The competition or rather the comparison is with gas-powered chainsaws that use, obviously, gasoline to run a powerful motor and help you with related tasks. Electric chainsaws work on current, but are they as powerful or versatile as gas saws? With modernized technology and innovations coming out annually, electric saws are indeed taking over.
Their performance and efficiency – especially with a few noteworthy brands – are parallel to their gas powered counterparts.
The two words you need to bear in mind while shopping for chainsaw are: ‘size’ and ‘power’. These determine comfort level, efficiency, as well as safety for various tasks and projects, not to forget long-term durability and usage over several hours at a stretch.
- To prevent your saw from producing a sudden and often unexpected back force, low kickback bars and chains are incorporated into most models.
- The chain needs to be kept lubricated, especially if it is not to heat up from over-use. To this end, maintenance is practically cut thanks to an automatic oiler You no longer need to recall when you need to lubricate the chain; go on working. Safety and efficiency with cutting tasks depends heavily on this feature.
- It is never a bad thing to find anti-vibration options on your chosen to chainsaw model or brand. This cuts short your personal fatigue levels by granting superior comfort as you wield the saw. Imagine having a world’s worth of cutting and you get tired in the first quarter-hour of work. No heavy vibrations, no heavy workload.
- Suppose you wish to change the tension of the cutting chain and you do not want to do so over several minutes; it will ruin your work flow. Enter, tool-free chain adjustment, another feature to lookout for.
- Just like gas powered chainsaws, even electric ones need a rope pull to start up. The force needed to pull it is distinctly less thanks to a spring-assisted starting.
- The air filter inside these products is one of the most delicate components inside electric chainsaws. With an air-cleaning element, large debris is removed before they even get to the filter, thereby increasing the filter’s lifespan.
- Sudden impacts and movements can and will happen with chainsaws, electric ones no bar. A chain brake provides supreme safety by stopping the chain in a matter of seconds when this happens. Automatic as well as manual brakes are available, depending on the saw type.
- A simple but just as important feature is a carrying case that comes with your chainsaw product. These will be specially designed to hold various components of the saw and the machine itself in safe and secure moulds.
Electric Chainsaw Types
We can delve into a detailed exploration of all the sub-types and classifications out there for electric chainsaws, but it is better to keep things simple and down-to-earth.
Type #1. Standard – With front and back handles to provide grip, portability, and comfort, these chainsaw types have handles on the motor housing (or engine). The cutting bar juts out from this housing. As for vibrations, they will certainly be there on standard electric chainsaw models.
Type #2. Pole – Fully called pole saws, these comprise an extention pole on which you can mount the saw and work with cutting and trimming at great elevations. Corded and cordless versions are available; the latter has a good enough battery life. Some string trimmers out there come with pole saw attachments.
Type #3. Jagged Jaw – As ‘thrilling’ as the name sounds, these are merely another type of electric saw that are designed with a set of jaws around an aptly resized cutting bar. Aside from increased chain protection, the jaw helps with grinding the materials you work with; within reason. Some models display scissor-like behavior and clamp down on the materials to break them up. For all this power-talk, jaw-based chainsaws are good for light cutting and pruning.
Important: Not all electric chainsaws can work heavy-duty tasks. Light- to medium-duty cutting, trimming, and pruning come under their primary purview
Corded or Cordless?
In keeping with our tradition of simplicity, electric chainsaws either come with an extension wire (corded) that uses power or current to work; much like most other electronics out there. Battery-based (cordless) does away with the cord.
- Corded chainsaws are remarkably lighter. Recharging and refueling are not even factors to consider with these. As long as you have the right extension cord that can reach the work area you need, you are good to go. The cord’s length certainly determines how far you can move around the work area.
- Keep the cord well out the way or the saw might go through it. Get compatible extension cords; there are smart tips available online, one of them being how you can generate more power output by choosing a low gauge number for the cord.
- As for the cordless variety, mobility is a rather obvious advantage. Because of a battery, operation times will be comparatively shorter (times to recharge). The battery is no dainty-daisy, it adds weight to the saw. As long as your workload is moderate, these saws are ideal.
Important Note: Cordless electric saws are NOT as powerful as their corded cousins.
Needless to stress the importance of this topic.
- Earplugs and earmuffs work to keep your hearing good. Some models have little to no vibration but noise is a very real thing with electric saws.
- Steel-toed boots with non-skid soles are best where footwear is concerned; imagine slipping or dropping the saw by mistake.
- Cut-proof pants or chaps are perfect, they are in fact more than.
- Side-shielded eye protection is compulsory; keeps eyes safe against flying debris.
- Gloves, industrial grade, cut-resistant, and provided with ample grip capabilities; go for these.
- When cutting and/or trimming overhead, like tree branches, don a hard hat (like what construction workers use).
- When you see the words ‘chain pitch’, it is referring to the rivet spacing on the chain. These spacing and that of the teeth on the sprocket should correspond; the sprocket teeth are found at the end of the bar.
- When you see the words ‘gauge specifications’, it is referring to the chain’s thickness or gauge. This and the bar’s groove should fit without hassle. When it comes time to buy a new chain, this measure will help you choose the right one.
Electric chainsaws are efficient, modern, practical, produce no carbon emissions and are varied to suit different projects and requirements.
- Always read the manufacturer’s instructions; this includes the manual, safety policies, and so on.
- The weight of the saw determines how long you can go about using it at any given time.
- The cutting chain envelops the bar whose length determines the types of logs you can cut. Example: a bar of 20 inches can work its way smoothly through logs of 40-inch diameters each. Pruning, trimming, and lopping are simple tasks that are not really influenced by bar length. Professionals go for ‘tall bars’ while hobbyists opt for ‘standard’ lengths.
- The engine determines power output. Obviously, the larger the engine the more powerful it is. Heavy-duty projects demand more potent engines. These engines are measured in cubic centimeters, with 30cc being the standard.
Finally, regular maintenance is absolutely important. While auto-oiling and auto-tensioning features reduce the amount of maintenance needed, you cannot say no to it altogether.
Tighten those loose nuts, keep the chainsaw clean, and all will be well; durability and lifespan increases for your saw this way. See if you can readily dissemble and re-assemble chainsaws; makes them easier to clean.