© John Swain

Ergonomic challenges

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When making sideways cuts, the user is forced to grip the handle with a severe wrist angle. 

Awkward grip angle

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The outward reach of the tool is not optimized. The saw blade protrudes up rather than out from the direction of the user’s arm.

Limited one-handed reach

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The saw blade is perpendicular to the users body so that if the saw kicks back in the event of a jam, it could potentially cut the user’s wrist or chest.

Dangerous saw orientation

Configuration redesign

I flipped the traditional orientation of the chainsaw body and handle in order to provide a more natural orientation that could be safer and easier to use in a tree.