For starters, this new 14″ gas chainsaw from Black+Decker (BDXGSAM21410) is fresh on the market, released in July of 2022. It’s the perfect homeowner chainsaw because of the compact and lightweight design. The 42cc is more than enough power to cut logs under 12-inches, but don’t expect it to fell 24″ trees — it wasn’t built for that.It’s too early to tell how it will hold up over the years but my prediction is it will become one of the best light-duty gas chainsaws, and a good buy for the long-term.
The price is phenomenal at well under $200. This hits the sweet spot that homeowners flock to. Another excellent feature that the Black+Decker (BXGCS1442P) has is a 3-point anti-vibration system designed to provide you with an extra layer of protection from vibration. This is an excellent safety feature. Personally, I would never buy a gas chainsaw without an anti-vibration system. Yes, anti-vibration gloves will help, but they can’t compensate for the lack of built-in hardware.
Consider This Idea, before we move on…
I have to be honest with you, I have some trepidation in recommending a gas chainsaw under 45cc in 2023 because battery technology has advanced to the point where a cordless chainsaw is equal in power to gas chainsaws under around 42cc. My first instinct is to tell you to buy one of the more powerful cordless chainsaws if you don’t need power over 45cc but then I’m reminded that a light-duty gas model is much cheaper than a lithium-ion powered cordless chainsaw.
I understand that money doesn’t grow on trees but for around $100 more than the Black and Decker 42cc 14″ gas saw you can get the NEW EGO 1610 series, with a 4Ah battery and charger. If 40cc meets your requirements, and you can afford a few hundred dollars, then this EGO saw might be your perfect chainsaw.
2023 – EGO 56V Cordless / 1613
As powerful as a 40cc gas chainsaw
The reasons to consider a cordless chainsaw saw are simple, and measurable — if you don’t need more power than 42cc, the benefits are numerous, such as: a powerful cordless doesn’t emit toxic fumes, it’s much quieter, you don’t have to do maintenance, minimal vibration, it’s lighter in weight and easier to hold for long periods of time. Are these enough reasons for you?
Look, if you need to do some heavy-duty tree felling, bucking, or limbing then a gas chainsaw is what you need. I make sure to match the chainsaw to the requirements of the homeowner. The last thing I want is to sell somebody something they don’t need. That’s not my goal here; far from it.
Not everyone follows the chainsaw market as closely as I do and the market is changing fast. We are currently at the beginning of revolution, where battery technology will slowly begin replacing heavy-duty power equipment. It’s possible and it’s happening. Curious about battery-powered chainsaws, read our latest guide.
Best Gas Chainsaws You Won’t Regret Buying
Alright, let’s keep moving and look at the other top rated and best value gas chainsaws…
2023 is a great year to be buying chainsaws as the quality of chainsaws has improved and the prices have been dropping. One of the reasons is because of the increased competition and the greater availability as consumers can now buy chainsaws online. Yes, times have changed. If you’re reading this, my guess is you’re looking for the best gas chainsaw. Why else would you be here? Lucky for you, there are some excellent options, no matter what your budget is. Let’s start with these excellent gas chainsaws.
Best Cheap Gas Chainsaw
CRAFTSMAN S165 / 16″ / 42cc
Why You Should Buy the S165 —
Craftsman has reinvented the brand and their tools are among the best in class. This is easily one of the best gas chainsaws you can buy, hands down. It will probably surprise you because it will do everything you expect from it.
It’s designed for mid-duty wood cutting. Expect it to shine when cutting wood up to 14″ in diameter. I love the bonus hard case you get and the 3-point anti-vibration system. At under $200, this is an absolute bargain. No complaints.
Craftsman continues to impress me with their current line of chainsaws, including, cordless, electric and gas-powered. The brand has found its stride again and has successfully completed their comeback, albeit under the ownership of Stanley | Black+Decker, who now own the Craftsman brand.
If you’re on a budget and want a good competent performing chainsaw under $200 then look no further then the S165 model. Out of 1500 reviews it’s rated at 4.5★/5. This is true across all retail sites, and confirms my own experience.
Best Value Pro-Grade Gas Chainsaw
Makita EA6100PREG / 18″
Why You Should Buy the EA6100PREG —
The Makita EA6100PREG is a true powerhouse chainsaw in a small package. It has a powerful 61cc engine and only weights 13.2 lbs. You can thank Makita’s extraordinary engineering team for its streamlined design.
It’s hard to believe how Makita can sell this professional grade chainsaw for so cheap. The quality of design is unmatched at this price point. It’s considerably better than Husqvarna models such as the 460 Rancher when factoring in the price and features you get. This is one of my personal favorites for felling trees and cutting firewood.
The fast chain tears through hardwood without a hint of strain.
It has a lightweight magnesium housing and curved edges to make this comfortable to use. If you need to cut through large volumes of wood, and fast, then you won’t find a better gas chainsaw for the money. It’s packed with advanced features that you can see below.
OVERALL — Best Gas Chainsaw for Home Use
Husqvarna 455 Rancher / 20″
Why You Should Buy the 455 Rancher
ECHO Timber Wolf / CS-590
Best Gas Chainsaw for the Money + Top Rated
FEATURES: ECHO CS-590 —
- 59.8 cc professional-grade, 2-stroke engine – Enough power to cut through thick trees and branches
- Decompression valve: Requires less effort to pull recoil starter
- G-Force Engine Air Pre-Cleaner: Lasts longer
- Automatic, adjustable clutch-driven oiler: Works only when chain is in motion
- Rear-mounted, heavy-duty two-piece air filter
- Translucent fuel tank: Quick and easy to monitor fuel levels
- Available in 18 in. and 20 in. bar lengths
- Without fuel it weighs 13.2 lbs.
- Your best friend on the farm, ranch or homestead
OVERVIEW / CS-590
This is an underrated gas chainsaw to the general population but for those who love their chainsaws, likely know about the CS-590. This chainsaw has become legendary among those who own one (or two). Yes, it’s not uncommon for people to own more than one of these. But what makes the CS-590 so good?
The reasons for its popularity among aficionados is rooted in the fact that it’s a powerful 60cc chainsaw, with enough power to cut anything you throw at it. This is the first part of the equation. In addition, it’s very reliable and easy to modify. You can be confident knowing it will start when you need it the most. Besides the excellent build quality, it’s comfortable to use if you have the strength to hold it. What truly wins people over is how inexpensive it is.
Best Lightweight Gas Chainsaw for homeowners
Recommended for light-duty cutting under 14″ / Only 10.8 lbs.
The MSRP for the CS-590 is between $420 to $440. You won’t find a higher quality chainsaw at this price point. This chainsaw is in direct competition with chainsaws $100 to $200 more expensive and this is precisely why the CS-590 is so beloved. ECHO could certainly sell it for more money and maintain their sales numbers but then this would be just another great saw with no compelling reason to buy it over other comparable brands.
Below you’ll find the chainsaws the CS-590 is competing with. You can see how the CS-590 measures up. I think the closest chainsaws I put in the same category as the ECHO is the Makita EA6100PRGG. This Makita is also a bargain. I don’t know why Makita’s gas chainsaws fly under the radar for most homeowners, but you get far more for your money than the ever-popular Husqvarna Rancher series.
20-Inch Gas Chainsaw Comparison:
- Makita EA6100PRGG: 55.6cc (4.1 hp) / 16 lbs. / $460 (Approx)
- Husqvarna 455 Rancher: 55.5cc (3.5hp) / 16 lbs. / $530 (Approx)
- STIHL MS 362: 59cc (4.69 hp) / 15.5 lbs / $625 (Approx)
- ECHO CS-590: 59.8cc / 16 lbs. / $420 to $440
|TECH SPECS / Echo CS-590 20″|
|Engine Displacement: 59.8cc / 3.64 cu.in.||Oil Capacity:10.2 (fl. oz.)|
|Ignition System: Digital||Dry Weight: 13.2 lbs|
|Oiling System:Automatic/Adjustable (Clutch-Driven)||Bar Type:Pro-Lite w/ ProAm material|
|Available Bar Lengths: 18, 20, 24||Sprocket Type:Spur|
|Fuel Capacity: 21.8 fl.oz||Warranty:5 year consumer / 1 year commercial|
|Carburetor (w/Purge Pump) Butterfly-Valve Diaphragm (without purge pump)||MSRP: $419.99 – $439.99|
VIDEO — What Size Chainsaw Bar Do You Need?
Choosing the Correct Size Bar & Chain
The table below gives you general guidelines for determining how much power you need to run a specific size bar and chain. Use this as reference, not as the gospel.
|Guidelines for Power to Bar Size|
|Less than 25cc / 10 to 12”|
|36 to 45cc / 14 to 20”|
|46 to 60cc / 16 to 24”|
|60 to 75cc / 18 to 28”|
|76 to 90cc / 20 to 32”|
|91 to 100cc / 24 to 36”|
|100 to 115cc / 26 to 50”|
|More than 116cc / 28 to 84”|
All chainsaws have a recommended bar size range for the saw. The recommended bar size range is directly related to the power output of the engine. It’s important that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure the chainsaw will operate safely. Using the incorrect bar size is dangerous and can cause injury. Not all bars and chains are compatible. You also need to purchase the correct chain suitable for the bar, and with the correct sprocket, etc.
