How to Start a Chainsaw

This guide will show you how to start a chainsaw and some tips on how to avoid problems.

The 2 starting positions

There are two starting positions for chainsaws: on the ground, or between your legs. On the ground is easier because you don’t have to worry about lifting it up, but it’s more dangerous if something happens with your footing. If you’re working in an area where there are lots of small branches or twigs on the ground, I recommend that position because it’s easier to start.

If you’re working in an area where there aren’t any obstacles on the ground (like a freshly cut lawn), you can use either position. It doesn’t matter which way you put your chainsaw down—it’ll start just as easily in either place as long as it isn’t turned off yet!

On the ground

  • Starting a chainsaw is easiest when it’s on the ground. Put the chainsaw between your legs, holding it by its handle in one hand and grasping the starting cord with the other.
  • Pull up on the cord to start her up! It takes some strength, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work right away; just keep pulling until she sputters to life (which should be about 10 seconds or so). If you don’t have much experience starting a chain saw, start slowly at first—if nothing happens after 20 seconds of pulling, take a breath and try again before giving up entirely.
  • Once she’s fired up, engage her brake by pressing down firmly on that lever underfoot with your foot until you feel it give way; this will prevent kickback (the movement of an activated chain saw toward you) once she’s running full speed ahead! Now turn off choke (the knob located near where fuel enters) so gas can flow freely through carburetor into the combustion chamber without clogging things up again later on down the road.”

Start the chainsaw between your legs

  • Put the chainsaw on the ground, with the cutting edge facing your feet.
  • Put your right hand on the handle and left hand in line with it, making sure that both hands are turned down so that they’re perpendicular to each other (but not touching).
  • Lift up with your right foot and place it firmly on top of the trigger guard, which is located between where you placed your hands earlier (it should be to one side). This will secure a steady grip for the safe operation of the saw.
  • Place your left foot flat against a section of metal at least two inches away from where you put your right foot; this prevents kickback by keeping it stable when cutting into hardwood logs or branches as well as helping prevent injury since bumping into things could cause serious injuries if done incorrectly!

How to start a chainsaw

  • Check that the fuel tank is full.
  • Check that the oil level is correct.
  • Check that the chain is sharp.
  • Make sure that the chain brake is disengaged (set to off). This is especially important if you’re using a two-stroke chainsaw, as these models are more prone to kickback, which occurs when a blade becomes stuck in wood and whips back toward you at high speed—a potentially deadly situation if you’re not prepared for it!
  • If your saw has a tensioner (a device on your bar), make sure it’s adjusted properly; otherwise, your saw might not run smoothly when you start cutting down trees or other large items!

Stabilize the chainsaw

To make sure the chain saw is stable, place it against a solid structure such as a tree or fence. If you’re using your chainsaw in an area that has no trees or fences, use a piece of wood or metal to keep the saw standing upright.

If possible, also keep your feet away from the path where you’ll be cutting wood. You can take precautions by wearing safety shoes that have rubber soles and non-skid treads. These will protect you from slipping on wet grass or muddy soil when working outdoors; however, if you’re using a portable generator indoors (which we recommend), it’s vital that all persons stay clear of this area while operating power equipment inside any enclosed space such as a garage or shed because there may not be adequate ventilation for exhaust fumes to escape through open windows or doors.”

Engage the break

To engage the chain brake, you’ll need to push the bar forward. This will disengage it from the sprocket and keep it from moving so that when you pull back on it (as we’ll do next), there will be no tension on your saw.

To disengage or de-engage your chain brake, simply pull back on it until there is no tension and then let go of it.

The other way to activate and deactivate your chain brake is through a lever located near where the front handle meets with the body of your chainsaw; this lever should be on both sides if possible for easier access.

Turn the chainsaw on and open up the choke

Now that you’ve got your chainsaw plugged in and started, it’s time to turn on the choke.

The choke functions as an air filter for your engine, helping prevent the saw from stalling. If the chain brake is engaged (meaning it’s “on”), you won’t be able to engage the idle speed because doing so will cut off power to the motor—but don’t worry, we’ll get there soon enough.

Once you’ve turned on both switches at once and let them run for a few seconds while priming fuel into your tank and pulling the cord a few times (not too fast), close off one of those switches so that only one switch is turned on at a time during startup. This prevents overheating damage or other problems caused by working with two powered-on switches at once.

Letting your chainsaw idle means letting it run without cutting anything yet–in other words: no action! At this point, you should disengage (turn off) any safety features like automatic chain brakes or hand guards; they’re not going to do much good now anyway since nobody has actually tried out their new toy yet anyway…

Prime the fuel

The first step toward starting a chainsaw is to confirm that all of the fuel components are in good working order. Check the fuel tank, check the fuel line and filter, and make sure that any other components related to getting fuel from your machine’s reservoir into its engine are in working order. This includes checking the pump itself, as well as any filters, present between where you’d normally put gas (in this case, a tank) and where it gets pumped into an engine (the carburetor).

