I spend the latter part of the day with a chainsaw. It is something I consider fun, if you’re wondering, like trekking overall despite the overall content you read here. Chainsawing always gives a good moment to let your mind concentrate on something and be at ease. After all, the chainsaw is the one doing all the work. You just need to give it a direction and hold it steady.
That got me thinking how chainsaw is anything but that. It’s a tool that requires care and maintenance, from cleaning it from oils to sharpening the chain’s teeth. However, unlike something like a computer, which you can just dust off from time to time and be done with it, a chainsaw can’t be ignored all that much. The dirt and dust you ignore one time will always be there the next time, waiting for you and there is not real fast way to clean it just like that, especially if things get a bit oily. It’s not like with Windows, where you can roll up some program to defrag and clean your HDD and call it a day. No, you have to get hands down with a chainsaw, and that’s good. Chainsaw is not something everyone needs.
Chainsaw enthusiast I am not, but I do know those who have modified theirs to some extent. Larger tank, tweaked engine, custom chain and the usual. Hell, one even changed the start button and modified the pulley string to work with some sort of drill contraption of his own design.
Unlike some other tools, a chainsaw can kill you and here’s where its design usually shines. A chainsaw is a heavy contraption and weight just before your hands. The safety switch you press is usually placed where you have your best handle grip on the machine and the support grip sits just right. There are not many ways you can design a chainsaw to sit right in your hands, and whatever weight it has tends to become a non-issue when the chain sinks its teeth into the wood. Like with any saw, you don’t need to put any pressure on it.
That really is the fun part. That is not to say that the maintenance is not fun on itself, but admittedly it is something that not everyone might find enjoyable. Work thanks the worker goes the old proverb, and maintaining something like a chainsaw really brings it up. Having to use something to clean each crevice, wiping the fluids, checking the chain tensity and overall just keeping it clean. Perhaps this is sort of men’s romance kind of thing with machines, who knows.
To the point of sorts. Chainsaw’s use is not just letting ‘er rip and go through matter. Sure, in a hurry a good chainsaw could probably start under water and cut a crocodile through if needed, but as it’s a machine that you don’t need in a modern city all that much, if at all, it’s philosophy has kept itself relatively challenging. It is without a doubt a dangerous machine, and those hedge saws you see people buzzing on Sundays are like toys compared to a proper wood-cutter. It’s better to keep a device like that just ever so slightly complex in its need of maintenance and various safety levers and switches. We know some guy would otherwise cut their own arm off or lodge it into their throat if it was easy.
The duality of any product being easy to use while requiring some in-depth knowledge is something that most designs want to steer away. The easier and simpler a design is, the easier and cheaper it should be to manufacture and end-user to put into practical use. If complexity is needed, e.g. for an engine, a whole market will pop up just to take that headache from your hands. Most basic car troubles consumers go to the repair shop could be done by themselves, but they lack the knowhow and would rather pay someone else to do it than get their own hands dirty. That’s totally fine, not everybody has the interest to fix their own car while others enjoy such things to no end.
However, no matter how simple a product is, it would always be good to know its core functions and possible ways to fix and maintain it. It doesn’t take a genius or someone who has taught himself ins and outs of their product, just a common consumer who has the slightest of interest to make the best use of their purchase. It benefits the consumer the most, as that could possibly mean you don’t need to replace a product as soon as you thought or can open new possibilities. Or in case of Windows 7 and 8, protect your privacy to a larger degree and select what services and functions you want it tun in the background while you watch your chosen adult entertainment.
Learning to use and maintain should be on the to-do list of everybody, most agree I’d wager. However, you’d be surprised how many consumers out there simply don’t know the possibilities or the extents their purchased products can go. Elderly people using their computers is one example, as I’m sure all you are aware of how limited use computers see, sometimes just being for browsing news, Facebook and e-mail with the occasional session of Solitaire. There isn’t exactly anything wrong in that, but there are better devices for that, namely smartphones and different pads.
While maintaining a smart phone or a pad, especially Apple’s closed products, is a more challenging task than maintaining your vacuum cleaner, both deserve your attention. The chainsaw philosophy really is something that shouldn’t have any special mentioning, making this post largely pointless. Keep your shit in good condition, whatever it is, and it’ll have your back any time in the future. You bought that stuff, so you might as well keep it in a working condition. Doesn’t take more than fifteen minutes off from your day. While you’re at it, crack that PC of yours open and dust it off, you’ve been putting it off for too long now.