Everything needs to fit together as designed by the engineers. When your chainsaw is setup correctly it will feel balanced in your hands. If your saw feels awkward or heavily weighted to one side then you probably have the wrong setup, or you’ve purchased a cheap chainsaw. This is one of the reasons why we recommend people stick to reputable brands. A properly engineered chainsaw will be balanced and easy for you to handle.
For example, if you’ve determined you need a 24″ gas chainsaw because you want to fell 20″ trees on a regular basis, the table indicates that you’ll need a minimum of a 60cc engine driving the bar & chain. From the same information you can deduce that you might want a little more power to drive a 24″ bar and chain to run it optimally — especially if you’ll be felling hardwood trees. Stick to what the manufacturer recommends in the manual.
Best Small Gas Chainsaw
Compact Design / 14″ Bar & Chain / 12 lbs. — ➤Makita EA3201SRBB
Feature Highlights —
- “Tool-free” chain tensioner
- Small chainsaw design weighs 9.4 lbs. without bar & chain / Approx 12 lbs. with
- Two-point inertia + mechanical chain brake
- Touch & stop single lever control / Engine shuts down with one touch
- Large metal bucking spikes gives you leverage when cutting
- High power-to-weight ratio / 32cc engine (1.8 hp) / 1.95 cu.in.
- Excellent anti-vibration system protects you from harmful vibration
- Large fuel and oil tank openings
- Ultra-Fast chain speed : 12,800 RPM / Faster Cutting
- Chain compartment is easy to clean and clears chips quickly
- Primer pump helps ensure reliable starting in cold weather
- 12″ markings on the rear handle for cutting wood to length
- Spring assisted starter requires less pulling force to start
- 14” Guide bar, saw chain, chain protector
OVERVIEW / EA3201SRBB
Most homeowners don’t have a need for a big bulky gas chainsaw. The most popular type of gas chainsaws are generally compact designs. This makes a lot of sense because the majority of homeowners have a need for light to medium-duty tree maintenance. A small percentage of the population has a need for a heavy-duty gas chainsaw with a 20″ to 28″ bar and chain.
This chainsaw is not for the farmers, ranchers and firewood dealers. I have more appropriate options for you.
What I like about this 14″ Makita is the range of practical features you get coupled with its small form. It feels great when I’m in the yard, doing my weekly pruning, limbing or cleaning up old fallen branches and/or trees. The safety features are built to protect, with redundancy built-in. For example, you get both an inertia chain brake and a mechanical brake, giving you an extra layer of protection in case of kickback.
The anti-vibration engineering is noticeable after a few minutes, with minimal vibration coming through your hand and arms. Makita has developed a wide array of chainsaw technology over the years, and even their least expensive chainsaws have advanced features that you won’t find on much more expensive brands.
The chain speed is faster than comparable brands. This makes a noticeable difference when cutting through hardwood or gnarled, dense wood. Where some chainsaws might get bogged down, the EA3201SRBB tears through the wood thanks to its 12,800 RPM driving the chain, preventing it from stumbling.
This is the best small gas chainsaw for the money. The price is an absolute bargain. There’s no excuse for anyone to buy a cheap no-name chainsaw when you can buy this affordable chainsaw. I challenge anyone to find a better value compact gas chainsaw. I doubt you’ll find one. A definite buy for homeowners how don’t need to cut wood larger than 12-inches.
Buy A Reputable Gas Chainsaw Brand
Not all gas chainsaws are created equal. I’ve noticed over the past year the number of new brands flooding the market and they seem to be gaining popularity with consumers because they offer cheaper chainsaws than reputable brands. I advise against buying no-name chainsaws because you’ll regret it. These no-name chainsaws you see are not actual companies, bur instead they are sold by people who think they can profit from selling a chainsaw.
Many of the sellers or companies are based in China and they also sell kitchen dishes, socks and bed sheets. Not sure, click the brand name and see what else they sell. This will quickly tell you if this a real chainsaw brand or not. Don’t be fooled by these private labeling sellers. They buy products from factories and slap their brand label on it. Their only concern is profit, not quality, safety, or long-term reliability. They treat chainsaws as they treat any other product, and decide to sell something only because they believe they can turn a profit.
I recommend you stick to known brands that have been in business for a minimum of three years. As a frame of reference, here are the founding dates from a few of the most popular chainsaw brands:
Will the company still be around in two years if you have a problem and you need to make a claim under warranty. Cheap is not something you want when buying a chainsaw because of the inherent danger in using such a tool. I’m all for saving money, but you need to pick your spots. Would you buy the cheapest parachute? Sometimes “cheap” is the wrong criteria to filter your decision through.
In this article, I only recommend reputable brands. If you’re only goal is to get the cheapest chainsaw then this article is not going to help you. Even reputable brands sell chainsaws directed at budget-conscious consumers, all the way to consumers who want the absolute best chainsaw no matter what it costs. There’s no need to buy a no-name brand chainsaw when you can buy a quality brand chainsaw for $150.
Hopefully you take my advice. I’m actually looking out for our readers. This isn’t about making money. If you were shopping for socks, I’d say, go ahead, buy the cheap no-name brand, but I’m not writing this article to recommend socks — just in case you’re unsure.
The brands we cover and recommend have a history of being reliable and producing safety-tested chainsaws, adhering to quality standards and safety testing. I’m confident these brands will still be in business in five years. If you buy a no-name brand chainsaw where are you going to buy a replacement part? Where will you go to have it repaired? How safe is it to use? Unfortunately, too many consumers want “cheap,” but sometimes the cost of cheap is far more than the sticker price.
The rate of injury with a chainsaw is high, so why would you want to increase your risk by introducing a poorly made chainsaw into the equation. I understand, we all want to save money with the high inflation we’re dealing with now, and money is tight because of the poor economic conditions. Did you know that around 36,000 US citizens end up in a hospital every year due to a chainsaw related accident or injury? Safety should always be your top priority when handling a chainsaw.
Go ahead and buy cheap toilet paper, or towels, jackets, or a cheap screwdriver, but when it comes to chainsaws, buy the best you can afford and buy safety gear. Both go hand in hand.
Best Gas Chainsaw Under $200: Troy-Bilt TB4216 / TB4218
Rating: 4.3/5 / 14″, 16″ or 18″ Chainsaw
These buttons are for the 18″ Gas Troy Bilt. The 18″ is around $200 and the price goes down for the 16″ and even lower for the 14″.
The chainsaw market is becoming more homogeneous as smaller brands are being purchased by a few massive corporations. Case in point is the Troy-Bilt brand which was gobbled up by Stanley Black+Decker in 2021, more on this later.
What I like about the TB4216:
OVERVIEW / Troy-Bilt TB4216
As you probably know, many leading brands manufacture all of their products in China but Troy-Bilt is not one of them. In fact, they have product divisions that do everything in the US, and by everything I mean, they design, build and test the majority of their products in the USA. Their headquarters in in Valley City, Ohio.
Did you know that in 2021 Troy-Bilt was bought by Stanley Black+Decker? From 1932 up until 2021 Troy-Bilt was a privately owned family business. It seems that all of the brands I grew up with as a child have been eaten up by large corporations. Did you know that Stanley Black+Decker bought the Craftsman brand in 2017 for around $900 million?
You might have noticed that this Troy-Bilt TB4216 looks a lot like the Craftsman S165. The problem with a few corporations owning all of the chainsaw brands is that innovation slows down as core designs are repackaged with a different brand. Often very little changes are made other than the color and perhaps some minor changes. This is fairly common and consumers often don’t realize that the three chainsaws they’re considering are all owned by the same company with features that are identical.
It’s not always obvious as to what the internal differences are between chainsaws because manufacturers never show pictures of the inside of their chainsaws. I think it’s important for consumers to be educated enough to know if the exact same chainsaw is sold under a different brand for a cheaper price. This happens more often than you might think.
Either way, the Troy-Bilt TB4216 is an excellent gasoline chainsaw suitable for light-duty cutting. It’s a 16″ saw, designed to start easily with its SpringAssist technology. There’s nothing fancy about this model, but it does everything right without any frills. It’ll start when you need it to and it has enough power to cut through wood under 14″ in one pass.
I like the overall feel and weight of this model. It’s around 12 lbs. which is reasonable for a 16″ homeowner class chainsaw. They key to a good chainsaw is having the weight balanced and distributed evenly. This ultimately determines how easy it is to use for extended periods of time. Troy-Bilt has done a good job of making this chainsaw feel lighter than it is.
I don’t recommend this model if you need to fell 20″ trees on a regular basis, but it can do that on occasion, although it’s going to be slow cutting with its 42cc engine, and this will put a lot of strain on the chainsaw. It’s not built like a professional-grade chainsaw. For under $200 it’s one of the best gas chainsaws you can buy, but that doesn’t mean it can cut any tree diameter.
If you have a need for consistent tree felling of large trees then consider the Husqvarna 460 Rancher, a classic 24″ workhorse, or get the underrated Echo CS-590 saw, which we cover in this article. It’s an absolute bargain for a 60cc high-quality chainsaw. You have plenty of options. If you don’t find something in this article to suit your needs then I don’t know what you’re looking for. I’m intentionally presenting you with a diverse range of gas-powered chainsaws to ensure there’s something for everyone.
Best Professional Chainsaw ➤Makita EA7900PRZ2
Powerhead Only / 78.5cc — Bar Size from 20 to 28″
The Makita EA7900PRZ2 is a beautifully designed gas chainsaw with enough raw power to handle all of your serious cutting. Its 78.5cc Makita engine can power a 28″ bar and chain at the top end. You might want to run a 28″ bar and chain if felling trees is your primary need. If you’re a beginner, this is not the chainsaw for you. You need to work your way up to this Makita saw.
