Table of Contents
- Electric Chainsaw or Petrol Chainsaw
- Choosing the Best Electric Chainsaws: Tips of the Trade
- How to measure a chainsaw chain length
- Chainsaw or Chain Saw? Which is Correct?
Electric Chainsaw or Petrol Chainsaw
When choosing which type of chainsaw to buy there are really only two main options to choose between: electric or petrol powered.
Both types of chainsaw have their pros and cons and on this post, I will attempt to make that decision as simple as possible. Both petrol and electric рowеrеd сhаіnѕaws bоth hаve thеіr poѕіtіve attrіbuteѕ and at thе sаmе tіmе though, еасh ѕtуlе alѕо hаs іts fаіr share оf ѕhortсоmings as well.
Hеnсe, іt reаlly cаn be a bit of a juggling aсt as уou trу tо make up your mіnd on whiсh of thе pоѕitіvеs and negаtives yоu want tо keер and let gо.
The firѕt poѕitivе аspeсt of а petrol рowered chaіnѕaw to conѕider iѕ іtѕ mоbіlity. Quite ѕimрly yоu cаn ріck іt uр аnd take it аnуwhеre and уоu dоn’t nееd an еlectriсаl рlug tо run іt. Nоw mоbіlіty is a big factor tо сonѕider bесause аftеr all you wіll be uѕіng уour chaіnsаw оutsіdе.
Then аgаin fоr around your hоme and оn construсtіon jobѕ, you will аlwaуs hаvе an еlectric рlug handy to роwеr an eleсtrіc chainѕaw with. Alsо aѕ it рertainѕ tо соnѕtruсtіоn work, an еlесtriс sаw іѕ ѕо muсh safеr tо uѕе.
Its рowеrful enоugh for woоd frаme cutѕ, аnd you don’t hаvе tо the rіѕk of jаmming аnd kiсkbaсks lіkе уou do wіth a morе рowеrful petrol pоwered saw. Then again if уоu’rе going tо be cuttіng through heavy bеаmѕ, оr evеn larger wооd stоck lіke 2×8ѕ аnd above уоu mау wаnt tо gо with a рetrоl рowеred сhaіnsaw bесauѕe fоr heаvy cutting jоbѕ аn eleсtric ѕаw quite оftеn іѕn’t pоwеrful еnough.
Do keep іn mind thоugh, that yоu will bе able to hаve mоrе contrоl for ассurаte cutѕ wіth аn еlеctrіс model.
Twо mоrе bіg plusѕеѕ fоr еlectrіc сhainѕaws arе thаt they’re сheapеr tо buу, and you don’t havе to ѕtаrt an engine to usе them.
Sіmрlу plug іt in, pull the triggеr and аwaу уоu gо. That vеrѕuѕ bеing ѕtuck pullіng the сord trying tо get a ѕtubbоrn motоr to stаrt. Alѕo thеre is оf cоurѕе nо nееd for petrоl with аn electriс modеl. Now іf уou drіve а car you mаy want to cоnsіdеr that trаnspоrting bоth the petrоl powered сhаin ѕаw and the can of рetrol thаt goеѕ alоng with іt іn yоur cаr саn bе a meѕѕy affair.
Even іf yоu саrrу thеm in уour trunk, all іt takеѕ іs a ѕmаll ѕріll аnd уou can bе lеft with a рerѕіstent оdоur аnd nаsty ѕtaіn.
Perks of Electric Chainsaws over their Most Bitter Rivals- Gas Powered Models
Electric Chainsaws are quieter than gas powered chainsaws for comparable amounts of power, without the need of carrying a ton of fuel that’s highly combustible and heavy, weighing you down and keeping you from working quickly to accomplish a large task
- Extremely easy to handle, light weight, and highly versatile for practically any task
- Two variations to choose from: battery operated models and corded models depending on what you need. While battery powered models give you complete freedom with battery packs, corded options typically bring you more bang for your buck with limited range. This can be remedied with extension cords to some extent.
- No pulling cables to start, which means stress-free, perfect operation no matter what your task is. You’ll be able to finish virtually anything and everything that you need to do with very little stress on your joints, back and muscles, something to consider over the long run.
- Less susceptible to damage, lasting far longer and requiring less maintenance than gas powered chainsaws, meaning that you not only spend less in fuel but also less in repairs
Negative Aspect of Electric Powered Chainsaws
- Because of the pure combustion ratio, gas powered chainsaws have more punch per pound than their electric counterparts, meaning that they give higher output over time than electrical models
It’s important to decide exactly what you’re going to use your chainsaw for, how much you’ll need it, and what you’re going to be cutting when you decide whether you want an electric model or a gas-powered model of chainsaw. For most homeowners and weekend warriors, a high quality electric model will provide more than enough power to cut virtually anything that you’ll need to cut- from stump removal to small limbs and branches, on up to larger branches and parts of trunks.
