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The Qualcast Chainsaw Review


If you’re familiar with the Qualcast line of outdoor tools, then you’re probably aware that Qualcast is now made under the Bosch manufacturer name. You can still find a variety of Qualcast tools, though, including chainsaws. It’s difficult to find the Qualcast brand much anymore, but if you’re a loyalist and you need a small chainsaw for home and garden use, the Qualcast 45cc gas-powered chainsaw is one that’s still available in stores and online.

This chainsaw offers quite the bang for your buck, considering it’s affordable but still relatively powerful. It can be used to buzz through logs, bushes, and planks for projects. This is one of those tools that make home projects, gardening, and yard maintenance easier than you’d expect. It’s a must-have chainsaw that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. To learn more about the chainsaw, the brand, and what you’ll need to keep it in tip-top shape, keep reading.

Why Buy a Qualcast Chainsaw?

The English brand got its start in Derbyshire in the 1920s, and it was well known for its hand-powered lawn mowers. The company hasn’t made much of an impact in outdoor tools since it was acquired in 2011 by Bosch. The name of Qualcast is still used on some products and will be until 2019, at which point, there’s no telling what will come of the Qualcast line.

Although Qualcast doesn’t exist as it did before, you can still find the small chainsaw featured here at online retailers and perhaps at a garage sale. You can find the most selection at good prices on an online auction site, too. When it comes to supporting and warranties, you’ll need to contact Bosch, or through the retailer Argos or Homebase.

Pros

  • Chain brake
  • Anti-vibration
  • Tool-free chain tensioning
  • Compact
  • Low kickback Oregon bar/chain
  • Low noise level
  • Auto-oiler
  • Easy start
  • Lightweight
  • Decent warranty
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Too small for some jobs
  • Requires gas, oil

What to Expect from a Qualcast Chainsaw

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.

Features & Benefits

So, how do all the features of the Qualcast 45cc gas-powered chainsaw come together to be beneficial to you, the homeowner who has trees and bushes to trim or chop? Let’s go over all that now.

Chain brake

A chainsaw with a chain brake can give you a little extra peace of mind because if anything goes wrong – you drop the saw, it gets jammed in a trunk, or what have you-you can stop the chain rotating before it causes any damage.

Anti-vibration

All chainsaws create a vibration in your hands, but a chainsaw with anti-vibration features, like this one, can help reduce the amount of vibration you feel. It helps protect your hands and arms from numbness and permanent damage that could come about when using tools like this for extended periods.

Tool-free chain tensioning

Most chainsaws made for homeowners come with a chain tensioning knob. It’s a convenient addition because you won’t have to buy and keep on hand a tool that lets you tighten the chain on your saw. You simply turn the knob and the chain tightens.

Compact

Having a smaller chainsaw seems like a terrible idea for some people who want the biggest, baddest power tools. However, the compact size of this chainsaw makes it even easier to use, such as when you’re up a tree and chopping off limbs.

Low kickback Oregon bar/chain

If you’ve ever used a chainsaw before, then you know it’s going to give you some kickback here and there. It happens occasionally when the tip of the chainsaw bounces back toward the user. This can be dangerous. Having a low kickback bar and chain provides you a little extra safety because it won’t kick with as much force.

Low noise level

Power tools are noisy. There’s no way around it. But smaller chainsaws with well-built engines can provide a little less noise than the big beasts. And this one from Qualcast is a little politer, which makes it a good choice for homeowners who have nearby neighbors.

Auto-oiler

An automatic oiler makes your life with your chainsaw a little easier because you won’t have to oil it constantly as you’re using the chainsaw. Just fill the reservoir with chain oil, and then get to sawing. The oiler automatically lubes up your bar and chain while you work.

Conclusion

As is the case with any chainsaw, the Qualcast 45cc gas-powered chainsaw is right for some people, and not for others. If you’re a homeowner with a fair amount of work for a small chainsaw, then this could be the right one for you. It isn’t the smallest chainsaw ever made, and it has enough power for you to fell some trees, do some limbing, or cut up some logs for firewood. However, it isn’t a professional-grade chainsaw, so this isn’t something to add to your tool collection for your logging company. Buy the right tool for the job and you’ll be able to breeze through it with no issue.  

About The Author

Candace Osmond

Award Winning Designer, Candace Osmond has been in the industry for over a decade. She studied Interior Decorating & Design and is also an accomplished writer and multi-published author. When she's not typing away from the comforts of her desk, Candace can be found travelling to warm destinations, tending to her garden, or enjoying the outdoor haven that is her backyard. Candace currently resides in the breathtaking Maritimes of Eastern Canada with her husband, two beautiful kids and one slobbery bulldog.

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