Let me clarify one thing before I go any further, this is for the powerhead only. Some customers were disappointed when they were delivered the powerhead, expecting a complete chainsaw. You’ll have to buy the bar and chain separately.
You’ll want to haul this out when you have serious work to do. Without the bar and chain it weighs 14.7 lbs., but add in a bar at 2-3 lbs. and a chain at 1-2 lbs., this saw will weigh at least 18 lbs. You always have to consider the weight and determine if you have the physical strength to handle this safely. It’s not for everyone.
Quickly Cut through the Thickest Logs at 12,800 RPM
The build quality is exceptional, with smooth edges, and a streamlined design that feels balanced in your hands. The magnesium housing makes it a little lighter than what it could have been with cheaper materials. The superior anti-vibration system removes a lot of the vibrations at the source, and minimizes the most dangerous levels of vibration from getting to your body. Anti-vibration gloves are recommended to give you an additional level of protection.
The EA7900PRZ2 from Makita is one of the best professional chainsaws you can buy. The quality is amazing, especially when you consider it costs under $1000. This is just one example of what a best professional chainsaw looks like. This is far from the only professional chainsaw worth buying. For those of you interested, here is another recommended PRO-Grade chainsaw from Husqvarna:
Best 20″ Professional Gas Chainsaw / Comfortable Size
Husqvarna 555: Power in a small package / 59.8cc
Husqvarna recommends a bar length between: 13″ to 24″
This is another highly-regarded gas chainsaw from Husqvarna that does exactly what it’s supposed to day-in and day-out. It just works when you need it. Doesn’t matter when. Alongside the Rancher series from Husqvarna, this is a working chainsaw — it’s akin to a blue collar worker, as in a chainsaw you can trust, that will work for you without to much complaining.
What makes this special is that it’s not too large, like the 460 Rancher, and not too small. In fact, I’m tempted to say the Husqvarna 555 is just right for homeowners who need the power for felling trees, bucking, limbing or cutting firewood. The choice is yours — this sits squarely in the middle, enabling it to be used in a wide range of applications.
One of the best old school professional chainsaws for the money.
Husqvarna Makes Affordable Gas Chainsaws, like the Mark II Series
The Husqvarna 125 Mark II or the 135 Mark II are two of the best gas chainsaws for homeowners because they were specifically designed for homeowners who want an affordable gas chainsaw. In addition, they are designed to be lightweight and easy to start. Although they are fairly inexpensive, they still maintain the high standards of the Husqvarna brand. The 135 Mark II has a 40.2cc engine. It’s a well-balanced chainsaw for cutting wood under 14-inches, but can cut thicker wood if necessary. Most homeowners don’t want to spend $500 on a chainsaw so it makes sense for big brands to create quality gas or cordless chainsaws that the average consumer can afford. This is only one of the great chainsaws you’ll find in this buying guide.
In 2023, the best gas chainsaws come from brands that have been around for a long time. When deciding on the right chainsaw you want to buy a model from a reputable brand, with a history of quality and reliability. This pandemic coupled with current economic conditions has forced most people to think twice before spending their hard earned money. We’ve all had to adjust our way of life. But, life moves forward, and if you have firewood to cut or trees to fell then a gas chainsaw is a necessary power tool. In this article I focus on gas chainsaws that provide excellent value, and are proven to be reliable, as well as safe to use.
In addition to gas chainsaws, you might be surprised to learn that there are a few excellent cordless chainsaws as powerful as a 32cc to 45cc chainsaw. You’ll see those later in the article. Truth is, many people have outdated ideas about battery powered chainsaws. You might be surprised to find out that you don’t actually need a gas chainsaw, and in fact, a powerful cordless chainsaw will be able to handle your cutting tasks without compromise, like this 36V Makita model (XCU04PT) — but for now, let’s look at more gas chainsaws.
Best Gas Chainsaw for Firewood : Makita EA5000PREG / 11.9 lbs.
Makita makes some of the very best chainsaws on the market, as good as Husqvarna, Stihl, or Echo, etc. For some reason I don’t think Makita gets the same amount of respect it deserves. This 50cc gas chainsaw is exceptional in every way. It’s engineered with advanced features such as its advanced anti-vibration system. This is an essential feature on a powerful gas chainsaw. Excessive vibration causes long-term medical problems called Hand-arm vibration syndrome — and you don’t want it. The only way to avoid it or minimize the chance of getting it, is by having a high-end anti-vibration system, like the Makita EA5000PREG. And use anti-vibration gloves like the Ergodyne ProFlex (certified).
Features : (EA5000PREG) —
Editors’ Picks : Best Gas Chainsaws in 2023
Best Chainsaw for Felling Trees & Bucking
Husqvarna 460 Rancher / 60.3cc – 24″
Features / Husqvarna 460 Rancher —
OVERVIEW / Husqvarna 460 Rancher
The 460 Rancher is geared towards experienced users who need a powerful chainsaw capable of cutting wood in high-volume. Suitable for felling large trees, bucking logs and cutting firewood. This is a true workhorse. Not fancy, because it has a long 24″ bar and chain it’s capable of cutting through trees 22″ in diameter in one single pass.
If you want to work efficiently when slicing logs and felling trees you need a bar longer than the biggest wood diameter you’ll be cutting on a regular basis. You waste a lot of time if you have a short bar and have to do multiple cuts to cut through the tree trunk. It’s also much safer to have a bar long enough to cut through a log in one pass as your far less likely to encounter kickback.
Most people don’t need more than 24-inches. This bar length is typically needed by semi–pro loggers, or maybe someone who has a landscaping company or sells firewood every season. There are many reasons why someone has a need for a long bar and chain, it can be a simple as you inherited a farm from your parents and you need to get rid of a lot trees for your next project, or you live in an area where big storms roll through and knock down big branches and trees every year.
Your reasons for needing a chainsaw are personal. Maybe you need a bigger bar and chain than 24-inches. If you you’ll love the next option.
When shopping for the best gas chainsaw as a homeowner your needs are far different than what a professional requires. What you want is a good well-rounded chainsaw that can tackle a variety of different projects but not too large, complicated or expensive — unless you have the experience to handle a heavy chainsaw with a large bar and chain like the Husqvarna 460 Rancher.
CRAFTSMAN S165 / Best Budget Gas Chainsaw
Craftsman and Remington make excellent gas chainsaws that are quite inexpensive.
I doubt you’ll find a better chainsaw for under $200. The S165 has a long history of proven reliability and high customer satisfaction, so you’re getting a great 16″ gas chainsaw. I love that it has a 3-point anti-vibration system. A lot of more expensive chainsaws don’t have this feature. It’s important to protect yourself against vibration as it can actually cause health problems, referred to as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) if you use vibrating tools for extended periods of time. You should always wear anti-vibration gloves as well. In 2023, this is the best cheap gas chainsaw, in my opinion. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
- 42cc full-crank, high-output engine delivers steady power
- Simple pull starts: easy start technology
- low-kickback 16 in bar and chain
- Bucking spikes give you leverage when cutting
- Inertia-activated chain brake stops chain automatically
- Adjustable automatic oiler
- Cushioned full-wrap aluminum handle
- 3-point anti-vibration system makes this chainsaw balanced, maneuverable, and comfortable to operate
- Tool-free access to filter and spark plug for easy maintenance
If you want gas, it’s because you need a few things, such as — Raw power for felling thick trees or because you cut a lot of firewood and you want to work fast. Also, gas chainsaws are best suited when you’re away from a power source. A little bit of gas goes a long way.
But, things are changing. Battery power is beginning to rival the power of a small-sized gas chainsaw. Things aren’t what they used to be. If Tesla can power a car with batteries then surely you can make a powerful chainsaw powered by batteries and that’s why I also want to recommend some powerful cordless chainsaws to try and convince you that maybe you don’t need a gas chainsaw, even though you might be convinced that you do. I have heard from countless consumers that say how happy they are after buying a good battery-powered chainsaw that does everything their old gas chainsaw could do.
EGO 56V Chainsaw : Best Gas Alternative Chainsaw
Can replace a 45cc gas chainsaw :
- Speed: 6800 RPM
- Chain Kickback Brake
- delivers or exceeds the power of gas—without the noise, fuss, or fumes.
- Chain Tension Adjustment
- 56V ARC Lithium battery works with all EGO POWER+ tools.
- Water Resistant Construction (ipx4)
- Guide Bar Length: 14” / 16” / 18”
- Double Guard Bar and Narrow-Kerf Sprocket Nose
- Low Kickback Chain Design (complies with ANSIB175.1)
- Reversible Bar
- CUL Listed
- 5 Year Warranty
Why Buy A Gas Chainsaw?
If you prefer to do your own landscape maintenance and enjoy working on DIY projects, having a chainsaw in your tool arsenal helps out significantly. A simple 16” cordless chainsaw from a reputable brand like Makita or Black & Decker is all that the average homeowner needs. But sometimes electric power just isn’t enough. If you’re cutting firewood on a fairly regular basis or felling trees, we highly recommend a gas chainsaw as they are the industry standard when it comes to performance and mobility.
Refueling a gas chainsaw takes much less time than recharging a battery. And if you’re willing to get your hands dirty, gas chainsaws can last forever with proper maintenance (provided you don’t purchase one of those knockoff Chinese models). Less experienced buyers often get confused by the wide variety of chainsaw models and end up choosing a product that doesn’t fit their needs. But worry not, we’re here to clear things up for you.
