The chainsaw is perhaps the most familiar feature in Ash's arsenal, aside from his "boomstick" (sawed-off shotgun), and Ash himself. It is also the main weapon in the later two films, the comics, and even the loosely-based video games. The chainsaw also has a unique (in the film anyway) trait to never run out of fuel, just as the boomstick never runs out of shotgun ammo.
The chainsaw is just a regular, Red, Homelite Xl, but is used for almost outrageous acts and purposes. One such act, and possibly the most memorable, is when Ash replaces his hand (which he previously removed with it)with the chainsaw creating the classic vision of Ash.
The Evil DeadEdit
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In The Evil Dead, the chainsaw is almost never even seen until Ash tries to dismember his possessed girlfriend, but is unable to as he is too stricken with grief to do it. It is never seen again until the next film.
Evil Dead IIEdit
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The chainsaw has a much larger role in this film. When Ash recovers from being possessed the first time, he seeks refuge in the cabin, until Linda's severed head bites his hand, forcing Ash to retreat to the workshed, hoping that the chainsaw is still there. When he traps the head, Ash looks to where he last put the chainsaw. After seeing that it is not there, Ash is surprised to see Linda's headless corpse run in with the chainsaw raised for the kill. However, Ash manages to beat down the body, recover the chainsaw, and proceeds to sever Linda's head in half. Later on, Ash is forced to use it again when his right hand becomes possessed. Its final use is being attached to Ash's arm, and he also uses it to kill Henrietta, and stop the Evil's physically manifested form from consuming him.
Army of DarknessEdit
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In this film, the chainsaw is used sparingly. Ash first uses it to lop off a deadite's head when it charges at him. Almost immediately afterward, another deadite attacks him, forcing Ash to cut off the deadite's hand, which causes the hand to fly up and hit a peasant in the face. Afterwards, Ash is driven into an abandoned windmill by the Evil, and when the Mini-Ashs attack Ash, he is forced to swallow one, and it grows until it is exactly like him, albeit with both human hands. When Ash kills his evil twin, he dismembers the corpse, and buries it. The chainsaw is never used again.
Mia uses the chainsaw to kill the Abomination that rises from the underworld,while saying(a one-liner based on Ash's "Swallow This"from Evil Dead II) "Feast on this Motherfucker!".The chainsaw's design is a replica of the one used in The Evil Dead by Ash(rather than the one used in Evil Dead II).This could implie that there are TWO chainsaws,one in the original Evil Dead,and the one Ash modifies onto his right hand.
Characteristics and AbilitiesEdit
The chainsaw is just an ordinary chainsaw, with a chained blade, pull-cord, and handle. However it has a small, circular hole in the bottom, made specifically for Ash's arm stump. Also, the chainsaw has the rather uncommon ability to cut through bone and flesh with ease and has a seemingly endless supply of fuel.
The chainsaw has no clear origin, but based on its location in the first film, it was probably used as a normal tool by Professor Knowby.