Chainsaw Buying Guide
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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Bar LengthBar 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.
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|
A chainsaw is a powerful tool and demands attention to safety. Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
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