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Buying a Chainsaw? Things you Need to Know. Read this first.

There is always pressure to buy a chainsaw on sale at a retail store, maybe to save a few bucks, but you should make sure you do not rush into buying one. If you are interested in purchasing a chainsaw, you might wonder what size you should choose. These tools come in different sizes, so it is best to know which suits your needs. Should you choose the longest or the shortest? What other factors should help you with the purchasing process?

If you want to buy a Chainsaw, you should look at these points:

  • Gas Chainsaw, or electric corded or cordless chainsaw
  • The Chainsaw Size
  • Brand
  • Your budget
  • Protective Chainsaw Gear

If you’re looking for the best chainsaw brands, this article will help you figure out what you need and how to choose the right one based on your needs. Read on to know how to select the right size and other factors that play a part in choosing the ideal chainsaw for your home.

Picking the Right Size

The size of the chainsaw usually depends on the length of its guide bar, commonly referred to as the blade. It is the metallic bar through which the chain rotates while your chainsaw runs. During purchase, you will get the measurements of the saws guide bar in the ad or the online specifications. For some of the more popular brands, it is possible to change the guide bar for a longer or shorter one. As a basic rule, you should use a chainsaw that is at least 2 inches longer than the thickness of the branch or tree that you want to cut. If the branch you want to cut is 10 inches thick, the chainsaw’s guide bar (or blade) should be at least 12 inches long. But keep in mind that also with a shorter one you can cut thicker trees.

A Chainsaw for Every Task

If you want to complete tasks without wasting time or struggling, it is advisable to find the right length of the chainsaw blade. Here are some recommended sizes to help you select the ideal chainsaw brand that serves your needs.

  • Pruning: If most of your work involves pruning small trees with thin branches, pick chainsaws between 6-10 inches. However, choose a smaller chainsaw if the branches are thinner.
  • Removing The Branches: You need a chainsaw between 8-12 inches long. Especially if you are removing branches from big trees. They make the job easy, with little to no struggle. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’d get it done.
  • Small Trees: If you want to cut down a couple of small trees in your garden, the chainsaw size should be around 14 inches. However, that is dependent on how thick the tree trunk is.
  • Cutting Firewood: If you are splitting a couple of logs to get firewood, look for a chainsaw about 16 inches. You would have to get a more powerful machine for bigger wood logs.
  • Medium And Large Trees: When you need to cut trees around 14 inches, a large chainsaw of about 18 inches can work. Large trees more than 20 inches usually require chainsaws more than 20 inches long. However, you must read the precautions to avoid making any mistakes.

A chainsaw blade bar length of between 14 to 18 inches is a length that should be ideal for most home users.

Want to Buy a Perfect Chainsaw? There are a Few Things You Should Consider

Chainsaws are quite pricey, and there’s nothing worse than buying something fake or doesn’t last.  Everybody wants quality. This is the best way to ensure that the buying process is easy. Here are a few things to consider:

● Cordless, Corded, and Petrol Chainsaw:

You must figure out what type of chainsaw you need and consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type. You should also pick the chainsaws depending on whatever tasks you have in mind.

  • Cordless Chainsaws: You should consider chainsaw brands that make cordless devices, especially if you’re looking for something very convenient. Most homeowners love these chainsaws because they are very portable. However, the battery might not serve you as long as you expect; you will need to recharge them more than once. Most of these brands are expensive and difficult for most people to afford.
  • Petrol: Petrol chainsaws are the best type of chainsaw to buy if you’re looking for efficiency. It is perfect for people cutting many logs and not interested in corded chainsaws. Most petrol chainsaws are eco-friendly and do not need to be maintained for too long, making them an ideal choice.
  • Corded Chainsaw: These gadgets are quiet and easy to maintain. They are also a cheaper option compared to cordless and petrol chainsaws. The downside is that you have to stay near a power socket, or you will end up cutting the power cable.

● Protective Chainsaw Gear:

Every chainsaw you invest in will come with safety precautions and let you know the ideal equipment that you need. You should check out stores around you for ideal manufacturers with protective chainsaw gear. They include,

  • A Helmet: You should protect yourself from flying chips and bits of wood that could hit your head. It would also protect your eyes from debris.
  • Trousers, Gloves, and Boots: Trousers are explicitly made for chainsaw activities. It is made of a special fabric that you can wear while you work so that your clothes do not interfere. It is a must-have.
    The gloves let you have a good grip on your chainsaw. The boots are also specially designed to help you stand firm on your feet. They ensure you do not slip and protect your feet if the chainsaw falls on you.
  • Earmuffs: These are essential products that protect your ears from excessive noise produced by the chainsaw. It is a wise investment if you do not have ear defenders in your helmet.

● The Chainsaw Size:

It is important to note that you must always pick your chainsaw size depending on the task you have to do. If you choose a chainsaw that is too long, it won’t be easy to handle multiple tasks. Choosing the right chainsaw size is also a safety precaution. For example, big chainsaws are heavy and have increased vibration, making them unsuitable for cutting small trees or a garden. You could put yourself and your garden in danger. So, pick a chainsaw that is of the right size depending on the task.

Additionally, it would be best to get the measurements right to ensure that the chainsaw is not too small for the wood you are trying to cut. If it is too small, it will be impossible to complete the task. Refer to the guide above to know how many inches of the chainsaw bar you need to invest in, depending on the task.

● Look For the Right Brand:

Many people avoid chainsaw rentals, investing in brands that will serve them for a long time. Some brands are more likely to last than others. However, research proves that many corded chainsaws are more reliable than petrol ones, but this also depends on the brand. If you are looking for the best chainsaw on sale, some brands are more reliable than others. Stihl, Echo, and Husqvarna are some good examples. However, avoid being a slave to specific brands. If it does not work, try the next brand until you find a suitable one.

