Chainsaws 101

A chainsaw is a tool used to cut wood. It consists of a motorized chain saw blade attached to a handle. The chain saw cuts wood into smaller pieces.

Chainsaws are also known as power tools because they use electricity to run their motors. They are usually powered by an electric cord.

The first chainsaw was invented in 1884 by John Deere. He called his invention “the self-sharpening circular saw”. This machine had two blades: one fixed and another revolving. In this way, he could make any kind of cuts on materials such as logs or lumber.

Chainsaws are very useful tools for cutting wood. They have a chain with teeth attached to it. The chain is pulled through the saw blade. As the chain moves through the blade, it cuts the wood.

A chainsaw is a tool used for cutting wood while a saw is a tool used for making cuts in metals, wood, and others. 

Types of Chainsaws

There are three main types of chainsaws that are commonly found in the market today. They are electric, gas-powered, and corded.

  • Electric chainsaws are the most popular because they are easy to operate and maintain.
  • Gas-powered chainsaws are more powerful than electric ones but require more maintenance.
  • Corded chainsaws are the least common type of chainsaw.

Main Parts of a Chainsaw

Here are some of the most important parts of a typical chainsaw –

  • Engine
  • Pull Start
  • Front Handle
  • Rear Handle
  • Throttle
  • Throttle Interlock
  • Chain Brake / Hand Guard
  • Guide Bar
  • Nose
  • Chain
  • Chain Catcher
  • Bucking Spikes
  • Tensioner
  • Decompression Valve
  • Muffler
  • Filter
  • Carburetor
  • High and Low Adjustment
  • Choke
  • On/Off Switch
  • Primer Bulb

Chainsaw Safety Features

Using a chainsaw is a serious business, and mishandling can lead to some serious injury.

There are several safety features that are inbuilt in a chainsaw to keep the users and people nearby safe.

Common chainsaw safety features include the chain brake, chain catcher, throttle interlock, right-hand guard, muffler, and spark arrestor.

Some chainsaws also have extra safety features such as a low-kickback chain and bar, emergency stop control, anti-vibration systems, and a sturdy scabbard for safe transport between jobs.

Popular Chainsaw Brands

There are many popular chainsaws brands available in the market today, including Husqvarna, Makita, and Dewalt.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of queries regarding buying, usage, cleaning & maintenance of chainsaws, some of the key queries are answered here –

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Tips To Avoid Leaking or Spilling Oil From Your Chainsaw