Continue : Why should you buy a gas chainsaw?
It is important to remember that no single chainsaw exists which can perfectly satisfy all the needs of every customer out there. Some people want a chainsaw that is light and easy to handle, because they only cut firewood occasionally. Others might prefer a heavy but powerful machine that can fell trees and slice through hardwoods such as oak or cherry.
In the end, it all comes down to your personal preference. Physical build and experience also play a significant role in choosing the right chainsaw. If you’ve never operated one before, we highly recommend that you take a chainsaw course or ask somebody to teach you the basics before buying a powerful 20+ inch gas model. For DIY projects and pruning, stick to the smaller gas powered models with engines under 40cc. They pack enough power to slice through logs up to 12 inches in size.
If you live on a ranch or work in construction, you’ll need something big (50cc and above) that can cut fast. Premium models like the Husqvarna 572XP and Stihl MS 462 C-M are equipped with heavy duty air filters and commercial grade engines. These professional models can run for extended periods of time in rough environments without overheating or clogging.
Best Cheap Gas Chainsaw
Poulan Pro PR4218 / 18″
The PR4218 is an older 42cc chainsaw but its held up surprisingly well over the years, proving to be an inexpensive workhorse. It’s a good option if you’re someone who uses a chainsaw occasionally. The 42cc engine makes this a low volume chainsaw, meaning, it will take longer to cut wood because the engine speed and torque won’t give you a fast cutting chain. For occasional use, this is not a problem. I if you have a lot of wood to cut then you’ll get frustrated as this saw will slow you down.
I like the hard case that comes with this chainsaw. It’s a high quality hard plastic case and its rare to get a quality case when buying a chainsaw. I wish more companies included a case.
It’s not the best chainsaw but we all don’t need the best of everything. It’s a good budget friendly chainsaw. Nothing more, nothing less.
Here’s another excellent battery-power chainsaw that’s as powerful as a 32cc gas chainsaw (quote from Makita). It might be all you need. Great quality.
As Powerful as Gas : Cordless 36V Makita XCU04PT1 / Easy to Use
I highly recommend this Makita cordless if you were originally looking for a light-duty and compact gas chainsaw. Makita makes their chainsaws to the highest standards. Their internal components are steel, not plastic. There’s no maintenance or fumes and it’s very lightweight. Consider it. You’ll be surprised at how good it is.
- No gas, emissions, oil mixing or pull starts with reduced maintenance and low noise levels
- Makita-built outer rotor brushless motor direct-drive system delivers power of a 32cc gas chain saw
- Two 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion batteries deliver 36V power and performance without leaving the 18V LXT® platform
- “Tool-less” chain adjustment for convenient operation and maintenance
- Variable speed trigger and high chain speed (0-3,940 FPM) for improved cutting performance
- Adjustable automatic chain lubrication with large oil reservoir
- Large oil filling port with view window allows operator to easily add and check bar oil level
- Built-in L.E.D. on/off switch with auto power-off function; automatically shuts the saw off when operation is delayed for extended battery life
- Rubberized soft grip top handle is engineered for the user to more easily apply even cutting pressure
- Features Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™) which is engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions
- Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls™ to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
- 3-year limited warranty on tool, battery and charger
What’s In A Name? The Problem With Cheap Chinese Knockoffs
These days, it’s very common to find lookalikes of name brand chainsaws on the internet that sell at half price (or even less) of the original model. So you might be thinking “why spend 300 dollars on a Husqvarna, when I can buy this Chinese saw for 100 bucks?”. You see, all those professional loggers and ranchers who swear by Husqvarna and Stihl aren’t doing so because they like to waste money. These brands have refined the art of making chainsaws through decades of research and innovation. Yes, that cheap Chinese knockoff will cost less upfront. But chainsaws are a long-term investment, and what really matters is getting the most value out of every dollar you spend.
When the Chinese saw falls apart within a couple of months, you’ll wish you had the name brand model instead. Spend 30 dollars on a clutch today, 50 on a new piston and cylinder two weeks later, 6 dollars on a new throttle, and eventually the cost of owning a Chinese saw will catch up to the more expensive branded ones. A chainsaw has to work when you need it the most, otherwise it’s useless. When a storm takes down a tree and blocks your driveway, you rely on your chainsaw to start up and clear out the obstruction. When you’re living off-grid and want to gather some firewood for the night, a malfunction in your chainsaw can seriously cripple everything you’ve got planned up until that point.
Cheap chainsaws from China use inferior plastics that are more likely to crack or buckle under pressure. A lot of people who buy these cheap Chinese saws complain about leaking fuel tanks or bad oil pumps, stuff like this can potentially cause a fire hazard in the garage. And some of them don’t even comply with US emissions standards like CARB or EPA, so you’re more likely to inhale toxic fumes and harm the environment. Imagine the disaster that could happen due to a bad spark arrestor when you go to cut firewood deep within the jungle, a few stray sparks could easily start a fire.
It’s not just their build quality and performance that makes Chinese knockoffs bad, it is also their post-sales services which are practically nonexistent. When you buy a cheap no-name saw off eBay, you’re essentially praying that it doesn’t break down. Because when it does, finding spare parts will be a major headache. Unless your local chainsaw repair shop or hardware store has parts that fit your particular chainsaw model, you’re on your own.
If you’re not a mechanic or have zero experience working with small 2-stroke engines, we highly recommend that you stick to reputable brands such as Husqvarna, Echo, Oregon, etc. These companies have built a vast support network across the country and likely have a dealership in your locality to honor the warranty provided alongside your chainsaw purchase. And if you absolutely don’t have the budget to go with a brand new saw, used pro models from Husqvarna or Stihl are your next best choice. A lot of those old pro saws are built like tanks and as long as the previous owner followed standard maintenance procedure, you’ll easily be able to get another 5 or 6 years out of them.
TIP: Husqvarna offers an extended warranty option for their customers. You can extend the default consumer warranty (which is 2 years) by purchasing Husqvarna 2-stroke oil or Husqvarna pre-mixed fuel at the same time you purchase your chainsaw (online registration is also required).
It’s worth mentioning that not all Chinese products are cheaply made, some of them use original/ semi-original designs and are actually pretty good for casual users who don’t cut a lot of wood. The hard part is distinguishing trash from treasure, since some of these Chinese saws actually offer amazing value for money and will last a long time if you take proper care of them. Finding parts is still going to be hard, as you have to fish across multiple sites on the internet before you find a retailer who sells spare parts for your saw.
A lot of experienced chainsaw users will often purchase Chinese knockoff saws and mod them with OEM parts from Husqvarna or Stihl to create a fairly reliable tool. They mix in parts like the flywheel, clutch, muffler, etc. from their old saws and purchase new engine blocks, it’s a lot like building a project car. But we believe most people reading this article aren’t experienced chainsaw users, so we recommend you stick with known brands just to be on the safe side.
TIP: Local garage sales are a great place to find used chainsaws, just make sure it’s from a reliable brand like Stihl, Echo, Husqvarna, etc. Thoroughly examine the saw before you purchase it, check if it starts properly and looks clean. Inspect the cylinder walls with a flashlight, make sure the oiler works, and look at the chain to ensure that it’s in good condition.
Reviews : More Options / Best Gas Chainsaws
Husqvarna 120 Mark II (14″ / 16″) 1.8 hp | Best Value Gas Chainsaw
- Powerful X-Torq engine combines high performance with better fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions
- Lightweight chainsaw is compact and maneuverable with excellent ergonomic comfort features
- Automatic oiler delivers a steady supply of chain lubrication for safe and effective use
- Husqvarna 14 inch chainsaw for homeowner use is ideal for everyday tasks such as tree pruning, hobby work or firewood cutting
- Simple tensioning system allows for quick adjustments while working
- Ideal for light duty, light-duty, occasional trimming and pruning
- Exclusive X-Torq engine reduces both fuel consumption and gasoline emissions
- 2-year limited warranty
Husqvarna’s Special Upgrade Warranty / IMPORTANT
NOTE : Husqvarna has a special program where you can increase your warranty.
With Husqvarna’s pre-mixed fuel, not only do you get fuel you can depend on, but you can extend your warranty from the standard 2 years up to a 5 year warranty by buying 96 fluid oz. of the fuel at the time of your purchase of select handheld products. That’s up to 5 years of protection by our limited consumer warranty. What can you accomplish in that time?Husqvarna / Learn More by visiting their warranty offer page or our dedicated article to explain it.
OVERVIEW / Husqvarna 120 Mark II
“The Husqvarna 120 Mark II is the only small gas chainsaw that we would recommend for enthusiasts and hobby users. Its lightweight and compact design, coupled with the rugged construction and great performance make this saw ideal for tasks that require a high degree of maneuverability”
Ideal for: Homeowners who want to maintain tree branches and do some light post storm cleanup, DIY enthusiasts, lawncare professionals looking for a lightweight trimming/ pruning saw, etc.
Husqvarna didn’t pull any punches with this one, they went all out. Even though you can buy a 120 Mark II for under 200 bucks, the amount of technology and innovation poured into this saw makes it an amazing performer. Hands down, the most value you’ll ever get for your dollar when buying a gas chainsaw.
