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Hopkirk | 07:25 Sun 29th May 2022 | How it Works
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On a chain saw, does the chain move backwards and forwards or is it a circle like a bicycle chain?

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Like a bike chain, but you wouldn't want to catch your trouser leg in it.
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Thanks. I'll keep my clips on.
Best with chainsaw trousers, they're designed to jam the chain before it cuts your leg off. Chainsaws are very dangerous and should be used very carefully.
Some jobs are best left to professionals - and this is one of them
I would not necessarily agree with that, barry. I bought my first one many years ago because I was visiting my sister when a huge apple tree came down in her garden. I used lopping shears and a bow saw to remove the branches but we could not shift the main trunk at any cost. Nipped to B&Q bought an electric chain saw and I quickly dispatched the trunk into logs. As with any power tool it requires common sense and due care and attention. I did read the instruction book twice before using it.
// I'll keep my clips on. //

......like Terry?

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That's the one.
Good to meet another Viv Stanshall fan.
In the working world you need to have done the course/got the qualification before you use a chainsaw. I you were my husband I wouldn't want you using one by the seat of your pants.
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Chainsaws go round in a clock what direction they also have a chain break which stops the chain in milliseconds as soon as you release the trigger
Chainsaws go round in a clockways direction they also have a chain break which stops the chain in milliseconds as soon as you release the trigger.
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For health and safety reasons I intend to never use a chainsaw, even if the wife encourages me to.
Surely whether they go clockwise or anticlockwise depends on which side you're looking at.
Dustypuss, that is not how the chain brake works. if you release the trigger, the chain will often turn slowly if the tick over is a bit high. The chain brake is attached to the handguard, if the chainsaw were to kick back, the handguard would hit your hand, thus operating the chain break. If you have the chainsaw on tick over and not in use, you can activate the chain brake by pushing the handguard forward until it clicks, this will lock the chain.
I also agree with Barry "Some jobs are best left to professionals - and this is one of them" if you make just one mistake or you misjudge something and the chainsaw kicks back, the chain saw could end up embedded in your face. of if you slip, a chainsaw could amputate a leg in a split second! And believe it or not, the smaller saws can be much worse than the larger ones. Wearing of kevlar clothing is so essential, and that includes kevlar boots!
Ratters is presuming I use a petrol saw. I use an electric saw which stops instantly. The top kickback brake works as Ratters says.
Should your wife be worried?
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She would probably like me to mess around with a chain saw. I'll disappoint her.
The best chainsaw I bought cost me a arm and a leg.

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