Starting and Stopping Your Chainsaw


Starting and stopping the Husqvarna chainsaw is simple.

Follow these steps to start and stop a Husqvarna chainsaw to ensure safe usage and a longer life for your chainsaw

  • Activate the chain brake before starting the chainsaw. When starting your chainsaw with a cold engine, set the choke control in the choke position. Press the air purge 5 or 6 times. Press the decompression valve.
  • Pull the starter handle with your right hand and pull out the starter cord slowly until you feel a resistance. Then, firmly pull the starter handle. Pull rapidly until the engine fires, or tries to start. Listen for a noise that sounds like the engine partially started, or fired for a few revolutions.
  • Push in the choke control and push in the decompression valve again. Repeat pulling the starter handle until the engine starts. Set the engine to idle be depressing the throttle lock and quickly increasing the throttle RPMs with the throttle trigger and releasing immediately. Disengage the chain brake before using your chainsaw.
  • When starting you chainsaw with a warm or previously run engine, pull the choke control out and push it back in again. Press the air purge at least 6 times. Press the decompression valve.
  • Pull the starter handle with your right hand and pull out the starter cord slowly until you feel a resistance. Then, firmly and rapidly pull the starter handle. Pull rapidly until the engine fires, or tries to start. Set the engine to idle as soon as possible. Disengage the chain brake before using your chainsaw. Stop the engine by switching off the ignition.

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How to Mix Fuel

How to Mix Fuel for a Husqvarna Two Stroke Engine Chainsaw

If your Husqvarna chainsaw is run by a two stroke engine, it always needs to be fuelled with a mixture of gasoline and two stroke oil. Follow these steps to mix two stroke oil and unleaded gasoline for your Husqvarna chainsaw. First make sure that you mix accurately. Never refuel while the chainsaw is running or hot and make sure your fuelling area has plenty of ventilation. After refuelling, remember to move at least 10 feet away and watch for any spillage.

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How to Fit the Bar and Chain

How to Fit the Bar and Chain on a Husqvarna Chainsaw

Learn how to fit the bar and chain on your Husqvarna chainsaw

  • Wear safety glasses and gloves.
  • Disengage the chain brake. Remove the bar nuts and the clutch cover. Remove the spacers and discard. Fit the bar over the bar bolts and move it to the rearmost position.
  • Place the chain over the drive sprocket. The cutter teeth should face forward on the top edge of the bar. Check that the chain correctly fits in the bar.
  • Fit the clutch cover on the unit. Tighten the bar nuts. Tension the chain. Make sure the chain can still be turned easily by hand. Tighten the bar nuts with a combination spanner.
  • Check the chain tension frequently until the chain is run in.

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Getting the Most out of Your Knives

When it comes to Bandit brush chippers, knives are one of the most critical parts that have a direct impact not only on performance but also the life of the machine. Having the knowledge to properly maintain your knives — more specifically the cutting edges or points of your knives — is important to help your Bandit chipper perform to its maximum potential and expectation, assuring you of a quality product while saving you money. Here is a technique that is recommended to help preserve and extend the life of your knives.

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Changing Knives


This article contains step-by-step information, visual reference, and safety tips on the knife changing procedures for both disc and drum-style hand fed chippers. Be sure to watch the video walkthroughs at the bottom of the article to see the process for yourself.

Chipper knives are sharp and can be dangerous. It is always necessary for your protection to be extra careful and wear proper hand protection when handling knives. Before changing knives make sure all shut down procedures are followed.

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Chainsaw Safety Tips

Husqvarna Chainsaw Safety Tips

Learn how to safely operate your Husqvarna chainsaw with these chainsaw safety tips and guidelines. Avoid all situations that you feel are beyond your capabilities.

Before operating your chainsaw, wear proper chainsaw safety gear, including ear and eye protection, gloves, boots, and appropriate clothing. Always have a safety kit and a fire extinguisher near by.

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Anvil Adjustment

Monitoring the condition and adjustment of your anvil regularly is critical to maintaining the performance of your machine and the desired chip quality. These step-by-step instructions in addition to the information found in your owner’s manual and the video included at the bottom of this article can help you understand the procedure.

Before attempting any type of maintenance disengage clutch, turn off engine, wait for the drum to come to a complete stop, install the drum lock pin, disconnect battery, and make sure the ignition key is in your possession.

Before working inside the infeed hopper or under the top feedwheel remove the easy climb springs from the top yoke, raise the yoke , install the yoke lock pin, safety chain the yoke in the raised position, and insert a wooden block to assist in holding the yoke in the raised position.

Do NOT under any circumstance attempt to rotate the chipper drum while someone is inside the infeed hopper. They may become seriously injured. Do NOT do this!

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After One Hour with a New Machine

It is very important after you have operated a new machine for approximately an hour to shut down the machine and recheck all nuts, bolts, belts, and hydraulic fittings and retighten as needed.

It is normal for nuts and bolts to loosen once on a new piece of machinery. If you tighten them now, there is a good possibility they won’t loosen again. Certain nuts and bolts should be checked periodically such as anvil and knife nuts and bolts, etc. for torque and fit.

Most of the nuts used on the machine are self locking. After a nut or bolt has been removed five times, it should be replaced to insure proper tightness. This is especially critical on the chipper knife nuts and bolts.

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Rope Shearing Device


Bandit Industries has researched and developed a way to reduce dangers and potential accidents that can result from either improper winch system usage; or climbers’ ropes finding their way into the chipper housing.


Brush feeding into a chipper has the potential to snag either winch cables equipped with the chipper itself or, separately, climbers’ ropes found in the gear of tree care professionals and pull either of them into the rotating chipper knives. You must exercise extreme caution to prevent this because the knives can grab and pull in any type of line and anything attached to it at a high speed. Death or serious injury can result. Thus, never have any cable or rope near feeding brush or the feed system of the chipper. Also, metal can be ejected from the infeed chute at high speed which can cause death or serious injury to a person located within the path of the discharged material.

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Revolution Cutting Wheel


The Bandit Revolution stump grinder cutter wheel is now standard issue for all new Bandit stump grinders, and it’s available as a retrofit for older machines. Don’t have a Bandit stump grinder? No problem—this amazing wheel is also available for a wide range of other stump grinder makes and models so you too can be part of the Revolution. In just a few short months on the market this wheel has already proven to be an impressive upgrade.



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