If you own property that has trees you will need to own a 12 Inch Top Handle Chain Saw. Trees have to have their limbs pruned, and after a storm you will possibly have limbs that need to be cut up and removed from your yard. You will not want this saw for cutting firewood as much as you will want it for trimming and pruning.
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Features Of This 12 Inch Top Handle Chain Saw
I included this Tanaka in my gas chainsaw review because of the amazing features it has. The following features stood out to me more than the other features the saw has.
Sprocket in the Tip of the Chain
Having a sprocket in the nose of your bar will extend the life of your chain. Having this sprocket in the bar of your saw will reduce the wear on the bottom drags of the chain. This reduces wear on your drive sprocket. It also reduces wear on the bar. A bar with a solid tip can cause the drag links to bind up when it becomes worn.
If you are operating the saw in a sandy area you would prefer a solid tip bar because the sprocket is damaged by the sand that can get into it and that will cause the bar to start to bind up.
Lightweight With a Top Handle
This gas chainsaw is as light as an electric chainsaw, but you do not have to drag an extension cord around behind you. It has a convenient top handle that allows you to operate the saw with only one hand so you can hold the limb you are trimming with one hand and the saw you are using in the other hand.
The saw weighs less than twelve pounds so you do not have to be a big burly man to carry or use the saw. Anyone can use this saw easily to trim the limbs from their trees, or to cut up wood debris that gets scattered across the yard after heavy winds blow through.
A lot of people say that a top handle gas chainsaw is a death trap, or that they are more dangerous than the rear handle saws are. The only thing that makes a top handle saw more dangerous than a rear handle saw is the fact that people do not always respect these lighter weight saws and they take chances that they would not take with the heavier rear handle saws. If you see a top handle gas chainsaw for sale it is perfectly safe to consider that piece of equipment.
An automatic oiler is a feature that helps you to keep the bar and the chain of your saw properly lubricated. The oil on the bar helps to prevent the bar from overheating and becoming warped during use. An automatic oiler takes the guess work out of when to pour oil on the bar and how much oil to pour on the bar.
- Lightweight and Top handle
- Half throttle choke
- Primer bulb
- Quick and easy chain tension adjustment
- Easy access air filter
- Can use a fourteen inch bar or a twelve inch bar
- Anti vibration system
- Sprocket nose bar
- Automatic oiler
- Seven year warranty for homeowner use, two year warranty for commercial use, one year warranty for saws owned by a rental agency
- More prone to kickback because of its style not because of its manufacturer
I would like to remind you that having a saw you can operate while holding it in only one hand is convenient it can also pose dangers for you. Be sure that you have a low-kick chain in place because when the tip of the bar hits something solid it can cause the saw to tip up and be pushed backwards towards the operator. This can result in personal injury for the operator. A chain brake and an anti-kickback chain will help to reduce the chances of injury, but being careful to not hit something with the tip of the bar will also help.
I recommend that everyone using a chainsaw wear safety goggles while they are working. Debris from the tree trunk will fly around in the air and can easily get into your eyes. The safety goggles will prevent this from happening and will save you a lot of pain and suffering.