Petrol-driven chainsaws can make you somewhat unpopular with the neighbours, but
they are an incredibly useful machine around the yard. Ryobi have come up with a
solution the electric chainsaw!
This machine has the same power as a petrol-driven saw, and uses the same chain
and bar. The safety features are also the same, as it has dogs to grip the
work and a chain brake, which stops the chain instantly if you get kickback.
The only fluid required is chain bar oil, which self-feeds onto the chain to
provide essential lubrication. The electric motor has tonnes of torque and a
centrifugal clutch so the chain starts gently.
Because theres no fuel tank, this saw can be used at any angle even upside
down making it ideal for pruning. In fact you can use if for heavy structural
landscaping, cutting firewood, and tree felling (if you have permission).
Whatever type of chainsaw you use, always wear sturdy clothing, boots, gloves,
face-shield and ear muffs. Never use the tip of the saw for cutting, or you risk
kickback (the saw is thrown back towards your face). Also make sure that the off
cuts will fall away freely without jamming the blade.
Kev reckons the best feature of all is that an electric chainsaw starts every