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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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