It features Husqvarna’s signature X-Torq engine technology which increases fuel efficiency and lowers emissions. X-Torq also boosts low RPM torque, so you can slice through gummy and sticky wood without bogging down your saw. Another interesting feature of this saw is its “Air Injection” prefiltration system which uses centrifugal forces to filter out larger dust particles before they reach the air filter. This reduces the frequency of air filter cleaning and lowers maintenance costs significantly, especially in environments with a lot of saw dust flying around (workshops, jobsites, sawmills, etc.). And then, there is “Air Purge” which is Husqvarna’s fancy term for a primer bulb.
Another option comparable to the Mark II. The specs are identical :
Husqvarna 130 / 16″ : Similar to the 120 Mark II
By pressing the primer bulb, you clear out any air bubbles stuck within fuel lines. And it also comes in handy when you’ve just cleaned the carburetor or installed a new carburetor, since you have to prime it before it starts drawing fuel from the tank.
If you’re having trouble starting your saw, a few presses of this bulb will inject fresh fuel into the carburetor and start the engine. It can be used in combination with the choke for cold starts. Talking of the choke, Husqvarna has implemented a really smart control layout where the choke and start/ stop levers are located right next to each other within the same cutout. And all of this is less than an inch away from the textured rear grip, so you can access everything without taking your hand off the throttle.
In case you do take your hand off the throttle by accident, your saw will stop turning because there is a throttle safety switch built into the top of the handle. All this goodness is packed into a 10.7 lb. (before bar and chain) package. The 120 Mark II is equipped with a 38.2cc engine which is a bit on the smaller side, but it still outperforms most cordless electric saws and delivers consistent performance throughout the day no matter how hard you push it. It is amazing that Husqvarna extracts 1.88hp out of such little displacement, a lot of that comes down to the increased combustion efficiency achieved through X-Torq.
Several professionals consider Husqvarna’s LowVib to be the best anti vibration tech in the entire chainsaw industry, and the 120 Mark II uses the latest implementation of this system.
Note: Buy the 14” version of this saw for general lawn maintenance and DIY projects. But if you want to cut firewood and do some post storm cleanup work, we recommend the 16” variant.
Upgrade: More Gas Power
Review : Husqvarna 135 Mark II / 16″ / 2.1 hp
- Chain tensioning from the side
- Inertia activated chain brake
- efficient X-Torq engine cuts both engine emissions and fuel consumption
- Centrifugal air cleaning system removes larger dust and debris particles before reaching the air filter.
- Anti-Vibration : System designed to reduce vibration levels
- Smart Start
- Power output : 2.1 hp
- Cylinder displacement : 2.3 cu.inch
Lighter, smaller engine, and more power… wait, what? How did they manage to create a chainsaw that is lighter yet generates more power, all while using a similar engine size? The 135 Mark II uses a 38cc engine, as opposed to the 120 Mark II’s ever so slightly bigger 38.2cc engine. But it makes 2.1hp peak power, compared to 1.88hp on the 120 Mark II. And even more impressive is the fact that it manages to do all this while being over 5 ounces lighter.
The weight difference may not seem like much, but both of these are extremely light chainsaws to begin with. So how did Husqvarna do it? Well, it appears they are using the same basic engine block. The 135 Mark II features all the same technologies as the 120 Mark II — X Torq, Air Injection, LowVib, etc. But Husqvarna is running a different tune on the carburetor (evident from the higher fuel consumption rate), and the engine features a higher compression ratio. It is worth noting that the 135 Mark II is louder, and vibrates harder than the 120 Mark II. It will also go through a tank of fuel faster than the 120 Mark II (fuel consumption is 725g/ kWh vs 428g/ kWh).
The 120 Mark II is more of a pruning/ DIY project saw. The 135 Mark II on the other hand, is more of a medium-duty saw intended for tasks like bucking, felling small trees, cutting firewood, etc. The 120 Mark II is also available in a 16” configuration, but it won’t perform as well as the 16” 135 Mark II since there is a power deficit between the two.
Learn more about the Husqvarna Mark II series, and their latest generator of chainsaws in our full guide.
Makita EA6100PREG : Best Lightweight Professional Gas Chainsaw
Exceptional power to weight ratio. Built to high standards using Makita proprietary technology. Safe to use.
The EA6100PREG from Makita is a great option if you need to to cut wood on a regular basis and for extended periods of time. I love this chainsaw because of how it integrates a lot of unique practical features in smooth streamlined package. The vibrant orange makes this pop from the crowd. It looks like candy but runs like race horse. Everything about this chainsaw screams quality. For starters, it’s made with a magnesium housing and rounded edges which contributes to its light weight of only 13.2 lbs. This is quite light considering it has a 61cc engine. In fact, you’ll love using this chainsaw because of how comfortable it feels in your hands.
Safety should always be your top concern, and this Makita includes a 2-point mechanical and inertia chain brake; designed to protect you when you need it most. This isn’t the cheapest gas chainsaw on the market but for those of you who need to cut firewood and fell trees in large volumes then you’ll appreciate the fast cutting chain speed at 13,800 RPM. This is a big step up from consumer grade chainsaws and all Husqvarna consumer chainsaws. I’d put this in the professional-grade category. This is more than enough power for homeowners, and would be perfectly suited if you use a chainsaw on a regular basis. You wouldn’t buy this for pruning, or occasional cutting around the home. Have a look at the features you get.
- Easy Start spring-assisted starter with optimized engine management for quick starting with less force
- Powerful 4.6 HP Stratified Air Scavenging engine for lower emissions and improved fuel efficiency
- Magnesium housing for improved durability and less weight (only 13.2 lbs.)
- Heavy-duty cartridge air filter system for extended air filter life and improved durability
- 13,800 RPM with fast acceleration for more efficient cutting performance
- Compact design engineered with smooth rounded surfaces for easy cleaning and operator comfort
- Touch & Stop single lever control shuts off engine with just a touch
- Slide-out baffle can be configured for efficient cold weather operation
- Two point durable inertia/mechanical chain brake
- Chain compartment is easy to clean and clears chips away efficiently
- Lateral chain tensioning for easy adjustment
- Advanced vibration dampening system engineered to reduce vibration
- Floating rim sprocket for easy maintenance and improved chain life
Husqvarna 455 Rancher (18″ / 20″) — Best Heavy-Duty Gas Chainsaw for Homeowners
- Husqvarna 20-inch 455 Rancher chainsaw is ideal for tasks such as professional tree work and land clearing
- 3.49-HP X-Torq engine reduces fuel consumption and gasoline emissions
- LowVib anti-vibration system reduces vibration levels for the operator
- Side-mounted tensioning system allows for quick adjustments chain while working
- Effortless Starting helps the chainsaw start quickly with minimal effort
- Automatic oiler delivers a steady supply of chain lubrication for safe and effective use.
- Quick-release air filter for easy cleaning and replacement
“Perfectly capable of handling anything you throw at it, be it on the farm or around the home. The 455 Rancher blends raw power with ease of use, resulting in a machine that performs a wide variety of cutting tasks.”
Ideal for: General landscaping work, DIY projects, felling and limbing, cutting firewood, portable sawmills, etc.
Even though it shares features with commercial chainsaws, the 455 Rancher was actually designed to be an all-purpose saw for homeowners and ranchers who require raw power coupled with tons of endurance. Its powerful 55.5cc prosumer-grade 2 cycle engine can generate up to 3.5hp of power, and the fuel consumption is surprisingly low for an engine of this size. X-Torq technology delivers more torque across a wider RPM band while reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency. Chain speed at max power is a rapid 65.62 ft/s, so if you keep the chain sharp this chainsaw will slice through giant logs of wood in no time. Modern chainsaws are all about high RPMs and extreme chain speeds, and the 455 Rancher delivers precisely that. Professional grade cutting performance in a package that is easy to maintain, easy to handle, and relatively light for how much power it packs.
Let’s talk about features. This chainsaw uses a 3-piece crankshaft which increases engine durability, and can support higher torque figures for extended periods of time. The 455 Rancher’s air filter isn’t professional-grade, but its effectiveness is increased significantly by the Air Injection centrifugal prefiltration system. An adjustable oil pump lets you decrease or increase bar oil flow rate depending on the type of chain and bar you’re running. Felling marks on the saw allow for higher precision while felling trees, and an easy start system reduces resistance on the starter rope. A slight 7° offset angle on the front grip reduces wrist and forearm fatigue, while also providing a more stable grip. The combined choke + start/ stop lever reduces chances of engine flooding by ensuring that you take the choke off whenever you want to idle or cut wood. Finally, you’ve got the tool-free quick release air filter which greatly speeds up field maintenance.
Maybe you’ve got a large piece of land that needs some post storm cleanup. Or perhaps you want a chainsaw to help you prepare that pile of firewood for winter. You might even want to fell some trees on the ranch that have really thick trunks. For all the aforementioned tasks, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher will do an excellent job. It is easy to operate, and east to maintain. And it has the power to tackle even the toughest of cutting jobs. The 455 Rancher is available in two different bar lengths —
- 18” for limbing, bucking, post storm cleanup, and cutting firewood.
- 20” for felling trees and usage in portable sawmills.
