Bob Vila Radio: Chain Saws

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Mar 19, 2013 10:58 AM

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Chain saws aren’t just for lumberjacks anymore. These powerful tools now come in a range of sizes, with lightweight ones well-suited for smaller jobs and heavy-duty models built for taking down large trees. But even a small chain saw is a powerful tool that needs to be handled carefully.




Listen to BOB VILA ON CHAIN SAWS or read the text below:

The first rule of using a chain saw is to never, ever cut in an upward motion—that’s a serious accident waiting to happen. And don’t cut toward yourself. Always use a motion that goes away from your body, so a slip doesn’t have drastic consequences.

Chain saws come in electric and gas models. Electric chain saws are smaller, quieter, and less powerful than gas-powered models. They used to be limited to jobs that were within range of your extension cord, but new rechargeable models can go anywhere you need them. They’re small and lightweight, and a good choice if most of your work is on smaller tree limbs.

Gas-powered chain saws are the big boys in the field, with the most powerful ones capable of felling even the most enormous trees. They need more maintenance than electric models, but if what you need is sheer power, a gas-powered model is what you want.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on tools, consider:

Bob Vila Radio: Nail Guns
How To: Choose the Right Saw for the Job
The $20 Japanese Pull Saw: A DIYer’s Best Bang for the Buck