Chainsaws were once the exclusive tools of farmers and lumberjacks. Today, many homeowners use them for cutting firewood, pruning trees and building fences. As they’ve grown in popularity, so have the options! As a result, shopping for a new chainsaw can feel a little overwhelming.
Husqvarna is here to help you make a smart and informed chainsaw purchase. More importantly, we want you to stay safe at all times. Together with our articles about chainsaw safety, starting and sharpening, we’ve got the information you need to have a positive chainsaw experience.
Select the right chainsaw size
Size is the first factor to consider when selecting a chainsaw. Generally speaking, larger chainsaws are more powerful than smaller chainsaws – therefore, they’ll be used for larger cutting tasks. Chainsaw power is measured by piston displacement (cc) and engine power (horsepower, or HP). A good chainsaw dealer can describe the different attributes in greater detail.
Consider the following factors when making your choice:
Your personal experience. If you’re new to chainsaw work, choose a smaller saw that’s easy to handle and maneuver. A heavier chainsaw will tire out your arms and hands, risking your safety and slowing down productivity.
The size and type of the wood to be cut. If you’re felling trees or cutting into hardwood, choose a larger chainsaw with more power. Using a model that’s too small will lead to unnecessary physical exertion, and it may damage the product.
Need instruction on cutting down a tree? Watch a pro at work in this how-to video, then follow these six simple steps.
Determine the best guide bar length
The appropriate length of the guide bar is determined by tree size and to some extent by the level of your expertise. If you’re used to handling a chainsaw, you should have access to at least two different guide bar lengths, allowing you to vary the guide bar length with different tree sizes. A shorter guide bar weighs less and is easier to maneuver when removing tree limbs. A longer guide bar is used for felling larger trees.
Choose the right chainsaw type
Husqvarna offers four main types of chainsaw, each designed with a particular user in mind:
- Homeowner/consumer chainsaws are compact, easy-to-use and designed for occasional residential use.
- Landowner/semi-professional chainsaws are built for performance and durability. Preferred by ranchers, these saws are designed for occasional use in clean-up and firewood cutting.
- Logger/professional chainsaws provide maximum performance and optimal ergonomics to foresters, loggers and arborists. These models are designed for professional full-time use. Certain models are available with special features, such as heated handles or AutoTune.
- Arborist/tree care chainsaws are designed specifically for professional arborists in tree care work.