Choosing the Best Electric Chainsaws: Tips of the Trade
Choosing a great chainsaw is a tough decision. This is because a high quality chainsaw will save you huge amounts of time and energy cutting through huge branches that would otherwise be nearly impossible to remove and destroy properly.
New-age electric chainsaws have huge amounts of features, and accomplish all but the most difficult tasks with relative ease. Additionally, there are a wide variety of chainsaws to choose from, and not all are as heartily equipped and ready for use as others, and some are specifically designed for particular tasks. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you could make a purchase you regret.
To start off, there are three basic classifications of electric chainsaws, depending on their function:
Light Duty Chainsaws: Between 7-10 pounds; inexpensive and suitable for small household work to cut through small branches and light foliage. Averages around 3 horsepower and typically are quiet enough for any application. Most are battery powered, and because of this, lack large amounts of torque. Most homeowners would find enough use to justify these types of chainsaws, but they might not have the juice to finish the job in the long run.
Mid-Range Chainsaws: Slightly heavier, more expensive and better all around than a lighter electric chainsaw, mid-range chainsaws weigh on average, 13-15 pounds. They’re more durable and have more cutting power than smaller models, making them perfect for practically every application, like chopping down firewood and decimating branches and logs that fall on your house. On the other hand, they’re light enough to not be cumbersome when you’re working, making them more manageable for larger tasks like mild landscaping, farm work, or storm repair. These models tend to stray away from batteries and tend to rely more on cords for power, because it allows greater torque and energy release. This makes them the better choice in practically any occasion for a homeowner.
Heavy-Duty (Professional) Chainsaws: These bad boys are perfect for anything from logging operations to clearing huge amounts of timber. Typically, they weigh anywhere from 20-30 pounds, pack larger blades, and are longer than smaller models to get more teeth into the timber that they’re cutting to eliminate the torque issues that lighter models face. Most homeowners would never need this much power, but if the need ever arose to cut down a huge path through the trees, these would be the chainsaws for the job- and a homeowner might consider one of these models if their main source of heat was from lumber, or if they needed to remove large amounts of timber from their property with relative ease.
What to Look For in An Electric Chainsaw
There are a plethora of features that these high end electric chainsaws offer than gas powered models simply can’t match. These features bring even the lowest grade of chainsaws well above the cheapest gas models- evident as soon as you experience the joys of a soft starting chainsaw.
Here are a few of the best features you can find on electric chainsaws:
- Soft Start: Without a doubt, one of the best features of electric chainsaws is that you don’t have to pull them to get them to start. They jolt to full power with a simple touch of a button, after simply powering them on, eliminating much of the hassle associated with chainsaws- as starting an old gas powered chainsaw is most of the battle. Manufacturers have recently included safety features to cause motors to build slowly to reduce the risk of injury when starting up electric chainsaws in today’s models.
- Automatic Bar Oiling: Most modern electric chainsaws have reservoirs that guarantee that your chainsaw stays lubricated while it’s operating. All of the friction that a chainsaw is exposed to in the cutting process can easily ruin a chainsaw, and many gas powered models have to be greased before and after use- requiring constant care and monitoring. Newer models are easier to use, automatically lubricating your blade and moving parts during use to guarantee the longevity of your model.
- Current Limiters/Slip Clutches: An added safety feature, current limiters guarantee that the user isn’t going to burn out the chainsaw’s motor if there is a power surge or if the electric chainsaw gets stuck in operation. This means that it will automatically prevent the user from injury from a broken chain or mechanical malfunction by automatically disengaging moving parts in the case of a snag or snafu.
- Easy to Use Chain Tensioners: As you use your chainsaw, the belt inevitably loosens until you’ve got to re-tighten the mechanics of the chainsaw. Most new electric chainsaws allow you to tighten the belts automatically with an easy to use dial or handle near the bar, so that you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to work on your chainsaw, making the entire process much easier and far more streamlined.
- Vibration Protection: Electric chainsaws have only a fraction of the vibration that their gas-powered counterparts have. Technology has improved to allow users to incorporate built in springs, bushings and specially designed handles to protect a user’s hands from vibration, preventing fatigue and muscle stress- which are without a doubt the leading cause of accidents with chainsaws, additionally making the experience more comfortable as well.
- Reduced Kick-back: Kick-back is the action of the chain getting caught in lumber and forcing the chainsaw away from it’s location, making it more prone to injure users. Modern chain brakes change position and automatically activate to keep users from kick-back by allowing the chainsaw to catch the chain, keeping the blade from being derailed or getting broken. Most models allow for this particular feature to be removed if the user desires.
- Corded versus Cordless?: If you’re looking for power, most of the corded models are generally more powerful, however recent advancements in cordless models are evening the gap. Obviously, corded chainsaws have the decided disadvantage of having limited ranges without the user owning and operating a generator. Additionally, the use of extension cords reduces the output of a corded chainsaw. In areas where there is a lot of foliage or branches around your cutting area, corded chainsaws can get tangled up in the limbs on the ground, or branches in the trees, making for a potential disadvantage. Still, these models have the advantage because they provide far more power, and with the right model, branches won’t be an issue.
