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Logging a clear chainsaw manual

[12 March 2015] Avid Pikestaff readers will know we complain about useless manuals for consumer products, and in 2009 we vented our spleen on baffling and dangerous instructions for chainsaws. See our article ‘Instructions for consumer products – as easy as 1-2-3?’ at

Well, something good has happened since then. The chainsaw maker McCulloch (part of Husqvarna), has produced an excellent instruction booklet. Written in a language that is recognizably English rather than a bad translation of Icelandic, it uses short sentences and short paragraphs, and includes more than 50 well-labelled diagrams. It also explains clearly for DIY users a range of tree-felling and log-cutting techniques.

The booklet is so good that most of its content could apply without alteration to other manufacturers’ chainsaws. It is also available in German, French and Spanish. To download this marvel – and why don’t other manufacturers follow suit? – go to at

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