Even More Power
Husqvarna 460 Rancher Review / 24″ / 60.3cc
- Smart Start starter helps the chainsaw start quickly with minimum effort
- Inertia-activated chain brake reduces the likelihood of injury due to kickback
- Rugged chainsaw is durable and maneuverable with excellent ergonomic comfort features
- Automatic oiler delivers a steady supply of chain lubrication for safe and effective use
- Husqvarna 24 in. Rancher chainsaw is ideal for tasks such as tree pruning, yard cleanups and firewood cutting
- Simple, side-mounted tensioning system allows for quick adjustments while working
- LowVib anti-vibration system reduces vibration levels for the operator
- 3.62 HP X-Torq® engine reduces both fuel consumption and gasoline emissions
OVERVIEW / Rancher 460
If you’ve got a little extra money to spend, consider the 460 Rancher which is a step up from the 455 Rancher in terms of cutting performance. You can choose between 3 different bar lengths — 18”, 20”, and 24”. You also have two different chain gauges to choose from : .050” and .058”. The latter is perfect for cutting through dirty lumber with nails, wires, sand, etc. hidden underneath the surface. Drive links on .058” gauge chain are thicker and heavier, capable of handling higher stress. But if you’re cutting clean wood or doing some general lawn maintenance stuff that kind of chain would be overkill. We recommend .050” gauge for most homeowners and enthusiasts.
If you want to maintain some branches and cut a few tree stumps, the 18” 460 Rancher will do a fine job. It is also cuts firewood really well, and can even fell small trees. Stepping up to the 20” 460 Rancher, you gain a little bit of headroom for bucking larger logs. The 24” 460 Rancher is best suited to professionals and ranchers who genuinely require that extra bar length to handle larger cutting tasks. Remember, a longer bar means more weight and less maneuverability. Bigger isn’t always better, so make your purchase decision based on what you need, not what you want.
Chainsaw Safety Gear
Safety should always be your top priority. There are a few items that every chainsaw owner should own and wear. This is one of the most overlooked aspect of buying a chainsaw. Homeowners want to buy either the cheapest chainsaw or the best chainsaw but they forget about the cost of buying safety gear.
You should factor in the cost of safety gear which might cost you an additional $150 to $300, depending on the quality you buy. Here are a few items I recommend.
Husqvarna Forest Helmet / Technical
This is a pro-grade chainsaw helmet. If you’re a homeowner you may not feel you need this, and it’s true, you don’t have to buy such a high-grade helmet but if you do a lot of cutting you probably should. It’s far more comfortable than the cheap helmet like the Oregon 563474 or the basic Husqvarna Functional Forest chainsaw helmet.
Why you should buy it?
Why should you buy it?
Complete Chainsaw Safety: Husqvarna Homeowner Classic Kit
The Classic chainsaw protective kit from Husqvarna puts all of the safety equipment you need in one package to simplify the process for you. I’m hoping you’re convinced that you need safety gear in addition to a good quality chainsaw. You might even want to consider an powerful electric chainsaw as well. You might be surprised that an electric chainsaw can be equal to a 45cc gas chainsaw. It’s absolutely true.
Also, you should consider the “technical” kit from Husqvarna. Basically, you get three more items: Suspenders, Protective Glasses + Lanyard
Why should you buy it?
Best Cut Resistant Gloves: VGO 12-Layer / CA9760
You’ll find these gloves to be comfortable from the start. They’ll feel a little stuff because of the extra bulk but they’re far more comfortable than many other cut resistant gloves. The important thing is the level of protection, and these are made to protect your hands in case of kickback.
You have the option to buy either one glove with 12-layer cut protection or both gloves. The idea is that if there’s kickback only one hand would be in the path of the chainsaw, but personally, I’d choose to buy both gloves with protection because you can’t predict the path of the chainsaw. Why take the chance to save a few dollars. It’s wise to get two gloves with full protection. Overall, these VGO gloves are well-made and an excellent buy to protect yourself from your chainsaw.
Why should you buy VGO cut resistant gloves?
- High Quality Cut Resistant Gloves: Made from cow goat leather for comfort and dexterity. Has a textured PVC palm.
- High visibility Stretch spandex back
- 12-Layer Saw Protection: Stopper fabric patches inside the back of both hands for additional cut resistance. Meets Standard: CA65 approved/Comply with the REACH regulation, CE certified with EN388:2122
- Option to buy TWO Gloves with Cut Resistance or Two Gloves with ONE Cut Resistant Glove
- Neoprene cuff and hook and loop closure adjustment / Precurved fingers
- Extended cuff to keep the sawdust out
- Touchscreen-compatible thumb & index fingertips
Safety Tips when Using a Gas Chainsaw
Basic common sense when using a chainsaw. It’s essential that you practice safety at all times and wear the proper safety gear.
- Never use a gas chainsaw that is leaking fuel.
- Never fill the fuel tank while the engine is running, or while the chainsaw is hot.
- Never operate a chainsaw that has a damaged or faulty chain brake.
- Keep the chainsaw’s chain sharp to ensure efficient and safe cutting.
- Never use a chainsaw to cut branches that are above your head.
- Don’t use a chainsaw while standing on a ladder or any other unstable surface.
- Never use a chainsaw while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Don’t leave the chainsaw running while refueling or making adjustments.
- Don’t use a chainsaw in wet or rainy conditions.
- Never attempt to remove a stuck chain with the chainsaw running.
- Don’t use a chainsaw to cut through nails or other foreign objects.
- Don’t operate a chainsaw near power lines.
- Use caution when cutting through knots in wood, as the chainsaw may kick back unexpectedly.
- Never use a chainsaw that has a damaged or loose bar or chain.
- Don’t use a chainsaw that has a damaged or faulty starter cord.
Here are a few more general chainsaw safety tips to consider and practice:
- Wear protective gear, including a hard hat, ear protection, eye protection, and steel-toed boots.
- Make sure the chainsaw is in good condition before you use it
- Always start the chainsaw on the ground, not in the air.
- Keep a firm grip on the chainsaw with both hands, using a firm stance with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Use the front hand guard to protect your hand from the saw chain.
- Don’t operate the chainsaw above shoulder height.
- Don’t cut above waist height.
- Keep the chainsaw at least 20 feet away from any fuel sources, such as gasoline or propane.
- Don’t overreach while cutting.
- Be alert for flying debris, and avoid standing directly behind the cutting area.
- Turn off the chainsaw and let it come to a stop before setting it down.
- Store the chainsaw out of the reach of children and keep away from flammable materials.
- Disconnect the spark plug before making any repairs or adjustments.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper use and maintenance of the chainsaw.
Chainsaw Safety Features to Consider:
Chainsaw safety is a deep subject and one that gets overlooked, especially online. Many more people are buying chainsaws but education is minimal. This opens up the possibility for someone to get hurt. On a subconscious level it might lead someone to assume that using a chainsaw is relatively safe otherwise it wouldn’t be so easy to buy one.
Surely a chainsaw is safe to use, right? Well, if you know what you’re doing and you wear the proper safety gear then you are relatively safe — but the truth is, even professional loggers trained to use chainsaws get injured.
Even arborists who use chainsaws daily get injured. If the most educated people who wear all the right gear still get injured then you need to be extra careful when working with a chainsaw and respect it for it’s power to injure. It’s one of the most dangerous tools you can buy. It’s strange that more people don’t invest in safety gear. And I mean “invest.” No, you won’t get your money back but safety gear might save your life so I consider the money you spend to be one of smartest decisions you might ever make. In fact, I’ll go as far as saying: Do not buy a chainsaw unless you intend to use it with safety gear.
Either way, let’s look at some of the more common, and uncommon safety features found on gas chainsaws:
As someone who’s been using chainsaws for years, I can tell you that safety is always the top priority when it comes to operating one of these powerful tools. That’s why it’s so important to look for a chainsaw that has a range of safety features built in.
For starters, you’ll want to look for a chainsaw with a hand guard. This is a protective cover that helps keep your hand away from the moving chain, which can be especially useful if the chain were to break or come loose. Trust me, I’ve seen firsthand how dangerous it can be when the chain breaks and goes flying – it’s not something you want to experience.
Another essential safety feature to look for is a chain brake. This is a mechanism that stops the chain from moving if it comes into contact with an object, which can be especially useful if the chainsaw kicks back. I had a buddy who was using a chainsaw and the tip of the bar hit a hard object, causing the chainsaw to kick back and hit him in the face. He was lucky to escape with just a few stitches, but it could have been much worse.
Safety throttle locks are another important feature to look for. These prevent the throttle from being accidentally engaged, which can help prevent accidental start-ups and keep you safe while using the chainsaw.
In addition to these basic safety features, higher quality chainsaws may have more advanced features like an automatic chain oiler and vibration dampening. An automatic chain oiler helps keep the chain lubricated, which can extend its lifespan and improve cutting performance. And vibration dampening helps reduce the amount of vibration that is transmitted to the user, making the chainsaw more comfortable to use for longer periods of time.
There are other uncommon safety features you may come across on higher-end, higher quality gas chainsaws. For example, you might find: a chain catcher, right-hand guard, centrifugal clutch, dead-man’s switch, bumper spikes, muffler, trigger and throttle interlock, and spark arrestor. Each of these serve a specific purpose to help keep you safe while using the chainsaw. Here’s an overview on these less common safety feature:
- Chain catcher: A small piece of metal that helps to catch the chain if it comes off the bar.
- Right-hand guard is a protective cover that helps to protect your hand from the chain when using the chainsaw.
- Centrifugal clutch: a mechanism that helps to engage the chain when the chainsaw is running at high speeds.
- Dead-man’s switch is a safety feature that automatically shuts off the chainsaw if the user drops it or releases the handle.
- Bumper (bucking) spikes are small protrusions on the chainsaw bar that help to improve traction and control when cutting.
- Muffler: A device that helps to reduce the noise output of the chainsaw.
