Monday, July 13, 2009

How to Choose a Chainsaw

By Frankie Lee

When you obvious need a chainsaw for the work ahead, nothing will simply do. The fact that the chainsaw possesses serious woodcutting power is a testament of that. BIf you are thinking of buying one, there are some things you need to consider. There are two kinds of chainsaws - the gas-powered ones and the electric type. Choosing between the two should be determined by your immediate access to either power source. Are you going to use your chainsaw in a lumber mill in the middle of the forest or are you planning to do some wood trimming in your work shed at the back of your house? Location is, obviously, an important matter in picking a chainsaw.

While gas-powered chainsaws offer mobility and power, they can also be bothersome pieces of equipment, since they run on a mixture between gas and oil. Mixing oil and gas and getting the right ratio can be a bother. Gas-powered chainsaws also produce huge amount irritating smoke coming from the engines, as well as being a noisy piece of machinery.

The electric chainsaws lacks the power gas chainsaws can offer, limiting its functions to small wood cutting jobs and backyard chores. Also, a power cord dragging behind you can be a bother. But they are cleaner, quieter, and lighter than its gas-driven counterpart.

When picking a chainsaw, think of the cutting jobs you have ahead. Are they heavy? Will you be felling great oaks or just pile some firewood? Gas-powered chain saws are recommended when it comes to heavy cutting, while most electric chain saws are designed for small, lightweight cutting.

Powerful chainsaws mean heavy chainsaws. Power comes with weight. You should work with chainsaws you can carry and work very well with. For lefties, it is best that they learn to work with chainsaws really fast, as most models are designed for right handers.

There are some other safety gear you should also consider purchasing if you are thinking of getting a chainsaw, especially those powered by gas, such as hard hats, shin guards, protective goggles, heavy duty gloves, non-skid boots and ear muffs. These protective gear minimizes the risks of accidents and injuries that come with chainsaw use.

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