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Things To Consider When Buying A Chainsaw


You should know chainsaw chains better in order to use the chainsaw safely. Placing the wrong chain on your bar can be very dangerous for your legs and the saw's engine. Luckily, manufacturers have come up with an easy set of guidelines for you to determine the pitch, gauge and length of every chain. You should also check on the box the chain came in for these measurements to make sure they match the recommendations for your saw.

If you are a new buyer, you may face a lot of problems when choosing the chainsaw. There are a number of different brands, models and sizes on the market, so it can be very easy to become confused and just grab whichever chainsaw happens to be in front of you at the time. Before you go shopping, ask yourself the following questions to ensure that you make the right choice

l “Will I be using my chainsaw for domestic or commercial applications?”

Commercial chainsaws are more powerful than domestic ones – they need to be able to stand up to constant use and be fairly portable. For these reasons, a petrol chainsaw is generally the best option, as they are much more powerful than their electric counterparts and are not restricted by a power cord. If you will only be cutting up a little wood here and there, an electric chainsaw will suit your needs just fine.

l “Will I be using my chainsaw over a large area or in a more confined space?”

Even though you may be only using your chainsaw for domestic applications, if you have a large property on which to work you will find that an electric model is unsuitable. You can use a petrol chainsaw for a safer option if there are no power points within easy reach.

l “Is noise going to be an issue?”

Where you live should also be a consideration when it comes to buying a chainsaw, as living in a suburban area is known to create problems with the neighbours if noisy machines are used. An electric chainsaw is essentially noiseless, so this is the better option if you live in a more residential area.

I am giving here four ordinary mistakes that you should avoid in order to competently and securely use your chain saw.

1. Not Realizing the Blade Is Dull

It is not that hard to smudge a dull chain saw blade. In actual fact, there are three general caution ciphers. First, you will discover that the saw no longer pulls itself through the cut when the blade is dull. In fact, the operator will have to apply more and more pressure to get the saw to cut. Second, the saw will produce saw dust instead of coarse square shaped wood chips. Third, the chain will become glittery as the blade becomes dull.

2. Your Dull Blade Can Spoil Your Saw if you are Unaware

Using a dull chainsaw can harm it by causing unnecessary wear and tear on the chain saw parts, together with the powerhead, chain, sprocket and guide bar. In fact, most guide bar failures are caused by a dull chain saw blade. You may need expensive repairs even though you think you have saved a few money by not sharpening the blade as often.

3. Not Realizing That A Dull Chain Saw Is Dangerous

Dull chain saw blades can kill you and your saw. A dull chain saw blade can cause kickbacks which can sever limbs and end lives. In addition, a dull blade can cause operator fatigue, which leads to misjudgment, operator error and, ultimately, injury or death.

4. Not Realizing How Easy It Is To Properly Maintain Your Chainsaw

Chain saw sharpeners come in a multitude of designs and prices. The designs range from an inexpensive round file to a sharpening system with a hand held or bar mounted guide. You can also purchase an electric bench mounted chain saw sharpener like those found in saw shops.

Now that you know a little more about these common mistakes relating to Tree Saw safety, you can approach chain saw operation in a whole new light. Be careful to keep that chain saw blade sharp and the saw in good working order.