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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Buying Used Chainsaws

by Jerry Smith

Is it worth buying a used chainsaw? That depends! You need to understand a few points about buying used chainsaws. First heed the old "buyer beware" warning. Generally there is no return of a used chainsaw. So be cautious, if you go to a yard sale and the seller can't or won't show you that the saw works, at least that it runs, don't even consider buying it, unless you just want it for parts.

If you are looking for a used chainsaw we will give you some ideas of where to look. Try the classified section of your newspaper, message boards at supermarkets and other retail outlets. Got to yard, farm and estate sales, these venues often publish a list of items being offered.

Use word of mouth, let your relatives and friends know you are in the market for a used chainsaw. One of them may know of a neighbor, friend or relative who is looking to sell a chainsaw.

Type "used chainsaws" into your search engine. You should get dozens of hits. Make sure you check the shipping charges. Auctions, both live and online, are another option for you. The one drawback here is there is usually an "as is" policy at most of these sites. However your online search should yield a few factory reconditioned chainsaws and these can often be had for about half of the original price, even with shipping charges that should save you some money.

If you shop carefully and check out any prospective chainsaw it is possible to get a good deal and save some money, you just need to be aware of what you are getting.

About the Author

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Basic Chainsaw Maintenance

by Dean Caporella

Basic Chainsaw Maintenance

There are not too many outdoor tools more versatile than the chainsaw. From cutting firewood to solid trees;from a delicate to a heavy duty job or whether you use a Stihl, Husqvarna, Echo or Jonsered machine, the trusty chainsaw will perform the job admirably.

Don't be fooled by it's apparent power and effectiveness though. Truth be known, a chainsaw is like a finely tuned athlete;it needs proper but basic maintenance and in return, it will provide you with years of winning performance.

One of the most common areas inexperienced and semi professionals tend to overlook is the chain oiling system. Most chainsaws have either an automatic or manual oiling system and performing regular checks will save you plenty in the long run.

Testing the oiling system is simple and quite straightforward. To perform a check; make sure the oil reservoir is full, hold the saw about 3 inches above a piece of paper(preferably white) and revv the saw a few times. By depressing the oil lever while the saw is revving, you should notice a light oil mist spraying onto the paper. If not, then you may have problems.

There are several steps you can take to locate the source of the chain saw problem. For instance, dust may have built up in the oil outlets. Your manual should highlight exactly where those oil outlets are located. They'll require careful cleaning.

Likewise, removing the chain and checking the guide bar for cleanliness is also recommended. Without regular checking of the oil outlets dust and oil build up can "cake" leading to performance restriction.

After performing and correcting these problems and you are still experiencing difficulties, then it's time to consider having your chainsaw looked at by an expert.

As stated earlier, chainsaws require basic maintenance but if performed, you'll get years of regular use and service from them.

About the Author

Dean Caporella is a professional Journalist and Sportscaster who takes an interest in a wide variety of topics. Dean grew up in farm country so chainsaws were part of the furniture. "They can be misused and without proper maintenance, dangerous. I hope to provide users with basic information in their application." Visit

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Chain Saws - Choosing And Using Your First Saw

by Loreno Lepe

How do you choose and use a chain saw? There are a vast range of saws available in a range of sizes and powers, from small, electric chain saws that are only designed for light pruning work, up to massive petrol powered machines that can be used all day to fell trees.

All chain saws are powerful and can cause fatal injury unless used according to the manufacturers safety instructions. Even men, who never read the instruction books provided for women, should consult the safety guide provided by the manufacturer. It is not possible to fumble your way through a chainsaw safely without consulting this safety guide.

The chain has a series of teeth that have sharp edges that bite into the wood to be cut. Sometimes the teeth alternate, one cutting to the right and the next tooth cutting to the left. The chain is supported by a bar and move around a track around this bar.

Chain saw maintenance is vital. There are two sets of components that require constant lubrication. The two-stroke engine gets its lubrication from the petrol/oil fuel mixture. The chain is lubricated by a separate oil source.

The chain lubricant may be depleted quickly because oil tends to fly off the chain. Care needs to be taken to only use oil of the viscosity recommended by the manufacturer.

Kickback can cause fatal injury. Kickback is the sudden jerking of the chain saw when it strikes a harder object, like a nail, embedded in the timber. Kickback can also happen if the chain jams in the cut, fairly common in very soft timber. You can buy quick stop chains and chainsaws that reduce the risk of kickback.

It is important to use appropriate protective equipment, including ear defenders, goggles and cut resistant trousers to reduce the risk of injury.

About the Author

Loreno Lepe has a background in the chemical and construction industries. For more information on laying concrete check out Concrete and Tree maintenance.

Stihl Chainsaws - Still Going Strong

by Dean Caporella

When people hear about STIHL, they think about old-world care and the handcrafted work of last century's skilled artisans. This dedication to quality is what has made the Stihl chainsaw the most popular on the market over the last 80 years.

Stihl specializes in developing and manufacturing a wide variety of portable power tools, both gasoline and electric. When looking at purchasing a chainsaw, some due diligence should be performed, yet, I found when shopping around and asking pertinent questions, such as what brand should I look at, most of the time the answer was always..."well, you can't beat a Stihl."

Along with Stihl's dedication and commitment to develop the ultimate product performance comes quite a long history of manufacturing and selling chainsaws.

Andreas Stihl developed the first electric chainsaw way back in 1926. At the time, professional loggers found his innovation very useful and were glad to take advantage of it. Andreas Stihl's significantly improved the lives of many farmers and woodcutters who had to rely on laborious crosscut saws and axes to etch out a living. It was tough going. Timber harvesting was virtually revolutionized by Stihl's invention.

Today,the use of Stihl chainsaws is no longer limited to the logging industry and has spread to other fields as well. The chainsaw has become such a versatile tool; while it's use amongst professional woodcutters is wide and varied, it's use has spread to the home owner, where the once arduous task of chopping firewood has now "become a breeze" through the application of the trusty chainsaw. The chainsaw has become an important part of the farming landscape; I remember growing up on our farm and learning to use a chainsaw at an early age. There were always trees that needed to be trimmed and land cleared. The landscaping industry have adopted the chainsaw as an important part of their make up. Contractors use of the chainsaw involves such things as cutting landscaping and cross ties as well as large timbers.

Stihl chainsaws have been constantly refined over the past 80 years. A reduction in weight and increased operating efficiency is a major reason why the chainsaw is no longer restricted to the professional woodcutting industry. Innovations such as the elastostart, anti-vibration system and improved shock absorption have catapulted the chainsaw to it's level of versatility. Dual braking systems and the inertia activated chain brake are more reasons why Stihl has remained at the top of the chainsaw tree.

During the last few years, the company has joined the fight to protect the environment. It has come up with new ideas to develop techniques that decrease hydrocarbon emissions. This has been a blessing for people who work in restricted areas.

Andreas Stihl's successors say that his commitment to quality has remained constant throughout the company's history. Stihl has maintained it's position in the power tools industry through that very commitment. And there are a lot of chainsaw users who would appreciate the lesser workloads they now face because of this versatile machine.

About the Author

Dean Caporella is a professional Journalist and Sportscaster who takes an interest in a wide variety of topics. A country kid at heart Dean says... "Growing up on a farm, chainsaws were a common part of the country landscape." Get all the latest news, views and reviews on chainsaws at

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