Sometimes, Bigger is Better

A tree fell in my back yard. I already had a 14 inch chainsaw, but it is old, dull and requires an extension cord. So, I went to Lowes and bought a battery powered Kobalt 40 V 14 in. model. I mean, if it’s Kobalt it has to be good.

From the start, I was disappointed. It took about 2 hours to put the chain on and adjust it. Moreover, as my wife said the chain looks more like something to hang around the neck than something designed for dealing with even small trees.

I guess I should have gotten an 18 inch model but I was only battling 6 inch limbs. At any rate, it took 5 minutes for the chain to get caught in one of the limbs.

When I put the old wore out saw to the task, it went right through it.

Then, once I freed the chain for the new saw. It took another hour to put it back on. For this I refer to the post I wrote on what I call the CEO principle. Clearly, the CEO has never used this saw. Leastways, I know he never installed the chain.

As an aside, the installation book can stand a couple of small corrections. First, it might help to explain that the kickback lever is a little difficult to actuate. I was afraid of breaking it.

Also, it might help to explain the chain installation better. Better yet, they could make it easier to install the thing.