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How to buy a chainsaw

how to buy a chainsaw

A chainsaw buying guide

A chainsaw is a powerful piece of outdoor power equipment used for felling and trimming trees. There are many different types of chainsaws and many chainsaw parts for you to choose from. How do you figure out how to buy a chainsaw? Consider a few simple points to figure out which chainsaw to buy.

>> How will you use a chainsaw?

chainsaw uses

You should learn how to buy a chainsaw because you want to fell trees for firewood, trim trees or maintain bushes on your property. For almost any tree trimming or felling tasks that you can think of, a chainsaw will help you achieve your goal. Because chainsaws are helpful when trimming bushes, they are considered important for

gardening and lawncare. Some chainsaws are specially designed with diamond teeth to cut through concrete and other building materials. Ice fishers also often use chainsaws to cut holes in thick ice to fish in.

>> Choose between electric and gas powered chainsaws

Gas powered chainsaws are the best chainsaws to buy if you plan on felling many trees or need to use your chainsaw for larger trimming projects. These chainsaws include a powerful two cylinder engine and are portable in tight situations and spaces. Electric chainsaws are the best types of chainsaws to use if you need to trim or fell light bushes or smaller trees. These chainsaws are quiet and easy to start and maintain, but not as powerful in general as gas chainsaws.

>> How much bar length do you need?

How to buy a chainsaw involves learning that the bar length is the measurement from the base of the chainsaw to the tip of the cutting surface. Chainsaw bar lengths can range from 6-20 inches. You can only cut wood that is smaller than the bar length of your chainsaw. For example, if a tree has a diameter of 14 inches, you will need a chainsaw with a bar length of at least 15 inches to fell that tree. When you decided which chainsaw to buy, think about the largest piece of wood that you want to cut, estimate the thickness of that wood and add a few inches to find the appropriate bar length. You may also want to consider finding chainsaws compatible with chainsaw replacement bars if you anticipate using your chainsaw long enough that you have to replace the bar.

>> How much power do you need?

chainsaw sizes

Power is measured in terms of cubic centimeters (cc) of engine displacement, and the best chainsaw to buy is one that is powerful enough to handle the tasks you will use it for. Engine displacement is the volume of air-gas mixture that an engine's cylinder can push through. The more engine displacement, the more powerful the combustion in the engine, and the more power the engine can put out. Engine displacement is only used to measure gas engines, though there may be cubic centimeter equivalents for electric power chainsaws.

Specific chainsaw uses require a minimum amount of power. To fell and cut a tree into firewood, for example, you need at least a 40cc engine in your chainsaw to cut the tree's trunk. Heavy tree trimming activities, such as cutting down major branches, require at least 30cc engine to complete. Cutting relatively thin tree branches will often require less power than a 30cc engine to work adequately. Power has its own advantages in tree felling, though. More powerful types of chainsaws will cut through trees more easily than less powerful ones.

>> Pick a chain that is appropriate for your tasks

You should be aware of the two different types of cutting teeth - chiseled and semi-chiseled - when you learn how to buy a chainsaw. Both teeth are basically metal squares, but chiseled teeth have sharpened edges. Chiseled teeth are sharper and cut through soft wood well. Semi-chiseled teeth have rounded edges and are not as sharp as chiseled teeth. These teeth, however, don't wear out easily and are good if you need to cut large amounts of hardwood.

The teeth arrangement can also help you decide which chainsaw to buy. Chains with teeth close together make good sawdust and sharp edges when they cut. Because these types of chainsaws have teeth that are close together, they may require more maintenance because there are more teeth to maintain. Chains with teeth farther apart are good because wood chips don't get stuck in between the teeth and the chainsaws require less power and maintenance. The cuts that you make with these types of chainsaws, however, will be a little rougher than chains with teeth close together.

>> Choose chainsaw features

chainsaw features

Many chainsaws come equipped with special parts and designs that make them more vibration proof. This can include cushions on the handle which make it easier to use. Another helpful chainsaw feature is the spring assist pull starter which makes it easier to start the chainsaw. When you decide which chainsaw to buy, you may want to look for anti-kickback features and chain brakes as well because these features will make the chainsaw safer to handle. Anti-vibration, spring assist pull starters, anti-kickback features and chain brakes are all good chainsaw features to have if you are a novice chainsaw user because they make use safer and easier. Check the product description to see if they are listed. The actual chainsaw handle can be in the rear or up front, and there are long handle chainsaws to make tree trimming easier. Finally, if you are a novice chainsaw user, you may want to consider easy change chainsaws because this chainsaw feature will make maintenance of the chainsaw less complicated.


If you focus on the type of power that you want in a chainsaw, bar length, chains, engine power and features, you can find a chainsaw that is best for the projects you will use it for. This will ensure that you have a good experience with these complicated power tools.

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