Turning To YouTube
After deciding to take the plunge and purchase a chainsaw, I realized that when it comes to the safe operation of a chainsaw, I was relatively clueless (of course, the truly clueless are those who do not realize that they are in need of knowledge). Anyone can cut a tree down with a chainsaw, it’s not rocket science, but felling a tree safely without endangering life, limb, and property is another matter. In my searching of the interwebs in an effort to acquire clear instruction in how to safely accomplish my mission to fell the trees near my home, I came across many different articles and videos on how to safely operate a chainsaw. All of the major brands had their own videos, as did countless others. Some of the videos were by skilled and knowledgeable individuals, and some videos left me cringing as I wondered if I was watching a snuff film.
Of all the videos I watched on chainsawing, the video series that I found to be the most well done and informative was offered by Husqvarna. Although the other major brands also offer informative videos, the following Husqvarna series succeeded on the strengths and abilities of its instructor, who, for me, presented the material in a clear, concise, and professional manner. I would love to praise this individual by name, but, as of yet, I have not tracked down his identity.
There were three videos in the series that I feel are particularly worthy of your time. The first video is quite short, clocking in at three minutes and twenty-five seconds, and it explains the proper stance and position for safely operating a chainsaw. In addition to demonstrating the proper stance, the instructor also presents the various ergonomic design elements that have been incorporated into the modern chainsaw to make felling a tree easier and more intuitive.