An Electric Chainsaw for the Home Handyman

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated October 27, 2017)

It seems that when I work in my yard, I always have a need to cut some branches or some wood. In these instances there really is no substitute for a chainsaw. Having one available makes short work of those chores I am continually faced with.

When it comes time to get a chainsaw, you have two options: you can get a gas-powered saw or an electric version. I recently had the opportunity to work with a Poulan Pro 400E electric chainsaw. This model was surprisingly easy to work with and trouble-free.

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To test the saw, I targeted a pile of three-inch branches in my backyard. These are my impressions as I started to work with this handy chainsaw.

  • Ease of Use. The saw came out of the box ready to use. The only thing I needed to add was the oil for the chain. Any good bar oil will do, and if you can't find one you could use a good 30-weight motor oil as a substitute. The chainsaw was light and easy to handle and had the power to easily cut through the three-inch limbs I attacked.
  • Maintenance. Since the saw is electric, the only real maintenance is to add the oil for the chain itself. There is no gas to mix or motor to maintain; just pull the trigger and you are removing the unwanted limbs and trees from your yard.
  • Pros. This saw is lightweight and easy to handle with enough power to do the jobs you would find around your home. In has an eighteen-inch blade, which allows you to attack just about anything you want to in your yard. Being electric, maintenance requirements are at a minimum.
  • Cons. The only drawback this saw has is that it is tethered to a cord. (Did I mention it was electric?) This will limit its use by requiring it to having access to power outlets (110 volts) and a long extension cord.
  • Overall Experience. This chainsaw was great. The instructions were easy enough to understand and it has some great safety features with a chain brake and double switches. It has power to spare and everything I cut felt like the saw was a hot knife going through butter. The Poulan Pro 400E was fun to use and I just wish I had more trees to cut before writing this review.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


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