This is the appeal of electric tools to people like me.
I have a gas chainsaw, only used a couple of times. I really
don't have much use for a chainsaw is what it boils down to.
So it sits in the garage for a couple/three years and now that
I need it, it won't start. As expected.
I'm thinking I'd like to take out some large shrubs this fall.
Before I do the unthinkable and purchase an electric chainsaw
which I think will just start when you plug it in, any suggestions
why the thing won't start?
Be nice. (laugh) I'll take down all suggestions and try them
before I give up on the gas chainsaw. Just planning ahead.
No 2-stroke gas-powered tools should be stored
with gasoline inside. (They should be run until dry,
i.e. until they stop from fuel exhaustion.) The various
chemicals in the gas/oil mixture gum up the carburettor
if sitting there for months.
Good quality chainsaws run for decades if maintained
OK. You must decide whether it would be cheaper for
your planned task (and future needs) to have the gas chainsaw
serviced or buy a new electric chainsaw.
If you stored it with gas in it, it's gummed/varnished up. Cheap/quick fix
might be spraying the carburetor with choke cleaner-- especially if you can
After that, try get someone to spray some starting fluid (ether) at the air
cleaner (or remove it and spray right into the air intake) while your
pulling the starter. If that doesn't work, remove the plug, spray some
starter fluid into the plug hole, quickly reinstall the plug-- then repeat
the helper spraying the air cleaner while you pull the starter.
Next time, drain the gas and let it run dry ;-)
Pardon me for interrupting..
Why don't they have fuel valve? It would be quicker and less wasteful to run
dry the carbuerator than to run dry the fuel tank.
In case of cleaning up storm damage (e.g. fallen tree), a gas chainsaw may
be more handy because the power may be out due to the storm.
A fuel valve would add weight and another component
to require cleaning and perhaps repair. Most chainsaws
hold less than half a pint of fuel, but many owners empty
the fuel tank before running the carb dry for storage.
Also, the fuel line is entirely internal to the shrouding. Almost
impossible to put a fuel valve in an accessable location. Dumping the
tank before beginning is no problem and the dumped fuel can be used in
lawn mower or other equipment.
Chainsaw gas tank holds maybe 8 ounces. It's not a big deal to just dump the
gas out, on your sawdust pile. Run the saw till it won't run any more, and
put it back in the box. Pack a bunch of news paper or paper napkins under
the saw, cause the bar oil drains out and collects in the bottom of the saw
case. This, I know.
What Don said. To answer the electric question. If you will only use
it where power is available, it will do your work quite handily. Buy
one of the better quality ones though, not the cheapest you can find.
Keep the chain sharp. If you don't know how, locate a 'fix-it' shop
that sharpens them.
Gas chainsaw can be a pain especially if you hardly ever use one.
But typically electric chainsaw are woefully underpowered & have
rather short bars.
I have both elecric & gas but I've kinda solved the gas maint problem
by sharing a chainsaw with a guy who uses it much more often than I
do. When I need the gas saw working, I just give him a call and he
drops it off in a few days.
The electric one (in ~20 years) has never failed to start and I use it
maybe once a year or so for a few days at most.
I "inherited" a 12" electric and have used it on some fairly large
trees. If I had bought it I would have gone bigger 14" or 16".
When you buy your new saw, get an extra chain so you'll always have a
sharp one ready.
Electrics are underpowered so a sharp chain is important.
wrt to maintaining for gas chainsaw......once (if) you get it running
and use it..... When you're done using it, use the gas up or dump
it out and then run the saw dry. Leaving liquid gas in the saw is
surefire way to gum up the saw and make it not start.
Thanks a million for all the answers. I get it, I should have
emptied the gas, my bad. I'm going to try to get it running
before I give up on it.
I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out.
I have chainsaw and I use it barely once a year but never had trouble
starting. I keep the fuel tank full all the time. Same with weed eater.
How do you store it? Also do you use top quality oil at correct ratio?
Same here, though less than once a year. I mixed stabilizer with the
gas, and that seems to keep it from gumming up.
Now that you've got me thinking about it, I'll have to try starting it
For such occasional use, there is nothing wrong with an electric chain
saw. Things to keep in mind however are:
- Make sure you have long enough heavy gauge extension cords.
- Make sure you don't cut the extension cord.
- Electric chain saws are more dangerous than gas ones, since they don't
stall out when they bog down like gas ones do.
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