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Which Table Saw Blade to Use? – Everything You Need to Know

When I first started looking for my first Table Saw Blades, it felt like looking for a needle in a hay stack. I felt like everyone had a secret that I didn’t know about, and it didn’t take long before I figured out that pretty much everyone was in a similar boat to me.

Since you’re here, I’m assuming you’re in a similar position and would like some guidance on picking you first table saw blade or maybe buying a different one to the ones you’re used to. So hopefully this article will help you pick what you’re looking for and answer any question you may have without too much trouble. 

[Note: This article ended up being  a little lengthy that I initially wanted it to be, but it was necessary. If you’re time poor, please feel free to search on the page or use the Table of Contents to jump to the exact section you’re looking for, without having to read through the entire thing.]

Overview

Table saw blades are mounted circular cutting tools for table saws. It is used to cut materials like wood, metal, and other things into straight, precise slices. Table saw blades come in a wide range of sizes, from small blades for handheld saws to larger blades for industrial and commercial uses.
Additionally, they come in a variety of tooth configurations, including crosscut, rip, and combination blades, each of which is designed for a specific cutting task. The table saw blade selection is influenced by the type of material being cut as well as the desired result. Proper installation and maintenance are crucial for precise cuts and extending the life of the blade.

Different Table Saw Blade types and their uses

There are several different types of table saw blades designed for specific cutting tasks. It’s important to choose the right blade for the job to get the best results and to extend the life of the blade.

  1. Crosscut blades: These blades have fine, closely spaced teeth and are designed for making crosscuts, or cuts across the grain, in wood and other soft materials.
  2. Rip blades: These blades have fewer, wider spaced teeth and are designed for making rip cuts, or cuts with the grain, in wood.
  3. Combination blades: As the name suggests, combination blades are a hybrid of crosscut and rip blades and are suitable for both types of cuts. They are a good choice for general-purpose woodworking.
  4. Dado blades: Dado blades are specially designed to cut grooves or dado joints in wood. They consist of a set of chipper blades that remove the material between two cutting blades.
  5. Plywood blades: These blades are designed to cut through plywood and other sheet goods without chipping or splintering the thin veneers.
  6. Thin-kerf blades: Thin-kerf blades are designed for use on table saws with limited horsepower, as they require less power to drive the blade. They are also lighter and create less waste compared to standard kerf blades. Thin-kerf blades are a good choice for hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts, as they are more economical and require less power to operate.
  7. Laminate blades: These blades are designed for cutting laminates, such as formica and other composite materials, without chipping.
  8. Metal-cutting blades: Metal-cutting blades are designed for cutting non-ferrous metals, such as aluminum and copper, and have teeth made of carbide or diamond.
  9. Nail-embedded wood blades: These blades are designed for cutting wood that contains nails or other foreign objects, and have teeth that are resistant to damage from these objects.
  10. Specialty blades: There are many other specialty blades available, including blades for making bevel cuts, blades for cutting plastic, and blades for cutting tile and stone.

How to decide which table saw blade to use?

To decide which table saw blade you need, there are two main factors to consider:

  1. Material to be cut: Different blades are designed for specific materials, such as wood, metal, laminates, and composites. Choose a blade that is appropriate for the material you will be cutting.
  2. Cutting purpose: Consider the type of cuts you will be making and choose a blade that is designed for that purpose. For example, a crosscut blade for crosscuts, a rip blade for rip cuts, and a combination blade for.
The following section I’m going to layout in a question and answer template based on the questions I’ve had to find answers for myself as well as questions I get asked by other people, to make it easy to explain.

FAQs (X+ Questions Answered)

Are table saw blades universal?

Unfortunately no, you cannot use any table saw blade with any table saw model. The blade size, arbor size, and number of teeth must be compatible with your table saw in order to use it properly and safely.

The arbor is the shaft that holds the blade in place, and it must match the size of the blade in order for the blade to spin properly.
Different table saw models have different arbor sizes, so it’s important to check the specifications of both your table saw and your blade before making a purchase. Some table saws can accommodate different blade sizes, but others are designed for a specific size. If you’re unsure what size blade your table saw requires, consult the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer for more information.

It’s also important to consider the type of cutting you’ll be doing when selecting a blade. Different blades are designed for different materials and applications, such as cross-cutting, ripping, or cutting delicate materials. Choosing the right blade for the job will ensure that you get the best results and help extend the life of your blade.

Are table saw blades reverse threaded?

Nope, Table saw blades are not reverse threaded. The threads on the arbor of the saw, which is the part of the saw that holds the blade in place, are standard threads that are designed to turn in a clockwise direction. When installing a blade on a table saw, you will need to ensure that it is tightened onto the arbor in a clockwise direction.

To remove a blade from the arbor, you will need to loosen it by turning it counter clockwise. It is important to use the appropriate tools and follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing or removing a blade from a table saw, as improper installation or removal can result in injury or damage to the saw.

Can table saw blades be sharpened?

Sure then can. However, it has to be done right to make sure you don’t damage the blade. To make sure I don’t derail this article, I have written a separate article detailing ‘How to Sharpen a Table Saw Blade‘.

When to sharpen table saw blade?

When you notice a drop in cut quality or an increase in blade friction, you should sharpen your table saw blade. Typical signs that a blade could require sharpening include:

  • Teeth that are dull or damaged: A blade’s teeth that are dull or chipped will no longer produce precise, clean cuts.
  • Burn marks on the wood: If you see burn marks on the wood after cutting, the blade may need to be sharpened since it is dull.
  • Increased friction or binding: The blade may need to be sharpened if it starts to bind or creates more friction than normal.

Generally speaking, depending on the amount of use, you should sharpen your blade once every 1-2 years.

Where to sharpen a table saw blade?

There are several options for sharpening a table saw blade:

  1. Do it yourself: With the right tools and some practice, you can sharpen a table saw blade at home. You will need a saw blade sharpening jig and a bench grinder.
  2. Hire a professional: If you don’t have the skills or equipment to sharpen the blade yourself, you can hire a professional sharpening service to do it for you. This is a good option if you have a high-end or specialized blade that you don’t want to damage.
  3. Buy a new blade: If the blade is beyond repair or it’s more cost-effective to replace it, you can simply buy a new blade. This is a good option if you don’t use the saw frequently or if the blade is damaged beyond repair.

Whichever option you choose, make sure to follow proper safety procedures when handling and sharpening the blade to avoid injury.

When to replace a table saw blade?

Ideally, you should replace your table saw blade when:

  1. The blade is damaged or bent: If the blade is damaged or bent, it will no longer make accurate cuts and should be replaced.
  2. The blade is worn out: Over time, the teeth of a blade will become dull and worn, reducing its cutting ability. If you notice a significant decrease in the quality of your cuts, it may be time to replace the blade.
  3. The blade is too rusty: If the blade has developed heavy rust, it can affect its performance and should be replaced.
  4. You are changing the type of material you are cutting: If you are switching from cutting wood to metal or vice versa, you may need a different type of blade and should replace the current blade.
  5. You want to upgrade your saw: If you want to improve the performance of your saw, you may consider replacing the blade with a higher-quality or specialized blade.

In general, if your blade is still making accurate cuts and is in good condition, it may be used for several years before it needs to be replaced.

Can you put 2 blades on a table saw?

Unfortunately, no, it is not recommended to put two blades on a table saw. Table saws are designed to work with only one blade at a time and adding an additional blade can cause several problems, including:

  • Safety hazard: The added weight and vibrations from two blades can make the saw unstable and increase the risk of kickback and other safety hazards.
  • Poor performance: Running two blades on a table saw can create uneven cuts, increase friction, and cause excessive wear on the blades and the saw.
  • Mechanical damage: Adding an additional blade to a table saw can also cause damage to the saw’s mechanism, including the motor, arbor, and bearings.

It’s best to use only one blade at a time and to choose a blade that is appropriate for the type of cuts you will be making and the material you will be cutting.

What is the largest table saw blade I can get?

The largest table saw blade you can buy is typically determined by the size of your table saw’s arbor, which is the shaft that holds the blade in place. Most table saws have an arbor that is either 5/8 inch or 1 inch in diameter, and the maximum size of the blade you can use is limited by the size of the arbor.

Typically, the largest blade size available for a 5/8 inch arbor is 12 inches in diameter, while the largest blade size available for a 1 inch arbor is typically between 12 and 20 inches in diameter.

Arbor Size

12 inch Diameter

10 inch Diameter

⅝ inch

Tenryu 12” 100T Carbide Tipped Blade

Luckyway 10” 80T Blade

 

TOMAX 10” 80T Aluminum and Non-Ferrous Metal Saw Blade

 

Arbor Size

20 inch Diameter

16 inch Diameter

14 inch Diameter

1 inch

Freud 20″ 72T General Purpose Blade

SUNFUL 80T 16” Blade

 

Freud 36T 16″ Heavy-Duty Rip Blade

Freud 14” 108T Heavy Duty Rip Blade

 

SUNFUL 80T 14” Blade

 

Freud 14” 30T Heavy Duty Rip Blade

It’s important to check the specifications of your saw to determine the size of the arbor and the maximum blade size it can accommodate before purchasing a blade. Using a blade that is too large for your saw can cause damage to the saw and increase the risk of injury.

What is table saw blade kerf?

The width of the material removed by the blade when it slices through the wood is referred to as the “kerf” of a table saw blade. The thickness of the blade and the breadth of the teeth together make up the kerf of a blade, which is measured in thousandths of an inch. A table saw blade’s typical kerf width is around 1/8 inch.

The width of the cut and the amount of material taken from the workpiece are both influenced by a blade’s kerf. In contrast to a blade with a larger kerf, which removes more material and produces a wider cut, one with a smaller kerf will remove less material and produce a narrower cut.

A smaller kerf is often more effective since it uses less power from the saw and generates less sawdust. For cutting thicker or tougher materials, a broader kerf could be required as it gives the blade additional stability and support.

It’s vital to take the kerf into account when selecting a blade for your table saw, as well as the sort of cuts you’ll be making and the material you’ll be cutting.

What is the difference between a Table saw blade with thin kurf vs full hurf?

On the same not from the previous question, A thin kerf blade has a narrower width, usually around 1/8 inch, and removes less material with each cut. This type of blade is more efficient, as it requires less power from the saw and produces less sawdust. Thin kerf blades are commonly used for cross-cutting and ripping thin or lightweight material.

