Chainsaw Power Types
Chainsaws are available in three different power types: electric, cordless and petrol. Electric and cordless saws are smaller and less powerful, making them ideal for most gardens, while petrol models are best suited to heavy duty tasks.
The larger and more powerful a chainsaw is, the harder it is to use. As safety is so important with chainsaws, you should never take on more work than you need to.
Chainsaws can be very heavy and are hard work to use. Make sure you choose a model with a weight you are comfortable with as fatigue during use could lead to an accident.
Chain cutting speed
The cutting speed is measured in metres per second (m/s). The faster the cutting speed the faster the chainsaw will cut through wood.
Proper lubrication is important for keeping the chain moving smoothly. Many models include automatic lubrication, while others need lubricating manually using the correct oil recommended by the manufacturer.
Chain bar guide
All chainsaws come with some safety features, which are designed to keep you protected during use.
Vibration is a serious issue that will affect you if you are using a chainsaw for long periods of time. An anti-vibration system helps to ease that burden and make sawing more comfortable.
If the chain breaks, a catcher makes sure that it does not fly loose and cause injury.
Most models come with a safety trigger, which means that when you turn the chainsaw on, the trigger must be gripped at all times. If anything causes you to let go of the trigger, the saw automatically switches off.
Chain brake/kickback brake
The chain brake stops the chainsaw if you experience a sudden movement, such as kickback, reducing the risk of injury.
Safety guard and hand guards
These are both provided to keep your hands safe during operation. They stop your hands from being hit by splinters, but also prevent them from slipping onto the blade if you experience kickback.
Covering the blade when the chainsaw isn't in use will prevent any wear, as well as any accidents.