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How to Pick a Chainsaw

Updated on April 29, 2019

What Kinds of Chainsaws are there?

There are three main kinds of chainsaws to choose from and the first thing you should do to narrow down the options is to decide which of these kinds best suits your needs.


The first is the one that we usually think about: gas-powered chainsaws. These run on gas and you can, therefore, take them anywhere you want, as long as you take a gas can with you. They are also made to keep working for hours at a stretch and are perfect for you if you have lots of big trees to cut out in the woods.


The second chainsaw option is battery-powered chainsaws. These can be taken anywhere you need it, but once the battery runs out you have to wait until it recharges. The plus side of this, however, is that you don't have to buy gasoline, especially if the smell of gas bothers you or you are working in a dry area where there is a fear of fire.


The third, and last, kind of chainsaw is electric. These ones come with a cord that plugs into an outlet. The downside is that you have to be near enough to your house or a generator to plug into, but this one neither requires gas or frequent stops to charge.

Things You Want in a Chainsaw

  1. A Warranty. If you are wanting to 'try out' a particular chainsaw, or are not entirely sure if the one you have in mind will fit your needs, then one of your first priorities should be getting a chainsaw that has a warranty.
  2. A Trigger-Lock. A trigger-lock is a feature that automatically stops the chainsaw as soon as you stop pressing the trigger. This helps ensure that if you were to drop the chainsaw or something that it won't keep going... that would be a recipe for disaster.
  3. A Self-Oiling Chain. A well-oiled chain works much more efficiently, some chainsaws requiring you to stop every once in a while to manually lubricate the chain, a tedious and unpleasant task at best. A self-oiling chain comes with a spot where you simply pour the oil in somewhere and refill as needed.

Some of the Best:

Name
Type
Weight
Bar & Chain Length
Husqvarna 450
Gas
10.8 lb
18"
Worx WG303.1
Electric
11 lb
16"
Black & Decker LCS1020
Battery
7.2 lb
10"

Husqvarna 450

Husqvarma is a well-known name among power tools and this option is fairly lightweight for a gas chainsaw. Its anti-vibration technology helps to spare your arms and hands while it leaves its fuel indicator in plain sight so you can easily tell if you are getting low on fuel. All-in-All it is a reasonably priced, yet durable and efficient option no matter what you need done with it.

Pros and Cons of Gas Chainsaws

Pros:

  • You can take them anywhere without worrying about how to charge it up.
  • Are often suited for larger projects and a lot of work.

Cons:

  • You have to buy gasoline.
  • Are often heavier because of the added weight of a tank for the gas.

Worx WG303.1

This electric chainsaw does a good job at what it was made to do: namely, tackle almost any task around the house or anywhere else where it can be plugged in. This is a perfect option if your main use for a chainsaw will be to cut up firewood into smaller pieces to fit into your fireplace. Or, perhaps, you want to get into chainsaw art and want to get started in your shed.

Pros and Cons of Electric Chainsaws

Pros:

  • You don't have to buy gasoline.
  • You don't have to wait for a battery to charge.
  • One of the cheaper options.

Cons:

  • It has to be plugged in, thereby limiting where you can take it.
  • It is not made for cutting logs that are as big as the other kinds can handle.

Black & Decker LCS1020

By far the lightest option on my Top 3 list, this option also has an oiling system to keep the chain lubricated complete with a gauge so that you can see how the oil level is doing. Quiet compared to other chainsaws it made the list due to the fact that its combined features make it a great option for anyone who might be a bit on the small side who wants a chainsaw that wouldn't be too big and powerful for them.

Pros and Cons of Battery Powered Chainsaws

Pros:

  • You can take it anywhere.
  • Works for even large logs with a little patience.

Cons:

  • You have to wait while it recharges.
  • Takes a while to cut large logs and you have to be patient to get through them.

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