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WEN 4017

Electric Chainsaw, 16" - WEN 4017

WEN 4017
  • UPC   044459040170
  • Remember when you could cut down trees without wasting a single drop of gasoline? The WEN 16-Inch Electric Chainsaw provides over 12 amps of sawing power, making easy work out of any tree, bush or branch that gets between you and that perfect lawn. The 16-inch Oregon chain runs at speeds of up to 44 feet per second while the lightweight design limits fatigue during operation. Simply plug the cord into the power source of your choice and start chopping with 2.2Nm of torque. The auto-oiling system lubricates the guide bar and chain as you cut to elongate the life of both the blade and the saw itself. The cable strain relief notch helps wrangle extension cords to keep the unit plugged in. With tool-free chain changes and emission-free operation, the WEN 16-Inch Electric Chainsaw is the perfect addition for any yard. And, because it’s a WEN Product, your chainsaw comes backed by a two-year warranty, a nationwide network of skilled service technicians and a helpful customer phone line. Remember when your lawn was the talk of the town? Remember WEN.
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5 Star Rating   Frumious,   12/10/2016
Ive owned and used gas chainsaws for about 40 years, mostly in the backwoods to cut down and slice up dead trees for firewood. Occasionally I have used gas saws around my home to cut up felled trees after a windstorm or limb overgrown trees. I bought a 16 WEN Model 4017 out of curiosity: Are plug-in electric chainsaws useful? Could my wife or grown kids use one? Here are my thoughts after using it just a short while:

If you already own a gas saw, you dont need one of these. If you dont, and have limbs or small trees to cut down and slice up within 100 feet of an electric plug, yes, these are useful. Compared to a gas chainsaw, this electric one is simpler to use and maintain. It is also inexpensive. A decent gas chainsaw with a 16 bar will cost you $200 - $300. This chainsaw cost much less.

Initial assembly and chain adjustment was a snap following the printed instructions. As others have noted, you need to purchase bar oil or 30-SAE oil as it is not included. This is not a big deal as you would have to buy some soon anyway.

It comes with 16 Oregon brand bar and chain. A 16 bar, in my opinion, is a good length for use around the yard. Replacement chains and bars are available. It also comes with a nice-fitting scabbard to cover the sharp chain when not in use.

This WEN cuts well. Not as fast as my more powerful gas Stihl with its 20 bar, but fast enough and with good control. It is a comfortable weight. Fairly light, nicely balanced. Its not intimidating. Unlike a gas chainsaw, this WEN is not variable speed; just full speed or off. I did not find this to be a problem. Nor did I find the lack of a chain brake a problem.

A significant and deciding factor in selecting this particular saw was its amperage. It uses 12 amps. Others use less or more. Less amperage means less power and you need enough to power a 16 bar. However, more than 12 amps requires owning a 12-gauge extension cord. A 12-gauge 100 foot cord costs as much as the chainsaw. Really. This WEN uses 14-gauge for a 100 cord which costs considerably less than 12-gauge and is easier to handle.

Another plus: It is quieter than a gas powered saw. Your neighbors will appreciate this. (There is something about a gas chainsaw the noise and blue smoke that bothers more than a few people.) You can also impress some neighbors by pointing out its low carbon footprint.

A word of caution: Any chainsaw electric or gas - is potentially dangerous. Wear tough work gloves and eye protection. Do not wear loose fitting clothing.
 
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