What’s the buzz about electric chainsaws
Most people associate operating a chainsaw with a series of headaches. The messy mixing of oil and gas, the endless pulling of the starter cord and the ear-piercing roar of the 110-decibel motor are enough to frustrate even the lumberjacks among us.
But with major advancements in battery-powered technology, electric chainsaws are quietly proving to be just as mighty as many of their gas-powered counterparts in everything from simple pruning to chopping up fallen trees. And their benefits will help cut the stress out of your fall cleanup activities.
Traditional pull-start engines can be a pain. With an electric chainsaw, you simply keep the battery on the charger and pop it into the chainsaw when you’re ready. In one push of a button, you’re ready to saw.
By switching from a two-stroke gas engine to an electric motor, you avoid the need to mix fuels and maintain carburetors, fuel lines, spark plugs, air filters and other parts. With no need to refuel and fewer repairs, you can expect to save money on overall operations.
Safe and easy to operate
Electric chainsaws are lightweight and easy to handle. They turn on easily, so there’s no need to leave a saw idling so you don’t have to start it again. And when they’re on, they vibrate less, which makes them less demanding to operate and allows you to be more precise with each cut.
No noise or odor
Each slice is much quieter with an electric chainsaw. And with no gas needs, there are no harsh fuel odors or emissions.
One battery does it all
Several electric chainsaw brands have batteries that can be used in multiple tools. This means you can slide the battery out of your chainsaw and use it in a lawnmower, trimmer, leaf blower and more.
Chainsaw safety tips
- Keep a steady grip on both handles on the saw. It is very important to hold the thumb of your left hand under the front handle in order to reduce the force of a possible kickback.
- Hold the saw close to your body for better balance and to make the saw feel less heavy.
- Stand with your feet apart. To achieve the best possible balance, put your left foot slightly in front of your right.
- Do not work with a curved spine - bend your knees instead when working in low positions.
- The chain must not be rotating when you are moving to another spot. When moving in several steps, you should activate the chain brake or turn off the engine. When you move a longer distance or when transporting, you should fit the guide bar guard.
- Make sure that no one is closer to you than 4 yards when working with a chainsaw. During tree felling, a greater safety distance is required.
- Wear appropriate safety gear: chaps, boots, gloves, and eye and hearing protection.