This article is extracted from the Homeowner Complete Guide To The Chainsaw By Brian J. Ruth & Jen W. Ruth
A chainsaw pro shows you how to safely and confidently handle everything from trimming branches and felling trees to splitting and stacking wood. In-depth details about Electric Vs Gas Powered chainsaws
If you have decided you need a chainsaw, what is the first decision you will have to make? I would recommend first determining if an electric or gasoline- powered saw suits your needs. Both will cut wood, but comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges.
|1.Less expensive. An electric saw can be purchased for as little as $30.(But you generally get what you pay for!)||1. Slower cutting. The chain rotates at about half the chain speed of a gas saw.|
|2. Lightest in weight. This makes electric saws easier to use for smaller operators. You can work with them longer without becoming tried.||2.Limited cutting range. You must be bear an electric outlet or the length of your extension cards.*|
|3. No fuel. Simply plug them in without worrying about the fuel/ oil mixture of gas saws.||3. Must plug into a GFCI outlet or cord.|
|4. East to start. Simply squeeze an electric switch.||4.Potential electric shock hazard. Be sure the motor is double insulated and the cord is grounded with a three- prong plug. Do not work in the rain or wet conditions. Be aware of where the power cord is at all times when cutting.|
|5. Quleter. they are easier on the ears ( and the nerves).||5. Shorter length bar ( four- and- one – half to eighteen inches), due to limited power, restricts size of wood that can be cut.|
|6. No fumes||6. No chain brake. Increased risk of injury if something goes wrong.|
|7. Less maintenance. No spark plugs, air filters, or fuel filters to change.||7. Manual bar oiler. Operator must remember to use thumb- operated oil pump, or chain may overheat and breaks.|
|8. Can be used indoors.||8. Close and limited grip top handles. Handle geometry can reduce control and restrict some cutting angles.|
Gas- Powered Chainsaws
|1. Faster cutting. higher chain speed. The chain can rotate up to seventy mph, which means more can be done in less time.||1. Generally more expensive. With more speed and power comes more expense. But it is usually worth it.|
|2. Range of choices and cutting capacity. From six pounds in weight up to forty pounds. With twelve- inch- long bars up to six- foot- long bars.||2. Fuel/Oil mixtures. Gas- powered saws require special fuel/ oil mixtures that can be expensive and time consuming .|
|3. Work anywhere. Because you are not tied to an electric cord, gas- powered chainsaws can work in just about any kind of environment|
(except indoors, and there is no concern of cutting the cord or electric shock.
|3. Starting. Starting a gas- powered saws are usually larger, and they have large motors, longer bars, a tank full of fuel, and a tank of oil, they can be more tiring to use, especially for a small operator.|
|4. More safety features and available after- market attachments. since gas- powered saws are generally considered the standard in the industry, you are more likely to find built- in safety features such as chain brakes and accessories to make them easier and safer to use.||4. Weight. Because gas- powered saws are usually larger, and they have large motors, longer bars,a tank full of fuel, and a tank of oil, they can be more tiring to use, especially for a small operator.|
|5. Noisier and create fumes. Less friendly to the operator or the environment.|
|6. More maintenance. Spark plugs and air and fuel filters need regular attention.|
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