Not Yanking Your Chain
We raise a leather-gloved hand in salute to Black & Decker. The company has rolled out a battery-operated chainsaw and a line of electric tools, joining other manufacturers trying to trim pollution from yard work.
Perhaps one day the quieter electric saw will topple the gas-powered chainsaw, that ripsnorting icon so familiar to gardeners, lumberjacks, and fans of horror movies. The gas version has been filling the air with gray smoke--not to mention curses at failed pull chains--since it was invented in 1927.
While this 18-volt rechargeable chainsaw warms the planet less than
its predecessor, recall that before all this "low-emissions" and
"earth-friendly" buzz, there was an even simpler
Ah yes, the handsaw. Quiet. Zero emissions too, except for your panting breath, and sure to burn more calories than anything powered by a battery or fuel can. Along with the whine of electric tools, we hope to hear the voom-pah, voom-pah of the plain ol' saw every Saturday this summer.
Photo courtesy of Black & Decker; used with permission