Chainmate Pocket Chainsaw Review
Handy and useful tools don’t always have to complex and made of mechanical parts. Many people buy power tools because they are much more convenient to use than any tool that requires manual labor. However, that convenience comes with a price and a few downsides. For example, if you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to hassle with cheap copies of established brands, a pocket chainsaw might be a good investment. Furthermore, if you’re a survival enthusiast or specialist, there is a good chance that you’ll usually pick pocket tools instead of mechanical.
We have covered some of the most popular pocket chainsaws on the market so that you don’t have to go through the research process yourself. Before you decide to invest money in any of these models, make sure you read the reviews and choose the model that suits your needs. These tools are affordable, useful, and most importantly – portable.
- Diamond tip tooth chain
- Belt clip
- Weight – 4-5 ounces
Chainmate Pocket Chainsaw – The Basics
The first thing you need to know about this model is that it’s designed as a backup tool. In other words, it’s not something one would use on a daily basis for extended periods of time due to obvious reasons – fatigue and exhaustion. As you can assume, the power source for this tool is the user. Therefore, it will perform according to your own capabilities and physical shape. Before you decide to buy a pocket chainsaw, make sure you can handle the manual labor required for it to work properly.
One of the biggest advantages of this particular chainsaw type is the portability. You can carry it wherever you go without thinking about space in the trunk, weight, or dimensions. Also, it comes with a pouch and belt clip included which further increases the convenience and simplicity.
As one can imagine, the design is pretty simple. It includes two reinforced hand grips and a chain made of carbon steel teeth. The concept is quite straightforward – you need to wrap the chain around a log and push/pull the chain until it goes through it. Even though it sounds pretty simple, some people do find it peculiar, but it’s usually because most of them aren’t used to using pocket tools.
When talking about convenience, we cannot skip mentioning the included pouch. While it seems pretty irrelevant to many, the included storage comes in handy if you’re a survival specialist. In fact, even if you aren’t, you will probably appreciate the pouch regardless.
Light weight is a welcomed and expected feature. With only around 4 ounces of weight, this particular tool is among the lightest ones we have covered in our reviews. While we cannot praise the power-to-weight ratio due to relativity, it’s still an advantage that’s worth pointing out. In other words, it has an incredible power-to-weight ratio, but it solely depends on your physical readiness.
As far as the safety goes, there is nothing integrated into the model per se, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to think about it. In fact, the user is the main safety element when it comes to pocket chainsaws. Make sure you take the necessary precautionary measures before you use any sharp tools, especially as sharp as these chainsaws.
Easy to use
Could use more teeth
Things we liked about it
One of the biggest selling points of this particular model is its simplicity. People who are tired of maintenance schedules, oil leaks, and mechanical failures will love the Chainmate. On top of that, the price is more than acceptable. It costs less than an average lunch, and it can be quite a lifesaver in moments of need.
The other factor we liked is the ease of use. The fact that you don’t need any previous experience in order to use this unit is great, especially for individuals that don’t want to expose themselves to safety risks and hefty investments. This product is an original design and is made in the United States under high standards. In simpler words, you don’t have to worry about the quality of production – it’s quite good.
Things we didn’t like
The common factor most people don’t like about it is the fact that it causes quite a bit of fatigue, depending on what you plan on doing with it. It’s a good thing for cutting branches that are 2 or 3 inches in diameter, but anything bigger than that will cause some unpleasant issues.
Furthermore, it can get stuck in the middle of a branch if you don’t invest enough physical strength. Needless to say, the process of getting it unstuck is quite a nuisance, especially if you’re in the middle of a project.
However, all of these disadvantages are pretty minor and insignificant most of the time.
General user impressions
Survival enthusiasts and occasional users love the simplistic design of this chainsaw. However, some people found it tiresome and not worth the effort. In the end, it all comes down to your personal preferences. If you are in a decent physical shape, don’t hesitate to check this model out, especially if you’re not keen on investing in a gas-powered or corded unit. It won’t offer nearly as much as a mechanical unit, but it shouldn’t ever be compared with one in the first place.
If you’re looking for a decent pocket chainsaw, take a moment and check this one out. It offers everything you’ll ever want in an affordable tool, if not more. The pouch is a nice addition to an already versatile product. The model is made in the United States meaning its quality is guaranteed. Also, you can rest assured that it’s designed to last for a long time as long as you use it properly and within its limits.
As we said, you shouldn’t expect a miraculous heavy-duty performance because this model isn’t foreseen for such things. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a lightweight tool for occasional cleanups, camping, and cutting branches – this might be the one.