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The Differences In Chain Saw Power


Differences in Tree Saw power start with the size of the engine that drives the cutting chain. Large engines drive larger chains that may be employed felling huge trees. Smaller engines might power small around-the-yard sized chain saws for typical home maintenance use. Selecting the suitable power relies on the specific work you wish to perform.

Chain Saw Size Determination

A chain saw is measured by both the chain bar size and the engine displacement, or size. You can choose the different kinds of chain saws range between a 10-inch to 20-inch blades with engine powers between 30 cc (cubic centimeters) to 55 cc. You can also choose between a gas chain saw and an electric chain saw as well.

Small Amount of Work

If your need for using a chain saw is the occasional cutting of damaged tree limbs, then you may not need one more powerful than a 30 cc to 45 cc engine that can handle chain bars from 10 inches to 14 inches. These powered chain saws are ideal for spring clean-ups where a nominal amount of use is expected. You should know that the amount of work is directly proportionate to the size of the engine rather than the size of the blade.

Medium Amount of Work

A good size engine and blasé combination when looking for a chain saw to cut limbs and other limited amount of cutting chores would fall into the 40 cc to 50 cc area with 14-inch to 16-inch chain bars. These chain saws are great tools for larger scale spring clean-ups where you may want to fell a tree or two as well as cut some small logs for use as firewood. However, these sized chain saws may prove a disappointment if you intend to try working it on a daily schedule cutting limbs or firewood. Constant work may require a larger engine for stronger power to drive a larger chain blade.

Dress Appropriately

You should dress suitable clothes when you use the chain saw. Before you even turn your chain saw on you should already have your safety goggles on. Everything that you are going to be using or wearing should already be ready or on before your chain saw is picked up. If used correctly and safely, a chain saw can be an extremely effective and powerful tool.

You must dress in snug-fitting, comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement. Wear long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants to prevent cuts and scrapes from nearby plants or bushes.

Wear sturdy, slip-resistant footwear. You can’t wear loose clothes and jewelry when you perform the chain saw.

The vibrations and pressure caused by the operation of a chainsaw can cause conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or whitefinger disease. You can prevent this by wearing thick gloves and keeping your hands warm.

Wear an approved hardhat to protect your head. Wear ear mufflers to protect your hearing.

Operate Carefully

Never use the chainsaw if you are feeling ill or fatigued or when you are under medication.

Avoid standing directly behind the chainsaw.

Never stand on a ladder or any unsteady surface when you are operating a chainsaw. You may use a pole chainsaw while standing on the ground. These models are attached to the end of a pole, and provide greater reach.

Always use both hands to hold the saw securely while you are operating it.

Many dangerous accidents can occur when a chainsaw jerks back. This is called 'kickback,' and it happens when the rotating chain is blocked after making contact with a surface. This causes the chainsaw to swing back in an arc towards the operator, and it can cause fatal injuries. To avoid kickback situations, be very careful to avoid the bar tip from making contact with any object during sawing. Do not use techniques that you are unfamiliar with. Avoid trying to cut multiple logs at a time.