Makita 12-Inch 11.5-AMP Electric Chain Saw
This little saw looks like just the right size for backyard chores of trimming and cutting down a few trees. There's no struggling with a 2-cycle engine or dealing with a gas/oil mix either. Weighing 9.5 lbs, it's well suited to the smaller person who is tired of asking someone else to cut things for them (as long as the steel toed boots, chaps and safety glasses are worn).
If you have a few trees that need to come down, or one that needs cutting after falling down, consider purchasing this saw rather than hiring someone else to cut the wood. You'll save money (the Makita goes for $192.00) and have a great tool for the future.
However, all chainsaws can kick back and if you've never used one, consider having an experienced person with you when you first try it. Another source for safety tips is Kevin K. Eckert's book, Chain Saw Safety and Field Maintenance: A Photo Guide.
It is loaded with pictures and information on how to safely operate a chain saw. Available at Amazon for $39.95, which is a lot cheaper than buying a new leg or arm.
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Posted by Mary Ellen at October 6, 2008 8:14 AM