Chain Saws

Written by Charles Peacock
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Chain saws, I must admit, are one of my favorite outdoor tools. They're loud, they're fun, they're a little dangerous--but most of all, they're capable of handling tasks that would literally take a human being hours to complete with a regular saw or axe. It can be easy to find the right product for you by comparing the features of the best chain saws on the market.

Features to Look for in High-Quality Chain Saws

One of the biggest problems with gas-powered chain saws is that they need air to keep the engine running. Since the air intake on these gas engines is very close to the cutting blade, it's very common for fine sawdust to make its way into the intake and clog up the engine. Good chain saws will have powerful, efficient filtration systems that only allow clean air to get into the engine. This will keep your chain saw running smoothly for years.

Starting up a chain saw is one thing I never enjoyed. The model my dad used to have required constant pulling and cranking--by the time you got the thing running you felt like your arm was already going to fall off. Many of today's models, however, feature advanced compression techniques that allow you to fire the engine up with minimal effort. If you're looking for a chain saw that will make your job easier, this is a feature you can't live without.

Ergonomics have become more important in today's tools, which is a good thing for people who frequently work with their hands. Look for chain saws with comfortable grips that won't slip out of your hand. It is also important to consider the level of vibration in the handle--if you're cutting a thick piece of wood you don't want the saw shaking like crazy and jumping out of your hand.


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