While cordless models give users more flexibility and mobility, they still lack power and are only good for smaller applications where users need to only cut through limbs, trunks and bushes less than a foot. Sometimes, the lowered power is absolutely essential, especially for landscaping or trimming. The quality of the battery is another deciding factor, as it decides how long the chainsaw will last- anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.
Sо іn the еnd, whеn all thingѕ are cоnsiderеd, іt’ѕ еasy tо seе why ѕo mаny fоlks оpt fоr buуing оne of eаch. Yes, a pеtrоl роwered saw іs mоre exрenѕіvе but for рower yоu, јust сan’t beat it. Thеn whіlе аn electric mоdеl doеѕn’t have thе рower that реtrоl powеred sаw dоeѕ, уоu јust can’t bеаt it fоr low priсе and convenіеnсе.
How to measure a chainsaw chain length
Until today, chain saw is still the best tool you need whenever you have to cut wood log, but there is something important you need to know about this product: its maintenance.
You need to perform a regular maintenance including the oils for your chainsaw. You also need to pay attention to the chain. Whenever it starts for not cutting well, you should check the saw, and even replace it if it is needed.
One similarity betweean a chain saw with other cutting tools is its stamped chain length which will rust over the time. You need to pay attention for this and predict when you should change the chain. Follow the steps below if you don’t know how to do this.
a. Take a look at your chain saw and count its drive links which makes your chain functional. The amount of the links shows the length of your chain.
b. Measure the distance between the rivets (bolts which hold the dirver links in their place) in inches, then divide the number by 2. After that, measure again the distance between the 1st river center an dhte 3rd one. Dive the number by 2.
c. Locate the gauge (width of your drive links notch)and measure it. Usually, you will get the number around 1/20 inch. Take a look at your link from its end, not the rivet, to get a view at the notch.
How to remove a tree stump with a chainsaw
Everyone wants a clean yard for their house, but dealing with trees, especially with the unwanted one will never stop after removing the tree, but also everyone should deal with its stump which can attract dangerous animals such as poisonous snakes to your yard.
Instead of spending your money on hiring experts to do this job, you can try to do this job by yourself using stump grinder together with a chainsaw. Please follow the steps below.
a. Prepare a stump grinder and chainsaw (rent or buy it if you don’t have one). Make sure that you have familiarized yourself with the tools before using them.
b. Make sure that your chainsaw can help you deal with damage, nicks, and sharpness you will get from the unwanted stump and fill enough fuel into the chainsaw. If it is needed, use a new blade for the chainsaw
c. Before start working, wear safety goggles and work gloves.
d. Take your chainsaw and turn it on.
e. While holding the chainsaw, make sure that you hold it firmly and safely. Start cutting the unwanted stump and make sure you do it as close as possible to the ground where you found the stump
f. Remove rocks, sticks and other debris you found after removing the stump. Take your stump grinder and make sure that the stump is behind your stump grinder with its wheel raised to 4 inches above it. Remember to keep the stump grinder wheel as close as possible to the stump.
g. Turn on your grinder. Lower the grinder over the stump when the wheel began to spin. Start moving the stump grinder wheel back and forth slowly. Keep doing this until the stump has been chipped about 7 inches.
h. Turn off the machine and pull your grinder. Any leftover woods can be disposed of and you can use it to make soil fertilizer.
Using a motorized chainsaw sharpener
Electrical chainsaw sharpener may be the one you need when you realized that there are too many chainsaw need to be opened and you feel bored to do so, but before using the device, please make sure that you have already worn all safety tools to prevent any damage came during the usage.
First, turn the device on and make the spinning thing lowered (grinding stone). Move it steadily toward the tooth of the chainsaw and press the chainsaw tooth a bit.
Now, after having the tooth sharpened, you should back to the idle, upright position of the chainsaw wheel. At this moment, you should separate the motorized sharpener from the chain.
Don’t forget to move the tooth by sliding it into its place. Most products in the market have a guidebook which will lead you in getting this thing done for a perfect sharpening.
After all the teeth have been sharpened in the correct angle in the same direction, you can move to other teeth that need to be sharpened in another direction. Follow the guidelines again, so you can have a perfectly sharpened and nice chain for your chainsaw.
Well, having a perfectly sharpened chain is very important, especially for people who use their chainsaw regularly and demand for efficient and effective results. It may be risky while doing the sharpening, but when you have all safety precautions at your hand and followed the guidelines, you can have the perfect chain without having any injured body parts.
Chainsaw or Chain Saw? Which is Correct?
You might be wondering which of the two is correct: chainsaw or chain saw? Well, both are correct. It’s just a matter of your preference. You will notice in this site that we use both chainsaw and chain saw. There is no issue with that.
When you say chainsaw, it is a mechanical cutting device which is also the same with chain saw. So, the next time you will use any of the terms, both are correct.