What factor to consider when buying a chainsaw?
Chainsaws are a powerful and potentially dangerous piece of gardening equipment, and if you do not spend a little time choosing the appropriate machine for your needs they could also turn out pretty costly. You need to make sure that the chainsaw not only meets the needs for the tasks you are doing but also that it is the right size and has the correct accessories.
Too often, novice buyers see chainsaws as a standard appliance one size and type suits all, only to find on getting it back to base, they are struggling with the job in hand or placing themselves in danger.
The best place to start is in the DIY store itself. If you have no idea what types, brands, and specifications are available then it is often simpler to tell the assistant what task you want to use the chainsaw for. This will cut down your options straight away. A good online store will have articles about individual types and will advise not only on buying the appliance, but how it should be used, cared for, and maintained. In other words, instead of getting lost in the confusion of sizes, gauges, power supplies and brands, think in terms of what job you will be doing and you will find the chainsaw to fit the task. I have written some questions you need to be asking yourself in order to define the appropriate best buy:
Am I going to be using the chainsaw commercially or domestically?
Commercial chainsaws need to be powerful to be able to stand up to constant use, and in most cases, they also need to be portable. The most obvious candidate here is the petrol chainsaw. They are far more powerful than their electric cousins, more robust and so are more heavy duty. As they are not restricted by a lead to a power supply, they are very mobile if the project is taking place over a wide area. They are more appropriate for the longer blades which can be up to 28 inches long.
Electric chainsaws are smaller, lighter, and easier to use and maintain and so are much more suited to infrequent domestic tasks. There is no need to constantly mix oil and petrol, and refuel or make checks on the workings of the machinery. Also, it is started easily at the push of a button instead of a pull rope.
Will I need to use my chainsaw over a wide area?
If you are using the chainsaw domestically but you have a large estate to work on you need to be thinking about a petrol model. The cord on the electric models will be a huge restriction when out and about. The most portable machine, however, is the battery operated model. However, the disadvantage with these chainsaws are the batteries often do not hold much life and they could take up to an hour to recharge them.
Will I be felling trees?
Again power, portability, a good blade, and flexibility, are the main issues. And it is a petrol chainsaw which answers all of those functions. However, when making your choice ensure you have a chance to hold the machine and check its weight. We all have different degrees of strength, and different models will feel more comfortable than others. You should never feel as if you are grappling with the machinery itself when undertaking a task such as this.
Will I be using the machine for wood carving?
Wood carving calls for a machine that will allow you to administer a lot of detail. Therefore the chainsaw needs to be maneuverable and light in your hands so you can turn it to varied angles. There is not a need for portability specifically, so a nice light electric or battery powered model would be able to do the trick nicely. However, some times the lead can get in the way of maneuvers so consider a small petrol powered chainsaw as well.
Is noise an issue?
If you are living in a close suburban area a noisy chainsaw may cause problems with the neighbors. The petrol model, because it is more powerful always gives off the most clatter so if you are looking to do little tasks domestically, consider small electric or cordless chainsaws.
Is price an issue?
An electric chainsaw is by far the cheaper model to run. Once bought, you only have to worry about a small use of the power supply. With a petrol model, you are going to be constantly spending on oil and petrol. And of course the smaller the models, the cheaper it will so get a machine that meets the needs of the job. The size of the machine needed is very important. If you are a commercial business you are going to find an electric model or battery operated chainsaw much more cost effective if you do not need the power.