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How to Choose the Right Chainsaw for Your Needs

Sep 4, 2008
Not every chainsaw is the size we see Leatherface running around with in the movies. And let's hope that this is not the reason that you need your own chainsaw. For those of us with very different needs when it comes to owning a chainsaw, there are several different options for very different purposes. For these reasons, you may actually need several chainsaws to handle different jobs. After all, it all comes down to safety in the end and using the wrong chainsaw could be hazardous to your health.

The first thing you must consider when choosing the right chainsaw for your needs, is the engine. Do you want gas powered or electric powered? A gas powered chainsaw is going to be heavier and requires more maintenance than an electric version. In addition, you have the smell of gas and oil to deal with. However, if you are powerful enough to handle a chainsaw then chances are that you can handle this smell! An electric version is great for smaller projects. It is lighter weight, but you also have to work with the power cord trailing behind you. This is the first decision that needs to be made when choosing the right chainsaw.

Next, you need to consider which size chainsaw is going to be right for your projects. This is measured in the size of the blade. While there are very small increments in blade size, they make a large difference. Attempting to use a smaller chainsaw for a large project is going to prove difficult and can cause injury. While you may feel that your large chainsaw can handle any task, attempting to use it on those smaller jobs can cause great difficulty and injury.

The best way to figure out which chainsaw is going to be right for you and your needs is to talk to an expert. These experts can be found in outdoor power equipment specialty stores. They will have all of the information you need to make the proper decision. Do not simply rely on what you think looks the best, will make you look cool, or is the least or most expensive. When you make decisions without proper information, you run the risk of harming yourself or others and that is not worth any time or money saved.

Choosing the right chainsaw for your needs really isn't very difficult, especially when you have the help of an expert. So, seek out a chainsaw guru and don't watch
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STIHL SHOP is a national chain of independent, locally owned specialist outdoor power equipment dealers including stihl chainsaws
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