Powerful & Effective: 3 Best Chainsaw for Cutting Firewood

Last summer, words cannot explain how frustrated I was when our old chainsaw finally made its last cut. We tried reviving it but the mechanic said it would just be as expensive as buying a new one. There are just so many uses of a chainsaw that even our electric log splitter cannot compensate. Hence, the search for the best chainsaw for cutting firewood happened at the end of the day.

Yes, it would take time before you should decide. Yes, it would necessitate you to perform researches. But I guarantee you, if you conducted a thorough studying before buying one, you would then give proud and happy justification to the money you will be spending.

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What is a Chainsaw?

Chainsaws are popular. You can actually even see them in kid’s drawings of a man cutting down trees. Let us not also forgot the movie that made chainsaws and Texas scary.

This machine is very helpful in different industries (examples include garden, crafts, and carpentry). Albeit this, not everyone can operate it. We have to be very aware of its parts, and how to use it or else we would not be successful in our task and worse, we can chop off a finger, a hand or even kill someone unintentionally.​

Types of Chainsaws

There are different kinds of chainsaws: manual, gas-powered and electronic. Allow me to elaborate the differences.

Manual chainsaws would be perfect if you have the luxury of time and if you wanted serious upper body workout. But, let us all be honest – not even body builders would enjoy chopping woods this way!

Gas-powered chainsaws are the strongest type for me. I have tried one and I was able to finish chopping wood in less than 30 minutes. However, this is very noisy, heavy and the vibration makes me want to stop the process from time to time.

On the other hand, there is also an electric-powered chainsaw. This environmental friendly version does not emit harmful fumes from gas consumption. Another positive thing about electronic chainsaw is that it is cheaper than the previous one, and you do not have to worry to refill fuel every so often.

However, since it can be corded, the workplace should always be located near an outlet. This then would limit the tasks we can do.

Do not worry since there are many chainsaws in the market that are already battery-operated. But, you must acknowledge the fact that it cannot be as sturdy and powerful as your gas or corded chainsaws.​

Questions to Ask Yourself Before buying Chainsaw

  • What am I going to use the chainsaw for? In this article, I particularly indicated that the major function of my chainsaw is to chop fire woods. This made me decide to go for a 16” machine. If you need to chop off trees, 16” can also do the job but do not expect to be finished immediately.
  • Where can I stock it? One concern would always be safety. Do not go for big chainsaws if you do not have a proper storage as it can cause accidents.
  • Speaking of safety, I would often ask myself “Which product has the most number of safety features?” I would like my chainsaw to have low kick-back, (just like the three below) and chain brakes
  • What would be most convenient for me? Gas or electric? If gasoline sources are far from you, you should choose the other options.
  • Will I be comfortable every time I use it? Is it too heavy? Does it vibrate too much? Are the handles soft?
  • And the last and most important question of them all would be…..”How much am I willing to spend for it?” as this will be the biggest dealmaker or deal breaker for any kind of purchases.

3 best chainsaws for cutting firewood

#1. GreenWorks 20312 G-MAX 40V 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw, 4AH Battery and a Charger Included

What we like:

  • It does not vibrate as much and it is not as noisy as the others
  • Presence of chain brake and low kickback
  • It is cordless; the 4AH battery can power up the machine for 2 hours of use
  • It is lightweight
  • It is easy to clean
  • Warranty

    What we don't like:

    • Perfect for house and garden tasks but not built for bigger and longer hours of work
    • Oils would leak if not in proper position

    #2. Husqvarna 435 16-Inch 40.9cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw

    What we like:

    • It can automatically clean itself twice. There’s a built-in air filter to protect the engine but before debris can reach it, the centrifugal air cleaning system already attempts to filter larger particles
    • There’s only one button to turn it on and off, making it very convenient to start the engine
    • One of my favorite features would be the handle. As it has a soft inlay and the trigger is ergonomically located.
    • It does not require too much use of gasoline to operate. Nature lovers would appreciate this product because of this feature since it has low emission levels.
    • Warranty: 2 years but if you purchase additional accessories and if you register your product online, the warranty can be extended to 4 years.

      What we don't like:

      • Unfortunately, the machine is not compliant with the requirements from California Air Resources Board, hence, you cannot use this in that particular state
      • Does not start when hot, difficult to start at times

      #3. WORX 16-Inch 14.5 Amp Electric Chainsaw with Auto-Tension, Chain Brake, and Automatic Oiling – WG303.1

      What we like:

      • 14.5 amp motor
      • The manufacturer of this product created auto-tension chain system. Chains on this chainsaw are then not expected to tighten too much.
      • This product has low kickback bar
      • Presence of a built-in chain brake that serves as an additional protective mechanism
      • Users will have no problem lubricating the chains from time to time because there’s an oil storage that lubricates the engine and chain as needed without human intervention.
      • Warranty: 3 years

        What we don't like:

        • Chains should be double checked every time you start because it has a tendency to let loose

        Conclusion

        These top 3 choices share same characteristics such as 16” blade, low kick-back, and high-quality performances. My goal is to give you the best choice for each kind of chainsaw while orienting you about their pros and cons.

        I am giving my full recommendation to GreenWorks 20312 G-MAX 40V 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw because of its safety features and practical usability. Everyone who plans to use chainsaws for household purposes should have this.​

        I hope you enjoyed this article but before we part, let me just share some important reminders on how you should keep yourself safe when operating chainsaws:

        • Know the manufacturer’s instruction by heart. This is not a toy and it could cost a life.
        • If you are using gas-powered chainsaws, do not smoke
        • Never use the tip of the blade when sawing to avoid kick-back.
        • Be alert and always wear proper protective equipment when using chainsaws

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        Amelia
         

        Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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