To safely operate a chain saw, follow these steps outlined in the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association's Safety Handbook.
- Never operate a diamond chain saw with the side cover missing or broken. Also, never operate the saw with the mud flap or bottom guard removed.
- Never insert a diamond chain into a slot that is narrower than the chain segments, rapid pushback might occur.
- Always wear eye and ear protection.
- Never install or run the chain backwards. The bumpers should lead the segments into the cut. The chain should flow away from the operator on the top of the bar and return to operator on the bottom of the bar.
- Never run a diamond chain saw upside down. Concrete debris can fly back into the operator's face.
- Inspect both sides of the wall or slab for electrical lines, water pipes, sensitive equipment, personnel, etc.
- Always turn the saw off before performing any maintenance. This includes tightening a loose chain. Turn the hydraulic power supply off too.
- Always maintain secure footing when operating a diamond chain saw. Keep loose hoses and equipment out from under feet.
- Hydraulic diamond chain saws operate at 8 GPM and 2500 PSI max.
- The preferred method of starting a cut is to plunge directly into the wall with the nose of the bar.Got Tips?
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