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AGRICULTURAL SAFETY TOPICS – ChAIn SAwS 2 130-011-05-IADO © 2014, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) 1 877 494 WSPS (9777) | 905 614 1400 | Preventive Maintenance Keep saw in good repair. Consult the operator's manual and check for needed maintenance before each use. The operator's manual can be the best source of information for this procedure. Sharpen the saw if: The chain tends to "walk" sideways while cutting. The cut shows fine powder instead of chips. It is necessary to press hard to cut. You smell burnt wood. Good cutting action and a long chain life increase with correct chain tension. If too loose a chain will derail; if too tight a chain will bind. Proper lubrication prolongs the life of the saw and increases safety. Follow these precautions when fueling and starting the chain saw engine. Only refuel the engine when it is cool. Never smoke when working with a power saw. Start by putting one foot on the bracket to the rear of the saw. Grip the top handle of the saw firmly with one hand and use the other to pull the starting rope. Never drop start the saw. Transport a power chain saw in a chain guard or a carrying case. Do not carry the saw in the passenger area of a vehicle. Brace the saw so that it cannot tip. When storing the saw, drain the fuel tank in a safe area, and run the engine at the idle until it stops. Remove the chain and store in oil. Disconnect the spark plug to reduce an accidental starting. Keep out of the reach of children.

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