Buyers Guide Questions
Are Chainsaw Blades Interchangeable?
Chainsaw guide bars and chains can be swapped out for different sizes so long as the parts match the machine.
Different saws have different designs and so you must ensure that you are attempting to switch in a guide and chain that are designed to work in your saw.
Many saws, however, are designed to power a specific guide and chain.
So sizing up is not always the best option as a smaller chainsaw motor might not give you the drive you need to run a large bar on a taxing project.
It is always best to check the specific capabilities of your saw in order to ensure you are getting the best use out of your tools if you opt for a change.
Do Chainsaws leak oil?
All chainsaws do need to be oiled regularly, and while many models come with auto-oil systems and convenient infrastructure for filling and refilling, spills and leaks can and will happen.
The best way to avoid this is to make sure that you are following the instructions that come with your new saw and are properly cleaning your machine in order to identify any wear that can be causing leaks.
- High Performance -- SALEM MASTER 62cc 3.4hp powerful gas chainsaw delivers steady power to the 20-inch bar and low-kickback chain. The engine speed can be up to 8500 rpm. Ideal tool for cutting firewood and felling trees with a much higher efficiency.
- Superior Quality -- Professional gas chain saw, equipped with high quality chain and high hardness bar, fast cutting, more durable and high wear resistance, not easy to drop chain, having a longer using life.
- Auto Oiler -- Automatic oil supply system delivers a steady supply of bar and chain oil for safe and effective use, and extends the life of the chainsaw.
- Ergonomic Design -- The comfortable handle design, non-slip and shock-absorbing, not easy to fatigue for a long-term use, making this chainsaw balanced, maneuverable, and comfortable to operate, use more securely.
- High Safety -- The quick stop chain brake helps to use more securely. The chain saw is provided with a safety switch to protect against accidental starts to ensure the safety of the user.
Oftentimes, a suspected leak is actually just the result of residual oil in the oiling mechanism or on the guide or chain.
In order to minimize these phantom “leaks”, you should disassemble and clean your equipment when you are finished using it.
If you think that your saw is actually leaking – and not just siphoning out through the oiler mechanism – again, disassemble and clean the saw making sure to flush out the oil reservoir.
You can then refill with oil and sit it out on a dry piece of cardboard. It should be fairly easy to tell if your saw is leaking and from where.
Are Electric Chainsaws as good as Gas Chainsaws?
This question depends mostly on what you will be using the chainsaw for. Gas chainsaws are the standard for professional arborists and those who will get heavy frequent use out of their chainsaw.
Electric saws, while not as powerful or capable as gas-powered saws, are generally best for most homeowners.
These lighter-duty tools are perfectly equipped for general yard work and can often also perform most of the more burdensome tasks you may need to carry out on your property.
Corded electric and battery-powered chainsaws can be far less trouble than gas saws that require messy fuel mixing and replenishing, often-difficult startup procedures, and LOUD operation.
While portability can be an issue for electric chainsaws, with so many battery-powered options now on the market.
You can pair the ease of use that electric saws allow with the freedom of motion gas models provide, no problem.
Of course, whether a specific electric saw is as good as a gas-powered one, varies between tools.
Hopefully, our reviews can help to shine some light on the differences.
Do chainsaw Chains Stretch?
Chainsaw Chains can wear out over time and will begin to “stretch” out.
If your saw is not getting enough oil, the friction of the chain rubbing against the guide can heat the chain and will wear it down more quickly.
It is important to make sure that you are adjusting to let enough oil onto your blade in order to prolong the life of your chain.
Remember that larger guides and chains will require more oil and that you will also have to up the output if you are cutting particularly dry wood or dirty bark.
Another problem that can cause a chain to “stretch” is a worn-out sprocket.
If your chain is no longer gripping to the sprocket as it should, this can make for a lose fit along with the guide.
Check out the manufacturer’s instructions for help with changing your chain or sprocket and for more tips on avoiding unnecessary wear.
Do Chainsaws Overheat?
Yes, chainsaws can overheat. Chainsaws, like many power tools, have powerful engines that can run at very high temperatures and can overheat, particularly during the summer months.
Regular maintenance and cleaning of your saw can help to prevent overheating as air intake areas on saws can become clogged with dust, debris, or oil buildup.
The engine, guide-bar, and chain should also be kept clean, (fueled with a non-ethanol fuel mixture, for gas-powered saws) and lubricated in order to reduce friction that can overheat the saw.
Does Chainsaw need Oil?
Yes, yes, and yes. Proper lubrication of your chainsaw will keep it running smoothly and efficiently, and reduce overheating and wear over time.
Most saws come with auto-lubrication systems, so, as long as you make sure you have plenty of oil in the tank and are regularly cleaning your equipment, you should be able to maximize your chainsaw’s lifespan.
How to use a Chainsaw?
Every chainsaw works differently, as a startup, stopping, and operational features and procedures can vary greatly between models.
It is imperative that you carefully read the operating instructions that come with your specific machine in order to ensure the safe operation of your new chainsaw.
Also, before you go out and buy your chainsaw you need to find the right size and weight of chainsaw you feel comfortable using.
The basics for using a variety of different saws are fundamentally the same, though, and, before you start any chainsaw.
You must make sure that you are wearing the proper safety equipment and appropriate clothing needed to run the saw safely.
This includes long pants, safety gloves, eye and ear, as well as a hard hat, and steel-toed shoes.
What follows are general instructions for starting a gas-powered chainsaw in order to give you an idea of the operating procedure.
Again, make sure you consult the instruction manual for specific tools as the operation will vary between saws.
Once you are in your gear, you will need to start up the saw. This will likely entail pulling the start/choke control out to the on position.
If you have to pull on, make sure to always use your left hand to hold the handle in place.
And your right hand to pull while standing your right foot on the rear of the handle to stabilize the saw.
Pull the starter handle until the saw fires. You will then need to push the choke back in and pull again.
Now, when the saw starts, give the throttle a quick squeeze in order to disengage from its idle.
To make a cut, Hold the front handle firmly with your left hand – knuckles facing outward and your thumb underneath – then grab the rear handle with your right hand.
You should position yourself with your legs spread comfortably apart for stability and should cut at waste level, standing slightly to the side of where you’re cutting.
Make sure to keep others at a safe distance while using your saw.
A good rule of thumb is fifteen feet or double the height of a tree you’re working to fell.
Pull back the chain brake to disengage it and squeeze the throttle.
It is important not to make your cuts with the tip of the bar. Using the tip to cut can cause kickback, or you saw to jump.
This can be dangerous, especially when unexpected. You can cut down through the wood using the bottom of the bar – called using a pushing chain – or you can pull the top of the bar upward through the wood – called using a pulling chain.
Hopefully, our reviews have given you a picture of what type of chainsaw is best for your needs, it’s important to make sure that you are comfortable with whatever choice you make.
This is a powerful tool and can, of course, be dangerous if used improperly.
Whether you’re looking at electric, battery, or gas-powered saws, you need to be sure that you are purchasing something that you are comfortable using.
Our picks from WORX, Husqvarna, and Remington were the best chosen from the reviews we conducted.
But, remember the best chainsaws are not necessarily always the most powerful, they’re the ones that you can use safely and efficiently to get the job done.