The usage of chainsaw is surging rapidly. What was once considered to be a powerful tool for professional lumberjacks is now an important gadget for many households. It is a fast, convenient, and easy way to get rid of unwanted woods from your house. To use it in a better way and to perform some repair and maintenance on it, you should know all about chainsaw parts. This is what we intend to do with this article; acquaint yourself with chainsaw accessories to make you understand them well. Anyone who owns and uses a chainsaw or wishes to use it in the future will benefit greatly from this article. A little knowledge will do you more good than you can imagine. The general populace can also take advantage of this information. They can share it with their fellows or just brag about it in friendly chit chats. So let’s get started on the topic and know a little bit more about different chainsaw attachments.
Part 1: Chainsaw accessories
We will start first with chainsaw accessories. The difference between accessories and parts is that an accessory is an addition, an attachment, or an add-on. You may or may not use it but a part is an integral part of the gadget that you are using. Parts make up the whole machine while accessories are like embellishments that are sometimes important and sometimes not so important.
With that being said, we shed light on the first of the chainsaw accessories; helmet. A helmet like we all know is worn over the head. There are different shapes and designs available for helmets. Some cover your head only while others come with a protective shield that covers your face as well. If you use the one with the protective shield you won’t have to buy safety goggles. It also covers your ears from the noise of cutting and sawing. There are ear cushions provided in all the helmets that save your ears from excessive noise exposure. In any case, a helmet is an important accessory that you can ill-afford to miss. It protects you from accidental injuries, bruises, cuts, sawdust, noise, etc. Whenever you are going to buy a helmet for your sawing job, buy one made with sturdy and durable quality. In the end, everything wears out so helmets should be replaced too whenever they become old and shabby. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on when to change your helmet.
It is designed to protect your upper body. The good qualities of a forestry jacket are that it should fit you well; it should be well-aerated and made of bright colors and reflectors so that you are visible from afar doing your sawing job. It protects your torso and arm from accidental chainsaw running. The material is such that the chainsaw will find it hard to cut through it and it will also try to stop the machine to incur further damage.
A pant made with regular fiber is not recommended for your sawing job. These are specially manufactured pants made with modern fibers. The idea is to protect you from accidental cuts of the running chainsaw. This makes it another important chainsaw accessory. These pants should not be washed too often in hot water otherwise their material can get damaged. If they do get damaged or worn out it is better to replace them. The pants should not be too tight to hinder the free movement of the legs.
It is usually worn on the left hand of the chainsaw user in such a way that the hand gets fitted to the front of the chainsaw bar. The purpose of it is to reduce the impact of the kickback should that occurs. It also protects the hand in case the chain derails and overlaps the front handle.
Next on our list of chainsaw accessories is boots. Now, they might look like ordinary, regular boots but they have extra layers of special fabrics to protect you. These extra paddings are given in the front and sides to give all-around protection. Usually, the material is ballistic-nylon or other such material that is resistant to chainsaw cuts. There are also steel caps provided under the toes for added grip and protection. As you will work in a forest so these shoes must be able to wade through thick plantation, climb up the trees easily, have strong grip and have anti-slippage properties. The safety shoes are usually divided in three classes ranging from class 1 to class 3. The class 1 represents lowest safety standards and class 3 is the most protected that can withstand a chainsaw speed of 28 m/s. There are national, regional, and international quality and specifications standards that these boots must adhere to.
A sawing job without gloves is unwise. The gloves protect you from injuries like cuts and bruises but most importantly these gloves can withstand the cut of the saw. Usually, this protection is provided by way of a special material on the backside of the left hand’s glove. This is because research shows that most accidents happen to the back of the left hand, hence this protection. The gloves should also be resistant to slipping. You should be able to hold a firm grip with them.
Goggles, ear protection:
If your helmet does not provide your ears and eyes adequate cover then go for these options. You must cover your eyes from falling and flying sawdust and other debris. The ears need to be covered as well as the sawdust makes a lot of noise and continuous exposure to it can hamper your hearing in the long run. Ideally, if the job contains more than 4 hours of continuous work then you should wear ear protection. Also, if you do not have to listen to your workers and colleagues then wear safety ear plugs.
For proper storing and conveniently carrying your chainsaw around, bags are very handy. This makes them among important chainsaw accessories. If your chainsaw did not come with a bag supplied by the manufacturer, then buy one from the market. Look for a bag with robust material that can take a lot of beating. Bags are easier to carry and store. It will also save your chainsaw from dust and bad weather.
Other safety equipment:
A chainsaw is a very powerful and at the same time dangerous tool. It requires utmost care, precision and practice to handle and control one. So, always keep your cell phone with you to call for help in case of an emergency. A whistle can do the same. All the workers should be given whistles and they should know that when someone blows a whistle, he is in trouble and needs help. A first aid box should be available on the site to attend to any medical emergencies. These chainsaw accessories will minimize your risk and ensure a safe time with the chainsaw.
Part 2: Chainsaw parts
Having covered all the major chainsaw accessories, we now focus our attention on important chainsaw parts that make up any chainsaw and practically no chainsaw can operate without them.
The chain is an integral part of a chainsaw. Its name has the word chain in it. What is unique about this chain is the presence of sharp teeth on the outside for cutting purposes. Otherwise, it looks similar to a normal motorcycle or bicycle chain made of rivets and steel links. The advancement in technology has modernized these chains too. Their teeth are now available in square-cornered, rounded-cornered, and other types. You can choose the type that will suit your cutting and sawing job and go for it.
A chainsaw bar is yet another important chainsaw tool. It is fundamental for the optimal performance of the chainsaw and it also increases its efficiency. There are many types and forms of chainsaw bars. Like the chain, you can choose the one that best suits your needs. There are laminated bars, solid bars, light bars, etc. All these bars are custom-made to perform specific cutting and sawing functions.
Oil and lubricants:
A chainsaw runs on fuel. It derives its power from it just like your car engine. There are other oils and lubricants to grease its outer and inner parts. The oiling prevents your chainsaw from rotting, rusting, and keeps it in prime shape. The grade and type of lubricating oils and fuel are recommended by the manufacturer. For the maximum output from your chainsaw, use standard and specified oils only. Other grades might cause difficulties for your machine.
Chainsaws fitted with electric batteries are now very popular too. They are smoke-free and also do not produce much noise. They also produce less vibration. Usually, these are lithium-ion batteries. You just have to charge it once and then it will go on and on. There are chargers provided with them that can recharge them if the battery drains out. Once the battery has completed its life, you can just replace it and then you are good to go.
Many chainsaw accessories fall into this category. These include axes, chainsaw sharpening tools, measuring tape, aerosol paint, wedges, belts, pruning tools, hooks, impact bars, clearing knives, etc. You can add more to the list. It all depends on the nature of your job and your convenience. We have listed these tools as these are more popular and generally used to make the sawing job more effective.
Chainsaw files are like chainsaw sharpening tools. These may include complete filing kits that include file handle, combination gauge, file gauge, depth gauge, etc. These tools will keep your chainsaw sharpened, tight, and in good shape.
So, this is about important chainsaw accessories and parts. We certainly hope that you would find this information relevant and helpful. We have included all the major parts and accessories. A chainsaw is made up of an assortment of parts, just like any other machine but these are the most popular and widely used. Now after reading this you would have a fair idea about the major parts that make up a chainsaw. We hope our article has served its purpose well.