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    Question Chainsaw Managment?

    What are you guys using to hold your chainsaw when you're climbing aerials and ground ladders? Other than holding it, i.e.: slings, straps, carabiners, etc. If you're using straps/slings how and where do you attach them? Does anyone use anything that protects the bar/chain?
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    I usually call a tree service to cut down my trees for me, so I dont really climb a ladder to often with a chain saw.
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    We just use a strap attached by the trigger grip and to the cross handle. Throw it over your shoulder and climb the ladder. We use the cutters edge so its got its own bar/chain guard that doubles as a depth gauge which is useless.
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    Ditto on the cutters edge and strap configuration.

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    Attach it to a length of rope, leave the saw on the ground, climb the ladder, then pull the saw up.
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    Haul it up the ladder on rope as Staback suggested...
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    It is highly stressed by chainsaw manufacturers that you should never stop a chainsaw with your hands or genitals
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    I also go with PFD. An aerial is wide and stable, you should be able to hold onto it or carry it with a strap. On the other hand if you want to haul it up this is what we did in a truck company I was with a few years back when we had to bring a K-12 to the roof of a 4 or 5 story building. One person waits on the ground with the saw. Carry the rope bag up with you..tie the end off..drop the bag..the rope deploys and doesn't tangle..saw is tied off, don't pull the rest of the rope out. Tie it where it is. The rope still in the bag can be used as a tag line if needed or just let it hang. The rope is also useful after the fire to lower the saws, tools, and SCBA's when you're done.

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    Thanks guys!
    Great info.
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    Start the saw and run it up to speed then shut it down and haul/carry it up. Alway a good plan- you look pretty stupid yanking on the pull cord while you're hanging on to the ladder. If it doesn't start on the ground it probably won't start on the ladder or roof. Oh yeah, push in/on the compression release before you send it up or climb with it. That will give you that old start on the first pull.
    If you have to climb with the saw, have the bar/tip facing down the ladder. You can rest the engine on a rung if you have a big climb and the chain is facing kevlar not your face/neck or BA.
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    start on the ground in clean air then set the chain brake.
    chances are that where you are going, the smoke will make it difficult to start.
    trail the saw with the chain towards the rear from the right hand while ascending the ladder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrParasite
    It is highly stressed by chainsaw manufacturers that you should never stop a chainsaw with your hands or genitals
    Thanks DrP., Read your message just in time. I was planning to try one, or both of those methods this morning!!! Thank goodness for these forums!!
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    Check your straps also before you head up a ladder. We had a problem the other day. About halfway up an aerial, the strap to a K 12 gave way, luckily only the strap fell, and the guy carrying the saw was able to grab it and bring it to the roof.
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    My department uses a rope hose tool as a sling to carry a gas powered saw to the roof. The saw is started on the ground, break applied, and then carried up the ladder.

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    You cain't stop that chain with your bare hands.It's like it's a machine or something.
    Now I know why we had an Igloo type cooler near the ladder when I'd get assigned to open a roof.
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    It is highly stressed by chainsaw manufacturers that you should never stop a chainsaw with your hands or genitals

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    We use a Stihl chainsaw with a vent guide and chain protector. We use a sling on a caribeener and attached to a ladder belt. Some guys will start it on the ground and put the chain lock on so its running and the chain is not so you dont have to start it on the ground and pretty safe operation I guess.

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