What Are Chainsaws Used For?
A chainsaw is essentially a cutting tool which uses a motor to power a metal chain, hence the name. When the teeth come into contact with the wood, the teeth can cut into it.
They are used by gardeners, tree surgeons and carpenters to either cut down trees and brambles with no effort, or shape and design them. Many ordinary people who like to do the gardening themselves can also use them, however – they are great for cutting back trees and hedges coming into Spring, or breaking down logs for the fire in Winter.
The best chainsaw for you depends on what you’ll be using it for. Trimming hedges and occasional branches will likely only need a lightweight model, but professional or frequent use may need something more substantial.
How Much Should I Spend?
Petrol cutters are generally more expensive than electric models, starting at at least £100. Those at the higher end of the scale will be easier to maintain, start up easier and often be more powerful.
Electric chainsaws can be bought for as little as £60, which are fine for smaller tasks such as hedge trimming or cutting bramble, but ones nearer to £200 will likely be more powerful and for larger tasks. Cordless models are also generally a bit pricier, but as this technology becomes more the norm, their cost is dropping.
Do I Need To Use Oil?
Oil keeps the chain running alongside the blade. To ensure no stuttering or stopping, which could cause damage or injury, ensure the chain is oiled frequently.
The manufacturers often make oils dedicated for use with their particular saws, as they need to match the speed and air temperature at which it operates.
What Are The Best Chainsaw Brands?
Look for models from brands such as Stihl, Makita, Bosch, McCulloch, Titan, Husqvarna, Qualcast, Black + Decker, Worx, Ryobi, Oregon and Spear + Jackson.
Some well-known hardware stores may make their own brands which could be worth a look out for too, and while they could be more budget-friendly, the chances are they aren’t as strong.