Don’t Forget to Recheck Chain Tension
Before starting, check the chain tension. Recheck it after every hour or so of use, and adjust it if necessary. New chains stretch and need to be checked after 20 minutes of use. Loose chains can fly off the bar, causing serious injury. A loose chain also damages the drivers BAR on the chain and prevents them from fitting back into the bar groove. Check out our chain saw reviews.
Don’t DIY Around Power Lines or Near Structures
If there’s even a small risk that you won’t be able to fell a tree away from power lines or structures around your house, it’s not worth it to DIY. Hire a pro.
Don’t Cut in the Kickback Zone
This spot, called the kickback zone, is the top half of the bar’s tip. If the kickback zone comes in with something while the chain is moving, the saw will kick up and back toward you. That’s why modern chain saws are equipped with a chain brake designed to stop the chain if a kickback occurs.