Discover our selection of chainsaws and accessories like sharpeners and chains in our chainsaw buying guide. Learn about the different types of chainsaws available: electric vs. gas, as well as the important features to look for to suit your needs.

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Our selection of chainsaws includes pole saws, safety equipment, accessories, and more. Whether you're removing a tree or doing some adjustments to your landscaping, you can find the equipment you're looking for in-store or online.  

Types of Chainsaws

Electric chainsaw sitting on log

Electric Chainsaws

Electric saws are great for smaller yard chores. They're quieter than their gas-powered cousins, lightweight, easy to start and require less maintenance. However, they have less power than gasoline-powered saws. 
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Gas chainsaw cutting a medium sized tree.

Gas Chainsaws

Gas chainsaws use a two-cycle engine requiring the mixing of oil and gas. Mobility and power are the main advantages of gas chainsaws: they are good for heavy-duty use including storm clean-up and large tree cutting.  
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Cordless chainsaw cutting log

Cordless Chainsaws

Cordless chainsaws are battery powered and are perfect for any lightweight job, like pruning and trimming. They have the advantage of being cord-free, making them easier to handle than their corded counterparts.  
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Chainsaw Size

The size of a chainsaw is relative to the work that you plan on doing. Things like the size of tree or branch you need to cut,  your experience with a chainsaw, and storage space are all important things to consider. While physical size is a factor, you can also look at bar length and horsepower to help you determine which model is right for you.  

Bar Length  

Bar length is measured from the cutting tip to where the chain enters the housing. Bar length represents the active cutting area — the largest size wood the saw will cut in a single pass. When determining the size you need remember the saw's actual safe cutting ability is twice the bar's length -  a saw with a 14 in. bar can cut through a 28 in log. 
 
Standard bar lengths for most homeowner saws are 14 in., 16 in., 18 in. and 20 in. Although these are only two-inch increments, each larger size brings increased weight and power. Larger saws also increase the safety concerns for the user.  

Power 

The power of chainsaws is determined by engine displacement (gas), voltage (cordless), and amps (electric). The higher the numbers, the more power the chainsaw has. This is an important factor to consider if you are working with large trees and branches or cutting hardwood timber like oak or maple. 

 

Pick the Right Chainsaw

  Trimming & Pruning: Light Cutting  Small Size Tree Cutting: Removing Tree Limbs  Storm Clean-Up: Medium Tree Cutting  Firewood Cutting: Large Tree Cutting 
Professional (20 in. to 24 in. bar)   Good Good  Best  Best 
Heavy Duty (18 in. to 20 in. bar)  Good Good  Best  Good 
Medium Duty (16 in. to 18 in. bar)  Good Best  Good  Not Recommended 
Light Duty (8 in to 16 in. bar)  Best  Good  Not Recommended   Not Recommended 
 Electric  Best  Good  Not Recommended   Not Recommended 

Chainsaw Features

Close-up of starter handle on a chainsaw

Easy Start

Some gas chainsaw models have a spring-assist starting mechanism. This reduces the pulling force required to start it. 
Close-up of a chain brake lever

Chain Brake

Chain brake is an important safety feature and is designed to stop the chain when the saw encounters an abrupt movement or impact.   
Man using gas chainsaw to cut tree

Anti-Vibration

This feature makes using the chainsaw more comfortable and cuts down on fatigue.  

Caution

A chainsaw is a powerful tool and demands attention to safety. Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions. 

Chainsaw Accessories

  • Chainsaw sharpening kit

    Sharpening Stones & Files

    Once your chainsaw becomes difficult to use it means it needs to be sharpened. Using a sharpening stone is precise and fairly easy to use.  

    Note: Always follow the manufacturer's instructions before sharpening your chainsaw.
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  • 16 in. Replacement chain for a chainsaw

    Chains

    When replacing the chain there are two things to pay attention to: the pitch and gauge.  

    Pitch: The spacing of the rivets on the chain. The saw's sprocket has the same spacing. The normal pitch is 3/8 in. 

    Gauge: The thickness of the chain. It should fit the groove in the bar.
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  • Polyester work gloves

    Safety & Work Gear

    An important aspect of operating a chainsaw is safety. Look for safety equipment like work gloves, safety goggles, hearing protection, and coveralls.  
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