Buying Chainsaws: How to Choose the Best Chainsaw for the Job

If you’ve decided that a chainsaw is the tool that you need for your next job, you might have had a look at the information and products available online. You’ve probably very quickly realised that there is a whole host of different types of products and a variety of information out there – so much so that it can be quite confusing. So, we at SGS decided to write you a definitive guide to buying a chainsaw.

Compare the Range

Have a look through our entire range of chainsaws here or view them in our shop here.

Tool Blade Length Weight Application Price

26cc 10" Top Handle Petrol Chainsaw

10" 2.9kg Topping off. Smaller branches. £64.99

Incl. VAT £65.99

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58cc 20" Petrol Chainsaw

20" 5.8kg Larger logs and branches. Small to medium sized  jobs. £50.99

Incl. VAT £61.19

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62cc 20" Petrol Chainsaw

20" 6kg Larger logs and branches. Heavy duty work and larger jobs. £66.65

Incl. VAT £79.98

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Ryobi 750W Electric Pole Pruner with Extension

8" 5kg Domestic gardens and hard to reach branches. £82.75

Incl. VAT £99.30

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Prices correct at the time of publishing. Subject to change.

Can I Use a Chainsaw?

You don’t need a license or to have training to buy or use a chainsaw. However, if you don’t feel very confident about using one, there are training courses that you can go on. We have a couple of handy how-to guides to get you started including; How to Set Up Your Chainsaw, How to Limb a Tree and How to Cut Down a Tree.

Some chainsaws can be heavy, so it's worth checking the unit weight before you make your purchase. Here at SGS we have petrol chainsaws weighing 3 - 6kg, for maximum maoverability and are lightweight enough for most users.

You don’t need a license or to have training to buy or use a chainsaw. However, if you don’t feel very confident about using one, there are training courses that you can go on. You will need to be able to lift the chainsaw, as it will be heavy, and you’ll need strength to bear its weight while it’s in use. Safety should always come first when using a chainsaw, so you should have safety clothing and equipment, including a helmet, safety glasses, ear defenders and specialist chainsaw gloves and trousers, as well as steel toe-capped boots. Once you’ve bought your chainsaw, you will have to maintain it, doing things like topping up chain oil and sharpening the teeth. Safety should always come first when using a chainsaw, so you should have safety clothing and equipment, including a helmet, safety glasses, ear defenders and specialist chainsaw gloves and trousers, as well as steel toe-capped boots.

Once you’ve bought your chainsaw, you will have to maintain it, doing things like topping up chain oil and sharpening the teeth.

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Your Requirements

Before you buy a chainsaw, you need to think about the type of work that you’ll be doing, how often you’ll be using it, and your power source. If you’re occasionally cutting overhanging tree branches then you can go for a lighter use chainsaw with a smaller engine, but if you want to regularly chop firewood then you’ll be in need of something with a bigger engine, such as the 62cc 20" Petrol Chainsaw.

The type of wood that you’ll be cutting should also be a consideration, as hardwoods will need a more powerful saw.

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Chainsaw Power

There are two types of chainsaws: petrol and electric.

Petrol saws, as a rule, are more portable than electric saws, as they don’t require access to mains electricity or rely on a lithium battery. However, you will need a ready supply of petrol.  They will need regular maintenance, such as engine servicing, sharpening the cutting teeth, and keeping the chain tension. They are heavier, so you should be conscious of the weight. Petrol chainsaws are noisy, and give off petrol fumes. Despite this, or because of it, they can cut through wood like a knife through butter, making petrol chainsaws good for more heavy duty work, such as logs and heavy pruning.

 58cc 20” Petrol Chainsaw with Easy Start

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Electric saws can be corded and cordless and they are quieter, lighter and need less maintenance than their petrol counterparts.

Corded electric chainsaws are some of the cheapest chainsaws that you can buy. They’re ideal for sawing logs or pruning close to the house, as the main drawback to corded electric chainsaws is that you need to stay close to home for the connection to the mains.

Hyundai 36v Battery Powered Chainsaw

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Cordless chainsaws can be very expensive, some more so than petrol chainsaws. They are perfect for small branches and stems, but don’t fare too well when it comes to tougher tasks such as chopping wood.

Most of SGS’s chainsaws, found on our Chainsaw page, are petrol ones, but we also have battery powered pruning pole saw and the impressive Hyundai 36V Battery Chainsaw.

Don’t Use a Chainsaw When:

  • You’re cutting above your head, or below your knees. Instead use a saw.
  • You’re cutting in an upwards or sideways motion. You should always cut in a downwards motion.
  • You’re working at a height.
  • You’re not wearing the proper safety clothing.
  • You’re felling large trees.