A full kerf blade has a wider width, usually around 3/16 inch, and removes more material with each cut. This type of blade provides more stability and support, making it better suited for cutting thicker or harder materials. Full kerf blades are commonly used for ripping thick hardwoods and cutting thick materials.

Can you stack table saw blades?

I’m afraid not. Stacking blades can cause several problems including safety hazards, poor performance on cuts and even damage the machine. It’s best to use only one blade at a time and to choose a blade that is appropriate for the type of cuts you will be making and the material you will be cutting.

Which Table Saw blades should be used for cutting different materials?

Different table saw blades are designed for specific materials and applications. Here are some common materials and the recommended blade types for cutting them:

  • Softwoods: For cutting softwoods like pine and fir, a 40-tooth cross-cut blade or a 24-tooth ripping blade is recommended.
    Hardwoods: For cutting hardwoods like oak and maple, a 40-tooth cross-cut blade or a 40-tooth or 50-tooth ripping blade is recommended.
    Laminate flooring: For cutting laminate flooring, a cross-cut blade with 80 or more teeth is recommended.
    MDF and particleboard: For cutting MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and particleboard, a cross-cut blade with 80 or more teeth or a 24-tooth ripping blade is recommended.
    Plywood: For cutting plywood, a cross-cut blade with 80 or more teeth or a 40-tooth ripping blade is recommended.
    Aluminum and non-ferrous metals: For cutting aluminum and non-ferrous metals, a specialized blade with a high tooth count and a low hook angle is recommended.
    Plastic: For cutting plastic, a cross-cut blade with a high tooth count is recommended.

It’s important to note that some blades are also designed for specific types of cuts, like cross-cutting, ripping, or bevel cutting, and may not be suitable for all materials or applications.

What table saw blade is best for ripping?

When it comes to ripping, a good table saw blade should have a high tooth count and a steep hook angle. A high tooth count provides a finer cut, making it easier to control the direction of the blade and to minimize splintering. A steep hook angle ensures that the blade will cut smoothly and quickly through the material, reducing the chances of the blade getting stuck or stalling.

For ripping, a blade with 40-60 teeth is typically recommended. The teeth should be carbide-tipped, which provides longer-lasting sharpness and durability compared to steel-tipped blades. Some of the best blades for ripping include the Forrest WW10407125 Woodworker II 10-Inch 40-tooth ATB, the Freud D1040X Diablo 10-Inch 40-tooth ATB, and the DeWalt DW3106P5 60-Tooth Crosscutting and 32-Tooth General Purpose 10-Inch Saw Blade.

It’s important to note that the specific blade you choose will also depend on the type of wood you are working with, as well as the thickness of the material. For example, if you are working with dense hardwoods, you may want to consider a blade with a higher tooth count for a finer cut.

How to change a table saw blade without a wrench?

If you don’t have a blade wrench, there are some other methods to change the blade on your table saw. Hopefully one of these options will work.

  1. Use a socket wrench: If you have a socket set, you can try using a socket that fits over the blade bolt. Make sure to choose the right size socket so it fits snugly over the blade bolt.
  2. Use pliers: If you don’t have a socket set, you can try using pliers. Make sure to wrap the jaws of the pliers with a cloth to prevent damage to the blade or the bolt.
  3. Use a vise grip: A vise grip is another alternative that you can use to loosen the blade bolt. Make sure to wrap the jaws of the vise grip with a cloth to prevent damage to the blade or the bolt.
  4. Use a hammer and chisel: If you don’t have any of the above tools, you can use a hammer and a chisel to loosen the bolt. Place the chisel on the bolt and tap gently with a hammer to loosen the bolt.

Which direction to have the table saw blade?

Table saw blades are designed to rotate in one direction, typically clockwise. When installing a new blade, it’s important to make sure that it is rotated in the correct direction, which is usually indicated by an arrow or other marking on the blade.

Failing to install the blade in the correct direction can result in decreased performance and potentially dangerous situations. Before installing a new blade, consult the owner’s manual for your specific table saw model to ensure that you are installing the blade correctly.

Table Saw Blades Troubleshooting Guide

Why does my table saw blade wobble?

  • Dull blade: A dull blade can cause the saw to vibrate and wobble, causing the cuts to be uneven. Consider sharpening the blade or replacing it if necessary.
  • Bent blade: If the blade is bent, it will cause the saw to wobble. Replace the blade if it is bent.
  • Blade not tightened properly: Make sure that the blade is tight on the arbor. If the blade is loose, tighten the arbor nut to secure the blade.
  • Table not level: Check to make sure that the table is level and that the blade is parallel to the table. If necessary, adjust the table to level it.

My Table Saw blade keeps lowering while cutting. How do I fix it?

  • Loose blade: Make sure that the blade is tight on the arbor. If the blade is loose, tighten the arbor nut to secure the blade.
  • Loose arbor nut: Check the arbor nut to make sure it’s tight. If it’s loose, tighten it to secure the blade.
  • Worn bearings: If the bearings that support the arbor are worn, they can cause the blade to drop. Consider replacing the bearings.
  • Blade not balanced: If the blade is not balanced, it can cause the blade to drop. Consider balancing the blade or replacing it if necessary.

My table saw blade keeps coming loose. What do I do?

  • Loose arbor nut: Check the arbor nut to make sure it’s tight. If it’s loose, tighten it to secure the blade.
  • Worn arbor: If the arbor is worn, it may not be able to hold the blade securely. Consider replacing the arbor.
  • Blade not tightened properly: Make sure that the blade is tight on the arbor. If the blade is loose, tighten the arbor nut to secure the blade.

My table saw blade is not spinning. How do I fix it?

  • Dull blade: A dull blade can cause the cuts to be uneven. Consider sharpening the blade or replacing it if necessary.
  • Bent blade: If the blade is bent, it will cause the cuts to be uneven. Replace the blade if it is bent.
  • Table not level: Check to make sure that the table is level and that the blade is parallel to the table. If necessary, adjust the table to level it.

Table saw blade is not 90 degrees!

  1. Check the blade: Before making any adjustments, inspect the blade for any visible damage, such as warping or bending. If the blade is damaged, replace it with a new one.
  2. Check the blade alignment: Make sure the blade is aligned properly with the miter slot. To do this, use a combination square to measure the distance between the miter slot and the blade. Adjust the blade until it is perpendicular to the miter slot.
  3. Check the bevel adjustment mechanism: If the blade is not 90 degrees, you may need to adjust the bevel angle. Check the bevel adjustment mechanism to make sure it is functioning properly.
  4. Check the blade plate: Make sure the blade plate is flat and not warped. If it is warped, replace it.
  5. Check the arbor: Make sure the arbor is straight and not bent. If it is bent, replace it.
  6. Check the trunnion: Make sure the trunnion is not loose or damaged. If it is, tighten it or replace it as needed.

Table saw blade won't lower or will not raise.

Follow these steps to resolve;

  1. Check the blade guard: Make sure the blade guard is not blocking the blade from lowering. If it is, remove it or adjust it as needed.
  2. Check the blade lock mechanism: Check the mechanism that locks the blade in place to see if it is functioning properly. If it is not, try adjusting or repairing it.
  3. Check the arbor: Make sure the arbor is not bent or damaged, as this can prevent the blade from lowering. If it is bent or damaged, replace it.
  4. Check the trunnion: Make sure the trunnion is not loose or damaged, as this can also prevent the blade from lowering. If it is loose or damaged, tighten it or replace it as needed.
  5. Check the height adjustment mechanism: Check the mechanism that controls the height of the blade to make sure it is functioning properly. If it is not, try adjusting or repairing it.
  6. Check the power source: Make sure the saw is properly connected to a power source and that the power source is functioning properly.

My Table saw blade is not parallel to the miter slot!

Here are some steps to resolve a table saw blade that is not parallel to the miter slot:

  1. Check the blade alignment: Make sure the blade is not bent or out of alignment, which can cause it to be off-parallel with the miter slot. If it is, straighten or replace it as needed.
  2. Check the miter slot: Make sure the miter slot is not damaged or out of alignment, as this can also cause the blade to be off-parallel. If it is, repair or replace it as needed.
  3. Check the fence: Make sure the fence is properly aligned with the blade and miter slot, and that it is not warped or damaged. If it is, adjust or replace it as needed.
  4. Check the blade guard: Make sure the blade guard is not blocking the blade or interfering with its alignment. If it is, remove or adjust it as needed.
  5. Check the table: Make sure the table is flat and level, and that it is not warped or damaged. If it is, repair or replace it as needed.
  6. Check the height adjustment mechanism: Make sure the mechanism that controls the height of the blade is functioning properly and that it is not causing the blade to be out of parallel with the miter slot. If it is, adjust or repair it as needed.

My table saw blade is stuck! How to get it unstuck?

  1. Unplug the saw: Before attempting any repairs, always unplug the saw to prevent accidents.
  2. Check the blade guard: Make sure the blade guard is not blocking the blade or interfering with its movement. If it is, remove or adjust it as needed.
  3. Check for debris: Check for any debris, such as sawdust, chips, or wood fibers, that may be clogging the blade or preventing it from moving. Clean the blade and surrounding areas as needed.
  4. Check the blade and arbor: Make sure the blade and arbor are not bent or damaged, which can cause the blade to become stuck. If they are, replace them as needed.
  5. Check the height adjustment mechanism: Make sure the mechanism that controls the height of the blade is functioning properly and not causing the blade to become stuck. If it is not, adjust or repair it as needed.
  6. Check the tension: Make sure the blade is properly tensioned, as a loose blade can cause it to become stuck. If the blade is loose, tighten it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Lubricate the mechanism: Apply a small amount of oil or lubricant to the height adjustment mechanism and any other moving parts to help ensure smooth operation

My Table saw blade is not square. How do I fix it?

  1. Inspect the blade: Make sure that the blade is not bent or damaged, which can cause it to be misaligned. If it is, you should replace it.
  2. Check the arbor: Ensure that the arbor is not bent or damaged, which can result in the blade becoming misaligned. If it is, replace it.
  3. Examine the blade collar: Make sure that the blade collar is tightened and not causing the blade to be misaligned. If it is loose, tighten it as instructed by the manufacturer.
  4. Look at the blade guard: Make sure that the blade guard is not interfering with the blade or causing it to be misaligned. If it is, remove it or adjust it as necessary.
  5. Assess the miter gauge: Ensure that the miter gauge is not bent or damaged, which can cause the blade to be misaligned. If it is, replace it or make adjustments as necessary.
  6. Check the fence: Ensure that the fence is not bent or damaged, which can result in the blade becoming misaligned. If it is, replace it or make adjustments as needed.
  7. Calibrate the saw: Utilize a combination square or another precise measuring tool to calibrate the saw and guarantee that the blade is square.

