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Chainsaws: The Ultimate Buyers Guide
Variety is the spice of life, but variety also makes it difficult to make the investment when it comes to chainsaws and other power tools.
At CDBS Construction and Garden Centre ( also known as Canberra Mower Suppliers) we are committed to ensuring that we only stock durable and quality items which are built to last. To make choosing the right chainsaw for you easy, we’ve put together a complete guide which will help you to buy with confidence!
We’ll run you through all the questions that you need to ask when considering a purchase. If you still have questions at the end of this guide and looking through the product descriptions, we are always on hand to answer your questions!
What should my budget be?
When it comes to chainsaws you can spend as little as $100 and as much as $1,500. Of course, splashing out on a top-end professional-grade chainsaw isn’t recommended for homeowners or hobbyists who will only bring out the chainsaw a couple of times a year to do some light pruning!
So, before you look at your budget, consider what kind of chainsaw you will need. This approach will ensure that you are left with the best model for you.
If you are considering buying a chain saw for a few odd jobs, then it is recommended that you opt for one of the more lightweight, slimline electric cordless chainsaws. Such as the Husqvarna 200-mark range. You will notice that the cheaper models tend to boast the same features as the top end models. The main difference is the durability.
If you are anticipating more substantial and frequent use, then you’ll want to consider a more powerful petrol chainsaw which puts out plenty of torque. Then you’ll have the option to choose from all-round chain saws, powerful and robust chainsaws, professional chainsaws and top handle chain saws. All of which come with a very different price bracket.
All-round and powerful chainsaws are recommended for homeowners who are looking to tackle big jobs. While the professional chainsaws are perfect for tradesmen, landscapers and gardeners looking for a reliable tool. The Top Handle chainsaws were built with tree surgeons and cutters in mind who will be putting the powerful tools through extensive and frequent use.
Make sure you consider protective gear as part of your budget too! That includes a safety helmet, ear defenders, chainsaw trousers, chainsaw gloves, safety boots,
You’ll also need to check whether the battery chainsaw comes with a battery included. Some manufacturers prefer to sell battery chainsaws without the battery, just in case you already have the battery and charger already. Items without a battery will say things like “no battery”, “shell ” or “MUO” which means Machine Unit only.
How Do I Choose the Right Chain Saw for Sale?
Many chainsaws offer versatility but just because they can cut their way through anything, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider which is the right tool for the job. As cheaper models are less durable, they may struggle to cut through large trees or hard and thick wood logs.
Considering how you will power the chain saw is also an important factor. While many top end models are cordless, some still come with cords. Corded chainsaws can be restrictive where you can use them. You’ll also have to do a fair amount of grappling with the cord – you wouldn’t want it to get in the way of the blade either!
Now, if you are considering a petrol chainsaw, you will need to pay a little more. But a chainsaw is definitely not something that you want to skimp on! The higher-end models come with plenty of other perks other than their robust design. They are also incredibly easy to maintain, usually offering innovative features such as air filtration systems – that means they literally clean themselves!
Each of the different chainsaw manufacturers offer different features from their chainsaws, but you can expect to see features such ensure ease of use and a comfortable operating experience. Generally speaking, higher end petrol chainsaws are much more pleasurable to use than the cheaper chainsaws as they are easier and faster to start and offer less resistance with the pull cord than with cheaper models.
Many of the higher end models are also fitted with anti-vibration technology built into the handle to ensure that the vibrations don’t put strain on your wrists, shoulders and arms.
Petrol Chainsaws VS Electric and Battery Chainsaws
Petrol chainsaws will be more expensive than electric chainsaws. However, electric cordless chainsaws are still preferable to some due to how easy they are to operate. As they come with a cord or rechargeable batteries you won’t be required to purchase petrol or have to worry about spilling it everywhere every time you refill.
Most chain saw manufacturers now create their chain saws in strict accordance with environmental standards to ensure there are minimal carbon emissions. But even though petrol chainsaws may claim to be green, there’s no greener option than cordless chainsaws! Instead you will usually work with a Li-ion battery which has been built to be recharged up to 100 times!
Chain saw manufacturers such as Husqvarna have worked tirelessly and put plenty of innovation into their electric cordless chainsaw batteries. While in the past the batteries may not have lasted long enough, this is no longer a common complaint amongst users. However, there is only so much innovation that can go into electric models. Currently, electric cordless chainsaws do not match the performance of petrol chain saws. Although who knows what they will come up with in the future!
To Sum Up
Purchases for long term use should never be rushed, so it’s important to take the time to consider how much use you will get out of the chainsaw and what you are likely to be cutting with it.
People who are looking to do the occasional bit of light pruning, cut through thick logs every week, and professional landscapers should all have a very different idea of the perfect chainsaw for them.
If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to provide more details on all of our products and offer our impartial advice to ensure that your purchase is the right one. Just give us a call on 02 6242 8996