What is an Electric Chainsaw
An electric chainsaw is a tool used for cutting trees and wood that operates the same way a gas chainsaw does, but paired with an electric motor. An electric chainsaw is a reliable helper to anyone who owns some land and needs to keep the garden or yard neat (you'll be able to cut trees and trim shrubs). Also, this tool will be suitable for cutting wood for a fireplace. Finally, an electric chainsaw will be most suitable at a construction site, for cutting wood beams. And what's positive about electric chainsaws, they are eco-friendly and emit no exhaust fumes.
If you think an electric chainsaw isn't powerful enough, pay attention to our review of the best gas chainsaws.
What Features to Compare
The first and, probably, the most important feature to consider when you're going to buy an electric chainsaw is the Performance which, in its turn, depends on the power of the electric motor and the length of the bar. The power (which is very often indicated by the Amperage and Voltage the engine operates on) is crucial for cutting capabilities of a chainsaw. If you are choosing a model for minor backyard job, you can pick a small model with a short bar, but if you need a chainsaw able to cut large trees - a powerful electric chainsaw should be picked. The bar length determines the size of the tree a chainsaw will be able to cut. Chainsaws with bars of around 12-14 inches will be perfect for small trees, while medium ones will require the bars of 16-18 inches long and really big trees will require a bar of at least 18 inches long. Also, make sure to tension the chain or the chain might slip off and hurt you. As usual, modern electric chainsaws boast a tool-free chain tensioning system: there's a special lever on the chainsaw - you turn it clockwise or counterclockwise in order to tension the chain. There are also electric chainsaws with a manual chain tensioning system which means you need a tool to tighten the chain up.
The next step to make is to consider the Sawing Convenience which depends on how easy using an electric chainsaw is. No doubt, the weight of the chainsaw really matters - if it's too heavy, you won't feel comfortable to use it for a long time. Also, not everybody is strong enough to operate a chainsaw for several hours in a row. So, make sure to know how heavy a tool is. Also, keep in mind that there are 2 major types of motor placement - lateral or side-to-side. Electric chainsaws with a side-to-side motor placement are less well-balanced and are suited for cutting vertically whereas a lateral placement is better for maneuvering around. Also, any machine requires lubrication, i.e. oiling and an electric chainsaw isn't an exception. Make sure to check what oiling system is used - manual (which require tools for tensioning the chain). Keep in mind that lubrication not only makes the cutting easier but also prolongs the lifespan of an electric chainsaw.
Finally, consider the Safety of every electric chainsaw since this tool is quite dangerous for inexperienced users. So, make sure to check if an electric chainsaw has a safety lock which protects you from an accidental pushing of the trigger. Next, a good chainsaw has a chain brake that stops the spinning of a chain in case of a kickback. For those who're going to cut use an electric chainsaw for a long time, check if your tool has an overload protection; it prevents the motor from overheating and prolongs its lifespan. Some electric chainsaws also have hand guards - it's an additional protection.