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Corded Chainsaw Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Corded Electric Chainsaw

By  | Chain Saw Product Expert

Gas chain saws pack a great punch, but they have one major drawback.

If you don't use it often, the gas and oil mixture can gum up the carburetor, making it difficult - if not impossible - to start.

Electric chain saws, on the other hand, don't even have a recoil rope. They start with the simple press of a button.

Say goodbye to spark plugs, air filters and gasoline.

Extension CordExtension Cords
You will need a good extension cord to power your electric chainsaw. The longest cord you should use is 100 feet. Anything longer and the power-supply to the saw may suffer.

Although not as troublesome as a cord on a lawn mower, you might need time to adjust to the restrictions of the cord. If you're going into a thicket of trees, the cord can get snagged and unplugged easily.

Automatic Bar OilerAutomatic Bar Oiler
Due to the constant metal-on-metal friction between the bar and chain of a chainsaw, the bar needs to be continually lubricated with oil. This allows the chain to run smoothly. Without it, chains break easily.

Look for a chainsaw with an automatic bar oiler, which will constantly apply oil to the bar. Without one, you need to be vigilant about stopping to oil the bar, slowing you down.

Tool-Less TensionerTool-Less Tensioning
As you are using your chainsaw, the friction will cause the chain to loosen from the bar. In the past, you would have to stop, get out a tool and manually tighten the chain back to the bar.

Look for a chainsaw with tool-less tensioning to save time. Instead of using a separate tool, this feature allows you to turn a dial next to the bar, which tightens the chain.


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