I was surprised to find that my chainsaw, a Homelite PS33, does not
have a chain brake. Homelite confirmed that this model does not have
a chain brake. Is this typical of a low cost chainsaw? I would think
in this day and age that such a safety feature would be government
I bought a PS-33 five or so years ago. Rebuilt one from BJ's Wholesale Club.
Can't remember, paid about $140 for it. I've been very pleased with it.
Right; no chain brake. I didn't really want one either.
I hear you, but isn't a chain brake a really good idea, or is it just
something that would give false confidence? Sounds like a real good
idea on the surface. I was not even thinking about one until I
realized that my saw was one of the few that did not have one.
I put many hours (at least one day/week when weather permits) using
one. I would not run a saw that doesn't have an operating one. And
that is from someone who ran saws for 20 years before I got my first
saw _with_ a brake on it.
I consider people who speak against chain brakes in the same category
as those who refuse to wear seat belts.
I think I would agree. I am real nervous now. Based on the scary way
the instruction manuals are written for chain saws, I would compare
the chain brake to at least the use of seat belts, maybe even a higher
level. Does the brake stop the chain fast enough that the chain would
be stopped, during kickback, before the chain would hit your body?
Yes, if you are holding the saw properly...and assuming the brake is
in operational order.
On kickback, there is no way anyone has reflexes fast enough to stop
one. It is possible to 'stiff arm' a saw such that it will only kick
up a bit but that stance is not one that can be sustained very long.
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