- Trigger and throttle interlock is a safety feature that prevents the chainsaw from being started unless the throttle and trigger are both engaged.
- Spark arrestor: Advice that helps to prevent sparks from escaping the chainsaw. Useful if you’re working in dry or grassy areas.
In conclusion, it’s always a good idea to look for a chainsaw with a range of safety features. And even with all these features, it’s important to remember to always follow proper safety procedures and use caution when operating a chainsaw. Believe me, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to using one of these powerful tools.
In conclusion, it’s always a good idea to look for a chainsaw with a range of safety features. And even with all these features, it’s important
Additional Details / Common Safety Features :
Chain brake: This is located next to the front handle, and is crucial to prevent kickback related injuries. It also comes in handy whenever you want to stop the saw chain while transitioning between cuts (sometimes the clutch doesn’t provide enough security).
Throttle lockoff switch: Prevents accidental throttle activation, kind of like the dead man’s switch in a train. You have to press both the lockoff and throttle simultaneously to activate your chainsaw.
Kill switch: Instantly cuts off power to the ignition coil in case of an emergency, effectively stopping the engine. Also known as the ON/ OFF switch, it should be marked clearly with larger letters. Some Stihl chainsaws combine ignition and choke into one lever.
Easy start: Gas chainsaws can be a pain to start up in cold weather, especially the larger models. Some chainsaws feature spring assisted recoil starters which reduce the strain on your arms and shoulders by making the pull action much lighter. Chainsaws with large engines often have a decompression lever which temporarily opens up a port in the cylinder allowing air to escape. This helps the piston cycle much more easily and reduces resistance in the starter rope.
Bucking spikes: Useful for keeping the saw steady when you’re making a crosscut through a large log.
Tool-less access to air filter and spark plug: Speeds up field maintenance significantly.
Heated carburetor and handle: A heated handle keeps your fingers from going numb in winter season. And a heated carburetor keeps the engine running smoothly in freezing weather.
Adjustable oiler: Lets you adjust bar oil flow rate to prevent unnecessary wastage of oil.
Good Anti-Vibration system: HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome) is often caused by inadequate vibration dampening in power tools. Operating a gas chainsaw for extended periods of time on a daily basis can have a permanent effect on the nerve endings within your hands and wrist. Make sure you purchase a quality chainsaw with a good vibration dampening system that isolates the engine from the handle and a good pair of anti-vibration gloves.
Gas Chainsaw Buying Guide / Essentials
Gas chainsaws come in all sizes, with engine displacements ranging from 30cc on the low end to over 100cc on the pro models. You’ll also see a ton of variety in terms of ergonomics and bar lengths. The pole saws like the CRAFTSMAN V20 Pole Saw has an 8″ bar and chain. Because chainsaws are such versatile machines, they can be equipped for a variety of cutting jobs. And the size of wood you want to cut dictates your chainsaw’s bar length.
Technically, a bar that is X inches long will be able to cut through a circular log of wood that has a diameter of 2X inches. You cut through half the log on one side, then switch over to the other side to meet the first cut in the middle. But we recommend you select a bar length that is as big, or slightly bigger than the log size. Because inexperienced chainsaw users cannot get the most out of their bar length, and might even encounter accidents while trying to cut logs that test the limits of their saw.
So, how do you decide on bar length? Here are some general recommendations:
|Application||Recommended Bar Length|
|Casual and Light-duty: Pruning, trimming, and limbing.||8” to 12”|
|DIY work and occasionally cutting firewood||12” to 14”|
|Felling small trees under 14″ and cutting firewood regularly||14” to 16”|
|Felling medium trees and bucking hardwood logs||16” to 18”|
|Building log cabins, ranch work, construction||20” to 28”|
|Logging and sawmills||28” and above|
Remember that longer bars make a chainsaw heavier and more unwieldy. You can’t maneuver the saw in tight spaces, and chances of kickback go up exponentially if you aren’t aware of your surroundings while operating a long chainsaw. You can also purchase aftermarket parts like new bars and chains for your saw to tackle certain workloads with greater speed and efficiency. Manufacturers are often quite conservative with the bar length they provide from the factory, and most saws can support an extra 2 or 4 inches above the default bar they come with. But don’t go overboard with it, since a bar that is too long will generate extra friction and bog down your saw. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Slapping a 28 inch bar on a 40cc homeowner chainsaw is ridiculous, as it will actually cut slower than a 20 inch bar. Matching the bar length with your chainsaw’s power output is crucial. If it doesn’t have enough RPM or torque to move a longer chain, then you might experience a stall or overheat the engine. Longer bars will also go through bar oil at a faster rate, so keep that in mind. For gas chainsaws, here are some guidelines that will help you match the right bar with the right saw:
These are approximate recommendations, always make sure to follow your manufacturer’s specifications when it comes to guide bar length. They often specify the maximum bar length that a specific model supports. If you aren’t sure, check out online forums and videos to see what bar lengths other people are running on the same saw. Some 40cc chainsaws will generate more power and torque compared to other models, since different manufacturers use different engines and technologies.
Even with the exact same engine, you can tune the carburetor to change the power band of your chainsaw. You can make the engine generate more power at a higher RPM, or tune it for extra grunt at lower RPMs. Manufacturers often use the same basic engine platform across an entire lineup, and manage to get higher power outputs on more expensive models by using different carburetors and air filters. The point we’re trying to make is that engine displacement alone won’t give you good idea of how much power a chainsaw generates.
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Basic Chainsaw Maintenance:
A dull chain will cause you to work the chainsaw harder than necessary. If you find yourself forcing the chainsaw for a basic cut, your chain is long past dull and it’s time to either sharpen the chain or replace it.
If the chain isn’t correctly tensioned it is more susceptible to kickback or worse, it might break on you, potentially injuring you. If the chain is too tight, it will run hotter than normal due to the increased resistance and might become a fire hazard and reduce the lifespan of your chainsaw.
It’s a serious matter to keep your chain properly adjusted and sharp at all times. In addition, if the chain is running dry it will wear quicker and might even come off its track, perhaps harming you as a result. The way to gauge if the chain is tightened correctly is by testing it — WITH THE CHAINSAW OFF! Simply pull the chain and see if it snaps back to hug the guide-bar. There should be no lag in the “snap back.”
Watch this video by OREGON to visually see the proper way to tension your chainsaw chain.
VIDEO: How to Set the Chainsaw Chain Tension
Below is a basic chainsaw maintenance schedule to give you a rough idea of what to do. This is not a replacement for what’s written in the manual for the specific chainsaw you own. Every model and brand will have it’s own requirements. The manufacturer knows best.
|Clean chainsaw + adjust chain tension||Every use|
|Check chain oiling system||Every use|
|Ensure all parts are secure||Every use|
|Inspect fuel system for leaks||Every use|
|Inspect & test Chain Brake||Every use|
|Inspect the Kickback (nose) Guard||Every use|
|Clean or replace air filter||After 10 hours of use|
|Lubricate the sprocket tip||After 10 hours of use|
|Turn the guide bar||After 10 hours of use|
|Clean chainsaw /replace spark plug||After 10 hours of use|
|Clean Chainsaw / Replace spark arrestor screen||After 10 hours of use|
|Replace Fuel Filter||After 20 hours of use|
|**Refer to the manufacturer’s manual|
Pairing The Right Type Of Chain With Your Chainsaw Bar
Another layer of complexity is added to the equation by the type of chain you use — full compliment, semi skip, full skip, etc. A standard or full-complement chain will have more cutters within the same length compared to a full skip chain. It requires more power to drive as there’s less room for wood chips to exit from the cut, resulting in more friction. That’s why loggers and other professionals using 40+ inch bars often run semi or full skip chains. But don’t run a full skip chain on your 20” bar, otherwise you’ll decrease cutting speed significantly.
You need more cutters to make short, smooth cuts. Limbing, pruning, and firewood cutting is done with standard chains. With bars under 24” in length, standard or full-complement chains are recommended (it is the same type of chain you get from the factory by default). For really long bars (34 inches and above), you need some type of skip chain to maximize cutting efficiency.
TIP: When you assemble your chainsaw, make sure the chain is mounted in the correct direction (pointy edges of the cutters must be facing away from the saw). It is possible to mount the chain backwards, and people who make this rookie mistake find out that their chainsaw isn’t cutting any wood.
Why Does Chain Gauge Matter?
Husqvarna sells the 460 Rancher in multiple configurations; you can choose from 3 different bar lengths. But wait, the official page displays a total of 6 variants. But how can this be, when there are only 3 choices of length — 18”, 20” and 24”? Well, take a closer look. There are two different chain gauges : 0.050” and 0.058”. And there’s is a third attribute called “pitch” which is 3/8” across the board. What do these terms even mean? Let’s break them down for you.
- Pitch: Distance between any three consecutive rivets on the chain, divided by half.
- Gauge: Thickness of the drive links, or the space between the bar rails.
Your chainsaw bar isn’t a solid block of aluminum, it has a groove built into the sides. The chain has “drive links” that fit into this groove, so the chain stays in place while spinning around the bar at speeds in excess of 60mph. Now, it is extremely important that you match the drive link thickness with the groove thickness. Every bar has a gauge, and this should match with the gauge of the chain. We have a few standard gauge measurements, specified in inches : .043″, .050″, .058″, and .063″. .050″ are the most common.
