Homeowner chainsaw buyers guide
Have you always wanted a chain saw, but opted out because you don’t know the first thing about a chain saw? That’s ok, chainsaws were once only associated with loggers and big burly type men, but that’s a thing of the past. Today’s chainsaws are a lot more user-friendly, for one, they now feature a chain brake system that was not available on older models.
Nevertheless, with so many choices and features on the market things can get a bit complicated. A more expensive chainsaw can end up being overkill for everyday tasks around the yard. Besides that, there is no point in paying the extra unless you plan to use it for a business. This guide will help you select the chainsaw that is right for your needs as a homeowner.
How does a chainsaw work?
First off, let’s dive into a brief introduction to how a chainsaw works. The chain has a series of alternating teeth with sharp edges that rotate along the track of the bar. When the engine rotates the chain at higher revolutions, it provides the teeth with the necessary momentum to bite into the wood and make a cut.
Battery, corded, and petrol power source.
Modern-day battery or Chorded homeowner chainsaws are both capable of delivering the same power and efficiency as their gas counterpart. When choosing between the three try to make your decision according to convenience.
Corded saws are the least expensive and have an unlimited runtime if there is a nearby power source. The only time things may get complicated is when you are working in an area where a power outlet is not available. This of course is just a minor inconvenience. You can remedy this with the use of an extension cord or generator. Accidentally tripping over or cutting the wire are two possible outcomes when operating an electric chainsaw.
Petrol chainsaws use to have the advantage of being very powerful, but today the main advantage is runtime. There are no cords or charging processes so you can continue cutting for hours at a time. As long as you have fuel available! Gas-powered chainsaws are also very noisy. You may want to scratch this option off your list if you enjoy peace and quiet.
Chainsaws powered by batteries are a good compromise between both chorded and gas. They combine the mobility of petrol chainsaws with the quiet operation of a corded one. With a backup battery, you should have enough runtime to complete most tasks around the yard.
Gas Chainsaw Maintenance
Proper maintenance of your chainsaw will ensure peak performance and longevity. Two components that require proper lubrication are the engine, and the chain. Most chainsaws feature a 2-stroke engine lubricated by a combination of gas and 2 strokes oil mixture. The bar and chain lubrication comes from a separate oil source and different types of oil.
It is very important that you do not get these two oil types mixed up! Manufacturers have developed them for specific usage. Additionally, the bar and chain oil can run out very easily, hence always be aware of the levels during and before each operation. It is equally important to always use the right viscosity as per the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Serious or even fatal injuries can occur as a result of using improper cutting techniques or failing to wear the appropriate Personal protective equipment (PPE). “Kickback” is the most common cause of serious injury. This happens when the front section of the bar hits a harder object, resulting in an upward motion. You may also experience Kickback when the chain is “pinched” or gets jammed during operation.
With this in mind, it is very important to use the appropriate protective equipment when operating any chainsaw. Using protection such as gloves, chaps, ear guards, and safety goggles can greatly reduce the risk of injury when worn properly.
Remember it is always a good idea to air on the side of caution when dealing with any power equipment. If you do not feel comfortable operating a chainsaw then go with smaller alternatives like electric pruners. these may be smaller, but have enough power for accomplishing the smaller tasks.