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What’s the Best STIHL Tree Trimmer 2023? [Top 7 Reviewed]

Best Overall Value

STIHL Tree Trimmer HT134

STIHL HT134

Guide Bar Length: 14"

4/5

Lightest Machine

STIHL HTA66 Tree Trimmer

STIHL HTA 66

Powerhead : 7.3 lbs

3.4/5

Most Fuel Capacity

STIHL Tree Trimmer HT134

STIHL HT134

Fuel Capacity: 24 oz

4/5

Stihl is a German company that manufactures chainsaws and other handheld power equipment including trimmers. It is considered to be the best company for manufacturing chainsaws and other tools, including the Stihl tree pruner. 

Therefore, this company has introduced a decent tool range to help people with professional to-home use tasks. In this article, we are going to review some of its tree trimmers so you can choose according to your requirement. So, read until the end to learn its high-quality tree pruners in detail.

STIHL Tree Trimmer Tool Range

Stihl has introduced many of the best tools to make tree care comfortable and easy. Here we will learn about the best battery-powered, professional, and best home-use Stihl tree trimmer.

Battery Powered

1. STIHL HTA 135

STIHL HTA 135 Tree Trimmer

STIHL HTA 135 is a battery-powered tool that you can use for multipurpose taskings. It is designed to be user-friendly so that you can control it comfortably and easily. It is the best tool to use regularly as it is lightweight, constructed with quality material, and durable.

Features:

This battery-powered tool attains a lot of features that make your tasks easy. One of the highlights is that the gearbox is lightweight and long-lasting for common purposes. Additionally, a speed trigger is used in the construction of this tool that allows changing the cutting speed according to the field.

Pros:

  •         Lightweight
  •         Long-lasting
  •         Allows easy access to check fuel
  •         Requires low maintenance
  •         Allows to cut branches up to 16 inches
  •         Speed trigger

Cons:

·         No con has been found yet.

 

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2. STIHL HTA 86

STIHL HTA 86

STIHL HTA 86 is the best tool for homeowners. Additionally, it serves the best if you want to purchase tree care. It will help you perform your task in a friendly environment because you will not face too much noise or vibration or even difficulty handling this tool.

Features:

One of the major features of this tool is its lithium-ion battery and electric motor that makes the task done in less time. Other features of this tool include lightweight, comfortable design, weather resistance, easy access to the tanks’ oil, and low exhaust emits. However, it may be risky to use because it is not insulated.

Pros:

  •         Adjustable Shaft
  •         Minimum Chain friction
  •         Emit Low Exhaust
  •         Weather resistant
  •         Allows easy-to-access tools
  •         Produces low noise
  •         Lightweight

Cons:

  •         Electrocution risk
  •         Pole pruners are not protected.

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3. STIHL HTA66

STIHL HTA66 Tree Trimmer

STIHL HTA66 STIHL HTA66 is another great tool for users who want to purchase battery power pole pruners. The battery used in the construction of this tool is 36-volt Lithium-ion. Moreover, this Stihl tree trimmer attains a lot of best highlights that stand out from others in the market.

Features:

It features a semi-transparent bar that is beneficial for checking fuel capacity. Additionally, it is designed to be lightweight and easy to handle. The main features include the prevention of extra battery use, access to remove loose clipping, and smooth and clean cuts that make the cutting perfect.

Pros:

  •         Robust branch hook
  •         Prevents the units from obligatory openings
  •         Minimum chain friction
  •         Easy to handle
  •         Lightweight
  •         Weather Resistant

Cons:

  •         Risk of Electrocution
  •         Needs to maintain clearance up to 15 meters

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Home Use

4. STIHL HT56CE

STIHL Tree Trimmer HT56CE

STIHL HT56CE is specially designed for home-use pole pruners. The new technology STIHL Easy2Start™ is used in this tool’s manufacturing helps it maximize performance in a short time.

Features:

In the design of the STIHL HT56CE, you can see a maneuverability gearbox that is used to make the performance the best. The new STIHL Easy2Start™ technology allows this tool to manage the other tool’s accessible and performing tasks in a couple of minutes.

Moreover, it also attains a dual-piece shaft design that helps you with comfortable handling and is easy to operate while performing efficiently.

Pros:

  •         Gearbox
  •         Lightweight
  •         High-performance
  •         STIHL Easy2Start™ technology
  •         Dual-piece shaft design
  •         Reasonable

Cons:

  •         Not a weather resistant
  •         Risk of Electrocution

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Professional Use

5. STIHL HT131

STIHL HT131 Tree Trimmer

Having souse fuel gas, the STIHL HT131 is designed to work efficiently in a very user-friendly environment.

Features:

It is a very comfortable, long-lasting, and easy-to-handle tool. The smooth cuts allow cutting the branches of trees up to 16 meters. This tool will serve you the best if you are looking for professional usage. It is featured with enough highlights, but it is not isolated, so contacting the power lines or bother improper use of this tool can lead to significant problems.

Pros:

  •         Comfortable
  •         Durable
  •         Allows to cut branches up to 16 meters
  •         Low exhaust emission
  •         Adjustable telescopic pole

Cons:

  •         Not insulated
  •         Need maintenance 15 meters
  •         Maybe little expensive

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6. STIHL HT 250

STIHL HT 250

STIHL HT 250 is the best tool for use in a forest professionally as it is designed for the experts. The special features of this tool allow quality pruning. This Stihl tree pruner comes in 7 inches fixed length of the ar.

Features:

 A special and new feature of the STIHL HT 250, i.e., STIHL anti-vibration, maximizes this tool’s quality and performance. Due to this feature, you can operate this tool professionally with comfortable handling. Additionally, you will find that the multi-function control handling feature makes it superior to others.

Pros:

  •         Fixed length of 7 inches
  •         Special system to minimize vibration
  •         Purge pump primer allows delivering fuel to the carburetor
  •         Maximized efficiency 

Cons:

  •         Length is not adjustable
  •          Not insulated

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7. STIHL HT134

Attaining many best qualities, STIHL HT134 is listed as one of the best pole pruners in the market that is used at professional levels to cut trees. It is made for challenging conditions to make your tasks easy in a friendly environment.

Features:

One of the great features of the STIHL HT134 is its length, as it comes in 14 inches, which allows the pruning of trees maximum in a short time. However, other features include the large fuel tank, vertical pleated air filter, streamlined beginning, and getting stopped on one touch.

Pros:

  •         Vertical pleated air filter
  •         Lightweight
  •         Semi automated choke lever
  •         Durable
  •         14 inches pole bar
  •         One touch stopping
  •         Large fuel tank    
  •         High-quality

Cons:

  •         Maybe a little expensive
  •         Risky due to not being insulated

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STIHL Tree Trimmer (Professional) Comparison Table

STIHL HT131

STIHL HT131 Tree Trimmer

17.2 Pounds Wight

18 oz   Fuel Capacity

⅜” PMM3 Chain Length

STIHL HT 250

STIHL HT 250

13.4 Pounds Wight

21.6 oz Fuel Capacity

3/8″ PMM3 Chain Length

STIHL HT134

STIHL Tree Trimmer HT134

15.9 pounds Wight

21 oz   Fuel Capacity

¼ inches PM3 Chain Length

Quick Summary

In a nutshell, Stihl tree trimmers provide the best quality, comfortable, high performance, multi-tools, lightweight design, and also come at a reasonable price. So, whether you want to purchase a Stihl tree pruner for your home use or professionally, you can consider the above options.

Brushless vs Brushed Drill: Things to Know Before Buying

A drilling machine is essential for anyone looking to do minor repair work at home or a professional crafting different articles. These days, brushless drills are taking the market by storm. But, some professionals still prefer using the old brushed drills. At this point, you might wonder what does brushless drill mean? Is it really worth buying? If all this confuses you. Don’t worry! This brushless vs brushed drill guide will help you understand the differences, weigh the pros and cons and help choose the best variant for your use.

Brushed Drill

Brushed drills use an old style of motor to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. As the name suggests, a brushed drill has a brushed motor—a motor with carbon brushes and a wire wound rotor.

 

When connected to a power supply, electricity goes through the carbon brushes. It induces a magnetic field that rotates the rotor to 180 degrees. To make it turn further, the rotor comes in contact with brushes that flip the electric current and help it complete the rotation.

Miluwakee brushless vs brushed drill

Features and Examples

  • Brushed drills come in corded and cordless designs. Corded designs have AC motors, while cordless designs typically have DC motors powered by a battery source.
  • They usually come in 12V, 18V and 20V battery specifications. 12V is suitable for most DIYers, while later ones are suitable for heavy-duty work.
  • Brushed drills can have a rotation speed ranging from 200 to 1,300 RPM. Some drills have clutches to negate vibrations during drilling.
  • Chucks, weight and LEDs are other vital features of a brushed drill.

One of the popular brushed drills popular among masses is Bosch PS31-2A.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Brushed drills have a simplistic design
  • They are easy to maintain as parts are readily available
  • Brushed variants are inexpensive as compared to their counterparts.

Cons

  • Brushed drills have carbon brushes that are easily worn out
  • Drills’ performance and runtime reduces because of the heat caused by friction and sparks
  • They are bulky and can be challenging to manage while drilling holes

Brushless Drill

dewalt brushless vs brushed drill

To understand brushless drill meaning, it is vital to be familiar with the motor that powers such a machine. Unlike traditional motors, a brushless motor does not need carbon brushes for electrical contact.

A brushless motor is essentially an inside-out brushed motor. It relies on the electronic circuit, sometimes called a controller, for rotation. Thus, there is no need for carbon brushes to maintain electrical contact. The rotor is made of permanent magnet and stator is electromagnetic. When connected to a power source, the magnetic field changes around the stator that rotates the rotor, which is a permanent magnet.

