This article covers the starting and setting up of your petrol chainsaw.

  • Always test the chain brake before using your saw and periodically while on the job.
  • Before starting, to test the chain brake, push it forward until an audible click is heard.
  • The chain brake is disengaged (chain can move by hand) when the brake lever is pulled back and locked.
  • The chain brake is engaged (the chain is locked) when the brake lever is pushed forward. It should not be possible to move the chain by hand.
  • The brake lever should "click" into both positions. If this is not the case, do not use your saw and contact the helpline immediately.
  • Always check that the chain is correctly adjusted before use.

  1. Engage the chain-brake (push it forward until an audible click is heard).
  2. Set the switch to the START position.
  3. Press and release the primer bulb 10 times and ensure that the primer bulb is approximately 3/4 filled with fuel before attempting to start.
  4. Pull the choke control out to engage.
  5. While holding the saw unit securely on the ground, pull the start handle four times (at this point the engine will usually not start).
  6. Push the choke control in to disengage (failure to do so may cause the engine to flood).
  7. Pull the start handle with smooth and continuous pulls no more than five times.
  8.  Allow the saw to run and warm up in this position for 30 seconds.
  9. Disengage the chain brake, by pulling it back.

  • Make sure the cutting blade is pointing away from your body at all times, the chain may rotate upon ignition.
  • When restarting immediately after stopping the engine or when the engine is warm, it will not be necessary to use the choke function.