Types of Chainsaws and Uses

Chainsaws are versatile tools used in various applications ranging from the forestry and logging industry to home improvement tasks. They come in different sizes and styles, ranging from lightweight cordless saws to heavy-duty gas-powered models. Depending on your needs, there is one that can help you complete any task.

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Chainsaws are great for cutting firewood, trimming branches, and even carving sculptures. The proper knowledge and understanding of how to use it safely can be an incredible tool for professionals and homeowners alike.

In this guide, we will provide you with information about the various types of chainsaws as well as the different uses.

Battery-Powered Chainsaw

The lightest and easiest-to-use motor chainsaw runs on rechargeable lithium batteries. It functions like a corded electric saw but with the freedom of mobility when it's battery-powered. They can match the power of gas-fueled chainsaws but without the toxic fumes and loud noise.

Battery-powered chainsaws are also beneficial for those living in areas without access to a power source or when running an extension cord would be difficult. You can use them for pruning, trimming, cutting small fallen trees, and more.

Electric Chainsaw

Electric chainsaws have cord and run when you plug into a power source. They have higher amperage allowing them to have more cutting power for yard work. The major downside is that you can't get very far from the outlet, so it limits your movement. Using them close to your home or with an extension cord is best.

Gas-Powered Chainsaw

This type might be the most familiar to the general public. It's the kind that you see as props at a haunted house. It's probably overkill for a homeowner to need a gas chainsaw. They are built for bigger jobs. They run on a gas-powered two-stroke engine that requires lubrication. You can start by priming the gas tank and pulling the starter cord. The downsides include bulkiness, smell, and noise, and you have to use ear protection.

Pole Saw

Technically, pole saws are not chainsaws. However, they work similarly. These are chainsaws on a stick that loop off hard-to-reach tree branches and shape hedges. They are also perfect for cutting dangerous tree limbs that will potentially fall and hurt someone.

Pole saws can also include triggers and controls on the other end of the handle and run on electricity, gas, or battery.

Pneumatic Chainsaw

The pneumatic chainsaw is the most powerful type. They are most common in an industrial setting because highly pressurized air pockets power them. The force they build-up is enough to make straight cuts in concrete and metal, making them useful for construction work. Unlike gas, pneumatic chainsaws are emission-free. Some even have mechanisms that deliver oil or water to keep the blades from overheating.

Manual/Pocket Chainsaws

Manual chainsaws are also known as pocket chainsaws because you can carry them anywhere. They consist of a chain with bladed teeth that can be used for small cutting jobs. Wrap it around whatever you want to cut through, then quickly pull it back and forth. It can be exhausting to use and time-consuming. However, it is also emission-free, nearly silent, and portable.

From heavy-duty gas-powered models to manual pocket saws, there is something on the market to suit every user's needs. You can easily find the perfect one for your needs with the right information and knowledge.

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