You have checked that your working area is safe. Now you can get going with your saw! For each of the following steps, please observe the safety precautions, including those given in your Instruction Manual.
Step 1 of 15: Before starting your chainsaw, the chain brake should be activated by pushing it forward (see picture).
Step 2 of 15: Always remove the bar cover before starting your chainsaw.
Step 3 of 15: If your chainsaw is fitted with a decompression valve, press it now. It assists with firing the engine and starting your chainsaw.
Step 4 of 15: If your chainsaw has a primer bulb, press it several times. This assists with starting and reduces the number of pulls needed to start.
Step 5 of 15: Setting the master control lever to Choke / Cold start. First press the throttle trigger lockout and the throttle trigger. Then press the master control lever all the way down.
Step 6 of 15: To start the chainsaw, lay it on a flat surface. The cutting attachment must not be in contact with the ground to avoid blunting it when starting and putting yourself unnecessarily at risk.
Step 7 of 15: Leaving the chainsaw on the ground, place your left hand on the handlebar and your right hand on the starter rope. Push your right toecap into the rear handle to stabilize the chainsaw.
Step 8 of 15: Slowly pull the starter rope with your right hand until you feel resistance. Then pull the starter rope hard several times until the engine fires briefly. Pull it upward, keeping it as vertical as you can, without allowing the rope to chafe against the fan housing.
Step 9 of 15: The engine fires only briefly and dies again immediately. Move the Master Control lever up one notch (to the half throttle position) to open the choke.
Step 10 of 15: Pull the starter rope again until the engine fires again.
Step 11 of 15: As soon as the engine has fired and is running, touch the throttle trigger briefly with your index finger. The master control lever will move back to the normal idle setting.
Step 12 of 15: Then slowly lift up the chainsaw, taking care not to touch the throttle trigger.
Step 13 of 15: Release the chain brake by pulling the chain brake handle toward you with your left hand. Keep hold of the handlebar with your left hand as you do this. When you hear a click sound, this means the chain has been released and can turn on the bar.
Step 14 of 15: Before getting started, check the chain lubrication. Hold up the saw against a light-colored background, such as a tree trunk or a piece of paper on the ground and open the throttle fully. If some chain lubricant appears on the light-colored background, then you can start work.
Step 15 of 15: The saw is now ready for use. For safe working practices please refer to your Instruction Manual.
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