Hydraulic Chainsaw Uses and Specifications
By buying or building a hydraulic chainsaw you are getting a tough, cost-effective and powerful machine. Many individuals choose to build their own hydraulic chainsaw units by hand in order to get exactly what they want, while others buy their chainsaw from a manufacturer. Whichever way you get one, you will be happy with the power and performance of this type of chainsaw for cutting.
There are a large variety of uses for this type of chainsaw ranging from standard types of chainsaws and uses to the more custom types built and used for individual industries and tasks. Here are just a few of the uses and specs in the hydraulic chainsaw niche.
The Standard Hydraulic Chainsaw
A standard hydraulic chainsaw can be used for carving, cutting, pruning and even bucking wood, depending on the make and model you get. They generally have motors that use 10 to 30 gallons of fluid each minute with a working pressure of around 2,000 psi.
In order for the chainsaw to operate without problems efficiently, they need to have between 14 and 16 gallons of hydraulic oil going through them per minute. They should also operate at a maximum of 2,000 psi of pressure to avoid breakdowns and mechanical problems during operation.
You will have choices when it comes to the valves because both electric controlled valves and manual controlled valves are available on the market. Which one you decide to use should be based on your own personal preferences and the intended use of the hydraulic chainsaw as a whole.
The average sprocket sizes that you will normally find will be 12 to 16 teeth, however that will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. A custom built hydraulic chainsaw can deviate from these averages as well due to the individual builders’ preferences when making the chainsaw unit.
Make sure to choose a chainsaw with the correct sprocket size for the type of cutting that you will be doing most often. Some variation of cutting can be done with the standard sprocket sizes, but extreme uses of a hydraulic chainsaw should naturally be sized on a case-by-case basis.
If you plan on mounting the hydraulic chainsaw, look for grapple type chainsaw models. They are made for this purpose and can also be used for plumbing and guarding. The grapple chainsaw models include a mechanism for raising and lowering the saw over a stabilized, mounted area. Mountable hydraulic chainsaws include retract bar and feeder bar connections that have been built into them. These chainsaws would be perfect for making your own firewood processor.
Besides the ordinary use of cutting wood in the standard manner, there are also custom built models for custom applications. Some of these types of custom hydraulic chainsaw models are miter saws, underwater saws, hand held saws and bucking saws.
In addition to these, individuals have built homemade firewood processors that can load logs, feed the log into the cutting area and split the cut chunk of wood – all in one steady process. The hydraulic chainsaw can be a very versatile and powerful tool in the right hands.