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Tips for Choosing a Chainsaw

Updated on January 13, 2012

A chainsaw is not a purchase that you will want to take lightly. For some people they might just purchase the first chainsaw that they find, but for others that are wanting a saw that will last them for some time they will want to research the purchase that they are about to make. I know that I wish I had spent just a little bit longer researching my purchase and less time buying for my own saw. If I had done that I might not have had as many mechanical problems as I currently have with my own chainsaw. Which my saw has actually ended up spending more time in the repair shop than it has at my own wood pile doing its job.  After my own mishaps I decided to share what I have found that everyone needs to look for when they are purchasing a chainsaw.

The first thing that you will want to look for is to make sure that the chainsaw that you are looking for is going to work for what you need. I know that for some people that just want to do a little yard trim around your home a gasoline powered saw with an eighteen inch bar will seem like a bit much! So you might want to consider the smaller electric chainsaw with a twelve or fourteen inch bar. However, if you are someone that burns wood in the winter months for heat you will want to look at the gasoline powered saws with a larger bar so that you can go out into the woods and cut up some of the larger trees that you will need to maintain a good stock of wood.

The second thing that you will want to take into consideration is the bar size. Now for some people the size of the bar will depend on how big you are. I know my chainsaw has a sixteen inch bar and when it is really going it can be a handful to control because the bar and weight can get heavy. So you will want to consider the length of the bar and ensure that you will be able to control that long of a bar.

Another consideration is exactly how heavy the saw is. For some people they can stand all day with a twenty pound saw, but for others that will be too heavy to even lift up. So you will want to make sure that the weight of the saw is something that you are going to be able to handle after hours of working with the saw because you never know how long you are going to need to be cutting wood in the woods or around your home. I know one time I went to go cut wood for an hour and next thing I know I was coming home and it was evening. So you will want to make sure it is an acceptable weight to work with for long periods of time.

While purchasing a chainsaw can be a challenge for many people it can be one of the easiest mistakes to make for some people. I know that I learned from my mistakes and know exactly what to look for when I purchase my next chainsaw. I know that if you follow these tips you should be able to have a chainsaw that you can handle and if you purchase one that is of a good name brand you will have one that last you for a really long time and if cared for properly possibly be the only purchase that you need to make.

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