Chainsaws info articles

This section will develop into a compendium of technical information on this topic - please let us know if you have information to contribute, and we will acknowledge you.

Do you need a chainsaw?

First, work out if you need a chainsaw at all.  Read more …

Buying a chainsaw

Make sure you buy at least a semi-professional model as opposed to an ‘occasional-user’ cheap one, which would undboubtedly turn out to be false economy. Read more …

Chainsaw safety

A chainsaw is one of the most dangerous things you can buy. They can kick and move towards you – unlike other mechanical saws that stay in one place Read more …

Training & certification

You don’t need special training or certification if you’re using a chainsaw on your own land but you do if you’re using it anywhere else. Read more …

Insurance

If someone is going to allow you to use a chainsaw on their land, then you need a certificate and they need public liability insurance, because on their land, they have a duty of care for you (even if they’re not employing you). Read more …

Fuel & lubrication

Chainsaw fuel is a mixture of petrol and oil. The oil is good quality two-stroke oil, suitable for chainsaws. Read more …

Using & looking after your chainsaw

This guide can’t (and shouldn’t) explain how to use a chainsaw. If you don’t know, then you have to get training of some sort. Read more …

Repair & maintenance videos – Stihl 026 model

Thanks to Andy Reynolds for vids.  Read more …

Repair & maintenance videos – Stihl 023 model

Thanks to Andy Reynolds for vids.  Read more …

Repair & maintenance videos – Stihl 017/018 model

Thanks to Andy Reynolds for vids.  Read more …

Repair & maintenance videos – Husqvarna models

Thanks to Andy Reynolds for vids.  Read more …

Other videos – maintenance, felling trees, protective clothing etc.

Thanks to Andy Reynolds for vids. Read more …

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