The chainsaw : how to choose it ? How to use it ?

Felling a tree in the garden, pruning branches, cutting firewood, etc. the uses of a chainsaw are innumerable for an individual. What are the types of chainsaws? What safety instructions when using it? What is the average price for this machine? We take stock.

The different types of chainsaws

The chainsaw is a mechanical cutting tool consisting of a frame, a chain guide, a grab handle and a chain brake shell. In principle, this equipment comes in three types.

The electric chainsaw

We first find 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 quiet, non-polluting, low energy consumption and above all easy to maintain. 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 fitted with a 2-stroke engine running on a combination of synthetic oil and gasoline. The power of this model is variable and can range from 740 to 6400 W depending on the cylinder capacity chosen. 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, it is quite heavy.

chainsaw with battery

Latest existing model: the chainsaw with a battery that is suitable for small cuts and occasional work. It has the advantage of being autonomous (available in a wireless version) and of being easy to maintain. But its limited power can be a hindrance to larger works.

What is the average cost of chainsaws?

The price of a chainsaw is very variable and depends on its power, the cutting length it offers and above all on the manufacturer. The most famous brands are obviously the most expensive.

Mains-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-powered 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 beforehand certain safety instructions. But before tackling this question, it is first necessary to take stock of the regulations.

Timetable where you can use your chainsaw

You should know that because of the noise, the use of noisy gardening tools must be done in accordance with the schedules determined by prefectural decrees in each department. Generally, on working days, work is done from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Saturdays, they take place from 9am to 12pm and from 3pm to 7pm. Finally, on Sundays, the only authorized time slot is often from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In some municipalities, municipal decrees may also prohibit the use of a chainsaw on Sundays, so it is best to inquire beforehand at the town hall.

Protections for using a chainsaw

Once the “regulation” part has been settled, it is time to move on to the question of security. A certain number of protections is to be provided, in particular an ear protector, a helmet with a visor, protective glasses, safety shoes, non-slip gloves and clothing with anti-cut reinforcements.

Before starting, it is necessary to check that the casing nuts 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 a ladder, to cut wood located at a height, that is to say above the shoulder and to 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 and any person, start by checking the tension of the chain, the level of fuel or oil depending on the chainsaw used. Remove the protective plastic and activate the start position.

With the right hand, take the handle of the launcher and with the left hand, take the carrying handle. Position the machine up to your chest level and run the motor with a combined motion. Release the chain brake when you are ready to start cutting.

Taking the manufacturer’s instructions into account is an important step when using this machine. Your safety and the longevity of the device are at stake.

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