Features and Examples 

  • Brushless drills typically come in cordless designs requiring a DC battery.
  • Like brushed DC drills, brushless DC drills come in 12V, 18V and 20V battery specifications. Higher voltage brushless drills are also on the market for heavy-duty work.
  • A DC brushless drill has a rotation speed of 200 to 1,650 RPM.
  • Brushless drills also have LEDs, clutch, chuck and other features like brushed drills.

Bosch 12V GSB12V-300N is a quality cordless brushless drill that is compact and easy to manage.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • More power efficient than brushed drills
  • No loss of power and torque
  • Usable for an extended period as there is no friction and sparks
  • No wear and tear issues as the brushless designs are free from carbon brushes
  • Light in weight

Cons

  • Costlier than brushed drills because of expensive parts.
  • Repairs are costly, and sometimes brushless drills are beyond a repair

Bosh Brushless Drill example

Key Differences between Brushless vs Brushed Drills

To settle the brushless vs brushed drill debate, let’s consider the key differences between both variants.

Power

Brushless drills are more powerful than brushed drills, as there is no friction and heat. The carbon brushes inside a brushed drill are where most electrical and mechanical energy is lost.

Performance

Similarly, brushless drills are better in performance than brushed drills. Losing mechanical and electrical energy is the culprit behind the loss of performance.

On average, a brushless drill is up to 50% more energy efficient. It can run on a similar battery for more extended periods. Also, a brushless drill produces about 15% to 35% more torque and rotations under similar conditions.

Longevity and Maintenance

A brushless drill offers more in terms of longevity and maintenance. The lack of carbon brushes and heat due to friction means brushless drills don’t undergo many maintenance cycles.

However, it is easier to replace worn-out carbon brushes in brushed drills. But remember that you might have to replace carbon brushes every 50 to 60 hours of usage.

Usability and Cost

Again, brushless drills come on top when considering usability. This is because they are usually compact and less noisy. You can use a brushless drill for longer because there is no heat caused by friction. But, in terms of cost, a brushed drill is a clear winner.

Which one should I choose?

Choosing a brushless vs brushed drill depends on your usage and budget.

If you rarely use a drill machine and are looking to buy one just to use it for repairs, then your best bet is to buy a brushed motor. For professionals and DIYers, investing in brushless drills makes sense.

If you are tight on a budget, go for a brushed drill to get the job done. Although, you might need a power source nearby to avoid inconvenience.

Conclusion

All the aspects mentioned above explain the craze for brushless drills. Nevertheless, brushed drills are still useful and, sometimes, a perfect tool for the job. But before deciding, consider key differences between brushless vs brushed drills.

 

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3. Which Makita Hammer Drill is Best?

4. What’s the Best DeWalt Drill?

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What’s the Best STIHL Gas Pole Saw in 2023? [Top 6 Reviewed]

Best Fuel Capacity

STIHL POLE SAW

HT 250

Fuel Capacity - 21.6 oz

5/5

Most Powerful

STIHL POLE SAW

HT 250

Engine Power - 2.15 bhp

5/5

Longest Reach

STIHL POLE SAW

HT 250

Guide Bar Length - 14 inches

5/5

Looking for the best STIHL gas Pole Saw? Well…..STIHL range has 6 pole saws in total, although, as you can see I have picked one in particular as the best overall Gas Pole saw. Trust me, I wanted other models to come to the top of different categories, but unfortunately, the facts spoke louder than what I wanted. And if you would like to see why, feel free to jump to the concise comparison table straight away before reading through the comprehensive analysis of each tool.

Professional or not, the Stihl gas pole saw is suitable for heavy-duty work instead of the electric or battery pole saw because of their powerful engine, strong torque, and longer reaches. 

When using the STIHL gas powered pole saw, you have no fear of ruining out of battery. Gas is cheaper and easily accessible. It is lightweight, making it easy to work with and move around. The STIHL gas pole saw prices are pretty decent as well.

So here goes the list.

1. HT 56 C-E

1 Stihl gas Pole Saw

Trimming branches has been easy with the STIHL HT 56, and C-E pole saw. The gearbox has lightweight making it convenient to use and move. It is essential to have this tool in your landscaping toolbox. This STIHL gas pole price is affordable.

Specification 

  • power source-  Gas
  • Guide Bar Length- 10 inch 
  • Weight- 12.8 Ibs
  • Engine power 1.07 bhp

Pros 

  • Reduced-emission engine technology
  • Easy to use 

Cons

  • Risk of electrocution

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2. HT 131

2 Stihl gas powered Pole Saw

This telescoping gas pole saw has an engine  4-MIXTM with reduced emission. This model stretches up to 11.5 feet and is ideal for orchard workers, loggers, and tree professionals. The slotted sprocket cover clears chips and sawdust to avoid clogging, and the 14″ guide bar and chain enable users to cut effectively. Chain adjustment is made simple with a side-access chain tensioner. 

Specification 

  • Power source- Gas
  • Guide Bar Length- 14 inch
  • Weight- 17.3 Ibs
  • Engine power- 1.9 bhp

Pros

  • Telescoping pole
  • Reduced-emission engine technology

 

Cons 

  • Electricity can jump from one point to another utilizing arcing and may be conducted through damp branches.

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3. HT 250

3 Stihl gas Pole Saw

This 7′ fixed-length Sthil gas pole saw has a big displacement engine with enough power for demanding pruning tasks. The HT 250 pole saw blends clever design with the strength of STIHL engine technology. Due to its lightweight gearbox, it offers better control. This tool works better in nurseries and orchards. One of our best features is the IntelliCarbTM compensating carburetor, programmed to keep an ideal fuel-to-air ratio even as the filter gets soiled—best for experts who chop top branches.

Specifications

  • Power source- Gas
  • Guide Bar Length-  14 inch
  • Weight- 13.4 Ibs
  • Engine power-  2.15bhp

Pros

  • Purge pump primer
  • Anti-vibration system

Cons

  • Improper use can cause injury

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4. HT 134

4 Stihl gas powered Pole Saw

With a 3/8″ STIHL PICCOTM MicroTM Mini saw chain (61 PMM3), a 14″ guide bar, and a strong metal gearbox located on the exterior of the gearbox (right side), the STIHL HT 134 is a potent fixed-length pole pruner that can handle difficult applications. It has the same 7′ fixed-length shaft, sturdy metal gearbox as the preceding STIHL HT 132, and a strong metal branch hook. The HT 134 also has a huge fuel tank, a vertical pleated air filter, easy starting, and one-touch stopping.

Specification 

  • Power source- Gas
  • Guide Bar Length- 14 inch
  • Weight- 13.2 Ibs
  • Engine power- 1.9 bhp  

Pros

  • Durable gearbox
  • Semi-automatic choke lever

Cons

  • Improper use of the tool can cause injury

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5. HT 135

5 Stihl gas Pole Saw

This tool meets the demand of landscaping and tree service professionals looking for a strong gas pole saw. With its new squared-shaft design, the telescoping shaft has greater rigidity, giving control and precision while lowering fatigue. The lightweight gearbox design also makes handling convenient while reaching for high branches. The HT 135 is designed to fulfill the needs of the most demanding professionals.  

Specifications

  • Power source- Gas
  • Guide Bar Length- 14 inch
  • Weight – 17.4 Ibs
  • Engine Power- 1.9 bhp 

 

Pros 

  • Strong metal gearbox
  • Anti-vibration system.

Cons

  • Improper use of the tool can cause injury

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6. HT 105

6 Stihl gas powered Pole Saw

The 105 STIHL gas pole saw is excellent for professionals tackling high and low branches, reducing operator fatigue and enhancing cutting. Its lightweight square shaft, and telescoping mechanism, which increases rigidity while expanding to a range of heights and is simple to lock into place, makes it easy to prune high branches.

Specifications 

  • Power Source- Gas
  • Guide Bar Length- 12 inch
  • Weight- 17.4 Ibs
  • Engine Power- 1.4 bhp  

Pros    

  • Multi-function control handle
  • Telescoping pole

Cons 

  • No cons to note

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Comparison Table: Best STIHL Gas Pole Saw

Power Source

Weight

Guide bar length

Oilomatic chain

Chain oil capacity

Overall length

Engine Power

Fuel Capacity

Displacement

HT 135

1 Stihl gas Pole Saw

Gas

17.4 Ibs

14 in

3/8’’ PMM3

7.4 oz.

139.2 in

1.9 bhp

17.9 oz

36.3 cc

HT 250

2 Stihl gas powered Pole Saw

Gas

13.4 Ibs

14 in

3/8’’ PMM3

7.4 oz.

84 in

2.15 bhp

21.6 oz

40.2 cc

HT 131

3 Stihl gas Pole Saw

Gas

17.3 Ibs

14 in

3/8’’ PMM3

7.4 oz.

139.2 in

1.9 bhp

18.0 oz

36.3 cc

HT 56 C-E

4 Stihl gas powered Pole Saw

Gas

12.8 Ibs

10 in

1/4’’ PM3

4.1 oz.

110.4 in

1.07 bhp

11.5 oz.

27.2 cc

HT 105

5 Stihl gas Pole Saw

Gas

17.4 Ibs

12 in

1/4’’ PM3

7.4 oz.

139.2 in

1.4 bhp

17.9 oz

31.4 cc

HT 134

6 Stihl gas powered Pole Saw

Gas

13.2 lbs

14 in

3/8’’ PMM3

7.4 oz.

1.9 bhp

17.9 oz

36.3 cc

Summary

Although gas pole saws are more expensive and require maintenance, the STIHL gas pole saw is relatively cheap and less costly to maintain. When buying a Gas pole saw, there are a few things you will put into consideration. Weight, source of power, and guide bar length, so that you shouldn’t worry about battery lifespan or fuel availability. You should think about how far it can reach without putting yourself in danger. Weight is another important factor because, if a pole saw is too heavy, it will cause many inconveniences. It is more encouraged to go for a pole saw with lightweight for easy use and less risky. 

 

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2. 10 Best Electric Pole Saw – Expert Reviews & Guide

3. 10 Best Professional Pole Saw – Expert Review & Guide

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The Best Ryobi Gas Chainsaw in 2023 [Top 3 Reviewed]

Smallest Chainsaw

ryobi chainsaw

Ryobi RY3714

4.7/5

Most Powerful

3 ryobi 18 inch gas chainsaw

Ryobi RY3818

3.6/5

Best on a Budget

16 inch ryobi gas chainsaw

Ryobi RY3716

3.7/5

Looking for the best Ryobi Gas Chainsaw? I’ve listed here the whole Ryobi range to compare and contrast each one to help pick the best one if you have your heart set on the Ryobi brand. 