● Budget:

Paying too much money for chainsaws does not make any sense. It is advisable to look for a company with favorable rates. You will spend a lot of money if you’re looking to buy a chainsaw with a longer chain, more power, and a reliable firm grip. Not all popular brands guarantee great quality. Read other people’s reviews, this helps you with information on the best models, brands, and bargains. You can also visit your local dealer to see and feel the different models.

FAQs on Buying a Chainsaw

● Where Can I Buy Reliable Chainsaws?

Most of these brands, such as Stihl, have a couple of local dealers, they have knowledgeable employees that can help you, and you can feel the chainsaw in your hands. But you can find many good online deals if you know what type you want to buy. But check the warranty.

● How Do I Operate a Chainsaw as a First Timer?

A lot of first-timers find it very difficult when they try to run the machine. Many brands provide manuals and tutorials it shows step-by-step instructions for first-timers trying to use the chainsaw for the first time. However, follow all the safety precautions to ensure everyone is safe. This is the best way to avoid accidents.

Final Remarks

Looking for the right chainsaw does not have to be difficult. The most puzzling thing for most people is picking the right size. All you need to do is figure out the task you need to carry out and carefully select the right brand. 

The next time you go shopping for a chainsaw, we hope you’ll be glad you went through this guide. It will help you know how to select the right one based on its features and its effectiveness.

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  1. Carrie James says:

    What protective gear is necessary when using a chainsaw?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Always prioritize safety when using a chainsaw – invest in a helmet, gloves, trousers, boots, and earmuffs. Your safety should be your top priority.

  2. Dale Mendoza says:

    How do I know if I need a gas or electric chainsaw?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Dale, consider the task you need to complete and your budget. A gas chainsaw is powerful but requires more maintenance, while electric versions are quieter and easier to handle. Consider the size based on your needs.

  3. Marie Thompson says:

    I will definitely invest in proper protective gear after reading this.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for taking the time to consider proper protective gear for your chainsaw use. Safety is key when working with these tools. Happy chainsaw shopping!

  4. Jack Schmidt says:

    The video links are very helpful for visual learners.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Jack! I’m glad you found the video links helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions about selecting the right chainsaw for your needs.

  5. Renee Marshall says:

    What are the most common tasks that require a chainsaw?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your question! The most common tasks that require a chainsaw include pruning, removing branches, cutting firewood, and trees of different sizes. Size, brand, and budget are important factors to consider when purchasing one.

  6. Charlie Holt says:

    I feel more confident now about choosing the right chainsaw for my needs.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      I’m glad the information helped you feel more confident in choosing the right chainsaw for your needs! Happy sawing!

  7. Duane Hayes says:

    This article has made me reconsider my choice of chainsaw brand.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for considering other chainsaw brands! Take your time to find the one that truly fits your needs and budget. Happy sawing!

  8. Stephen Perkins says:

    Is it safe to use a chainsaw without protective gear?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      It is not safe to use a chainsaw without protective gear, Stephen. Always prioritize your safety first. Let me know if you have any other questions about chainsaw safety.

  9. Chris May says:

    Can I use any chainsaw for cutting firewood?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      “Consider the size of the wood you’ll be cutting when choosing a chainsaw. Check out our guide for recommended sizes based on different tasks. Happy shopping!”

  10. Felecia Wood says:

    Great guide for choosing a chainsaw!

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Felicia! Glad you found the guide helpful. Remember to consider the chainsaw size, type, brand, budget, and protective gear for a successful purchase. Happy chainsaw shopping!

  11. Jorge Morales says:

    What are the advantages of a cordless chainsaw?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      When choosing a chainsaw size, consider the task at hand. Look for a brand that is reliable and within your budget. Always prioritize safety gear. Hope this helps!

  12. Julie Peters says:

    I never knew there were so many factors to consider when buying a chainsaw.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Julie! There are indeed many factors to consider when buying a chainsaw. I hope the information in this article helps you make the best choice for your needs.

  13. Soham Castro says:

    I appreciate the detailed explanations in this article.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Soham! I’m glad you found the explanations helpful in choosing the right chainsaw size and brand. Your interest in the detailed content is greatly appreciated.

  14. Sonia Hart says:

    Is it better to buy a longer chainsaw blade?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      It’s best to choose a chainsaw size based on the task at hand. Refer to our guide for recommendations. Quality, safety gear, and budget are also crucial factors to consider. Happy shopping!

  15. Alyssa Frazier says:

    How do I maintain a chainsaw to ensure its longevity?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Hi Alyssa, to maintain a chainsaw, consider the size, type (gas, electric, cordless), brand, budget, and protective gear. Choose the right size based on the task, and ensure regular maintenance.

  16. Jon Fleming says:

    I will share this article with my friends who are looking to buy a chainsaw.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for sharing the article with your friends, Jon! It’s essential to consider the chainsaw size and other factors before making a purchase. Hope they find the information helpful.

  17. Linda Fowler says:

    How do I choose the right chainsaw size for my needs?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Choosing the right chainsaw size is crucial for safety and efficiency. Consider the task at hand and the recommended sizes outlined in the blog post for a successful purchase.

  18. Hailey Johnston says:

    Very informative article, thank you!

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for reading, Hailey! I’m glad you found the article informative. If you have any questions about choosing the right chainsaw size, feel free to reach out.

  19. Doris Mcdonalid says:

    What is the best brand for a chainsaw?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Hi Doris, consider factors like gas vs electric, size, brand reputation, and your budget when choosing a chainsaw. Hope this helps in your decision-making process!

  20. Willard Mason says:

    The sizing recommendations for different tasks are very useful.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Willard! I’m glad you found the sizing recommendations helpful. Happy chainsaw shopping!