Gauge is printed somewhere on the chain, as well as on the bar. If you put a .043” gauge chain into a .050” gauge bar, it will flop around and might even fly off the bar causing severe injuries. The reverse is going to be much harder, since you can’t physically fit a .063” gauge chain into a .058” gauge bar.
Longer chains are typically higher gauge, this means their drive links are thicker and tougher. A .058” gauge implies that the chain can take more abuse and higher shear stress before it breaks (compared to .043” gauge), this comes in handy if you work with dirty or repurposed lumber that might have nails or wires hidden underneath the wood. Stihl uses Oilomatic RDR (Rapid Duro Rescue) chains for its rescue saws, which are operated by firemen and police forces. These are .063” gauge chains, which guarantees maximum toughness for cutting through roofs, hatches, pillars, poles, car doors, etc.
Pitch gives us info on the overall size and weight of the saw chain. Most homeowner and prosumer saws use 3/8” pitch chain. Even the professional saw users in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska prefer 3/8” pitch chain because it offers a nice balance of everything. It’s lightweight, has more than enough strength, and can be operated at high RPMs. Other pitch sizes commonly found in home saws are : 1/4″, .325″, 3/8″, and 3/8″ low-profile. Tree harvesters use .404” or ¾” pitch chains.
Gauge tells us how strong a chain’s drive links are. Heavier gauge chains can cut through harder and larger stuff, which is why you’ll often see them on rescue saws or harvesters. Harvesters typically run .404” pitch and .080” gauge chains. Really long saw chains generally have a larger gauge compared to shorter chains.
Advice: If you’re only cutting branches and firewood, you don’t need the 24” 0.058” gauge version of the 460 Rancher. It is heavier and will wear you out faster. Get the 20” .050” gauge variant instead. But if you’re working with frozen lumber, tree stumps that are really close to the ground, or repurposed lumber, you should definitely consider the heavier gauge option.
Gas vs Electric Chainsaw
Modern cordless chainsaws like the Milwaukee FUEL M18 and Oregon CS300 deliver performance comparable to entry-level gas models in various applications ranging from firewood cutting to felling small trees and even bucking. Which makes you think, is it even worth buying a small gas chainsaw at this point? Well, there are pros and cons to both sides of the argument. Let’s list them-
|Cordless-Electric / Advantages||Gas / Advantages|
|Clean, zero fumes, recharging costs less than refilling a gas tank||Refilling a tank takes much less time than recharging a battery|
|Instantaneous throttle response and full torque across the entire RPM band||Once you go past 42cc, gas chainsaws are undeniably more powerful than even the best cordless models|
|Minimal maintenance, all you have to do is refill bar oil and tension the chain||If something does go wrong, individual parts are cheaper to replace|
|Much less noise while operating||Does larger jobs much faster|
|Cordless-Electric / Negative||Gas / Negative|
|Battery packs are really expensive, and eventually you need to replace them depending on discharge number||You have to keep spending money on gas and 2-stroke engine oil|
|If the motor or circuit board breaks down, you must take it to a certified technician for repair||You’ve got to clean the air filter on a regular basis and replace spark plugs after every 100 to 150 service hours|
|Not powerful enough for heavy-duty cutting that a 50cc gas chainsaw would normally handle||Heavier than cordless electric chainsaws|
Both sides have their advantages and disadvantages, and you must decide if the benefits of gas power outweigh its cons. For most pruning, trimming, and DIY work we actually recommend electric over gas. It is simply easier to handle and maintain, compared to any gas saw. If you only cut firewood occasionally, you probably don’t even need a second battery pack as you’ll get the job done with a single charge. But if you’re going out into the woods, carrying multiple battery packs is a must. That adds a lot of weight, once you get past 3 or 4 packs.
Felling trees and bucking large hardwood logs with a cordless chainsaw is possible, but it all depends on how much wood you’re cutting and how often. If you make a livelihood out of cutting wood, gas power is the best choice. When time is money, nothing beats the speed of a well tuned Husqvarna or Stihl professional saw. You also have a lot more options in terms of bar length and chain types with gas saws, since they support longer bars and semi or full skip chain. Maintained properly, gas saws will outlast cordless models.
Another thing to consider when buying cordless is the battery platform. Today the manufacturer supports 18V batteries, a few years down the line they might upgrade to 36V batteries across their entire tool lineup. This will make your old cordless chainsaw obsolete, and support for older battery packs will stop. Cordless technology is constantly evolving, and you need to keep spending money every few years if you want the best. Gas chainsaws on the other hand have very little room left to grow in terms of efficiency and performance. If you buy a good gas saw today, it will still keep up with gas saws of the same size 10 years from now.
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How to Choose the Right Gas Chainsaw
To decide upon the best gas chainsaw you first have to spend a little time to learn some of the basics about chainsaws. Unlike some power tools, chainsaws are a little more complex than the average tool. More importantly, they’re dangerous if not used with care, attention and a strong commitment to following safe operating procedures. My point is that if you’re new to chainsaws then you should begin learning the basics by reading my Chainsaw Buying Guide.
Husqvarna 445 — Good Pick for an Older, No Frills, Gas Chainsaw
18 inch / 45.7cc / 2.8 hp
- Snap-lock cylinder cover saves time when changing spark plugs and cleaning.
- LowVib : Effective anti-vibration dampeners absorb vibration, sparing the user’s arms and hands.
- Air Injection : Centrifugal air cleaning system for reduced wear and longer operating time between filter cleanings.
- X-Torq : Deliver lower fuel consumption and reduced exhaust emission levels in accordance with the world´s most stringent environmental regulations.
- Quick-release air filter : Facilitates cleaning and replacement of the air filter.
- Felling marks : Distinct felling marks for better felling precision.
- Combined choke/stop control : Combined choke/stop control allow for easier starting and reduce the risk of engine flooding.
- Side-mounted chain tensioner : Side-mounted chain tensioner makes chain adjustment quick and easy.
- Visible fuel level : Transparent fuel indicator makes it easy to check fuel level.
- Easy to start : Combined start/stop switch, Smart Start® and fuel pump make the saw very easy to start.
- Inertia activated chain brake : Reduces the likelihood of injury due to kickback.
- Three-piece crankshaft : Forged three-piece crankshaft for maximum durability for the toughest applications.
- Air Purge : Removes air from carburetor and fuel system for easy starting.
- Smart Start : The engine and starter have been designed so the machine starts quickly with minimum effort.
OVERVIEW / Husqvarna 445
An excellent all-around Husqvarna gas chainsaw with enough power to tackle light duty projects around the house. It’s lightweight at 10.3 lbs allowing you to comfortably use over extended periods of time without feeling fatigue. Also, it has excellent anti-vibration technology, which is an essential component of any quality chainsaw. Husqvarna never disappoints when it comes to features and ergonomics, and the 445 is no different.
Easy to start and extremely durable with a chain that cuts exceptionally well, I’m certain this saw will handle all your clean-up work around the house, and more.
If you’re not cutting hardwoods, such as, maple, balsa, oak, elm, mahogany, and sycamore then this is an excellent choice for your home projects.
Popular Mechanics has this to say about the Husqvarna 445:
The 445 proved to be our most aggressive cutter. Just give it full throttle and let it pull its way through the log—that’s how it clinched the Firewood Champ title. Its XTorq engine evacuates the spent fuel–air mixture with a burst of fresh air, instead of the incoming fuel–air mixture. This gives the saw clean emissions, good fuel economy, and a pleasing torque curve. We also liked its crisp chain brake, side-mounted chain tension screw, and compression-release button for smooth and easy starting.
How do you decide upon the right gas chainsaw for you?
First, you need to know how you plan on using the chainsaw. The Husqvarna chainsaws cost a little more but it’s a very reputable brand. You can’t go wrong with Husqvarna, but I will say that you get better value with the Poulan Pro PR4218 or the Craftsman 16″ S185. These are priced at under $200 and are consider homeowner chainsaws. They don’t have the advanced features you’d find on more expensive chainsaws, but that’s to be expected.
Based on my experience over the past eight years, I get the feeling that a high percentage of homeowners choose a chainsaw based on their budget instead of choosing the least expensive chainsaw that meets their needs, or “satisfices” their needs. I always encourage the latter. Using an arbitrary dollar amount to choose a chainsaw will not necessarily lead to choosing the right chainsaw.
Nothing beats the power, speed and versatility of a gas chainsaw when it comes to tackling tough jobs around the home, or on the job, if you’re a professional. The best gas chainsaw for you will depend on the size of wood you need to cut, the type of wood (hard vs soft) and your physical strength. Always read the owner’s manual before operating your saw. Also, if you’re new to chainsaws consider taking a local chainsaw training course. Most major cities or towns likely have a course for you to attend.
Always follow proper safety procedures when operating a chainsaw; read my article on: Chainsaw Safety Tips.
If you’re doing relatively light-duty cutting with small trees with the occasional need to cut medium-sized trees an electric chainsaw might be a better bet. In addition, electric chainsaws are great for pruning. They’re not as powerful as gas, and lag behind when it come to speed and durability but they’re good for small jobs and perfect for occasional chainsaw usage. Read our article on electric chainsaws to find the best corded-electric or cordless chainsaw for your wood cutting projects.
If you’re looking for a chainsaw with complete freedom and mobility, without the hassle of an extension cord then you should read our guide on the newest and most popular battery-operated chainsaws.
You may also be interested in reading about top handle chainsaws if you need to work from an elevated position or perhaps the practical Black and Decker Alligator lopper is the right tool for you — a great alternative to chainsaws for cutting branches under 4 inches.
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