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What Chainsaw Do Loggers Use? 15 Things You Should Know

Curious about what powers the logging industry? Our extensive research and industry knowledge have led us to some interesting findings. Are you prepared to learn about the tools at the heart of this profession?

Loggers use professional chainsaws with powerful engines, long bars, and durable components for efficient daily cutting. The heavy-duty saws have high horsepower, anti-vibration handles, easy maintenance, and balanced designs to improve logging productivity.

The wilderness is a challenging workplace, demanding the best tools. Among them, one stands out: a machine as rugged as the job itself. What is this tool that’s so critical to conquering the wild? Dive deeper to learn about this essential piece of equipment.

How Does an Ideal Logger Chainsaw Look Like?

As a professional logger, you will probably use your machine all year. There are various tasks in which your cutting tool will come in handy; these include commercial logging, forestry services, and tree care.

Technically, you’ll be required to look for a chainsaw with more excellent capabilities and features to endure the challenging projects you’ll be working on. A logger chainsaw should have a more extended bar, a durable crankshaft, and a more powerful engine than the standard saw.

These properties ensure you can cut in short time frames and limb through thicker trees and logs. With the harsh conditions that these pro-cutting tools can survive, they can also handle even the most grueling tasks of the professional ax man.

● Efficiency of Professional Chainsaws

Here are certain features that differentiate the professional-grade saws from the other models. Professional chainsaws are more robust and durable, making them difficult to damage. The efficiency of these chainsaws is remarkable, allowing for quick and practical work.

However, they can produce plenty of carbon emissions, harming the environment. Despite this, they are invaluable tools in various fields beyond logging, such as gardening and construction.

● A Balanced Design

One of the main features that sets apart a logger’s chainsaw from other models is the balanced body design. Loggers’ chainsaws have a long and narrow body layout. Their engine is installed directly behind the bar in an inclined position.

One lesser-known fact about using a chainsaw for logging is that the sharpness and tension of the chain greatly affect the performance and safety of the chainsaw.

This balanced design is crucial for the saw as it will be used for an extended period. The feature will make it easier to hold the tool evenly, even after prolonged cutting periods.

● The Top Handle

Logger chainsaws, often for commercial use, are usually top-handle models. This means that the chainsaws are compact, unlike the rear handle styles, making them more comfortable to operate.

Because of their lightweight and the position of the handle, top-handle chainsaws are great options for cutting tree branches and tree limbs. They also perform excellently when you have to cut at a downward angle.

● Commercial Warranty

Most commercial chainsaws on the market come with a commercial warranty extending a year or two. This is incredible, considering they’ll be running for several hours daily. These warranties are difficult to find, especially with power equipment, because of their users’ high demands.

This warranty will put your mind at rest even when using the tool in extreme situations.

How to Select the Perfect Logger Chainsaw

As mentioned earlier, not all chainsaws are designed for every task. This is why professional or commercial-grade chainsaws are designed to function effectively under challenging conditions.

Gas-powered chainsaws are the best for logging, farming,  land clearing, tree care and service, or massive firewood-cutting jobs.

Professional loggers usually use chainsaws with engine power ranging from 40cc and above, with a guide bar length of 14 inches and more. Below are some features and qualities to look for before purchasing your commercial chainsaw that will help withstand daily wear and tear:

● Reliable Heavy duty Chainsaw

To take on heavy tasks such as the felling of trees, you need a chainsaw that has a lot of power and is reliable. Professional-grade chainsaws are the best options if you’re looking for engines with higher horsepower and torque for consistent and increased output.

To channel and control all that power, the engines of professional chainsaws are built with components that can withstand long hours of use. These components include:

  • Heavy-duty crankshafts
  • Heavier bearings
  • Durable crankcases

Before you purchase your professional logger chainsaw, don’t take note of the engine’s horsepower alone; pay attention to the quality and durability of the engine components.

● Powerful Engine

When shopping for a chainsaw, engine power is the first factor to consider. Since buying a professional chainsaw, you should look for only 40CC and 1 HP engine power. Chainsaws with more engine power will be more potent than those with less engine size.

Loggers who have to fall many trees often use chainsaws with an engine size of 40 to 80 CC. With this amount of power, you won’t need to stop halfway when cutting a tree as large as 30-40 inches. All chainsaw power is measured by piston displacement (in cc) and engine power (horsepower, or HP).

