How Does a Chainsaw Work?
Sometimes to understand how something works, it is important to understand what exactly you have in your hands! A chainsaw is a portable saw that cuts through wood or wooden objects by the use of “teeth” running in a circular motion around a guiding bar. The “teeth” on the blade of a chainsaw is actually a metal chain that has notches or grooves at certain intervals to cut through even the hardest types of wood with ease. The speed of which the blade maneuvers in a circle with the aid of a guide bar depends on a couple of factors; one being what horsepower your chainsaw possesses and what speed your chainsaw engine responsible is for.
A good chainsaw can be helpful in a wide variety of activities, from landscaping trees and foliage to cutting life-saving firebreaks in heavily wooded areas to ice sculpting during the winter! It is extremely important to practice extreme caution when handling a chainsaw for any type of activity, as while in operation, the blade of the saw is strong enough to cut through human skin, muscle, and bone.
You can also purchase a particular type of pants and jacket that is lined both externally and internally with thinly interwoven wire that is made specifically to be worn during chainsaw operation. These articles of clothing are designed to stop a blade when it reaches the wire, regardless of externally or internally; which can prevent a fatal accident.
The level of maintenance your chainsaw will require depends entirely on how often you use it. If you use your chainsaw on a weekly basis, you may find that you need to complete certain maintenance tasks before each use. A gas-powered chainsaw will require a higher level of maintenance regardless of the frequency as there are more items to check before starting operations with your chainsaw. Gauges, air-intake, and exhaust ports have to be free of debris, and all screws or bolts must be tightened to ensure safety.
Also, an oiler is needed to keep the moving parts greased. Electric chainsaws will still require maintenance before use, as it is always recommended that the starter, exhaust output ports, and all nuts or bolts checked thoroughly before use. Regardless of the model of chainsaw you choose to use, it is important to note that after time, the chain and blade on your chainsaw will dull, whether with age or use. Always check the sharpness (safely) of your blade and chain, as a dull blade can bounce off what you are trying to cut and send the chain airborne into yourself, another person, etc.
Now that you are informed of what a chainsaw actually is, how each individual part works, and what, if any, maintenance may be required of a chainsaw owner; it may be easier to determine what chainsaw would be the best for you to purchase. As a chainsaw is a product that can run into the hundreds of dollars, isn’t it better to be sure what you are purchasing is exactly what you want? Double-check for both retailer and manufacturer warranties on your new chainsaw and see what is required, if anything, of you for those warranties to stay in full effect. Ask questions of the salesperson, and if possible, ask for a demonstration on what it would take to control the chainsaw from the minute you start the engine to the time you turn it off. For a visual look at the internal workings of a chainsaw, check out this comprehensive YouTube video from RepairClinic.com to see a clear picture of how exactly your chainsaw cuts through wood!
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