How to Start a STIHL Chainsaw

This video illustrates the proper ways to start a STIHL chainsaw, as well as which methods to avoid (such as drop starting) and why. You'll learn about the saw controls and how to position them related to the starting sequence, for cold and warm starts. For example, always engage the chain brake before starting the engine, and if your saw has a purge pump primer feature, "pump it a few times to move fuel from the tank to the carburetor."

STIHL gives you useful "starting" tips like how to position your hands and feet relative to the chainsaw handles; why you shouldn't let the rope snap back to the starter assembly (it can damage internal parts), and what to do if you accidentally flood the engine. The video also includes the importance of proper protective apparel like chainsaw chaps and a helmet system.

Before you start up your STIHL, make sure you're familiar with the equipment's safety and operating information. For your convenience, STIHL provides online electronic versions of all of our products' instruction manuals for easy reference.

WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.