What are the best Chainsaws for the Garden?
Cutting down a tree in the garden, pruning branches, cutting firewood... the uses of a chainsaw are innumerable for an individual. What are the types of chainsaws? What safety instructions do you use? What is the average price of this machine?
Types of chainsaws
The chainsaw is a mechanical cutting tool consisting of a frame, a chain guide, a grip handle and a chain brake housing. In principle, this equipment comes in three types.
The electric chainsaw
First of all, there is the electric chainsaw, which is the most classic. It is appreciated for its maneuverability due to its relatively light weight. With a power of 1400 to 2000 W and operating at 220 V, it has the advantage of being silent, non-polluting, low energy consumption and above all easy maintenance. On the other hand, it requires a power supply near the work area and therefore the installation of an extension cord, most often.
The thermal chainsaw
Second most common model - the thermal chainsaw with 2-stroke engine that works with a combination of synthetic oil and gasoline. The power of this model is variable and can range between 740 and 6400 W depending on the chosen displacement. Very functional, this model is autonomous and offers an excellent weight/power ratio. However, it needs careful maintenance, can be noisy and polluting and, above all, is quite heavy.
The Chainsaw with battery
Last existing model: the battery-powered chainsaw suitable for small cuts and occasional work. It has the advantage of being autonomous (available in wireless version) and being easy to maintain. But its limited power can be an obstacle to larger works.
What is the price of chainsaws?
The price of a chainsaw is very variable and depends on its power, the length of cut it offers and especially the manufacturer. The most famous brands are obviously the most expensive.
Grid-powered chainsaws are generally the most affordable. Models from 1400 to 2000 W with a cutting length of 35 to 40 cm cost between 70 and 350€
Battery electric chainsaws are worth between € 100 and € 700.
The price of a thermal chainsaw is estimated between € 100 and € 700 for models from 1200 to 2500 W with a cutting length between 35 to 45 cm. A professional model with a cutting length of 40 to 80 cm costs between 300 and 1700€.
Safety rules to follow
Before considering the use of a chainsaw, it is important, even vital, to know in advance certain safety instructions. But before addressing this issue, it is first necessary to take stock of the regulations.
Legal schedule where you can use your chainsaw
You should know that due to noise, the use of noisy gardening tools must be done according to the schedules determined by the prefectural decrees of each city (Y País). Generally, on weekdays, work is done from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Finally, on Sundays, the only authorized time slot is usually from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In some places, they can also prohibit the use of chainsaws on Sundays, so it is better to inform yourself in advance in your locality.
Protections for using a chainsaw
Once the "regulation" part is resolved, it's time to move on to the question of safety. A certain number of protections should be provided, in particular, a hearing protector, a helmet with a visor, goggles, safety shoes, non-slip gloves and clothing with anti-cut reinforcements.
Before starting, it is necessary to check that the nuts of the housing are tight, that the tool is clean (without resin or oil) and that the chain brake is working. Attention, it is forbidden to use a stepladder or ladder, cut wood located at a height, that is, above the shoulder and put the chainsaw on the ground while it is running. Don't forget to take frequent breaks to stay focused.
How to use a chainsaw?
In a place clear of any object or person, start by checking the chain tension, fuel or oil level depending on the chainsaw used. Remove the protective plastic and activate the starting position.
With your right hand, take the handle of the launcher and with your left hand, take the carrying handle. Place the machine at chest level and run the engine with a combined motion. Release the brake from the chain when you are ready to start cutting.
It is important to consider the manufacturer's instructions when using this machine. Your security and device longevity are at stake