update December 2017
There are many choices when it comes to chain saws. The biggest choice you will have to make is between gas and electric chain saws. You will also need to think about the features of the saw. Once you purchase your saw, you then need to ensure that you are adhering to all the safety regulations. The following article will help you to decide on what type of saw to buy and give you a little information about safety.
Gas and Electric are Different
Gas and electric chain saws may seem the same, but they are quite different. Gas chain saws are known for being very powerful, but they are also known for being quite heavy. They also need to be refueled, sometimes quite often, depending on how you will be using them. Gas powered saws also need more maintenance and have more issues that can arise than the electric saws. Many people prefer electric saws because they are cleaner to operate, lighter weight and require less maintenance than gas powered ones.
Match Chain Saw to the Job
When buying a chain saw, you need to consider more than just the power source. You always need to match a chain saw to the task. You want to ensure that your chain saw is not too big or small for the job that you intend to do. The size is usually directly related to the power of the saw, so for larger jobs you will need a larger saw. It is important, though, that you consider the weight. You have to be able to comfortably hold and control the saw in order to safely use it. You may have to make a trade off and go with a less powerful saw if you simply can’t handle a larger size and weight.
What Size Bar?
Another thing to think about is the length of the bar. The bar length will tell you the cutting area of the saw. A longer bar means you cut more at one time. This, too, should be related to the job that you will be doing.
Safety is always important when it comes to using electric chain saws. The electrical cord is a huge safety concern. You have to be very careful to keep the cord out of the way. It could pose a fall hazard or it could get in the way and get cut, which could pose a shock hazard. You should never operate a chain saw when you are under the influence of any mind altering substance. You need to be alert when using power tools. Before using your chain saw, it is important to check over it and make sure all the parts are working and everything is in good condition.
Electric chain saws are a great choice if you are looking to buy a chain saw. Keep in mind that an electric chain saw does have many benefits over a gas powered saw, but you also need to keep safety in mind. Electric saws have a major risk due to the power cord. As long as you are careful and you are safety conscious when using your saw, then an electric saw could be the perfect choice for you.
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