Sportsman Pocket Chainsaw Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: December 07, 2017
A high-quality tool doesn’t always have to be expensive and out of reach for most people. There are plenty of well-made pocket chainsaws on the market that come at an affordable price. All you have to know is where to look for them. Many people make a mistake of purchasing the first model they come across which can turn out to be a huge mistake. Remember, the price, and aesthetic appeal doesn’t have anything to do with the overall quality of a particular model. In other words, if something is expensive and it looks nice doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a worthy investment. In fact, more often than not, it’s a waste of money.
In order to avoid unpleasant situations, take a moment and check out our reviews. We have covered most of the top-rated models on the market at the moment meaning you don’t have to conduct research by yourself. Instead, all you have to do is pay attention to the details we have pointed out in our reviews. That way, once you have all the necessary info, it’s going to be much easier to opt for a particular model.
- Length – 36 inches
- Carbon heat-treated steel links
- One blade every three links
- Pouch included
- Convenient magnesium fire starter included
Sportsman Pocket Chainsaw – The Basics
This model is one of the best-rated currently on the market. As such, it offers quite a bit of useful features, smooth performance, and most importantly – ease of use. Therefore, it doesn’t matter whether you have any previous experience or not, getting a hold of this unit shouldn’t be a challenge whatsoever. It’s a great model for hobbyists, hikers, campers, and everyone that likes spending their free time away from home.
The 36-inch chain is long enough to tackle even big pieces of wood without too many issues. On the other hand, as you may already know, it all depends on your personal physical shape.
As far as the design goes, it’s okay, but there’s nothing special about it. Although, the hand grips are much more convenient and better designed in comparison to some other models from a similar category. When it comes to the durability, the Sportsman Pocket Chainsaw is one of the toughest ones on the market. You can rest assured that it’s built to last for many years as long as you take good care of it. Speaking of taking care, the maintenance process is as simple as it can be. All you have to do is sharpen the teeth on a regular basis and make sure you store the chainsaw properly. Storage is not an issue because the manufacturer includes a pouch in the package.
Apart from storage, you’ll also get a mini survival kit. It consists of a magnesium fire starter, which allows you to start a fire within a few seconds without using lighters or matches. It also comes in handy for starting a fire under rough weather conditions. The Ferro rod is water resistant and shatterproof meaning it contains everything you need to start a fire even when it’s raining.
There aren’t any particular safety features apart from the standard ones. When safety is in question, the thing you must pay attention to is focus and concentration. Apart from that, you should always wear protective gear such as goggles and gloves. On top of that, make sure you read the user manual even if you already have experience with these chainsaws.
Things we liked about it
This is one of the best all-in-one models we have covered so far. There are plenty of things we liked about it, but the biggest one is definitely the overall convenience included with this model. While some other units require assembly, maintenance, experience, and so on, this one simply doesn’t. In other words, it can be used right out of the box, and it will perform as advertised. Now, the other thing that made a positive impact on us is the price. One would expect a hefty price due to the quality and features, but it’s not the case with this product. It’s in the price range of most other models we have covered, but it offers much more.
The included accessories are great because you’ll get everything you need for smooth operation. On top of that, if you’re a devoted camper, the convenient fire starter kit will come in handy.
Things we didn’t like
The only thing most people alongside us didn’t like is the fact that it requires quite a bit of muscle power to perform as advertised. The main disadvantage of most pocket chainsaws is the fact that its performance solely depends on your physical shape. Therefore, if you don’t have the required muscle power, then you might run into some issues with fatigue and exhaustion. However, you can solve the issue by adding another person and having them help you.
General user impressions
While the opinions are mixed, most people like this particular chainsaw. It does come with a few shortcomings, but it’s nothing you can’t overcome within a few hours. It does feature some things you will need to get used to, but it’s a negligible factor. The people who like this model the most are devoted hobbyists and adventurists. As far as the professionals go, they aren’t too interested in manual chainsaws in the first place.
You won’t make a mistake if you opt for this particular model. It is the number one seller on most merchant websites meaning there is nothing to worry about. There is more than enough feedback online for you to make sure it’s the thing you’re looking for. As far as build quality, performance, and ease of use go, this unit is among the best.
The price is okay, and it’s also great for people who are on a tight budget. As we said, you don’t have to pay a fortune in order to find a quality tool. Take a moment and check this one out, it should fulfill most of your requirements.