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Old 12-17-2022, 11:17 AM
 
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It's the seeing what I'm doing that seems more of a problem in the rain, and with a chainsaw, one does need to see.
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Old 12-17-2022, 11:27 AM
 
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The problem isn't the chainsaw, but increased tendency to take chances to get the job done fast, and slipping on wet leaves. Since wood needs to cure a year for good firewood, I've never been motivated to rush out into a rainstorm to cut more. I might continue on in a drizzle at times, but more likely it is an opportunity to go in and relax.
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Old 12-17-2022, 05:47 PM
 
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yes.
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Old 12-18-2022, 01:13 PM
 
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Loggers across the globe wouldn't have been able to make a living if it wasn't safe to use a chainsaw in the rain! Rainy climates promote the growth of forests so they tend to be wet places...even if it isn't actively raining.

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Old 12-18-2022, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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we are assuming gas power and NOT 120v or battery saws?

Most of my cutting was during the winter. I avoided too much rainfall because the ground became too slippery and the boots too heavy. And if you are working in the far areas, and in the hollow, having a power saw accident, is a death wish. I never wore chaps.
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Old 12-18-2022, 03:13 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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My family doesn't. Not unless there is a storm tree down that has to be removed. Our firewood gets cut in good weather. It has to dry for years, anyway, so you can certainly plan ahead.

Rain makes everything slippery and using a chainsaw is dangerous enough without increasing the possibility of losing your footing or having your hands slip on your saw.

And I hope to God you are using a face shield when you are using the chainsaw, and that collects water and affects your ability to see clearly.
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Old 12-18-2022, 03:24 PM
 
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Loggers across the globe wouldn't have been able to make a living if it wasn't safe to use a chainsaw in the rain! Rainy climates promote the growth of forests so they tend to be wet places...even if it isn't actively raining.
Edited to add: Should have clarified to start up and run the chainsaw itself in the rain. As others have so correctly pointed out, working with any powerful motorized tool festooned with lots of sharp teeth in wet, slippery conditions can be pretty risky, so you need to know what you're doing, use the correct PPE, and be extra careful! This includes postponing the work for another time.

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Old 12-18-2022, 08:05 PM
 
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I don't use one in the rain or snow unless I have to. I've slipped to many times on wet logs.
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Old 12-20-2022, 08:30 PM
 
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If it's a gas chain saw, yes. I have used mine in rain and in snow many times. The bar oiler keeps it from getting damaged by the rain water. As long as it's not a heavy downpour you should be fine, the only precaution being for your personal safety, you don't want to slip in the mud and have the saw fall and hit you.
Thanks. Good info. For safety, I used my saw after it stopped raining.
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