Chainsaw Choices and Tips
From felling trees in vast wildernesses to small projects around the home and yard, the use of chainsaws has increased as commercial businesses and homeowners find new ways to use this efficient tool. Just about any type of manual labor requiring in-depth cutting benefits from using a chainsaw over rudimentary manual saws, thus common contemporary applications include cutting branches and logs from trees, pruning hedges, trimming branches, carpentry tasks and enlisting chainsaws for a variety of general construction projects.
Types of Chainsaws
Most chainsaw users have a favorite type. Your pick might be the one you first used because it’s familiar or the power source available to you could be your decision maker. It makes no sense to buy an electric model if you plan to work in remote locations, but if you have access to electrical outlets and don’t mind dancing with cords, that may be your best choice. Today’s battery-operated, cordless models are popular with people undertaking all types of projects requiring the skills of this unique machine. Cordless chainsaws have become the choice of those who don’t want to be tethered to outlets.
Below you can find the top 5 of each type (Electric, Gas and Cordless ) in an overview,
Top 5 Best Electric Chainsaws 2015 (corded)
|WORX WG303.1 16-Inch Chain Saw, 3.5 HP 14.5 Amp||14,5 Amp||16-inch||4.6|
|Makita UC4030A Commercial-Grade 16-Inch 14.5 amp Electric Chain Saw with Tool-Less Blade And Chain Adjustments||14.5-Amp||16-inch||4.4|
|Earthwise CS30016 16-Inch 12 amp Electric Chain Saw||12-Amp||16-inch||4.4|
|Sun Joe SWJ701E 18-Inch 15 Amp Electric Chain Saw||15-Amp||18-inch||4.3|
|Poulan PLN3516F 16-Inch 3.5 HP Electric Chain Saw||3.5 HP||16-inch||4.0|
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Top 5 Best Gas Powered Chainsaws 2015
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|Husqvarna 450 18-Inch 50.2cc X-Torq 2-Cycle Gas Powered Chain Saw With Smart Start (CARB Compliant)||3.2 HP||18-inch||4.2|
|Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20-Inch 50cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw With Carrying Case||50cc||20-inch||3.8|
|Tanaka TCS40EA18 18-Inch 40cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw (CARB Compliant)||40cc||18-inch||4.0|
|Remington RM5118R Rodeo 18-Inch 51cc 2-Cycle Gas Chainsaw||51cc||18-inch||4.4|
|Poulan Pro 967185102 PP4218A 42cc Assembled Chainsaw with Case, 18-Inch||42cc||18-inch||3.8|
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Top 5 Best Cordless Electric Chainsaws 2015
|GreenWorks 20312 DigiPro G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw, (1) 4AH Battery and a Charger Inc.||40-Volt||16-inch||4.7|
|Makita HCU02C1 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Chainsaw, 36-volt||36-Volt||12-inch||4.8|
|OREGON 40 Volt MAX* CS250-E6 Chain Saw Kit with 2.4 Ah Battery Pack||40-Volt||14-inch||4.6|
|Black and Decker LCS120 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Chain Saw,Includes 20v Battery||20-Volt||8-inch||4.2|
|Earthwise CCS30008 18-Volt 8-Inch Cordless Chain Saw||18-Volt||8-inch||4.1|
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How to Shop for a Chainsaw
Whether you’re leaning toward a corded, cordless or gas-powered chainsaw, don’t make decisions until you visit a retail store and test as many types and models as you can. Use your future projects as a guide so you buy a model that’s neither too powerful nor too deficient in power. Assess the feel, comfort and power of several. Start eliminating by selecting the three that “feel right” and fit your budget before going to the Internet to research those brands and models. If you’re leaning toward a battery-operated chainsaw, investigate charge-holding capacity so you don’t wind up with a tool that runs out of charges faster than you can undertake cuts.
Consider Bells and Whistles
Chainsaw manufacturers compete for buyer loyalty, so the name of today’s game is an abundance of features appealing to purchasers. Because chainsaws are usually assigned to the subcategories light, mid-range and professional grade, bells and whistles are more prevalent on sophisticated models. Some electric models offer soft start (full power from the get-go), automatic bar oiling for perpetual lube, slip clutch functionality to cut power fast, tool-less chain tension to tighten chain on the fly and kickback protection to shield the operator from runaway chain injuries. Anti-vibration features can be a lifesaver for combating user fatigue.
How to Use a Chainsaw
It’s always wise to practice using any piece of machinery before tackling tasks to get a feel for the rhythm, kick and operation of the chainsaw you choose, but the following six tips should help you get started:
1. Don personal safety equipment. Don’t skimp on anything that can keep you injury-free: heavy boots, long pants, eye and ear protection, heavy-duty workman’s gloves, long sleeve shirt (even in summer) and if you really want to look after yourself, invest in some chainsaw chaps, fabricated with Kevlar. A helmet or hard hat (with or without earmuffs) is also recommended.
2. Study your work environment. It goes without saying that an interruption or distraction could be enough to impair your concentration, so mentally prepare an escape route for yourself just in case something goes wrong. This is particularly critical if you’re alone and in a remote environment. Check for power lines. If you’re felling a tree, estimate its falling trajectory for obvious reasons.
3. Check your equipment. Eyeball your chainsaw’s controls, handles, chain, tension and bar for obstructions, dirt and damage and make sure the blade is sharp. Fill reservoirs with gas or oil if appropriate. Make this a ritual every time you prepare to use the chainsaw.
4. Start the chainsaw using the same technique each time so the action becomes habit. Some chainsaw users are comfortable starting their equipment with the tool lying on the ground. Other prefer starting it between their legs for more control. Your chainsaw’s start features could determine your approach: some models require a closed choke, engaged brake and/or use of a primer button.
5. Assume a balanced stance so you remain on safe footing. If you’re right handed, position your left hand at the front of the chainsaw so your dominant hand controls the back. Anticipate kickback and maintain a firm two-handed grip to undertake first cuts to assess the wood’s “give.” Stay physically centered. Stop the chainsaw when moving your position or encountering resistance to avoid injury.
6. Take breaks. Your body could tense up while working—especially if you encounter challenges or equipment glitches. Take breaks when convenient to clear your head and relax your body. One final word about chainsaw operation: If there’s nobody working with you, always keep a cell phone handy in case you have a problem. Proper use should help you avoid that, but better safe than sorry.
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A Short History Lesson
Chainsaws were invented around 1800 when surgeons needed efficient tools to remove body parts in operating theaters. The logging industry didn’t begin to use them until the 1920s when the technology went viral because patents were filed for both gas- and electric-powered models. Early chainsaws were difficult to handle and unpredictable, but by the 1950s, design improvements made chainsaws popular retail store inventory additions.