Prayers going out to my friends in my old stomping grounds in the Tampa bay and Clearwater area. I think their about to see catastrophic damage the likes of which that area has never seen.
I was actually thinking about this the other day - chainsaw brakes. When I'm not cutting, I kick the brake on. Only takes a second to put the brake on and take it off.I lost about 15 big trees here during Hurricane Sally in 2020. No damage to house so we can live with the clean up of trees.
Running a chainsaw is dangerous work under the best of conditions, much less timber like you describe. I remember one summer I was cutting pulpwood, walking a fallen tree trimming limbs. Foot slipped and fell down, chainsaw revved up, bar laid across my left thigh. The chain only got a few layers of skin, but knowing the saw would have cut just as good if the bar had fallen another inch - or 4 inches. Of course I'm way off in woods alone working. Just another one of those close calls we laugh about when young 'n dumb.
Same here. Where I live I'm often stumbling around in thick slippery underbrush and salal, because that's where the trees seem to land. I'm also usually walking on all the limbs that were just cut off. It's easy enough to flick the brake forward with my left forearm/wrist which gives me an added layer of safety as I take a few steps and re-position for the next cut.I was actually thinking about this the other day - chainsaw brakes. When I'm not cutting, I kick the brake on. Only takes a second to put the brake on and take it off.
My Stihl chainsaw doesn't have a brake... and it has a high idle button. Push the button to hold the throttle about 1/2 or maybe 3/4 open.All that's said is valid, but do remember my accident happened about 50 yrs ago when safety wasn't as important as it is today. "IF" I remember correctly the saw/idle was set just fine. Dad was pretty serious about his saws running properly. When my foot slipped, my finger pressed the trigger causing the saw to rev up. Chain was moving nicely.
When I think of all the close calls I've had over the years makes me wonder how I lived this long.
Like Merle said, it stops the chain faster than if you just let is spin down on it's own.If the saw is running correctly the chains not moving, or the idle is set wrong. If the chains moving then you have your finger on the trigger and cutting. The brake is set by inertia, it’s not meant to be set on and off by the operator. I guess you could but it doesn’t Make any sense to me.