Video: How to Choose a Chainsaw

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Find the right type of chainsaw with the power and features you need. If you have trees or branches to cut, chainsaws save you time and effort. Make sure you find the one that's right for you. Don't worry. You got this. [MUSIC PLAYING] There are four types of chainsaws-- cordless, electric, gas, and polesaws. Cordless chainsaws are both portable and powerful, battery-powered, easy to start and operate, and require very little maintenance. They're also the quietest and lightest chainsaws on the market. Their portability makes them ideal for jobs big and small. Look for models with battery systems that can be shared between tools in the same product family for convenience. Electric chainsaws are also easy to start and operate, and require very little maintenance. They do, however, need an outdoor outlet and an extension cord and the correct amperage, but they will give you constant power, great for upkeep around the yard. These units are also lighter and less noisy than gas chainsaws. Gas chainsaws are heavy duty, portable units that are good if you have sizable trees to cut or if you have lots of cutting to do in remote areas. Keep in mind, however, that they can be challenging to start, require regular maintenance for proper performance, and are both noisier and heavier than cordless or electric models. Polesaws are lightweight chainsaws on the end of a long pole, which give you extended reach. There are both cordless and electric models available. Chainsaws come in a range of bar lengths. Polesaw bars are smaller. The bar length that you need depends on what kind of jobs you will be doing. A general rule is that the diameter of the branch or log should be no bigger than twice the length of the bar. For example, a 16-inch bar will be able to handle logs up to 32 inches in diameter. Cordless chainsaws range from 40 volts to 80 volts. Electric units come in either 10 amp or 14 amp, and gas models have 33 to 60 CCs. The more power your chainsaw has, the faster you'll be able to cut. So if you're just tackling some yard work, you may not need a lot of power. But if you're regularly sawing through a pile of firewood, more power will come in handy to get the job done quickly. To make your final decision, look at the features available. Tool-free chain tensioning allows you to adjust your saw easily without tools. An anti-vibration system has springs between the handle and the motor that reduce vibrations during use. Automatic chain oiling systems steadily add oil as required so you don't have to worry about it. Brushless technology is available on select cordless models. Since these motors don't have wearable brushes, there's less friction, meaning less heat and higher efficiency. Don't forget to read the warranty details before purchasing a chainsaw to make sure you've got the protection you need. Finally, remember to always wear protective clothing when operating any chainsaw. Don't worry. You got this. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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