Simple Ways to Work Safer

Safety is a critical component of owning outdoor power equipment – and STIHL products are no exception. Stay informed about general safety procedures and help avoid needless mistakes. Print these tips and display them in your workplace for a visible reminder of recommended procedures.

NOTE: These safety tips are designed for quick reference and are not intended to be a comprehensive guide. For complete product safety procedures, please refer to your product safety manual. Safety manuals are also available for download online.

General Tips

STIHL machines are powerful and well-designed for the jobs they do, so make sure you are alert and focused during operation and are using each machine for its intended purpose only.

Minimize risk by checking each machine for damage before each use, as well as properly cleaning and maintaining them after use. Help protect yourself by using proper protective gear and help protect bystanders by operating equipment at the recommended working distance from others.

Be aware that during product use you may experience reactive forces. STIHL recommends operating your products below shoulder height, as this will afford greater control and help prevent injury from overreaching.

You should always be on stable footing and never work from perches such as trees or ladders. Take note that plants can hide toxins such as herbicides, pesticides, pollens, and molds. Inhalation of certain dusts, especially organic dusts such as mold or pollen, can cause susceptible persons to have an allergic or asthmatic reaction. Control dust at the source whenever possible. Check for concealed materials like stones and fencing as well, and always make sure to clean machine of dust, dirt, and debris after use. Always operate your unit while firmly gripping the handles and always ensure steady footing during operation.

Chainsaws

When not in use or while being transported, use bar scabbards, carrying cases, and other accessories that help keep you from contacting bar and chain. Also, never use a dull or improperly sharpened chain. STIHL chainsaws are strong and heavy-duty, but they’re meant for cutting wood only. Beware during use, as you may experience reactive forces (like kickback) if the blade comes in contact with foreign materials (like rocks and nails). Download the complete STIHL chainsaw safety manual for more information.

Hedge Trimmers

Always keep the cutting blades sharp. Tighten all nuts, bolts and screws (except the carburetor adjustment screws) after each use. Never repair damaged hedge trimmer cutting attachments by welding, straightening or modifying the shape. This may cause parts of the cutting blades to come off and result in serious or fatal injuries. Download the complete STIHL hedge trimmer safety manual for more information.

Trimmers/Brushcutters

Wear the appropriate protective apparel to help protect against flying debris. To reduce the risk of injury from blade or line contact, as well as thrown objects, make sure your unit is equipped with the proper deflector, handle and harness for the type of cutting attachment being used. Some STIHL trimmers can be equipped to handle more aggressive trimming capabilities with appropriate cutting configurations. Or, you may opt for a dedicated brushcutter or clearing saw to clear out brush and small saplings. Download the complete STIHL trimmer/brushcutter safety manual for more information.