purposes, from gardening to construction. However, they are powerful tools that can cause injury if not used properly. If you are new to operating a chain saw and include one when you rent garden equipment or other tools, it’s important to take the time to learn about safe operation before you start using it. These steps will help you get the most out of your chain saw rental without injury.

Wear the Appropriate Safety Gear

As with many pieces of equipment, the right safety gear is the key to reducing the risk of injury when operating a chain saw. Wear logging boots and chain saw chaps, which protect your legs from the saw if you come close to them, a helmet, and safety goggles. Gloves that protect your hands are also important. Many people opt to wear ear protection as well when operating a chain saw to protect themselves from extended exposure to the loud motor.

Inspect the Saw

Before you start using the chain saw, inspect it for signs of damage. Don’t use the saw if you see leaking fuel or lubricants or if any of the pieces appear to be missing or loose. Make sure the air filter is clean and that the starter rope is not hanging loose. Test the chain brake to make sure it stops the chain quickly and smoothly. The saw should be equipped with an undamaged chain catcher and throttle interlock.

Work Slowly

Because of the force of a chain saw, it is easy to lose your balance. Stand with your left leg slightly forward and bend both of your knees to stay stable. As you use the saw, work closely and don’t force it. The saw will do the work without you putting any additional pressure on it, if you allow it to.

A-1 Rental Center offers a variety of saws, including two sizes of chain saws, for all of your projects. Our equipment rentals come with competitive pricing and convenient rental terms, so you can get exactly what you need. Contact our equipment rental company in Redwood City at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

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