Ryobi is a renowned Japanese power tool manufacturer expert in gas, electric and portable power tools. Their gas chainsaws are ideal for home and commercial use as they pack a punch and are suitable for heavy-duty applications. Now you must be thinking, there are plenty of gas chainsaws out there. Which one is the best for me? Don’t you worry! I’ve got you covered.

So here we go…

1. Ryobi RY3714 – 14-Inch 2 Cycle Gas Chainsaw

ryobi chainsaw

The Ryobi RY3714 is an option if you want a lightweight chainsaw for a myriad of cutting jobs. It wields a powerful 37cc gas-powered 2-cycle engine that can help you in most of your cutting job needs. Unlike other gas chainsaws on the market, Ryobi gas chainsaws are comfortable to use thanks to the anti-vibration handle and Safe T-tip technology. It also has an automatic oiling system to keep moving parts well-lubricated.

Features and Specs of Ryobi RY3714

Here are some impressive specs and features of RY3714:

  • Powerful 37cc engine
  • Automatic oiling system
  • Easy adjustment of the blade via side-access chain tensioner
  • Inertia-activated brakes for the safety of the user
  • The tool weighs around 11 lb.
  • Bar length and chain size if 14 inches
  • Maximum cutting thickness of 24 inches
  • Maximum torque of 1.57 Nm
  • Maximum cutting speed of 23.1 m/s
  • Wields a blade of 52 drive links
  • Keeps wood debris away from the engine via a mesh filter

Pros

  • This 14-inch chainsaw is ideal for someone who never used a chainsaw before
  • 52 drive links on a 14-inch blade make it a suitable power tool for small to medium-sized trees
  • Super easy to adjust the blade and maintain tool life

Cons

  • Not suitable for cutting tall and thick trees
  • Environmental concerns as it uses gas as the fuel

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2. Ryobi RY3716 – 16-inch 2 Cycle Gas Chainsaw

16 inch ryobi gas chainsaw

If you want a tool with more cutting power, you must consider the Ryobi RY3716 chainsaw. It’s a gas-powered chainsaw that equips a 16-inch cutting blade for moderate to heavy applications. The anti-vibration handle, ergonomic design and three-point vibration isolation save you from fatigue and tiredness. Moreover, the tool is super safe because of the inertia-backed brakes and Safe T-tip technology.

Features and Specs of Ryobi RY3716

Here is the list of features and specs that make RY3716 one of the best Ryobi gas chainsaws in 2022:

  • 2-cycle 37cc engine suitable for most cutting jobs
  • Adjustable automatic oiling system for lubrication and tool safety
  • Side-access chain tensioner for easy adjustments
  • Brake and Safe T-Tip technology
  • Weighs approximately 11 lb.
  • Maximum cutting speed of 23.1 m/s
  • 16-inch-long blade with 56 drive links
  • Maximum cutting thickness of 28 inches
  • Maximum torque of 1.57 Nm
  • Mesh filter to keep debris and dust away from motor

Pros

  • More cutting strength than a small-sized gas-powered chainsaw
  • Easy to handle while running on full power

Cons

  • Overkill for most home projects and DIY projects

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3. Ryobi RY3818 – 18-inch 2 Cycle Gas Chainsaw

3 ryobi 18 inch gas chainsaw

If the 16-inch chainsaw doesn’t get the job done, go for a heavy, professional-grade chainsaw. The Ryobi RY3818 uses an 18-inch blade that can easily cut through thick branches 32 inches in diameter. Unlike the 14-inch and 16-inch Ryobi options, it wields a 38cc engine that can get the job done in a jiffy. Another feature that separates this option from other tools is the chain catcher to protect the chain from falling off the tool.

However, it has the same safety features found in all Ryobi gas chainsaws, such as inertia brakes and Safe-T Tip technology.

Features and Specs of Ryobi RY3818

The following features and specs keep the Ryobi RY3818 gas chainsaw stand from the rest:

  • 2-cycle 38cc engine for more horsepower
  • The automatic oiling system keeps moving parts in good shape
  • Chain catcher to keep chain where it should be
  • 18-inch bar length and chain size
  • Maximum cutting thickness of 32 inches
  • Top cutting speed of 23.4 m/s
  • Three-point vibration isolation and anti-vibration grip for convenience
  • The foam filter instead of mesh filter for protection against debris and dust

Pros

  • Most suitable for professional application
  • High cutting speed ensure increased productivity
  • The foam filter ensures no debris and dust can reach the motor

Cons

  • Most expensive option out of the three Ryobi gas chainsaws
  • Loud and noisy

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Comparison Table : Ryobi Gas Chainsaw

All three Ryobi gas chainsaws mentioned above have characteristic Ryobi features that make them top-tier chainsaws for most applications. However, some features make one tool stand out from others. Here is a comparison table to help you find the best match for your needs:

Engine

Blade Length

Max Cutting Thickness

Max Cutting Speed

Weight

Filter

Cost

Application

Ryobi RY3714

ryobi chainsaw

2-cycle 37 CC
gas powered

14 inches

24 inches

23.1 m/s

11 lb

Mesh

Low

Household and small commercial

Ryobi RY3716

16 inch ryobi gas chainsaw

2-cycle 37 CC
gas powered

16 inches

28 inches

23.1 m/s

11 lb

Mesh

Medium

Household and moderate commercial

Ryobi RY3818

3 ryobi 18 inch gas chainsaw

2-cycle 38 CC
gas powered

18 inches

32 inches

23.4 m/s

11 lb

Foam

High

Commercial


End Note

By now, you must know the salient features, pros and cons of the best Ryobi gas chainsaw range on offer. All of them have quality safety and cutting capabilities. However, each of them is suitable for different purposes. If you are an occasional home user, you can invest in a Ryobi RY3714 gas chainsaw. But if you want a chainsaw for professional use, you must look at either Ryobi RY3716 or RY3818 models. The 16-inch chainsaw is more suitable for moderate commercial applications, while the 18-inch chainsaw is best suitable for heavy-duty commercial applications. You should also check the weight, design and other features before buying one.

 

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What’s the Best Small Gas Chainsaw in 2023? [Top 5 to Pick From]

Smallest Chainsaw

Echo small gas chainsaw

Echo Small Gas Chainsaw

Bar Length :12 inches

4.7/5

Best on a Budget

Troy built gas chainsaw

Troy-Bilt 2-Cycle Gas Chainsaw

Bar Length :14 inches

4.5/5

Most Powerful

Ryobi gas chainsaw

RYOBI 2-Cycle Gas Chainsaw

Bar Length :16 inches

3.5/5

Finding a small gas chainsaw that is powerful enough to get the job done, among the many bulky and heavy ones can be quite tricky. In terms of power and efficiency, you can find many gas chainsaws in the market. However, if you need to climb up in awkward places or tight spots to trim or prune, having a small gas chainsaw as a companion would come in handy.

Here, I have examined a wide range of gas chainsaws, analyzed their features, and come up with a list that should make it easier to pick which small gas chainsaw model is the best suited for what you’re looking for.

 

Hopefully this helps….

1. Echo 26.9cc Small Gas Chainsaw

Echo small gas chainsaw

Product Dimensions : 12″L x 10″W x 10″H

Chain Length :  12 Inches

Echo brand chainsaws have a reputation for their excellent performance, durability, and reliability. Even though it does not excel in any particular area, this mini gas chainsaw can meet most people’s needs, making it the most effective gas-powered chainsaw on the market.

It offers a 12-inch bar that balances cutting ability and maneuverability, which may be the most suitable size for most users. Its durable construction makes it lightweight but tough. 

Moreover, it has an anti-vibration handle that reduces the fatigue experienced by operators. With its 26.9cc motor, this compact, easy starter generates clean, powerful performance and is EPA and CARB-compliant.

Further, this chainsaw comes equipped with an energy-saving chain brake, an automatic chain oiler, and a carrying case. The weight of the chainsaw is relatively modest at 10.18 pounds.

PROS

  • Support digital ignition system
  • Vibration-reduction system
  • Inertia-type chain brake
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

CONS

  • Costly


2. RYOBI 37cc 2-Cycle Gas Chainsaw

Ryobi gas chainsaw

Product Dimensions : 35.6″L x 11.8″W x 12.1″H 

Chain Length :  16 Inches

The RYOBI chainsaw brand has become known for its high-performance gas chainsaws. They have added an excellent tool to their lineup with this 14-inch model. Although it weighs only 10 pounds, the 37cc engine offers strong cutting capabilities despite its small size.

In addition to the metal spikes, this mini gas chainsaw has a 14-inch saw bar that makes it suitable for cutting large trees. Additionally, it has a vibration-reducing system to ensure that it is comfortable for the operator.

In terms of safety, RYOBI is the brand that you can trust. It has chain brakes that automatically stop the chain upon contact with inertia and a Safe-T-Tip to prevent rotational kickbacks.

PROS

  • Support quick chain adjustments
  • Durable inertia-type chain brake
  • prevent rotational kickbacks
  • Adjustable chain oiler

CONS

  • Moderate fuel tank capacity


3. Troy-Bilt 2-Cycle Gas Chainsaw

Troy built gas chainsaw

Product Dimensions : NA

Chain Length :  14 Inches

It’s hard to beat Troy-Bilt regarding the best general-purpose gas chainsaws. Although it is slightly lighter than many other gas-powered chainsaws, it can cut bigger branches and logs.

Besides, performance and fuel efficiency are the trademarks of this 42cc, two-cycle engine. There is an inertia chain brake and an auto oiler on this small gas-powered chainsaw, which are features any good chainsaw should possess.

It’s lightweight and anti-vibration handles make it easier to manage, more comfortable, and ergonomic. There is a limited 2-year warranty included with this engine, as well as 2-cycle engine oil.

PROS

  • Full-wrap-around aluminum handle
  • Reliable metal bucking spikes
  • Adjustable automatic bar
  • Spring-assist technology
  • 3-point anti-vibration

CONS

  • Noisy


4. Husqvarna 120 Mark Gas Chainsaw

Husqvarna gas chainsaw

Product Dimensions : 32″L x 9.25″W x 4.21″H

Chain Length :  16 Inches

This Husqvarna 120 Mark chainsaw is ideal for a lightweight yard tool. The machine works well for small to medium jobs, although it can also handle larger ones. 

