Modern chainsaws are better than ever. By modern, I mean those that are less than, say, ten years old.
The carburetors stay in adjustment. The bars are ellipsoidal and consequently the chain stays snug much longer and they are easy to disassemble, maintain and reassemble.
I have an inexpensive (maybe $125 new) Poulan "Wild Thing" with an 18" blade. It was stubborn about running yesterday. It wanted fresh gas and to have the air filter cleaned.
While I was messing with it I sharpened the blade. My sharpening technique would horrify a purist. I use a 5/32" chainsaw file and give each cutting tooth the same number of licks. I make a modest effort to keep the angle and pressure the same for each stroke.
|Sharp enough to cut this. Cutting a grove of hybrid poplar that is dying off was yesterday's job. Stumps left high so I can inoculate them with Oyster Mushroom spawn.|
|If this were a straight cut you would be able to see light shining through from the other side of the cut.|
|Filler-up! Cut filled with a 4% glyphosate solution dispensed out of a simple garden sprayer. Folks, garden sprayers are the right tool for dispensing herbicide. Don't screw around with dish detergent bottles, Windex spray bottles and the like. Use the tool that is designed to carry pesticides.|