My Mrs. does not like trying to start and use our power saw. This Poulan 14'' Electric Chain Saw has turned out perfect for her use. I like it as well for quick small jobs around the property. No mixing fuel, no winterizing other than some cleaning per say. Just plug it in for instant on/off operation. We use this saw to clear thicker diameter brush, cut branches, and fall small tress, doing so without all the noise my power saw produces. My gas chain saw was hard to restart after warmed up, and mixing oil with fresh gas was annoying, time consuming, and a fire hazard. I especially like this saw when on a ladder cutting off limbs -- very light and easy to manage, but follow all safety precautions when in a tree. Ladders and saws used together are dangerous. Lost my uncle when he did not properly position himself and his ladder while cutting a large limb. He fell and broke his neck. Search the Internet on this topic, study and fully understand how to safely fall large tree limbs or hire an expert. This electric chain saw is not as fast as my power saw when cutting down trees. I've fallen up to 12" diameter trees with this saw. The saw does fine when not pushed while cutting these larger sizes. When cutting brush and limbs from trees it is best to wear boots, jeans, a long sleeve shirt, eye protection, and gloves. Keep the saw's chain lubricated, properly adjusted, the teeth sharp, and go easy during the cut. Super for bucking limbs. A 2HP motor would probably been a bit better for larger limbs, but the 1.5HP motor does the job ... just don't push this saw. I have a 2000-watt inverter generator, can go anywhere on the property with this saw. Uses about 800 watts from the generator making this saw useful anywhere on the property and when out in the woods. When cutting up fallen limbs for firewood a homemade saw horse made out of scrap 2x4's is useful for keeping the limbs off the ground and stable while cutting. Works best with two people but can also use a heavier duty bungee cord to secure the limb to the saw horse while cutting - (see photos). I made my sawhorse to fit in the lawnmower trailer for transport around the property. The saw does seem to leak chain oil when stored, a problem when not expecting that to happen. If this is a common problem with this saw it may be best to empty the chain oil reservoir when storing. Again, read all safety precautions when falling trees and bucking limbs. What might seem safe enough can suddenly become very dangerous. Too many have been seriously injured or worse when not knowing the proper methods and trying to cut too much tree or a large limb from a tree. It is essential to understand what you are doing and how your cutting will affect the tree or a limb's behavior. ~ jkraemer
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