The 9.3-pound weight of this small gas-powered chainsaw makes it the easiest to maneuver. It aims to provide a steady supply of chain lubricants for safe, efficient, and effective operation. 

With Husqvarna chainsaws, you can cut firewood and prune trees effortlessly. It also comes with a tensioning system that allows quick adjustments while working.

PROS

  • Exclusive X-Torq engine
  • Ergonomic comfort
  • Automatic oiler
  • Easy to carry
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Comparatively less powerful


5. Hitachi CS33EB16 Chainsaw

Hitachi gas chainsaw

Product Dimensions : 17.32″L x 10.24″W x 12.2″H

Chain Length :  16 Inches

Hitachi chainsaw offers a powerful 32.2cc engine and an impressive 26-inch bar for long-lasting performance. It features an ignition system with electronic control, and the choke is automatic.

It is beneficial for users to experience minimal vibration levels. This model features an anti-kickback chain, a hand-operated chain brake, and a safety quick-stop button. 

This mini gas chainsaw has an EPA-compliant EcoBoost engine but does not meet CARB standards. With 12.1 pounds, this chainsaw is easy to maintain and is lightweight.

PROS

  • Inertia-activated chain break
  • 2-stroke engine technology
  • Commercial grade engine
  • Easy chain adjustment

CONS

  • Less durable


Best Small Gas Chainsaws – Buying Guide

If you are looking for the right gas chainsaw, you should consider the following factors.

Guide Bar Length

A guide bar’s length depends on the tree’s size and your expertise in dealing with it. Once you get used to using a chainsaw, it is a good idea to have multiple guide bar sizes so that you can adjust the guide bar’s length according to the tree’s size. 

It is easier to maneuver a shorter guide bar when removing tree limbs, and its weight is lower. You will need a longer guide bar to cut a large tree.

Chainsaw Size

Choosing a chainsaw also requires consideration of its size. In general, larger chainsaws have a greater power output than smaller ones – making them more suitable for larger cutting jobs.

Choosing a smaller saw is a good idea if you’re new to working with chainsaws. The heavier the chainsaw, the more fatigue you will feel in your hands and arms, causing you to be less productive and at risk for injury.

Besides, using a chainsaw with more power when cutting hardwood or large trees. When you use a too-small model, you will have to work harder, and you might damage the product.

Safety Features

It is also important to consider many safety factors when shopping for chainsaws. Safety features should be the foremost consideration when shopping for a chainsaw. In recent years, however, brands have added many improved features in chainsaws that provide greater convenience, increased comfort, longevity, simplicity, and reduced emissions.

Conclusion

In addition to reviews, we have provided a buyer’s guide that will assist you in making a better choice. The Echo 26.9cc chainsaw is the best option if you want a small gas chainsaw that will meet your professional needs.

The RYOBI 37cc 2-Cycle Gas Chainsaw is an excellent option for those not looking for the most expensive chainsaw.

 

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2. Electric vs. Gas Chainsaw: Which one is better?

3. 10 Best Gas Chainsaws – Analysis and Guide

 

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Which Festool Miter Saw is the Best in 2023? [Top 3 Reviewed]

Festool miter saws are known for their precision, durability, and ease of use. Although many brands offer miter saws, Festool Miter saws have certainly grown in popularity. A Festool product would be great if you want a new miter saw if you are doing tasks such as framing, trim work, and cabinetry.

Many miter saws are available from Makita and other top brands, which makes the selection process difficult. Nevertheless, don’t worry; we will help you select the right Festool Miter Saw. Find out which Festool miter saw is the best in this article.

3 Best Festool Miter Saws in 2022

1. Festool 575306 Corded Kapex KS 120 Miter Saw

575306 Corded Kapex KS 120 Festool Miter Saw

Festool KS 120 is an excellent choice for those looking for the most cutting power on a larger surface. This saw has a 10 inches blade with a cutting capacity of 12 inches and a micro-adjustable bevel angle for accurate cuts. 

Further, it comes with a 1600 watts motor and high RPMs that allow it to cut a wide range of wood materials. The Festool Kapex KS 120 saw features a rail-forward design to maximize precision and eliminate vibration for precise cuts.

This Festool miter saw offers more work surface area because it has an extension table. Professionals and amateurs alike will appreciate this extension table. The tool also has a dust hood and dual lasers that extract 91% of the dust on the backside.

Moreover, the dual lasers allow you to see what material will remove during the cutting procedure. In addition, you will also get a micro-adjustable bevel angle with this Kapex Miter Saw for easy align cuts.

PROS

  • Offer sliding Table extensions
  • Micro-adjustable bevel angle
  • Effective dust extraction
  • Easily align cuts
  • Powerful motor

CONS

  • Expensive


2. Festool 576164 Cordless Miter Saw

2 576164 Cordless Miter Saw

The Festool 576164 is a cordless product with versatile cross-cutting capabilities. Using the machine, you can cut boards as wide as 12 inches. It also has a material stabilizer that you can pull out to support the boards while cutting. 

With a weight of just 14.64 pounds, the miter saw is lightweight and easily portable. Moreover, this Festool saw has a dust collector that collects most of the sawdust. 

It also has an additional safety feature in the form of a trigger brake, designed to prevent blade rotation as soon as you release the trigger. Also included is a “soft start” feature that improves precision and ensures minimal movement. 

In addition, this miter saw comes backed by a three-year warranty from Festool. It is no secret that Festool makes miter saws that will last for a long time under an extended warranty.

PROS

  • Extended battery life
  • Powerful motor
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Portable

CONS

  • Battery not included


3. Festool 201359 HKC Miter Saw

Festool Miter Saw 201359 HKC 55 EB BASIC Circular Saw

If you want a budget-friendly product with a powerful motor, check out the Festool 201359 Miter Saw. The Festool 201359 Miter Saw combines 18V lithium-ion batteries with brushless motors to deliver superior cutting capabilities. 

This saw features an easy-to-use hinged guard for easy blade viewing. In addition, the tool has an embedded riving knife that maintains an open kerf while sawing. 

It is also possible to make plunge cuts without interference. It provides a speed of 4500 RPM, sufficient for chopping different types of wood.

PROS

  • Better cutting ability
  • Adjustable stop option
  • Safe hinged guard
  • High speed

CONS

  • Less durable


Best Miter Saw Buying Guide

Consider the following factors when searching for the best Festool miter saw.

Motor Power

A saw with a powerful motor will last longer, enabling the user to cut boards for longer without overheating. A common miter saw motor has a power rating of 10 amps to 15 amps. As a result of the larger motor, it will also be able to spin the blades fast enough for cutting rigid materials. 

For instance, if a user only intends to cut pine timbers, a 10-ampere miter saw should provide enough power. However, the motor may need to be more potent if you require cutting fiber siding or other relevant material.

Corded vs. Cordless

The corded miter saw has been around for a few years. Because such miter saws use cords, they can only operate in certain areas. However, several brands have recently started producing cordless miter saws. 

Cordless miter saws run on lithium-ion batteries with limited battery life and runtime. In terms of battery runtime, it depends on how many cuts you make and their thickness, but you can expect 100 to 300 cuts per charge.

Blade Size

Among the most noticeable differences between the miter saws is the size of the blade. A blade can be as small as 5 inches and as large as 12 inches. In addition, you can also find blades up to 10 inches, a size that is quite common. 

However, just because a saw has a 12-inch blade does not guarantee that it can cut 12-inch wood. In most cases, a 12-inch saw can handle 2×8, although other models can only handle 2×6. 

Moreover, smaller blades have a shorter reach, so if the saw doesn’t have sliding rails, a 10-inch blade can only cut a 2 x 6. If you use a miter saw with a larger blade, you can cut thicker material, but it depends on the height the blade lifts.

Saws can only cut through a certain height when standing. There are saws with cutting heights that exceed 3 inches. Other saws can handle wood up to six inches in thickness. So, buy a saw with a significant cutting depth if you want to work on thick materials.

Conclusion

Here, we analyze a collection of Miter Saws from Festool brands. Ultimately, it’s up to you to choose which miter saw is right for you as per your need.

Among the Best Miter Saws, my top recommendation is the Festool Kapex KS 120. It will be much easier to cut wood with miter saws such as the Kapex KS 120.

The other miter saws we have reviewed can also be a good choice. Therefore, read the review and decide which Festool miter saw best fits your requirements.

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The Top 2 Pegas Scroll Saw Machines Reviewed 2023

Best on a Budget

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Pegas 21" Scroll Saw

Biggest  Length, Width & Height

Scroll Saw 30 inch Pegas

Pegas 30" Scroll Saw

The scroll saw is a powerful tool for cutting wood precisely and decoratively. Scroll saws are familiar to many of us, but when choosing the right one for you, you must consider many things. What is the throat length? Do you need a certain amount of throat length? The Swiss made Pegas scroll saw range provide 2 very simple solution for whatever you want to create.

Furthermore, there are other factors to consider, including the power, the blade speed, and the tilt of the tabletop. Other than this, you also have to consider the brand while choosing the right scroll saw. 

Even though there are several brands, Pegas scroll saws are the most popular. Scroll Saws from Pegas offer high precision and long-lasting service with minimal maintenance, which makes them a popular choice. In this article, you will learn about a few popular scroll saws from the Pegas brand.

 

1. Pegas 21" Scroll Saw

Pegas Scroll Saw 21 inch

scroll saw blade

The Pegas 21″ Scroll Saw can make exquisite cuts without vibration. This heavy-duty saw features low noise and stability due to its cast iron construction and durable arms. Changing blades is easy and requires no tools, while the cutting depth is around 2.05 inches.

Further, as the throat length of the machine is 21 inches, you should have no problem cutting materials of different sizes. With arm lifting, cutting is more accessible inside the material with the blade inserted. 

Moreover, this saw has a 1.5-amp motor that can speed blades up to 1,400 SPM. It’s not surprising that this powerful saw costs so much, given its features. In addition, it comes with a two-year warranty so that you can be confident of the long-term security of your investment. 

Blade changes are much faster than ever, thanks to chuck heads. There is no need to use a tool when clamping blades manually. At the same time, the tensioning system ensures that blades are kept at the same tension regardless of their position.

