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Gas & Electric Chainsaws Information

Chainsaws are the ideal power tool to have that can prune trees, cut fire wood, cut off tree limbs, and take down trees. Knowing which type of chainsaw will fit your needs can save you the hassle of returning underpowered equipment, or the burden of spending more money than you need too. There are 3 main categories for chainsaws: Electric powered, Gas powered and battery powered. They all have their pluses and minuses, so looking into which saw will handle the tasks you need it to is wise advise before buying.

Electric powered chainsaws are the ideal saw for the homeowner. They have just enough power to cut off tree limbs, and can easily and efficiently prune trees. Another advantage of the electric type is that it is not as loud as the gas models, which will keep your neighbors friendly during the summer and fall. Not having to worry about gas leaks or spills also enhances the attraction to the electric chainsaw as being an easy saw to operate with little maintenance requirements. Environmentally concision buyers also steer closer to the cordless or electric models as they have less of a carbon footprint. If you are a yard pro, than an electric model may not cut it (no pun intended) for you, as you will most likely need a more heavy duty model than can take some abuse. Another down side to the electric chainsaw is that you are limited in mobility as you can only reach as long as the extension cord to a power outlet will let you travel.

Gas chainsaws are my personal favorite power saw. Call me crazy but there is no sound that competes with rips and humming sound of a 2 stroke engine revving up to take on a serious tree that needs to get downed. Gas chain saws are robust and powerful to handle the most complex and challenging tree cutting assignments that you can throw at them. They are the obvious choice for tree cutters and landscaping pro’s because of their durability, mobility and utter relentlessness in cutting through wood.

Finally there are the battery operated chainsaws, that really combine the best of both worlds. They have the mobility and appeal that chainsaws have with the power and ease of use that electric models are known for. The only down side for the battery operated models, (besides the power if you are a pro) is that battery operated chainsaws need to be charged and there is nothing worse than getting half the job done and realizing that you need to charge up.

Chainsaw blades are amply called “saw chains”. There are two main kinds, square tooth and square or chisel tooth. They further get broken down into different subtypes based on the number of teeth, chain gauge, length and pitch. An important safety tip is to use only the saw chain recommended by the manufacturer of your chains saw.

Weather you are a homeowner that is contemplating which saw can be used to prune trees, or seasoned professionals deciding on their next piece of landscaping equipment, there are a few names in the industry that take the cake. Tanaka, Makita, Stihl, and Echo have been coming out with the best chainsaws year after year.