Thinking About Buying A Chainsaw? Here’s a Brief Guide

We’ve had high winds from Eastern Europe and now from Africa and with fallen and broken branches everywhere – rather like Sports Direct – this is a great time to get out that Chainsaw and turn fallen wood into free firewood. But if you’ve never bought or used a Chainsaw before, the whole process can be a bit daunting. Following Dick’s excellent blog yesterday highlighting our exciting range of Oleo-Mac chainsaws. Here’s a very brief guide – with information taken from our extensive Knowledge Base here at MowDirect.
Chainsaws vary, from smaller, lighter electric and cordless models for domestic to larger petrol models for heavy duty use and professional machines for forestry and large projects.
They are portable and can be used anywhere, making them ideal for work in the field, in woodland, large gardens or estates and in awkward places where a cable would become a hindrance or a hazard. By the way, when I say everywhere, it is a given that petrol powered chainsaws should never be used in enclosed spaces, due to the emissions so outside only for petrol chainsaws.
Petrol chainsaws are generally more powerful than electric chainsaws and the larger models can handle hard woods and thick branches. The very large models of course, can be used to fell trees, even fully grown large ones. There is a growing range of battery powered chainsaws, becoming ever more powerful,  that will very soon be challenging petrol machines for power. Some are already challenging traditional power sources.
Petrol chainsaws tend to be two-stroke machines, generally costing more than electric models and requiring fuel mixed with oil to work. They also need more maintenance than electric models.
There are some basic features you would expect to find on any chainsaw, battery, electric or petrol. Here is a simple list that will give you some idea of what to expect and what you might look for.
  • A powerful and clean motor (at least 1700W) or a good 2-stroke engine or powerful battery – you need to think about how powerful a chainsaw you need for your work. The more powerful engines often have a weight implication and it is dangerous to wield a chainsaw that is too heavy for your frame or strength.
  • A decent chain speed for efficient cutting – the faster the speed, the more efficient and hassle free the cutting is
  • A good quality and decent sized hand guard  (an important safety feature) This protects your hands and is a mandatory feature.
  • Good balance and weight – think about how long you need to use it for and about your physical strength.
  • A fast acting chain brake (an important safety feature) This stops the chain moving if there is a problem. Very important and the faster acting it is the safer it is.
  • In general you need to be reasonably fit and alert to use a chainsaw, but if you follow safety guidelines and pick the right one, you will have no problems and will be able to effectively create firewood or maintain your shrubs and branches.
  • You should also make sure you wear safety gear when using your chainsaw. Heavy duty gloves, hard hat and eye and ear defenders are a must, tough boots and chainsaw jackets and trousers are also available.

We are offering a free protective chainsaw-gloves and a Rocwood safety-helmet with visor and ear-muffs with several of our Oleo-mac chainsaws. Talking of those Oleo-Mac chaps; As Dick pointed out yesterday in his blog, you could do a lot worse than check out our exclusive range of Oleo-Mac petrol chainsaws, they are amazing value and are Italy’s leading chainsaw brand.

Here’s what a couple of our customers have said about the Oleo-Mac GS-350 Pro Petrol Chainsaw with Free Starter-Pack
“…a very good chainsaw… easy to use, starts very easily” and “a very lightweight, all-round excellent saw.”  also “great value, really nice saw and starts great. Would definitely recommend Oleo Mac“.
This is a serious domestic chainsaw, packed with features  and at £195.00 with FREE delivery to the UK could you do better? I don’t think so.
If you need further advice, do call us on 020 3026 8712 and one of our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable team will be happy to help you.
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