Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Chainsaw

When it comes to chainsaws, bigger isn’t always better, so choose a tool that’s geared for the tasks at hand.

It’s a simple fact that some guys’ man cards come equipped with a chainsaw. And since having a man card, amazingly, isn’t always synonymous with high intelligence, it’s important to consider some key factors when deciding on what saw is best for you (hint: the biggest and loudest isn’t usually the best choice). Chainsaws have come a long way in the last 20 years when it comes to safety, efficiency, and weight reduction, so consider these factors as you shop.

Weight & Bar Size

This popular model is cordless, battery powered, weighs less than ten pounds, and is equipped with a 12-inch bar. DEWALT

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Nothing is more accident-prone than a heavy chainsaw and a tired sawyer. Related to saw weight is the length of the bar which, unless felling trees is a regular thing, doesn’t need to be more than 16-inches long. If most of your work is brush clean-up or cutting lengths of firewood, choose the lightest saw with the shortest bar possible.

Power

This saw features a 38cc gas engine and weighs in at just under 10 pounds. Husqvarna

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Typically, gas-powered saws will generate more power than electric models, which are usually lighter, quieter, easier to start and maintain, and often less expensive than a gas counterpart.

Safety

This battery-powered chainsaw features a chain brake and is equipped with a low kick-back chain GreenWorks

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Chainsaws are not forgiving of operator error, and the results can be costly, or even tragic. Choose a saw with safety features that include an automatic chain brake as well as a chain catch for when the chain jumps the bar. Wearing personal protective gear (boots, chaps, helmet with a visor, and eye and ear protection) is more than a good idea.