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Use an Electric Chainsaw

Use an Electric ChainsawIf you are going to use an electric chainsaw, it is important to understand that this tool like all other power tools needs to be operated in a safe manner to avoid injury to yourself and anyone neat where you are using it. Note also that we are not necessarily promoting the type of chain saw portrayed in the picture. It just happens to be the one we selected to add color to our post. It is an excellent chain saw and will do just about anything the average home user will need for small trees and shrubs. A small chain saw for yard work trimming trees is an excellent tool to have and as long as you have electricity, you are good to go.

Use an Electric Chainsaw Safely

These are powerful tools and can rip through flesh in a second if not handled properly. We suggest that consumers purchase the most powerful electric  chainsaw available when they are making their purchase. A more powerful chain saw will ensure that you can deal with just about any size tree or shrub that you may find on your property. It can be a bit tedious trying to saw through something when you do not have the power you need.

Also make sure that your electric extension chord delivers the maximum power to your chainsaw. Your manufacturer will state what kind of extension chord that is needed to operate your electric chainsaw properly.  Always wear safety glasses, a hard hat, leather gloves and safety footwear to ensure that injuries are prevented or at least minimized.

Use an Electric Chainsaw for Small Trees

I have an electric chainsaw and it works very well for small trees, however I would never use it for a large tree on my property. The simple reason is that I would be concerned about the tree falling in the wrong direction and either hitting my home or perhaps the fence or even my neighbors home. These are large trees that stand at least 50 feet high and could do a lot of damage if they fell on something they were not supposed to. This decision really has nothing to do with whether I have a gas powered chainsaw or an electric one. I would just prefer to be safe, so I use my chainsaw on the smaller trees and the shrubs.

It is also very useful for trimming branches off the trees that are beginning to encroach on the yard, the fence or even the house. Each year I cut some off in an effort to trim them and the electric chain saw is perfect for this job. It also means that I do not have to store gasoline at home for the chainsaw.


Electric Chain Saws

Electric Chain SawsElectric Chain Saws can be a great tool for many home owners. They will save you a lot of money and they are easy to use. They also do not require gasoline or oil to mix with the gasoline if it is a two stroke engine. They are electric and all you need to do is plug them in and they are ready to use. They are also relatively easy to use as long as you have an electrical outlet, which can be a problem if you need to cut trees and small shrubs in the bush. We will discuss a few more items about electric chain saws which may help you in your decision to purchase an electric powered saw vs. a gas powered saw.

Electric Chain Saws – Maintenance

Maintenance is pretty simple. Usually all that is required is oil for the chain in the reservoir to keep it lubricated and the occasional sharpening of the links on the chain. There is not much else on a regular basis that you need to do with these saws. You do not need to mix gas and oil for two stroke engines and there is no carburetor to tune up once and a while. Electric chain saws are really easy to use, just get a long extension cord of sufficient gauge and plug it in and you are ready to go.

You will need to make sure that you are using a heavy gauge electrical extension cord to ensure that sufficient power is delivered to the saw so that it will operate at peak efficiency. Review the manufacturers guidelines to make sure that you are using the correct extension cord. If you use to light a gauge chord, there is a risk of the motor not generating enough power and over heating due to the voltage drop over the length of the chord.

Electric Chain Saws – Safety

Just like the gas powered versions these are dangerous tools which can do a lot of damage if not handled properly. Always use the emergency shutoff to avoid kickbacks and damage to yourself. Make sure that your chain is always sharp. if you are falling a large tree, wear a hard hat to avoid being hit on the head by falling branches that might be dead and ready to fall. Make sure that the falling direction of the tree is free and clear of any people, pets and buildings to avoid any potential damage.

Use gloves when handling and using any chain saw. Also wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.

Review the manufacturers safety instructions to ensure that you are using this device safely.


Use an Electric Chain Saw

Use an Electric ChainsawThere are many advantages to owning an electric chain saw, with the proper size motor, for consumers who have an occasional need for a chain saw. This post will look at the uses of a chainsaw, whether you should rent or purchase a chainsaw and whether an electric chain saw is a better deal for the average consumer. Having your own chainsaw can save you a great deal of money as well vs. hiring someone to come in and cut down trees and shrubs.

This is another savings opportunity for the average homeowner. However there are safety issues to be considered and if you are uncomfortable with using one of these powerful tools, then you are better off to hire someone to do the work for you, rather than take a chance with your safety. Chainsaws come in all sizes, the larger they are the more powerful they are and capable of doing some serious damage if they get out of control.

Electric chainsaws are quite inexpensive, with some of the smaller ones under $100, while gas powered chainsaws will cost much more depending on the size. If you only need a chainsaw for occasional use, you may want to consider renting one or purchasing an electric chainsaw provided that you have a power outlet close by.  For consumers dealing with trees in the yard, this is quite doable, while consumers with treed lots further away from a power source really need to consider a gas powered chain saw.

Some guidelines for Deciding to Rent or Purchase an Electric Chain Saw

If you need a chain saw for cleaning up trees in your yard every year, buy an electric chain saw, provided you have a power source nearby.

If you only need a chainsaw once every few years, renting a chain saw my be the right way to go. Do not buy a gas powered chainsaw for this application since the engine and the carburetor will require cleaning all the time due to stale gas in the system.

If you are cutting up trees a long way from a power source, either purchase a gas powered chainsaw or rent one from a local tool rental place.

Most electric chainsaws can perform as well as a gas-powered chainsaw, however there are pros and cons to each.

Maintenance

  • Chain saw sharpeners are needed to keep the chain sharp.
  • Gas powered chainsaws need regular engine maintenance
  • Electric chainsaws are pretty much maintenance free
  • All chain saws need the chain to be adjusted on a regular basis
  • Keep the chainsaw teeth in perfect condition
  • Don’t cut close to the ground
  • Always keep sufficient oil in the reservoir to oil the chain properly

Comparison

The weight of the a gas powered chainsaw vs. an electric chainsaw is comparable. They look nearly identical, and both saws have almost the same controls as far as operating the blade and shutting it down in an emergency.

The cutting action of the chainsaw is all about the weight of the saw, the speed of the chain and the sharpness of the chain saw teeth.  A powerful electric chainsaw will cut just as well as an equally powered gas chainsaw. Many people forget to sharpen their chainsaws teeth and are frustrated as a result with the cutting action. This applies to both gas and electric powered saws.

A big advantage of an electric chain saw is that it does not need gasoline to be stored around the home, it is always ready to go and there is little maintenance to do with the exception of keeping the chain properly tensioned and sharp. There is no engine maintenance to worry about. Gas chainsaws that are not used very often tend to have more problems with dirty gas and clogging up the carburetors. Electric chainsaws are better for occasional use.

Electric Chain Saw Safety

  • Read the Owners Manual.
  • Read and understand all the safety warnings.
  • Don’t cut logs or trees that are wedged or in a bind.
  • Wear all the recommended protective clothing, gloves, helmet, face shield, etc. when using a chain saw.

Safety while using a chainsaw cannot be stressed enough. Follow all of the safety recommendations that come with the chainsaw and if in doubt about any situation, back off and take a different approach. Powerful chainsaws can jump and cut into flesh in a fraction of a second causing serious injury and even death. Treat them with the greatest respect!


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