How to Start a Stihl Chainsaw

Considerations Before Starting Your Chainsaw

  1. Firstly, you need to inspect your machine carefully to ensure that it is in a proper operating condition. Look for any detached parts and make sure that no parts need to be replaced beforehand. Finally, you will need to sharpen and tension the chain, and lubricate the chain if need be.
  2. When all is in order with the saw’s features, you need to fill it with the correct fuel. It is advised you use the oil type recommended for your model. Mixing oils might make your machine clog up.
  3. When the oil is in, put on your safety gear – they include eye, ears, and head protection, You shall need protection gear for your hands and face.
  4. Check that your working area is safe. If you have little ones or pets, ensure that they are well away from the cutting area.

How to Start a Stihl Chainsaw

  • Before you start your Stihl chainsaw, first activate your chain brake. The location of your brakes depend on your model, however most Stihl chainsaw brakes are activated by pushing the brake handle forward.
  • After the brake is activated, it is time to remove the cutting attachment cover.
  • Next, you need to set the master control lever to Cold/ Choke start. Simply press the control lever all the way down
  • Press down on the fuel bulb a few times.

Note: This should be done when you are starting up your device or when you are restarting it again after re-fueling.

  • If your model has a primer bulb, press it a few times – this will help reduce the number of times you pull on your starter rope to start your machine.
  • If your model has a decompression valve, press down on it. This valve helps start the engine, which in turn starts your machine.
  • Now it is time to start the saw. Lay it on a flat surface with the cutting attachment facing away from your body.

Note: To avoid accidents or to avoid blunting your machine, your cutting attachment should never be in contact with the ground.

  • Place your left hand on the handlebar and your right hand on the starter rope, all the while leaving your saw on the ground. For greater stability, push your steel-clad right foot into the rear handle.
  • Begin to pull the rope slowly with your right hand. You shall feel resistance from the machine. When this happens, pull the starter rope vertically up hard several times until the engine comes to life.
  • When the engine dies again, move the master control lever up to open the choke.
  • Pull on the starter rope again and restart the engine
  • Set the master control to idle as soon as the engine starts up
  • Without touching the throttle trigger, slowly lift up your saw from the ground – still facing away from your body
  • With your left hand, keep a strong hold of the handlebar and slowly release the chain brake. This is achieved by pulling the brake handle towards you.
  • Pull the handle backwards until you hear a definite clicking sound. This sound is to inform you that the brakes have been released.
  • Your Stihl chainsaw is now ready.

Also see our guide on how to start a Poulan chainsaw!

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