If you are considering buying a new chainsaw, one of the main questions that arise is what size chainsaw do I need? There are a lot of them on the market today and it can be very difficult to choose the right one. It is first of all necessary to know the difference between electric and gas chainsaws. A bigger chainsaw doesn’t necessarily have to be better, it all depends on your needs and the job you intend to do. In this article, we will introduce you to the basic types of chainsaws and the sizes in which they come.
Electric powered chainsaw
When we talk about electric chainsaws, we distinguish between cordless and cordless powered by a rechargeable battery. These are quite powerful devices when compared to some smaller gas chainsaws. They are characterized by light and quiet operation, easy to use, and maintain. They are usually used for light to moderately difficult tasks. Their rod length usually ranges from 8 to 18 inches and therefore it's an ideal tool for smaller construction work, pruning and cutting smaller trees and firewood. The motor power ranges between 9 and 15 amps or 20 to 60 volts if we are talking about wireless options.
Gas-powered saws are significantly more powerful than electric ones. They have a two-cycle engine that requires a mixture of gas and fuel to run. You can find various sizes of these chainsaws on the market today, some are up to 5 feet in size and are mostly used in the logging industry. You will still focus on the chainsaws we use for our day-to-day business. The rod length of such chainsaws is between 16 and 24 inches while their engine capacity is 32 to 62cc.
What is the best size for you?
First of all, you need to know what jobs you intend to do and adjust the size of the chainsaw accordingly. Before making a final decision, ask yourself what is the biggest job you plan to do? This is a very important factor because the workload also greatly determines the size of the chainsaw. It's also very important how skilled you are at working with a chainsaw. If you don't have too much experience, especially if it is a bigger and more serious job, it may be better to hire a professional to do the work for you, and you can go to a course on using a chainsaw.
Guide bar length
The length of the guide is also an important item when it comes to choosing a chainsaw. We have already said that the size of the motor is determined by the length of the rod and chain. So the longer the chain, the more power you need. This ultimately results in a heavier saw, but also greater worker fatigue during the work which increases the possibility of injury. There is a general rule that says the length of your saw should be at least 2-3 inches longer than the diameter of the tree or object being cut.
What if my chainsaw size is too long?
Most people think it is better to buy a bigger chainsaw because that way they can cover more jobs, but using a saw that is too long on some tasks where so much size is not required can be a dangerous thing. A few inches won’t be a problem, but if it’s a larger number then the vibrations are also higher and it’s hard to control the machine. So for simpler jobs, try to use a chainsaw that will cut only what you wanted, nothing more than that. With larger saws, there is also the possibility of kickback, when the chain is blocked and the saw bounces towards the one who controls it, so be careful.
What if my chainsaw size is too short?
On the other hand, there is a chance that the chainsaw is slightly shorter than the recommended length for certain jobs. If this is the case with you, with a smaller saw you can cut larger objects you will only have to do it from multiple cuts. This also means that you will have to cut from several opposite directions, not just one. However, if the diameter of the wood is still thicker than twice the length of your saw then you need a new, larger saw for the task.
When we talk about the ideal size of a chainsaw, many factors must be taken into account. From your experience to the size and complexity of the jobs you intend to do. We hope that this article will make your choice easier and narrower when buying a new chainsaw. Happy sawing!