Small Electric Chainsaw - What to Look For When Choosing a Chainsaw
Many people are intimidated by the idea of owning and using a small electric chainsaw. But, don't let these fears stop you! This article will discuss the advantages of owning a lightweight chainsaw as well as some great pointers to help make your decision.
If you're looking for a chainsaw for small jobs around the house, a fifteen amps or smaller is ideal. If you need to use it for large tree felling jobs, you'll probably need a fifty or sixty-amp chainsaw. Plus, an electric chain saw has no exhaust or fumes that you need to breathe as you operate it. And, no worries about running out of gas either! A small electric chainsaw just needs zero maintenance.
Smaller chainsaws such as the cutting deck model has a safety feature that is not available on some other models. The safety feature is a wraparound hand guard. A wraparound hand guard prevents the chain from being cut by an object that is in front of the chainsaw blade. This is a very important safety feature, one that I think every chainsaw buyer should purchase. The only thing that could make it easier to have is to buy a chainsaw with a longer and stronger blade.
Many saws come with an automatic oiler that will keep your chain brake working great even if your chainsaw is left set up overnight. However, not all saws have an automatic oiler. Check your saw to see if it comes with an automatic oiler.
A few small chainsaws sold today come with a Remote Start or an Auto Start feature. These start up units are powered by a battery. A remote start can be a very handy tool-less chain adjuster. Some chainsaws come with an auto-start feature that includes an amp timer for battery backup.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when purchasing a chainsaw is buying one based on the rating of the chainsaw. In other words, if you buy a chainsaw with a five-amps rating and it has a fifteen amps extension cord, chances are that it will be very hard to extend and will most likely not last long. It would probably be a waste of money. Buy a saw with a lower rating and it will extend and last longer. You can buy a ten-amp saw and it will also extend and last as long as a fifteen-amp saw.
If you're looking for a saw with a little more power, there are two types of cutting mechanisms that are available; gas chainsaws and electric chainsaws. Both types have different ways of converting the motor into energy so that it can be converted into efficient electricity. Gas chainsaws generate a more powerful sawdust and take a lot longer to cut through hard materials than electric chainsaws do.
Battery power is available in both saws, but you should consider what type of battery will suit you best. Battery power will give you extended battery life but will require you to change the battery every couple of months or so. Battery packs can be expensive, but if you're just starting out and cutting small pieces then you should invest in a battery pack so that you don't have to purchase new batteries too often. The two types of electric chainsaws that I recommend are; the gas chainsaw and the electric chainsaws.
Both types of saws will need to have at least an hour's worth of cutting time on them before they will begin to run down. It's important that you understand how many amps the chainsaw has, since this will affect the amount of electricity that it uses. An average chainsaw will use about six to seven amps. If you're cutting tree limbs, which many homeowners do, you'll need an extension cord that has a higher amperage rating for the amount of work you need to get done.
It's important that you know what size battery pack you need. Makers of electric chainsaws are used to customers needing to charge their batteries. That being said, some manufacturers do make batteries that are smaller than others, and these batteries may not necessarily be the best. The best batteries are rechargeable, which means that you can just leave them in the charging unit and use them again. Some homeowners like to keep separate battery packs for power tools and their lawn mowers.
There is also a process called chain sharpening, which should be done periodically, so homeowners are aware of the wear on their chainsaw. Chain Sharpening is done through using an electrician-approved tool with a ceramic pin that gradually tightens on the chain, removing nicks and burrs. The pin helps prevent the sharpening system from damaging or even killing the teeth on the chain. Each manufacturer will recommend a specific brand or type of chain sharpener that works best for the model of a chainsaw being purchased.