Handy Tips

How to choose the electric chainsaw
Posted 13 Mar 2019 , by Cindy Shepherd category Chainsaws

Whether you’re chopping down or trimming trees, or cleaning up after a storm, a chainsaw will definitely come in handy. Whilst traditional petrolmodelshave always been crowd favourite, the technological advances we’ve seen recently mean a battery powered chainsaw can be equally as powerful as their petrol-powered alternative. Yet with so many chainsaws on the market, how do you know which option is the best for you?

  • Battery Powered Options
    These days, most battery powered chainsaws are compact and light, meaning you can take them with you wherever you need them.They are perfect for clearing work, like cutting branches and trimming limbs. If you’re just starting out and haven’t owned a chainsaw before, these can be a great entry option. Their batteries will generally let you cut for around an hour or two, but with multiple batteries options available, you could go all day.
  • Weight
    Whilst most saws don’t seem heavy when you first pick them up, bear in mind that after using them continuously for a length of time, you’ll definitely notice fatigue set in. Keep your own strength in mind when choosing a chainsaw: if you choose an option that’s too heavy for you, you’ll fatigue sooner and have less control over the saw – a dangerous combination. We recommend choosing a model that weighs less than 4 kgs.
  • Guide Bar Length
    Whether you’re choosing electric or petrol, the guide bar length is one of the most important things you could consider. The guide bar (the length of the cutting part of the chainsaw) should be relative to the wood you’re wanting to cut. Ideally, it should be at least 5-10 cm longer than what you’re cutting – our battery powered chainsaws all have bars between 30 and 35 cms in length.
  • Handles
    Often overlooked, handle comfort should definitely be considered when you’re buying a chainsaw. Good, comfortable handles mean you’ll be able to work for longer and get more done. Rubber has become a popular material in recent times, and is easy to find on most battery powered chainsaws. Make sure the handle is positioned in the right spot for you, and you’ll be able to easily and comfortably complete any job.

It’s not necessarily about finding the best battery powered chainsaw on the market, but rather the best model for you! Once you know what you’ll be using it for, the option you need should become clearer. If you have more questions, feel free to visit our expert team – they’re always happy to help.