Chainsaw Buying Guide

If you do wood cutting often, it would be a good idea to invest in a good chainsaw. The right tool will do the job for you with utmost convenience. With the many tools in the market, it may be confusing when it comes to choosing the right one. Some of the factors that you have to keep in mind to make it easier for you to make the right choice include:

Chainsaw Buying Guide
Chainsaw Buying Guide

Your needs

Different people use chainsaws differently. There are people who use it occasionally while there are those that use it on a daily basis. It also depends on the kind of cutting that you plan to do. For example, if you are dealing with large sized trees, a small chainsaw won’t serve you well. It is also important to consider where you will be doing the cutting. If you plan to be mobile you should get a portable chainsaw that can be used from any place.

Your experience with chainsaws

If you are a beginner, you would want to go for the simplest kind of chainsaw that is small in size. For example, you won’t go for a bar that is 20” as that will be too big for you.

Type of trees you will be dealing with

There are some chainsaws that are best suitable for hardwoods and those for softwoods while there are still those that are multifunctional. Normally hardwoods need more powerful chainsaws as compared to softwoods.

Bar length

The bar length is the length from the tip of the chain to where it enters the housing. It can also be defined as the active cutting area of the chainsaw. Bar length is measured in inches and can cut twice its length. If it is a much bigger size of wood it means that it will have to be cut more times. A larger bar length means that it will be complicated to handle and inconveniencing and hence it is recommended for professionals. Home owners and beginners should use 16” bar length or lower.

The type of power used by the engine

Chain cutting can either be powered by gas, electricity or battery. Power is normally measure in cubic centimeters (CC) and the higher the cc the more powerful the engine. As for electric chainsaws, they are measured in Amps. A high amp means a more powerful chainsaw. When it comes to battery powered chainsaws, its power is measured in voltage. More volts mean more power.


Safety is a very important component when it comes to chainsaws as they can become dangerous. In some cases, the chain saw may come with a safety gear but most of the time you have to take the initiative to buy a safety gear and that includes: safety glasses, safety pants, head and hearing protection and gloves among many others.

Personal strength

You wouldn’t want to end up with a chainsaw that overpowers you in strength as it is likely to cause you injuries. You should choose what you can handle comfortably.