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A Buying Guide to Homelite Chainsaws

Chainsaws can make quick work out of cutting wood. With one of these pieces of equipment, you can take down an entire tree, do some pruning, and prepare firewood. New, used, and preowned Homelite chainsaws are available in multiple sizes, so you can pick one that suits a specific landscaping project from many available on eBay.

What are some chainsaw features?
  • Ergonomics: Many chainsaws are built with a curved handle. This can improve grip and prevent discomfort during long trimming projects.
  • Safety mechanisms: You can look for a product with a component, the Safe-T-Tip, that can work to reduce kickback. Chain brakes are frequently installed in updated chainsaws to stop a chain in less than a second. Automatic chain brakes will engage through the force of inertia if the saw ever kicks back. Chain brakes can also be engaged by pushing the handle forward. If you're going with an electric chainsaw, you can try to find a chainsaw built with a cord retention hook that can prevent unwanted disconnect problems during complicated trimming routines.
  • Blade design: The length of your blade can determine what type of job you can tackle. Some blades are bow-shaped, and this design can help you slice through angled pieces of wood.
  • Ease of use: In some models, the tension on the chain can be adjusted without the use of any tools, allowing you to make quick adjustments in the field, depending on the situation.
How are electric chainsaws powered?

There are many chainsaws that get their power from electrical outlets. They come with a cord that can be plugged into any standard outlet. See the manufacturer site for details. Examples include:

  • Model UT43103 - This has a 14-inch bar with 3/8-inch, low-profile chain and a 9.0-amp motor. The automatic oiler can make sure the chain stays lubricated.
  • Model UT43122 - This unit has a 16-inch bar with the same 3/8-inch, low-profile chain as the smaller version. The wraparound handle is covered in a cushioned material. The engine size is 12.0 amps, and the weight (powerhead) is 8.5 pounds.
What are two-cycle gasoline engines?

Two-cycle or two-stroke engines are commonly found on chainsaws. The \"two\" means that the piston moves up and down with one revolution of the crankshaft. Engines such as these use a combination of fuel and oil as their source of energy. The ratio can be 50:1 or 40:1, depending on the exact model you have. The first number stands for the amount of gasoline you need, and the smaller number indicates the required amount of oil needed. These types of gas-powered chainsaws could come with 14-inch, 16-inch, or 18-inch blades.