Feb 212012

Everyone know what a chainsaw is and what it does.  Its portable, mechanical and is usually powered by electricity, compressed air, hydraulic power, or in most cases a two-stroke engine.  Chainsaws are used for cutting down trees.  They are much easier to use than an axe but there are also a lot more safety standards that come with using one.  If you want a full list of safety regulations and tips for using a chainsaw, try this website.  Its a really great source to have if you are a newbie.  There are several classes offered all around the world also.  Here is an example of a class if you live anywhere near Maine.  If you want  some inside knowledge on a class, here are a couple of PowerPoint presentations. 

Gas-Powered Chain Saws vs. Electric Chain Saws

Gas Powered

Pros:  They tend to cut more quickly and smoothly than an electric chain saw.  They tend to be easier to cut with because there is not as much pressure needed to cut due to the faster chain speeds.  16-18 inch chain bar length.
Cons:  They are usually a bit heavier than electrics along with being very noisy.  There is also the health hazard of the exhaust fumes.  They need to be tuned-up more often than electrics.  They also tend to be more expensive. 

Electric Power

Pros: Most are corded, light and cost a lot less than gas powered chainsaws.   They start every time pretty much and a lot easier than the gas powered ones.  You just plug them in and squeeze.
Cons: They are a lot smaller than gas powered chainsaws so you are pretty limited to what you can and cannot cut.  You are also tethered so unless you  have a REALLLY long extension cord, you are limited to the distance you can be from an outlet. Chain bar length is usually 14-16 inches.


Chain saws are all different.  They come with quite a few features these days if you are looking at newer models.  Some of the features that you should look for in a chain saw include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reduced-kickback bar and chain
  • Chain Brake
  • Bar-t0 guard
  • Chain catcher
  • Bucking spikes
  • To0l-free chain adjuster
  • Visible bar oil level
  • Anti-vibration
  • Trigger lockout
  • Shielded muffler
  • Cases
  • Wraparound Front Handle
  • Automatic Chain oiler


There are lots of brands to choose from when it comes to chain saws.  Most outdoor power equipment companies make several types of chain saws.  There are a total of five companies that I trust when it comes to chain saws.

  • Craftsman
  • Echo
  • Homelite
  • Husqvarna
  • Stihl

Places to Look

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