Pull the starting cord a few times

Before you start the chainsaw, it’s important to pull the starting cord a few times. If you don’t, there’s a chance that your chainsaw will fail to start because of a lack of lubrication on the bar or sprocket.

To properly pull in order to get that extra bit of lubrication onto those parts, keep going until you feel some resistance and then continue pulling for another 10 times or so.

Close the choke

The choke is a throttle control for your engine. When you pull it out, it lets more air into the cylinder and makes the engine run faster. But if you don’t have enough fuel, then it won’t work very well. So when you’re starting your chainsaw, start with the choke in at first and then adjust it later.

When starting a chainsaw (or any kind of gas-powered machine), there will be an initial period where things are running on fumes before they get going properly. It may take some time for everything to kick in and for the machine to start working properly! You’ll know what I mean when this happens: The motor runs roughly and doesn’t seem like it’s getting its power from anything but pure determination alone..

Let the chainsaw idle

While you’re waiting for the chain to warm up, let your chainsaw idle for a minute or two. This will ensure that it is not only warm when you’re ready to start cutting, but also that it will run smoothly and efficiently.

Close the choke

The choke should be closed before you start your chainsaw; this restriction of airflow helps to warm up the engine and make it easier for it to start. When you close the choke, a small lever on top of the carburetor will change from horizontal to vertical.

When you’re ready to cut wood, open the choke by turning that little knob again; this lets more air into the engine, allowing it to run more smoothly and efficiently while cutting through thick logs or brush.

Disengage the chain brake

To disengage the chain brake, you need to loosen up the tension on the chain. This can be done by either turning a screw or moving a lever on your saw. The way that each saw is designed is different and they often have their own specific names for these controls, but most will simply be labeled “brake” or “chain brake” somewhere in their manual.

If you’re not sure if your saw has one of these controls, try looking online for instructions that match yours exactly before proceeding further with this step. Once you’ve found it, read over how to disengage it carefully and make sure all of your safety precautions are in place before doing anything else (including blocking off access to any part of an open fuel tank).

Also, check that there isn’t any debris stuck anywhere near where this control moves—this could prevent it from functioning properly when trying out different settings throughout this process!

Lift up the chainsaw

Here are some key points to remember when lifting the chainsaw:

  • Hold the chainsaw with both hands. Use your dominant hand to hold onto the front handle and your non-dominant hand to hold onto the rear handle.
  • Lift it up and over your head. Bend at your knees, then lift up and over your head so that your arms form an “L” shape as they wrap around or under the chainsaw body.
  • Bring it down to your side while still holding it with both hands, but keep it close enough that if you were to let go of one of them, it would drop right back into place on its own without getting stuck in between anything else in addition with not having any injuries occur during this process either! This should be done slowly so there won’t be any accidents happening during this step that may cause injury such as slipping due to lack of traction.

Starting a hot engine

Starting a hot engine

When starting your chainsaw, you want to be sure the engine is cold. First, turn the choke off and ensure that the throttle is opened up as far as it will go. Then, use an inertia function to kick-start the engine: with both hands on the handles of your saw, pull back on one handle while pushing forward on the other. Repeat this process until you feel resistance from compression in your chain brake system. Lastly, if everything checks out okay and there are no obvious issues with lubrication or tensioning of your chain then you can start cutting down trees!

Inertia function inspection

  • Start the engine, and rotate it by hand in the direction of rotation to check if there is any abnormal noise or abnormal vibration during rotation.
  • Check whether the inertia function is working normally after starting the engine and then rotating it by hand in a state where it is not connected with a load. If no abnormal sounds are heard and no abnormal vibrations are felt during rotation while rotating at a high speed, then you can consider that your machine has an inertia function that works normally! If you do not feel that your machine has this kind of inertia function, it’s best to go back home immediately because this means that there is something wrong with your tool!

Chain lubrication inspection

Check the chain for wear. If the chain is not worn out, you can continue to use it. If it is worn out, replace it with a new one.

Check the tension of the chain. The tension should be equal on all sides of each link in order for your chainsaw to work efficiently and safely.

Inspect your saw’s oil level and add some if needed—but only after checking that your saw has an oil reservoir and that you’ve put in a fresh filter cartridge (if applicable).

Look at your bar or blade; if there’s rust on any part of it or if there’s debris stuck between links, wipe off as much as possible before continuing with this step!


With these steps, you should be able to start your chainsaw and get it running smoothly. You might need to do some trial-and-error before you get everything right, but these tips will help guide you through the process in no time at all!

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