Before starting your chainsaw, make sure you have your safety gear on and have read the owner's manual. The manual will inform you of any specific safety and operating features.
Always start your chainsaw on the ground (unless you're a professional arborist and hanging from a line).
If you're starting a cold engine:
- Activate the chain brake.
- If the model is equipped with a decompression control – press this.
- Activate the choke. If the saw is equipped with Air Purge/fuel pump, press the bulb a few times until the fuel is visible inside it and thereby enters the carburettor.
- Put your right foot in the rear handle and keep a firm grip on the front handle with your left hand.
- Pull the starter handle with your right hand. Repeat until the engine fires.
- Push the choke (half-throttle) and pull until the saw starts.
- Accelerate so that the engine idles and then release the chain brake.
If you're starting a hot engine:
- It’ll start without the choke.
- Apply half-throttle if the engine is difficult to start. This is accessed by fully activating the choke first then moving the control back.
- Follow the directions above for starting a cold engine. (Disregard choke instructions)