– Understanding Cubic Centimeters in Engines

The cubic centimeter is simply the piston displacement or size of the engine where the piston can move about freely. As a rule of thumb,  the more the poison displacement, the higher the engine power of the saw.

The horsepower HP determines the power: the torque times revolutions per minute. Simply put, the cc determines the length of the bar, while the HP determines how fast the tool can cut through.

In my 20 years of logging experience, I’ve found that the most important feature in a chainsaw is power. The chainsaw must be powerful enough to cut through large logs efficiently.

● Ergonomic Design

Due to their sturdy engine and components, you might be forced to assume that most professional chainsaws weigh much more than the essential yard owners’ gas chainsaws. Unfortunately, this is not always true.

For instance, if you’re working on forestry, logging, or land escaping job, chances are- you will be working for many hours. In this case, you’ll need a chainsaw that you can hold comfortably and for a long time without discomfort.

This is precisely why professional chainsaws are often made with ergonomic materials that are strong and lighter. When shopping for your chainsaw, go for one with a high power-to-weight ratio and a balanced design, as mentioned above.

– Importance of Vibration Reduction Systems

To enjoy extra comfort and safety, ensure the saw you like possesses a vibration reduction or dampening system. This often includes shock-absorbing features inside the body and on the saw’s handle, which reduces vibration and stops it from being transferred into the user’s hand and wrist.

Always look for proper ergonomic features such as less weight and designs like low vibration levels in the handles, a perfectly balanced body, and more. Also, kickback protection is essential for all chainsaws for loggers. Pay attention to little details, as this will go a long way.

– Understanding Chainsaw Basics

When shopping for a chainsaw, consider the blade suppliers and the quality of the chainsaw chains they provide. A rancher chainsaw is a famous professional choice in the market, and this chainsaw often weighs around 13 pounds, delivering a good balance between power and weight.

It’s heavy and difficult to handle without proper training, but it’s designed to be easy to use once you get the hang of it. It also includes a brake for safety. Remember, there are many options, so take your time to find the right one.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional chainsaw or something more modern, a model out there suits you.

● Convenient Maintenance Features

Professional chainsaws should be maintained regularly, used frequently, and in harsh conditions.

This is why manufacturers design their pro-level saws with unique features that allow the chainsaw to be in maximum condition for a long time and will enable them to be automatically tuned up even in the field.

One of the most critical components to pay attention to on a professional gas saw is the air filter, which should be maintained occasionally. For you to run your saw in top shape, make sure you look out for these features:

  • Large surface air filter: if your chainsaw has a large surface air filter, the number of contaminants passing through will be reduced.
  • An air injection cleaning system will remove dust and debris.
  • A quick-release air filter cover will make changing the filter outside a shop easy.

Maintaining a chainsaw involves regular cleaning of the air filter, sharpening the chain, checking the tension, and ensuring the oiler is working properly.

– Professional Saws and Their Maintenance Features

Also, oiling the bar and chain is an important step that can help you keep your chainsaw cutting smoothly and sharply. The standard homeowner saws are often designed to have an automatic bar oil mechanism.

However, professional saws use adjustable bar and chain oil pumps instead. This will enable you to adjust the oil output according to your working conditions.

● Additional Features

Various professional saws come with brand-specific features. For example, Husqvarna offers an AutoTune feature that automatically senses a change in temperature, altitude, and humidity and automatically adjusts the carburetor to ensure the engine provides the best performance.


Finally, it is essential to know that every logger has their preferences and choices when picking the right chainsaw for their job. Some may prefer professional chainsaws with high torque and low maintenance, while others may prefer the ruggedness of the chainsaw instead.

Nevertheless, the most crucial thing is that the chainsaw you choose does its job correctly and safely. An accurate and quality professional-grade chainsaw will allow you to enjoy increased productivity and profit in the long run.

Always remember that, like many other chainsaws, maintenance of your chainsaw should be done regularly so that you’ll be able to make the best of it. As always, we hope that this article has been beneficial. Good luck!

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  1. Christina Stephens says:

    How often should a professional chainsaw be serviced?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Professional chainsaws should be serviced at least once a year, depending on usage. Regular maintenance ensures optimal performance and longevity. Remember, a well-maintained saw is a reliable one.

  2. Kathryn Jennings says:

    What are the differences between a professional chainsaw and a regular one?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Professional chainsaws have more power, durability, and efficient features compared to regular ones. They are designed for heavy-duty tasks like logging. Be prepared for improved productivity with a pro saw.

