Chainsaw start - a short guide


The use of the chainsaw must be learned, and in handling a lot to be considered. How to properly start a chainsaw, and what you should always do, read this guide. In addition, which safety measures must always be observed.

Always check before starting

Some things to check before starting the chain saw:

  • enough fuel in the correct mixing ratio in the saw?
  • Filled chain oil?
  • Chain tension in order?
  • Guide rail in order?

Make this short check before every start the best habit. This avoids accidents and damage to the chainsaw, and you can do your work with the chainsaw quickly and without problems.

Possibilities to start

When starting the chainsaw, you have to differentiate between different start types:

  • the cold start from the warm start
  • the ground start
  • the knee-start

Starting a chainsaw is usually the same for all models. If cold starts (ie the engine is cold OR was not in operation for a long time), a ground start should normally be carried out. Warm starts are easy and can also be performed as a knee-start, usually no choke is needed. Always pay attention to possible high temperatures of the catalyst (if present) to avoid injury.

Ground start - step by step

1. Park and prepare the chainsaw

Park the chainsaw on the ground so that it is as level as possible. Carry out the security check explained above.

2. Prepare to start

Press the fuel pump once or twice, if such a pump (rubber bladder) is present. The selector lever must then be set to the "choke" position. Directly from idle, you can only turn on the saw when the engine is already warm.

3. Start

Put the foot into the handle and tighten the starter rope to a noticeable resistance. Then pull hard on the starter rope, as vertically as possible upwards. Mostly several start attempts are necessary. When the engine starts, set to idle position (or half throttle, if present) and finally start the power saw.

Tips & Tricks

If the chainsaw does not start, you should immediately take the appropriate action. Continuous unsuccessful attempts to start damage the chainsaw and lead to high wear. You should avoid this as much as possible.


Video Board: How to Start a Husqvarna Chainsaw