How To Start A Chainsaw

Starting a chainsaw might not be the easiest task for beginners. If you are using an old model or substandard type of chainsaw, then turning the gears on will not be that smooth.

Luckily, modern chainsaws have already improved on this aspect. However, it doesn’t mean that you can start this tool in just go. Therefore, it is an essential knowledge to know how to start a chainsaw. In this way, you will no longer waste time on the setup process. The thing that you should be focusing on is cutting!

How To Start A Chainsaw

  1. Before you running your chainsaw, make sure that the chain brakes are already activated. Every brand of chainsaw has different ways of enabling this part. This is the reason why it is important to familiarize components of this machine.
  2. Most chainsaws come with bar cover. This accessory is important for your safety. Moreover, having a bar cover will enable you to transport your chainsaw quickly. Before the operation, make sure to remove the cover to unleash the chain.
  3. If your chainsaw possesses a decompression valve, you should trigger it first. This part aids in the ignition of the engine, which can result to a smooth quick start.
  4. Some chainsaws have a primer bulb. This component effectively reduces the number of pulls you need to start the chainsaw. You will need to press the bulb several times to ensure that it is fully operational.
  5. Afterward, you will need to set the master control lever into cold/choke start. To do this, you need to push the trigger of the throttle and the throttle trigger lockout. When you are done with this, you have to press the master control lever downwards.
  6. The proper position of starting a chainsaw is by laying it on a flat and stable surface. Moreover, you should avoid the bar and chain to have a contact with the ground. If this happens, blunting and kickbacks might happen. It can subject you to a high risk of injury. Therefore, you have to be careful about this process!Aside from that, your body should have a safe distance between the cutting attachments. You will never want the chain to get a hold of you!
  7. When the chainsaw is already in the right position, let your one hand hold the handlebar. You should do this tightly. Meanwhile, your other hand should get a good grip on the starter rope.Meanwhile, you should insert your string toecap in between the rear handle so that you can provide stability while starting the chainsaw.
  8. Unlike the common notion, pulling the starter rope quickly will not do the trick. Instead, you have to pull it gradually until such time you can feel a resistance coming from the chainsaw.After this, pull the starter rope for a couple of times until the engine will start initially. Then, you should pull the rope as upward and as vertical as possible. Moreover, you should do this tightly to prevent the rope from chafing against the housing of the fan.
  9. When the engine starts but dies briefly after, you should leave the position for a while and go to the master control. You should move the lever of the master control of one notch higher to activate the choke.
  10. Go back to your position and pull the starter rope once again in the same manner. This time, the engine should fire continuously.
  11. The moment that the chainsaw starts running use your index finger to hold the trigger of the throttle briefly. This will enable the master control lever to go back to its original idle mode.
  12. Gradually lift the chainsaw up. Make sure that you won’t touch the throttle trigger. Moreover, do not let your body get in contact with the bar and chain!
  13. Hold the chainsaw, with the body against your stomach. This time, you should deactivate the chain brake through pulling its handle towards you. Use your left hand to do this. Keep holding the handlebars until you can hear a clicking sound. That is the signal that indicates that the brake is finally released. This time, you can already start the bar.


Before you start cutting, you should check the lubrication of the chain. To do this, you should hold the chainsaw in any light and visible surface. A piece of paper or a tree trunk can do. Open the throttle of the chainsaw. If you can notice that some chain lubricants are appearing on the background, then it means you can already start working.

Moreover, take the time to read the safety manual of your chainsaw. In this way, you can cut objects with safety and precision! Of course, your safety should never be compromised, especially that you are handling a potentially dangerous tool!