When you purchase the Qualcast 45cc chainsaw, you’re getting a great power tool that makes a handy companion in your yard or garden. The 18-inch bar is big enough to let you work through tough tree limbs and trunks, but don’t tackle anything too big. This is still a small chainsaw and works better on the thinner stuff.
At just a bit over 12 pounds, this is a fairly lightweight machine. You should be able to lug it around one-handed, but you should use both hands when operating. It includes several safety features to keep you from injury, but a chainsaw is still not a toy. The chain brake helps prevent issues if the chain pops off, or when there’s kickback. The good news is that this chainsaw includes an Oregon low kickback bar, so there’s less chance of it popping back toward your face. It can still happen, though, so proceed with caution. When it comes to power, this 45cc chainsaw can get the job done. For its size, it’s a powerful, compact machine. Don’t expect it to slice through 24-inch trunks like a hot knife through butter. It can easily handle smaller trees, though. So, it’s possible to use this chainsaw for felling, limbing, and logging.
You won’t have to worry about assembly, as it comes fully assembled. Plus, it’s one of the easiest saws to use. The automatic oiler keeps the bar and chain lubricated, so you won’t have to stop to add oil to keep everything running smoothly. The chain tensioner is handy, too, because you can tighten the chain without having to find a tool to do it. Just turn the knob. However, you may have issues with this feature. If the chain loosens often, you may find yourself tightening the chain every few cuts, and the knob could loosen, as well. In which case, you’d be back to using a tool. The cordless design makes it easy to use this chainsaw anywhere you need to. So, carry it with you to the garden and never have to worry about the cord reaching or not. However, it will require you to do a bit of maintenance to keep it running right. You’ll have to keep a tank of fuel and mix it with oil for the tank. And when you plan to store it for an extended period, you need to make sure you drain it.
Starting this chainsaw is a bit easier with Qualcast’s easy start system, but it’s still a pull-cord type of start. It’s easy enough to use if you have experience with gas-powered tools
, though. Chainsaws are known for their buzz, and that telltale vibration can lead to long-term injuries. The good news is that Qualcast includes anti-vibration features to help mitigate the vibrations to your hands and arms, protecting you from permanent damage. This means you can use the chainsaw for a longer period without fatigue, too. There’s also the noise consideration, which is especially important if you have nearby neighbors. This chainsaw falls into the 115-decibel range. An equivalent for noise is a rock concert or a leaf blower. Although that’s not terribly loud, long-term exposure can have negative effects. Since you’re likely to use this chainsaw longer than 30-second intervals, you should wear hearing protective gear. And perhaps you should wait until mid-morning to fire this chainsaw up if you have neighbors living close by.
The two-year warranty is just generous enough to protect your purchase should anything go wrong. Defective parts and labor happen, so it’s nice to know that the retailer or manufacturer will help replace or repair your chainsaw in those events. The Qualcast 45cc chainsaw packs enough power to handle moderately tough jobs, and the 18-inch bar can slice through some logs and trunks. It’s one of those chainsaws you’d want on a farm, but it might not have enough power for all your jobs.