I've been thinking about my chainsaw this week, since I discovered that the hardware store sold me the smallest chainsaw they carry, and discovered that it's a light-duty saw, "ideal for jobs like pruning, lighter cutting tasks and hobby work."
According to specifications, this saw is only 10 pounds, which is good. However, the hardware store didn't carry any replacement chains "that short," until I visited them twice on Monday and they changed their minds. I have to remember to stop by again today to pick up my old chain, sharpened, and 2 new chains.
I'm not even thinking about how patronizing it was to have them assume that I wanted a "girly" saw when what I asked for was a saw I could use to cut a lot of wood. What I've been thinking about is that my problems with this saw all make sense now. The saw has a small gas tank, that's why it runs out of gas after 15 or so cuts. This saw has a short chain. That's why the chain dulls after about 3 tanks of gas. People I've been talking to about my problems don't have the same problems because they have bigger chainsaws!
If I had a bigger chainsaw I would get more wood cut with less work. That's what having the right tools does for you. Yes, it would be heavier, but that's weight that makes the saw go faster through the wood. A longer chain means each tooth contacts wood fewer times, keeping it sharper, longer. Oh brother - must have more tools!