Chain Saw Capability


Old 04-26-04, 07:52 PM
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Question Chain Saw Capability

I am a woman who likes to do it myself. I am interested in buying a chainsaw. I have found one that I think I can handle -- electric, 14", 2.5 horsepower. My question is - would that be powerful enough to cut through 5" diameter branches? There's no point in my buying it if it won't do the job.
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Old 04-26-04, 09:25 PM
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Hello: Rilee

No problem. The bar is 14 inches. More than twice the size of the branch. Which should pose no problems.

Just read and follow the manufacturers directions very carefully and closely. And never let the bar nose come into contact with anything while the machine is in operation.

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Old 04-28-04, 02:01 PM
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Yes, the chainsaw you are asking about as Sharp Advice says will have no trouble cutting a 5" limb.
Just be very carefull as a chainsaw is quite dangerous and we would hate to see you cut off limbs you didn't intend.

Another tool to consider if you only need to do occasional trimming is a reciprocating saw, either corded or battery.
With a 12" rough cut blade you will make short work of tree limbs and also have this tool for other projects.
I own a couple of chain saws and a brush cutter but find myself using my 18 volt Sawzall cordless for yard work alot.

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Old 05-12-04, 10:22 AM
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Sawzall for firewood?

I've had 16" a gas-powered chainsaw for a few years but frankly have been afraid to use it. I have a wood stove and occasionly I get offered wood that is too long for my stove and I would like to cut off 4-5 inches. I wouldn't try to shorten it until I'd split it to a reasonable width (~6"). Could I do something like that with a Sawzall? If so, what brand would you recommend for a left-handed person?
Old 05-12-04, 10:53 AM
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Thumbs up You are wise to be cautious!


Making a cut on such a short piece of wood is very dangerous.
I'm sure more people hurt themselves when trying to cut a piece that they can't properly secure.

A reciprocating saw would be an excellent choice for shortening your firewood.
Just rig up something to hold the wood firm as they cut best when you are able to apply force agisnst the foot while you are cutting.
Use a blade with the least number of teeth for a faster cut and purchase one that is a fairly good quality.
If picking apart the specs, one that has a longer stroke cuts better and is smoother running.

There is really no difference in one that would be used for lefties. Maybe the screw for the blade clamp but you would do well to find one with a quick release for the blade.

My top pick for brands in this tool is Milwaukee but I'm sure others would come close.
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Reverse and/or lock buttons?


THanks for the help. I've been looking on the Web and the 18v Milwauke seems to have the longest blade rotation (1.25"), but there are buttons on the left-hand side of the grip that would be hard for me to reach. The Makita has a 24v 1 1/8" saw with buttons on the top of the grip that may be easier, but it weighs 9.4 lbs (overkill for me?). How critical is it for me to reach these buttons easily--what are they for?
Old 05-12-04, 12:31 PM
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I'm not sure what the button on the side of the M is for, there is a slide switch on top above the trigger to lock it.
I'l look at my 18v Milwaukee and get back to you.

It would be interesting to know the stroke of the DeWalt 18v as I used one at a customers place and there was a lot more vibration than my M.

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