Thumb on undersideof
• Keep a good, firm grip on the saw with both
hands when the engine is running and
don't let go. A firm grip will help you reduce
kickback and maintain control of the saw.
Keep the fingers of your left hand encir-
cling and your left thumb under the front
Keep your right hand com-
pletely around the rear handle whether
your are right handed or left handed. Keep
with the elbow
• Position your left hand on the front handle-
bar so it is in a straight line with your right
hand on the rear handle when making
bucking cuts. Never reverse right and left
hand positions for any type of cutting.
• Standwith your weight evenly balancedon
• Stand slightly to the left side of the saw to
keep your body from being in a direct line
with the cutting chain.
• Do not overreach.
You could be drawn or
thrown off balance and lose control of the
• Do not cut above shoulderheight.
It is diffi-
cult to maintain
of saw above
The following features
are included on your saw to help reduce the
hazard of kickback; however, such features
will not totally eliminate this dangerous reac-
tion. As a chain saw user, do not rely only on
You must follow all safety
in this manual to help avoid kickback and
which can result in serious
Guide Bar, designed
with a small radius tip which reduces the
size of the kickback danger zone on the
bar tip. A Reduced-Kickback
has been demonstrated to significantly re-
duce the number and seriousness of kick-
backs when tested
safety requirements for gasoline powered
chain saws as set by ANSI B175.1.
Reduced Kickback Symmetrical Guide Bar
Symmetrical Guide Bar
Large Radius Tip
depth gauge and guard link
force and allow
wood to gradually
ride into the cutter.
Chain has met kickback
on a representative
sample of chain saws
below 3.8 cubic inch displacement
fied in ANSI B175.1.
Contoured Depth Gauge
Force And Allows
Wood To Gradually
Ride Into Cutter
• Front Hand Guard, designed to reduce the
chance of your left hand contacting the
chain if your hand slips offthefront
• Position of front and rear handlebars, de-
signed with distance between handlesand
"in-line" with each other. The spread and
"in-line" position of the hands provided by
this design work together to give balance
in controlling the pivot of
the saw back toward the operator if kick-
• Chain Brake, designedto
stop the chain in
the event of kickback.
WE DO NOT REP-
AND YOU SHOULD
SUME THAT THE CHAIN
IN THE EVENT
Kickback is a lightningfast
tion which throws the bar and rotating chain
back and up toward the operator. Kickback
can be caused by allowing contact of the bar
tip in the danger zone with any hard object.
also be caused by pinchingthe
saw chain alongthetop
action may push the guide bar rapidly back
toward the operator.
Either of these events
may cause you to lose control of the saw
which could result in serious injury or even
death. DO NOT RELY UPON ANY OF THE
DEVICES BUILT INTO YOUR SAW. YOU
SHOULD USE THE SAW PROPERLY AND
TO AVOID KICKBACK.
guide bars and low-kick-
back saw chains reduce the chance and
and are recom-
mended. Your saw has a low kickback chain
and bar as original equipment.
Repairs on a
chain brake should be made by an autho-
rized servicing dealer. Take your unit to the
Husqvarna Servicing Dealer, or to the near-
Husqvarna Service Dealer.