How to Use a Chainsaw to Split Wood

by Jennifer Leigh

Bring out your Paul Bunyan side by using a chainsaw to spilt wood safely into smaller pieces. Operating a chainsaw takes some practice, but makes your wood chopping experience much quicker and easier once you have it mastered. It eliminates the need to use a heavy hand saw, but it can be a dangerous power tool that easily causes injuries if used incorrectly. Therefore, safety is of major importance when learning how to split wood.

Items you will need

  • Protective goggles
  • Hard hat
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Ear plugs
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Step 1

Find a good location to use your chainsaw. You should be outdoors away from people, pets and buildings. Make sure that you will not bump into anything when using the saw. Avoid any flammable materials, as chainsaws can cause sparks to fly.

Step 2

Place the wood you are going to split on a flat surface, such as the ground or an existing tree stump. Make sure that it is stable in this position so that it does not fall over during the cutting process.

Step 3

Put on your protective eye goggles, heavy-duty gloves, hard hat and ear plugs. Plug the chainsaw in if it is run by electricity. Place the saw on the ground with the blade away from you, holding it down with your body weight. Pull the starter cord to turn the saw on.

Step 4

Stand with your legs apart in a balanced position and pick the saw up, keeping the blade away from you. Bring the blade of the chainsaw down over the piece of wood you wish to split. Do not hold the saw above shoulder height to keep your balance stable. Gently apply pressure to the wood with the blade and press it down while it saws through the wood. If you are having to apply a lot of pressure, you might need to have your blade sharpened. Repeat as necessary until all of your wood is split.

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