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How to choose a chainsaw

Last updated on May 11th, 2021 at 12:59 pm

Millions of chainsaws are sold every year and – although not every purchase is punctuated with a Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor grunt – it is clear Canadian men (and some women) still love their chainsaws.

So is Tim right? Is it always just about “more power”?

Not according to Edward Andria from Husqvarna, a company that is reported to be the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products: “There are many factors to consider when buying a chainsaw, but the first question you should ask is: What kind of work do I need the saw for? Models range from full-time professional saws to leisure or hobby saws and you want to make sure you get the right one.”

Here are few more tips to help you choose the right saw:

• Unless you are very experienced with a chainsaw, go for a lighter saw which will be much easier to handle.

• Ergonomic engineering and design, such as low vibration levels in the handles and a slim and well-balanced saw body, are welcome features, even if you only use the saw part-time. Good ergonomics can be just as important as low weight.

• Efficient kickback protection is a requirement in most countries. Also pay attention to small details. For example, how easy it is to replace a simple part like a chain catcher stud? Do you have easy access to controls?

• Is the saw easy to maintain and service? Good access to the air filter and spark plug, and easy chain tensioning save time and effort.

• Look for approved protective equipment like safety trousers, safety boots, helmets with visors, hearing protection, and gloves.

• And don’t forget, your saw will appreciate regular service by a qualified professional, so look to purchase one from a dealer that can service it.

More information is available online at Husqvarna.ca.