PROS

  • Have an onboard dust blower
  • Include dust collector
  • Durable construction
  • High blade tilt range
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Heavy (as expected)


2. Pegas 30" Scroll Saw

Scroll Saw 30 inch Pegas

This Pegas Scroll Saw is an excellent option for anyone who enjoys wood-crafting. This scroll saw makes it so easy to create beautiful patterns and angles with the precision you need. 

Moreover, it features a potent motor that can maintain a speed between 400 and 1400 SPM. This high SPM allows the ability to work with various workpieces.

Further, the base consists of cast iron to prevent vibrations when in use. There is a 45-degree tilt to the left and a 35-degree tilt to the right with the arm. 

No matter what blade you prefer, Pegas scroll saws feature blade holders flexible enough to accommodate pins and pinless blades. It is easy to change blades with the thumb screw adapter, which does not require any tools.

PROS

  • Support quick blade changing
  • Dust collector included
  • High throat depth
  • Durable material

CONS

  • Costly (compared to the 21″)


Pegas Scroll Saw - Machine Buying Guide

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Blade Type

There are two types of scroll saw blades such as pinned and plain. It is possible to find scroll saws that accept either type, whereas some even accept both. Pinned blades have a small pin at the end, which holds the blade in place during use. 

The advantage of having such a blade like this is that it can easily change if you need a different one. However, the pinned blades have the limitation of fewer varieties and are thicker, making them less suitable for cutting delicately.

On the other hand, plain or pinless blades rely on small clamps to hold them securely during use. Changing these blades with a small tool on scroll saws is sometimes necessary, which is not as convenient as a pinned blade. However, plain blades are available in many shapes and sizes and are most suitable for intricate or delicate cuts.

Throat Capacity

The throat of a scroll saw is the distance between the blade and the back of its frame. If a saw has a large throat, you can cut a more comprehensive piece of wood without rotating it. 

Scroll saws usually have their product name based on their throat measurement. The throat size of scroll saws can vary from 12 to 30 inches. 

However, it is common for most scroll saws to have a diameter of 16 to 20 inches. When working on DIY projects, you can usually get away with a throat size of 16 or 18 inches, but you should go larger for wide wood.

Speed

In scroll saws, strokes per minute refer to the time it takes to measure how fast the blade is moving. There are still some scroll saws on the market, especially those in the lower price range, with only a single set of speeds. However, you should have two or more speed settings, and it would be best if you could customize the speed. 

You’ll usually use a slower speed when working with softer woods and a faster pace when working with harder woods. A scroll saw with variable speed usually has a range of 400 SPM to 1,800 SPM, which is relatively common for this machine.

Conclusion

We’ve provided you with reviews and a buyer’s guide, which should help you make an informed choice. Let’s recap a bit. If you are looking for a scroll saw you can use professionally, the Pegas 30″ Scroll Saw should be your top choice.

Using it is a pleasure due to its smooth operation and low vibration. It has a tilt table that tilts 45 and 35 degrees in either direction, a blade change that doesn’t require any tools, and a warranty. 

But, if you do not have a higher budget or do not require such a high-end scroll saw, then you can go with the Pegas 21″ Scroll Saw. So, we believe the Pegas 21″ Scroll Saw is the best scroll saw available at this price point for those who are price-conscious.

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The Milwaukee Paint Sprayer M4910-21: Must Read Before Buying

Do you want to speed up your painting? Then, equip yourself with a paint sprayer. If you have tried the brush or roller style before, you would know they are stressful when you compare them to the sprayer. There are different types of Paint sprayers and you must consider your painting job before purchasing one. The Milwaukee paint sprayer M4910-21 has had many positive reviews, making it one of the best to consider in any job you are taking on.

Milwaukee Paint Sprayer nozzle

This sprayer sprays large areas and gives fine finishes. The Milwaukee Airless/Finish Paint Sprayer M4910-21 can be easily purchased online.   It may be complicated to install for new users.

Product specifications

  • Voltage 120 volts
  • Hose length 300 inches
  • Weight 41 pounds

Pros

  • Tips can be easily replaced
  • Heavy duty machine best for working in a large area
  • Less expensive

Cons

  • Cleaning the sprayer consumes time
  • Tips easily wear out
  • Heavy


What should you consider before using Milwaukee Paint Sprayer (Airless/Finish M4910-21)?

  • The Types and tips of paint sprayers are what most people consider before choosing a sprayer. Does the Milwaukee Airless/Finish Paint Sprayer M4910-21? Yes, reviews from different people in all parts of the world have shown that this Milwaukee paint spray has all it takes to be considered.
  • Heavy-duty air-driven paint sprayers atomize paint or stain and offer a fine finish using high-pressure air from an air compressor. The paint or stain is mechanically pumped into the airless sprayer, driven by electricity or gas. The finish is then forced through the sprayer tip, where it is atomized and turned into a spray. This is one of the outstanding qualities of the Milwaukee Paint Sprayer (Airless/Finish M4910-21).

It is common for Sprayers to be classified according to the tip sizes they can sustain.

  • Tip Size

Sometimes, a sprayer’s tip size merely refers to the opening size, as in the case of a 0.015 tip. Other times, it simultaneously displays the fan size (in inches) and the tip opening size. For instance, a 515 tip sprays paint out of a can with a 5-inch diameter, and when using the Milwaukee Airless/Finish Paint Sprayer M4910-21, You can easily switch the tip.

  • Paint/Coat Type

Paints and heavier coatings demand larger tip sizes and greater pressure, while stains require smaller tip sizes and less stress. You should Think about the tasks you’ll be taking on, and be sure to pay attention to the maximum recommended tip size for each sprayer option you’re thinking of. The sprayer can provide more finish per minute; the larger the maximum recommended tip size.

  • Shape

The shape in which the tool the finish is known as the spray pattern of a paint sprayer. The greatest paint sprayers can spray in various patterns, including spherical, horizontal, and vertical. Using these settings, you can quickly move from spraying a wide fan across a surface to one moving up and down without turning the sprayer.

  • Spray Pattern

There are various spray-pattern widths for each tip size. The range of widths is from 6 to 14 inches. A narrower pattern is necessary for smaller surfaces, such as fence rails. A wider design is needed for ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

  • Other features

Milwaukee has Standard or reversible tips available. The distinction? Turning a reversible tip around and blowing the obstruction out makes it simple to clean it out.

Milwaukee Paint Sprayer airless

Milwaukee Paint Sprayer FAQS

If you are doubting whether to purchase a Milwaukee paint sprayer. Not sure if the Milwaukee Airless/Finish Paint Sprayer M4910-21 is the best choice? take note of these frequently asked questions to help you reconsider.

Q Are the lengths of the extensions for this machine, and will it use tips from other manufacturers?

The gun’s hose is 25′ long. Sure, this pistol is compatible with other tips. The sprayer itself gives no issues, and the pistol functions perfectly. The broken part is the screw-on end piece that attaches to the gun. It can work for almost half an hour before failing. This machine is priceless, very user-friendly, and nearly flawless.

Q Can it be used to paint metals?

Yes, it can be used to paint metals, making them look new and attractive without stress.

Q What to do when losing pressure spraying with interior latex?

When this happens, check to ensure the clamp on the pickup tube is tight, you can use a green-friendly cleaner in the system when set on the highest, run water through it, and then oil the

Milwaukee Paint Sprayer M4910-21 Summary

if you decide to check out the Milwaukee paint sprayer M4910-21, you will realize that it meets almost every requirement you need to consider when getting a paint sprayer. The condition to be completed before purchasing any product/type of paint sprayer are;

Paint Sprayers at least 25 feet or more with a flexible hose or long extension cord are best for high or wide-distance jobs. This helps the spray paint everywhere quickly. The Milwaukee paint sprayer can do this.

One other thing to consider is whether you want a unit that can be disassembled for simple cleaning. Cleaning is facilitated by can-drawing equipment and smooth interior surfaces.

Best to go for a tip that you can set to either high, low, cleaning or roller; this type of tip last longer. When spraying is not an option, a product with a pressure roller attachment can be a plus, either. You can paint four times faster than just any sprayer.

You, as the sprayer, also needs to take safety precaution, such as using a mask to reduce the risk of inhalation. Cover anything that can be destroyed by the paint if mistakenly sprayed on.

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Which Makita Track Saw Is the Best in 2023? [Top 6 Reviewed]

Makita Track Saw(s) are some of the best available in the market and out of their wide offering finding the right one could be tricky. So, in this article we discuss what you need to know before choosing the right one you.

Makita tools are among the best. Makita is a trusted and proven company that consistently produces top-quality consumer tools. For this reason, if you want to purchase a brand-new track saw, it would be a good idea to check out Makita products.

But, you need not worry since we will assist you in selecting the right Makita Track Saw according to your need. In this article, you will find some of the best track saws offered by Makita.

The 6 Best Makita Track Saws

1. Makita GPS01Z Cordless Track Saw

Makita GPS01Z Cordless Track Saw

Makita GPS01Z Track Saw is the best choice if you want precise and accurate cutting. This saw comes with a brushless motor and an automatic speed adjustment feature. 

The speed adjustment feature allows for accurate adjustment of speed and torque during cutting to ensure optimal performance. This saw offers variable speed control between 2,500 and 4,900 RPM, featuring an electric brake and a soft start for ease of use. 

Further, it also provides constant speed control that ensures a flawless result despite heavy loads. In addition, it has a large cutting capacity of 2-3/16″ at 90 degrees, while its bevel capability is around -1 to 48 degrees.

PROS

  • Variable speed control dial supported

  • Exceptional cutting capacity

  • Contains locking lever

  • Built-in depth stop option

  • Soft start features

CONS

  • A bit noisy


2. Makita XSH08Z Cordless Track Saw

XSH08Z Cordless Track Saw

Makita XSH08Z is a powerful saw that provides a handy battery indicator and rafter hook. It has an impressive amount of power and a depth of cut that is more than adequate. While there’s no worm drive in the Makita XSH08Z, it functions similarly. 

Moreover, it has 9-1/4-inch blades to allow it to cut more profoundly than a regular circular saw. The adjustments on the Makita XSH08Z track saw are effortless and straightforward. 

Additionally, the motor is potent, and the power level appears clearly. This powerful motor on Makita XSH08Z offers maximum performance at 6,000 RPM and 50% more run time than comparable competitive models.