  3. Amber Hicks says:

    I never knew there was so much to consider when choosing a chainsaw!

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Amber! Choosing a chainsaw is indeed a big decision, but with the right information and tools, you’ll find the perfect one for your needs. Happy cutting!

  4. Travis Tucker says:

    What kind of maintenance should be done on a regular basis for a chainsaw?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Regular maintenance for your chainsaw is crucial. Ensure to clean the air filter, adjust the bar and chain oil pump, and pay attention to brand-specific features. Good luck with your logging endeavors!

  5. Lucas Reed says:

    Do chainsaw warranties cover maintenance and repairs?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Yes, most chainsaw warranties cover maintenance and repairs. It’s essential to check the specific terms and conditions of each warranty to ensure you’re covered. Thanks for your question!

  6. Ashley Garza says:

    Can you recommend a good brand for a beginner logger?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      For a beginner logger, consider a reliable heavy-duty chainsaw with a balanced design and powerful engine. Look for ergonomic features and maintenance convenience. Best of luck on your logging journey!

  7. Cindy Wallace says:

    Are there any safety features to look out for when buying a chainsaw?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      When purchasing a chainsaw, look for features like anti-vibration handles, powerful engines, and balanced designs to ensure efficiency and safety. These qualities are crucial for logging tasks.

  8. Alyssa Matthews says:

    I never realized how important the design and balance of a chainsaw is for comfort and efficiency.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Alyssa! The design and balance of a chainsaw are indeed crucial for comfort and efficiency. Keep exploring the tools at the heart of the logging industry – there’s so much to uncover!

  9. Daryl Knight says:

    This article makes me appreciate the work of loggers more, it’s not an easy job.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Daryl! Loggers truly do challenging work, and the right tools make all the difference. Stay tuned for more insights on the logging industry.

  10. Lesa Walters says:

    What are some popular brands for professional chainsaws?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      For professional chainsaws, top brands like Husqvarna, Stihl, and Echo are popular choices. These brands offer powerful engines, durable components, and high efficiency for loggers in the field.

  11. Leon Simmmons says:

    This article has opened my eyes to the world of professional logging tools.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Leon! I’m glad the article provided insight into the world of professional logging tools. Happy to have opened your eyes to this important aspect of the industry.

  12. Zachary Hamilton says:

    I had no idea chainsaws required so much maintenance and care, this is eye-opening.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Zachary! It’s great to know that our content was helpful to you. Chainsaws are powerful tools that require proper care to ensure longevity and efficiency. Keep exploring and learning, and feel free to reach out if you have more questions!

  13. Avery Mason says:

    I appreciate the detailed breakdown of what to look for in a chainsaw.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Avery! I’m glad you found the breakdown useful. Stay tuned for more insights on powerful chainsaws in the logging industry.

  14. Eva Perry says:

    I had no idea about the features to look for in a chainsaw, this was very informative.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Eva! I’m glad you found the information on chainsaw features helpful. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any more questions – happy to help!

  15. Ted Foster says:

    I’m impressed by the level of detail provided in this article about chainsaws.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Ted! It’s great to know you found the article informative. Stay tuned for more in-depth insights on the tools driving the logging industry!

  16. Pamela Pearson says:

    I never realized the importance of vibration reduction in chainsaw design.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Pamela! Vibration reduction is indeed a crucial aspect of chainsaw design for both comfort and safety during long hours of cutting. Keep exploring the fascinating world of logging tools!

  17. Seth Ramos says:

    What are the advantages of a gas-powered chainsaw over electric?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Gas-powered chainsaws offer high horsepower, anti-vibration handles, easy maintenance, and balanced designs for efficient logging tasks. They excel in power and durability compared to electric models.

  18. Nevaeh Nelson says:

    Thank you for shedding light on the essential aspects of professional chainsaws.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Nevaeh! I’m glad you found the information on professional chainsaws helpful. Be sure to check out more of our content for valuable insights on tools for industry professionals.

  19. Bryan White says:

    I feel more knowledgeable about chainsaws after reading this article.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Bryan White! We’re glad you found the article informative and helpful in increasing your knowledge about chainsaws. Stay tuned for more valuable insights in the future!

  20. Glen Stanley says:

    It’s great to learn about the different features and qualities to consider when buying a chainsaw.

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thanks, Glen! It’s always important to consider all the features and qualities when investing in a chainsaw. Happy cutting!