How to Use an Electric Chainsaw? – The Complete Beginners Guide

Chainsaws are powerful and efficient tools that can be used for a variety of tasks. They are used in the logging industry and for personal use as well. There are a few things you should keep in mind when you use this tool for the first time. They are very powerful tools and can do a lot of damage if they are used incorrectly.

How to Use an Electric Chainsaw?
An electric chainsaw is a great tool for anyone who needs to cut through thick branches or even fallen trees. Here are some tips on using an electric chainsaw:
1. Always wear protective gear when you operate electric chainsaws. This includes earplugs, safety glasses, and gloves.
2. Inspect your chainsaw before each use. Make sure that the chain is sharp and that there are no loose parts.
3. When cutting branches, start at the bottom and work your way up. This will prevent the branch from breaking and falling on you.

That is why we’ve prepared a guide on how to use an electric chainsaw. In this guide, we will cover all the things you need to take into consideration when you use the instrument for the first time.

Electric Chainsaw Safety Tips


Safety comes first when using any power tool. The following safety tips should always be followed.

  1. Wear safety glasses and a helmet when working with a chainsaw.
  2. Wear long pants and long sleeves to protect your arms and legs from flying debris. When working with electric chainsaws chaps are important.
  3. Always keep the chain clean. Dirt and other debris can cause an instrument to stop cutting.
  4. Make sure that the electric chainsaw chain is sharp. If it is dull, it will not cut wood easily.
  5. If you are cutting something, make sure to have a firm grip on the saw. If the saw begins to kick, you will want to be able to hang on to it.
  6. Never saw excessively for an extended period of time. Sawing is hard work.
  7. Hold the chainsaw firmly and keep your feet apart.
  8. Stand with legs apart and feet planted firmly on the ground.
  9. Maintain a firm grip with the left hand on the left handle.
  10. Always inspect the chainsaw and the tree before cutting.

How to Use an Electric Chainsaw? – A Step-by-step Guide

Electric chainsaw cuts wood

With all the safety equipment in place, you are ready to get to work. This guide will walk you through the process of cutting a tree with an electric start chainsaw.

Step 1: Clear your work area

Before you can begin cutting, you need to make sure that your work area is clear of debris. That includes anything that could get in the way of you or your saw.

If you are working on a lawn, make sure that the area is clear of toys, garden furniture, or anything else that your chainsaw could kick up.

Step 2: Check the chain tension

Begin by checking the chain. Most heavy-duty electric chainsaws will come with a gauge to let you know how much tension is on the chain.

If you don’t have a gauge, you’ll want to check the chain by pulling it gently. It should be tight enough to make a clicking noise when pulled. If the chain is too loose, it will come off the bar when you are cutting. If it is too tight, it will become damaged.

Step 3: Fill the oil tank

Electric chainsaws use the bar and chain oil, just like gas chainsaws. You’ll need to fill the tank before you begin working. Most electric chainsaws will come with a small plastic container, which you can use to store the oil.

Step 4: Connect the chainsaw to a power source

Before you can turn on the chainsaw, you’ll need to connect the extension cord. Just plug the cord of the chainsaw into an outlet and then plug the other end into your tool.

Step 5: Get the saw running

Once you have the cord connected, you can turn on your electric chainsaw. It will most likely have a safety switch that must be on before the saw starts. Turn the switch to the “on” position.

Make sure that the chain brake is engaged (you should feel slight resistance when you pull the trigger). Turn on the chainsaw and pull the trigger to start the engine.

It’s a good idea to give the motor a few minutes to warm up before proceeding.

Step 6: Start cutting

You’re ready to start cutting. When you’re cutting, make sure you position the tip of the blade directly into the wood. Doing so will help prevent kickbacks.

Start cutting by guiding the saw’s tip along with the wood. Make sure you keep a firm grip on the handle.

Step 7: Turn the saw off and clean it

When you’re finished working, turn the saw off and unplug the extension cord. Use a cleaning brush to wipe off any excess oil and debris from the tool.


Makita electric chainsaw

What are the maintenance requirements for my electric chainsaw?

Make sure the chain and bar oil levels are correct and regularly check and tighten the chain.

How to put the chain back on an electric chainsaw?

Ensure the chainsaw is off and unplugged. Remove the spark plug to prevent an accidental start. Remove the chain from the bar and frame of the saw. Make sure you remember how the chain is attached to the bar. Position the chain around the bar in the same way it was attached when it was on the saw. Push the bar back through the tensioner. Tighten the chain using an adjustable wrench.

How to prevent kickback?

There are several ways to prevent kickbacks. The most important thing to know is that kickback can be prevented by controlling the tip of the chainsaw, not the back of it. This is achieved by using a proper grip and stance.

  • Rotation kickback can be avoided if you don’t touch wood with the tip of your saw.
  • Pull-in kickback can occur if there is something in the wood that you do not want to cut. If the blade hits something hard, it may kick back. When you feel the blade tugging, don’t pull it out. Instead, turn off the instrument immediately.
  • Linear kickback occurs when you pinch the wood between the saw bar and the guide bar or when your saw is set to cut too deeply into the wood.

In addition, you should hold the chainsaw with both hands, make sure your arms are bent at the elbow. Guide the chainsaw to cut the wood smoothly. Don’t push the chainsaw too hard.

The Bottom Line

Well, it’s time to wrap up this article. I hope you find the information provided to be helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please post them below, and I’ll do my best to address them. Thanks for reading.

Ronnie Collins

Ronnie Collins

I’m Ronnie Collins. I’ve been passionate about gardening and woodworking all my life and even earned an MS degree in Botany from the University of Maryland. I’ve been working at a gardening company for a while, so I know the ropes about a whole lot of dedicated equipment such as the table saw, track saw, lawnmowers, chainsaws, garden hoses, and much more.

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