A little bit of history on the chainsaw
The earliest known chainsaws were built in the late 1800s. These early saws were huge, slow and dangerous bits of machinery. They were built from discarded old bits of other machinery, and look absolutely nothing like what you might see in stores nowadays! Most were way too heavy for a single person to lift, and were not much faster to use than the old cross cut saws.
Believe it or not this is pretty modern and sleek compared to the first models! This early petrol chainsaw is from the 1930s, as the sign indicates.
It was in 1929 that the first useful gasoline powered chainsaw was developed. These saws were first built by the company Dolmar, but it was not until after World War II that the modern chainsaw as we would recognise it really took off. The main reason for this was that in the post war years, the technology and expertise was finally advanced enough to allow for cost-effective engineering and manufacturing of steel and aluminium components, which made for reliable and powerful small engines.
It was only at this point that petrol driven chainsaws were reduced to a size where they could be effectively used by one man, and that they began to seriously change the face of the forestry industry.
Since this time, the chainsaw has continued to evolve. Many innovations have been made in the field of safety, efficiency, and reliability. It would be rare now to find a working man on the land who does not own a chainsaw, and they have become an icon of pioneers and workers around the globe.
In many ways, the chainsaw has now even been superseded by machinery such as the feller buncher, and timber Harvester. Machines like this are now being used to harvest vast tracts of forestry land, and are able to fell and process trees a lot faster than a crew of men with chainsaws.
Love it or hate it, the chainsaw has changed the way the primary industry lives and works.