PROS

  • High 2-3/8″ cutting capacity

  • Maximum cutting depth

  • Lightweight

  • Portable

  • Durable

CONS

  • Battery not include


3. Makita XSH10Z Cordless Track Saw

The XSH10Z Cordless

If you want a track saw with a large blade and high cutting capacity, you must choose Makita XSH10Z. With its brushless motor, this model can reach speeds as high as 4500 RPM. 

Makita XSH10Z has higher power than other track saws, making it perfect for professionals. Besides, you can adjust the angle to 45 degrees and enjoy a smooth cutting experience. 

This machine can cut wood up to 3-3/8″ thick. Besides, despite giving a good grip, it maintains a comfortable feel. As a result, this budget track saw is more enjoyable to use than most.

PROS

  • Offer automatic speed change technology 

  • Support extreme protection

  • Have Auto-start capability

  • Lightweight

  • Portable

CONS

  • Traditional design


4. Makita XPS02ZU Cordless Track Saw

XPS02ZU Cordless Track Saw

Makita XPS02ZU features a powerful 18V motor capable of performing heavy cutting. A 6.5-inch blade on this track saw helps cut wood smoothly without leaving any splinters behind. 

Additionally, this track saw is capable of tilting the blade 90 degrees, which means it can take care of all those bevel cuts. The machine can cut 2-3/16-inch wood at a 90-degree angle. 

Also included is a variable speed dial allowing adjustment between 2,500 and 6,300 revolutions per minute. Due to the variable speed dial, you can control the cuts precisely, resulting in a more accurate outcome.

PROS

  • Support variable speed control

  • Can cut large wood panels

  • Offer precious cutting

  • Longer run time

CONS

  • Pricey


5. Makita XPS01Z Cordless Saw

Makita XPS01Z Cordless Saw

When looking for a track saw that offers excellent value, you may find the Makita XPS01Z a good option. This track saw comes with a 36V motor, making it spin at 6300 RPM. 

As with other models, you can control the speed. The blade measures 6.5 inches offering effortless cutting. A brushless motor is also present in the Makita XPS01Z. 

As a result, it can handle more work with little maintenance. Additionally, the machine will easily work through an angle of 45 degrees.

PROS

  • carbide-tipped blade

  • Anti-kick mechanism

  • Adjustable speed

  • Powerful motor

CONS

  • Less durable


6. Makita SP6000J1 Track Saw

SP6000J1 Track Saw

SP6000J1 is the last track saw on our list of the best Makita track saws. It cuts easily through materials with a 6-1/2 inch cutting blade. 

Moreover, Makita SP6000J1 features a 12AMP motor capable of completing most cuts in one pass. This motor can help attain 2,000 to 5,200 RPM to achieve the best results with various materials. 

It also supports electronic speed control that ensures that the cutting speed remains constant under load so that the cutting is smooth.

PROS

  • Optimum performance

  • Offer accurate cutting

  • Large cutting ability

CONS

  • RPM is a bit less


Makita Track Saw Buying Guide

Various track saw models are available for home DIY projects, so choosing the right one can be challenging. The following factors will help you select the best Makita track saw.

Corded vs Cordless

There has always been a debate over whether corded or cordless tools are better. You get more power with corded saws and don’t need to change batteries. 

When cutting tough wood, like oak or walnut, it proves exceptionally effective. However, corded track saws might be heavier than cordless ones. 

In contrast, cordless track saws do not require a power cord, so you do not have to worry about it tangling. But they do come with a battery that might need replacing. 

The act of changing a battery mid-cut might leave noticeable scars on the cutting edge. So, both corded and cordless Makita track saws have their benefits and shortcomings. Ultimately, the user must decide which aspect is more critical.

Blade Size

Blade size determines how thick material can be cut by a track saw. In general, track saw blades are between 5 and 7 inches long and can cut materials up to 2 inches thick. 

A track saw with a blade sized 8 to 9 inches can cut materials around 3 inches wide. Therefore, you should consider the blade size per your need. Large blade size is a must if you are cutting thicker wood.

Speed Adjustments

There is the option to adjust the speed on some Makita track saws. Keeping the speed under control prevents burning wood and dulling the blades. A track saw with speed settings usually has a low rate of 2,000 rpm and a high speed of 5,000 rpm. 

It is best to use high-speed settings when working on soft materials. If you’re working with dense woods, lower the speed to the lowest setting available. 

Reduced speed prevents unsightly burns and ensures the blade remains in optimum cutting condition. Whenever you slow the rotation of the blade, pay attention to kickback. There are track saws with a built-in anti-kickback option.

Bevel Capacity

A track saw’s bevel capacity determines how well the track saw can cut wood at different angles. Hence, bevel capacity would be crucial in your customized woodwork. 

If you wish to make angled cuts, check to see if your tool supports them. Thus, getting sharper cuts and adjusting depth capacity would be easy.

Motor Power

A motor with extremely high power is necessary to cut toughened wood. For this reason, our recommendation is to choose a tool with robust motors. 

Getting a track saw with a 6000 RPM motor is the best power. You can, however, go below 4000 RPM for routine woodworking tasks.

Conclusion

In this review, we cover a variety of Track Saws from Makita brands that offer different features. After reading this review, it is up to you to decide which track saw best meets your needs. 

However, the GPS01Z or XPS02ZU models are my top recommendations for the Best Makita track saws. Track saws such as the GPS01Z or XPS02ZU will make cutting wood easier for you.

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Which DeWalt Cordless Ratchet is Best in 2023? [Top 4 Compared]

Using a cordless ratchet can come in quite handy when trying to fit into tight spaces or need to easily move around the work space, and DeWalt cordless ratchets has a nice line up of tools to fit any job big or small.. Generally, cordless ratchets are powered by batteries which in turn rotate the head of the ratchet.

Besides saving time, cordless ratchets enable DIYers to work in tight spaces without worrying about the swing clearance of their ratchet handles. The best cordless ratchet depends on various factors that include size, power output, battery, weight, and most importantly the grip.

Keeping that in mind in this article we are going to review the DeWalt cordless ratchets that are the best in the market. Continue reading to learn more about the cordless ratchet and how you can choose one for yourself.

1. DeWalt Atomic 20V MAX* Brushless 3/8-inch Ratchet Kit

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This DeWalt ratchet 20V aims to resolve the issue of the wear and tear that can be left while using any other cordless ratchet. With the soft rubber grip, it provides more grip and comfort during any task. Additionally, it has a rubber pad on the back side of the battery slot to make smooth contact with the forearm of the user.

It comes with a 2Ah battery, charger, and a carrying bag. Producing up to 70-foot pounds of torque with its brushless motor. Its variable speed trigger allows controlling output easily and the on-board LED helps you work in dark spaces.

Pros

  • 3/8-inch drive size
  • Variable speed trigger for control
  • Great power
  • Super comfy rubber grip

Cons

  • Spin speed is not known


2. DeWalt ATOMIC™ 20V MAX* Brushless 1/2-inch Ratchet

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This DeWalt electric ratchet comes in 1/2 inch and is designed for high torque and versatility. Its brushless motor provides up to 70-foot pounds of torque. With its bright on-board LED, you can easily work in tight spaces as it illuminates applications.

Furthermore, its compact design and low-profile head design allow you to use it in tight locations. The variable speed trigger helps you to optimize the speed according to the application.

Pros

  • Plenty of power
  • Variable speed trigger for control

Cons

  • None


3. DeWalt XTREME™ 12V MAX* Brushless 3/8 in. Ratchet

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DeWalt Xtreme cordless ratchet comes with a brushless motor and delivers 60-foot pounds of torque and 250 RPMs. It also has an LED for tidy locations and contains glass filled with nylon housing.

In addition to that, it includes a trigger lock and forward reverse switch. It is 50% more efficient than the 1/4-inch version of the DeWalt Xtreme ratchet which provides a long-lasting performance to tackle more projects.

Pros

  • Good reach for getting into tough spots
  • Can work with all types of batteries

Cons

  • 12V batteries are not much efficient – battery life will be affected


4. DeWalt Air Ratchet, Square Drive, 3/8-Inch

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This is another amazing DeWalt electric ratchet that has a maximum torque of 65-foot pounds that helps to break free fasteners. And it has 160 RPM in order to provide high power fastening.

Its aluminum body compact design with a closed head gives you a decent grip with its ergonomic handle helps work in tidy places. Also, it comes with a touch control trigger that allows the user to work according to the power requirement.

 

Pros

  • Power controlling touch control trigger
  • Ergonomic grip

Cons

  • A little more noisy
  • Complaints about oil leaks


How To Select The Best DeWalt Cordless Ratchet For Yourself Before Buying?

Before buying a new cordless ratchet there are some important things you should consider. It includes features like size, weight, power, battery, and some other things. Let’s discuss each of them briefly.

Size and weight

Many cordless ratchets are light enough that they can be used with one hand. But a difference of 1 or 2 pounds can cause problems. So, that’s why it is important to choose the lightweight ratchet.

That’s also the case for size as it should have a slim body and narrow head so that you can easily maneuver it through locations and tight areas.

Power

Well, the power is also an important factor to determine, and it can be measured by its torque output and speed. It is the rotational force produced by the cordless ratchet and measured in foot-pounds. 

The average torque is around 25-to-50-foot pounds, but the powerful models have more torque for complex tasks. Also, the revolutions per minute RPM is important; it helps in losing or tightening the bolts and fasteners. The average RPM of a ratchet is around 250 to 400 RPM.

Battery and grip

Battery life is measured by using the milliamp hours mAh for small and amp hours for large batteries. On average, the Ah of batteries ranges between 0.5 Ah and 2.5 Ah. Battery requirements depend on the availability of electric power for recharging, the average length of usage, torque, power, and speed.

When it comes to cordless ratchets, the grip is just as important as with any other power tool. In addition to protecting the hands, the grip absorbs the impact while the user works, which reduces the chance of hand fatigue. The cordless ratchet you choose should be able to remove and tighten nuts and bolts using a great deal of torque. As it is easier to control a tool with a nonslip handle.

 

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a cordless ratchet, then you choose any of DeWalt’s ratchets. The DeWalt cordless ratchet can be used for different tasks as it will provide the best options. And if you are preferring a full kit, then the DeWalt Atomic 20V Ratchet Kit can be the best option.

 

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