How to Choose the Right Type of Chainsaw for the Job

Ivan DimitrijevicStarred Page By Ivan Dimitrijevic, 18th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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There have been many improvements to the standard chainsaw design over the years and there are plenty of different options available on the market.

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There have been many improvements to the standard chainsaw design over the years and there are plenty of different options available on the market. The basic idea behind the chainsaw is to simplify woodcutting, which makes it a specialized tool, but there are a lot of different cutting tasks which may require chainsaws of different types and sizes. There are also a number of factors besides size that you should consider, including price, quality, noise and your skill level. Safety is always a big concern when it comes to large power tools so, you will need to consider getting the right safety equipment as well choosing a chainsaw that you can control comfortably. The best way of deciding which is the best tool for you is to clearly define what will be its main use. Here are some of the things you should consider when buying a chainsaw:

Will you be doing some light yard work or felling trees in the forest?

Some people just need a tool that will help them effectively tend to their garden, and pruning trees in the backyard is the most work they will ever need to do. However, there are also those who need a powerful tool to take with them into the woods, something that will enable them to fell large trees and buck thick logs. While an electric chainsaw, or even a corded pole chainsaw, may be perfect for pruning and light cutting tasks, you have to consider the fact that corded electric chainsaws need a power source, while the cordless ones have limited size and cutting power. On the other hand, gas-powered chainsaws are a great choice for heavy work in the forest, but may be too bulky for smaller tasks that require more precision.

Is mobility an issue for you?

If you are going to be climbing trees and performing light cutting tasks high above the ground, a small battery-powered electric chainsaw would be a perfect tool for you, but if you need to buck some smaller logs for firewood in the backyard, a gas chainsaw or a powerful electric chainsaw with a long extension cord will get the job done.

Are noise levels and fumes a problem for you?

If you are out in the country, no one will mind all the racket that a gas-powered chainsaw makes. Working in the open also means that the dangerous fumes will dissipate fairly easily. However, if you live in an urban area, or you want to use a chainsaw to prepare some material for woodworking in your shop, then you may want to consider the quiet and fumeless electric chainsaw as a better option.

Quality vs. Price

There are well-established brands such as Husqvarna, Stihl and Makita, which produce high-quality, sturdy tools that will last for years with very little maintenance, tools on which you can rely on to get the job done every time. The only major drawback to these high-end chainsaws is that they tend to be somewhat expensive so, someone who needs a decent chainsaw and doesn't want to spend a whole lot of money should probably look for more cost-effective options.

Choosing a tool that is appropriate for someone of your size and strength

Although there are techniques for dealing with tree trunks that are wider than the length of the bar of your chainsaw, you should never use a 14 inch chainsaw to cut a 24 inch log. At the same time a 20 inch Husqvarna is a bit too much for some light pruning. You also need to consider the weight and feel of the chainsaw, the thickness of the grip and so on. If you can’t effectively maneuver the chainsaw, then you should go for something a bit lighter, or try a different model that fits your hand better. Electric models are significantly lighter but lack the mobility and power of the gas-powered models so, there are plenty of options for you to consider.

Finding the right chainsaw is a matter of knowing the specifications of the different types and variations and looking for the right balance of weight, size, power and characteristics. An experienced woodsmen and a homeowner with a few trees in the backyard have very different needs, so it’s up to you to choose the chainsaw which is most suitable for the type of work you will be doing.


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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
19th Apr 2014 (#)

i dont know about chainsaws but there are many people who like to cut each other's throats....for want of better things to do...

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
20th Apr 2014 (#)

Interesting article.

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