As well as being a useful and effective power tool, a chainsaw is also a potentially dangerous piece of equipment. When you purchase a new chainsaw from us, or any other dealer it is absolutely crucial that safety is at the forefront of your mind, before, during and after use.
If you purchase a chainsaw from us at Briants and are local enough to collect from us we will both assemble and run and test the saw before handing the machine over. In addition a demonstration will be given on the operation of the saw by an experienced member of our staff.
If you live in an area of the UK where it's not practical to get to us to collect in person, then we are able to ship some chainsaw models via a courier. In this instance, the saw will be delivered to you as it is delivered to us by Stihl. That is in a box, requiring the bar and chain to be fitted as well as fuel and chain oil (not supplied unless stated) needing to be added to the saw before use. This should only be done by a competent person who has previous experience of both using and assembling a chainsaw and is confident with garden machinery. Chainsaw courses are available at all experience levels across the UK, so if you have minimal or no experience it is (in our opinion) essential to seek professional training before attempting to assemble and use your new saw. An internet search should be done to find a suitable training service in your area.
Chainsaw safety resources from STIHL
Stihl are one of the worlds leading chainsaw and garden machinery brands, and they provide a some good videos and other information on correct assembly and safe use of their saws. We have listed some of them here, but there may be even more available at https://www.stihl.co.uk/ as well as their youtube channel. We must stress though that although these resources are excellent, they are not an adequate substitue for seeking professional training, and should not be seen as such. Please read the manual supplied with the machine before assembling or using your chainsaw.
1. Chainsaw safety manual from Stihl stihl_chain_saw_safety_manual.pdf
2. Checking the guide bar and saw chain of a chainsaw (MS 241 used in this example)
3. Mounting the bar and chain, tensioning the saw chain (MS 170 used in this example)
4. Mounting the bar and chain, tensioning the saw chain on a 'CBE' saw (MS 180 C-BE used in this example)
5. Starting a chainsaw on the ground. (MS 170 used in this example - starting procedure can vary from model to model. Please consult you manual.)
Protective clothing and equipment
Chainsaw protective clothing and equipment is absolutely essential when using a saw. Using the correct protective equipment can reduce the risk greatly of serious injury. We stock a good range of protective equipment and clothing available to purchase, made by Stihl and some other great brands.