Have you ever wondered what size chainsaw you actually need? A lot of people think that anyone that has ever used one in the past will automatically know what size they need, but the truth is that a lot of individuals purchase a chainsaw that is a lot larger than they need to get the job done. If you happen to be one of those individuals, you are probably spending more money on the chainsaw than you really need to. You are also purchasing one that is bigger, more powerful and heavier than what you need for your property. This can cause a whole host of problems, ranging from having a chainsaw that is difficult to operate to putting yourself in grave danger by trying to operate something that is far too heavy for you to safely handle.
Things to Consider when Choosing a Chainsaw Size
The first thing that you have to realize is that everything isn’t related directly to size. Some people think that if they purchase a larger chainsaw, it can get the job done faster and more efficiently. The important thing to remember is that in most cases, the efficiency with which you can work is related more to the overall performance of the machine and not just its size. In other words, a lot of people do far more with a smaller chainsaw that is more reliable and more durable than they are capable of doing with a larger machine that doesn’t work as well. Therefore, your first decision should always be to purchase a high-quality machine that is capable of delivering even when it seems outsized and outclassed.
The next thing you should consider is the amount of property that you have and what you actually have on the property. For instance, do you have a large property that covers several acres, full of trees and brush that must be maintained in order to be kept in check? On the other hand, do you have only one or two lots of land with a few trees that simply need to have some limbs cut off in order to ensure proper growth? It might also be a good idea to consider whether or not you live in an area that produces a lot of severe storms that can create a great deal of tree damage. You might need a slightly larger chainsaw if this is the case than you would for routine trimming of a few limbs.
In the end, you want to purchase a chainsaw that is as small as possible, yet still capable of doing what you need it to do. With that being said, you can always make the decision to purchase one that is slightly larger if you think it will benefit you. Sometimes, you can get a larger chainsaw on sale and spend less money than you would have spent on the smaller one to begin with. This is especially true if you happen to find a good deal on one that has a stellar reputation and you know that is the one you want. As a general rule, choose one that you know you can handle safely as far as its power level and weight are concerned and try not to purchase one that is so large that you might have problems using it. You can find a good chainsaw with an 18- inch bar or even a 20- inch bar that weighs less than 10 or 12 pounds, so there is really no need to purchase one that weighs 20 pounds or more when you can get one that is easier to handle.
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