If you are not experienced using chainsaws, then it may be best to stick with a manual pole saw for your gardening trimming and pruning. Simply put, gas and electric chainsaws can be dangerous. Chainsaw related injuries often occur due to improper handling of the tool, so if you are not an experienced handler then beware. We have published a new page on our site “Did you know” which provides the most recent injury data available.
Our take on the situation:
Gas-powered chainsaws are very powerful, and offer greater mobility than the electric chainsaws and are very efficient and fast. Advantage: These chainsaws can make light and quick work of some tasks, such as getting rid of large damaged tree limbs. Disadvantage: Limited user height unless you risk climbing. They produce CO2 and usually include costly maintenance plus fuel to run and fuel to obtain more.
Electric chainsaws are available in cordless and corded varieties. They are lighter and require less maintenance than their gas-powered counterparts. They are typically used for light trimming, as well as pruning. Advantage: Plug and play until you burn it out and that can take a longtime. Disadvantage: Limited in user reach and purchase of correct extension cords may be necessary. Popping fuses is no fun.
Maintenance also lubricating oils are required over the long haul.
Chainsaw kickback: This is one of the problems that you can have with a gas, and to a lesser extent the electric chainsaw. When using a chainsaw you should never cut the tree branch or trunk with the tip. If you make the mistake of cutting with the tip then this can cause kickback. This occurs when the tip of the chainsaw comes in contact with the tree trunk, causing the chainsaw to suddenly leap upwards in your direction, and cause serious injury. It is therefore important that the tip of the chainsaw never touches the tree during pruning.
Tangled power cords: Electric chainsaws have long power cords (often as long as 100 feet), and these can get in the way as sometimes you get tangled in the cord or it sometimes ends up somewhere in the tree. So when operating the chainsaw you need to be aware of where the cord is, and ensure that it doesn’t get tangled while you’re cutting away.
It is important to be aware of the dangers of gas and electric chain saws vs a manual pole saw. Regardless of the type of saw you select, make certain that you are adequately protected with regulation headgear, safety glasses and work gloves to protect your hands.
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In Conclusion: Manual pole saws are very productive tools, better for the environment and have a relatively low cost of long term ownership. Manual pole saws are ideal for most of the trimming and pruning jobs that the homeowner and landscape professional user will need to cut through.
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