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How To Determine The Right Length Of Chainsaw For You

17 February 2022

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How To Determine The Right Length Of Chainsaw For You

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right size of chainsaw, so let’s look at each of these in turn now.

1.   Type Of Work You Need It For

The first thing you need to consider is the type of use you are buying your chainsaw for.

If you are a casual home user who only needs it for light-duty work like trimming small branches or general pruning work, a less powerful chainsaw with a shorter bar will be enough. For this kind of work, something of around 14” will be enough.

If you need a chainsaw for medium-duty work – jobs like cutting down smaller trees, for example – something in the 16”-20” range would be a better pick.

If you are looking for a chainsaw for heavy-duty cutting – including felling larger trees – 22” and above might be more suitable.

2.   Diameter Of Wood You Need To Cut

An important factor to take into account is the diameter of the wood you will most often be cutting. The usual guideline is to choose a chainsaw with a bar that is two inches longer than the diameter of what you need to cut.

For example, if you need to cut a tree that is 10” across, you will need a chainsaw of 12”.

Note that chainsaws can still be used to cut trees that have a larger diameter than the bar – you can cut from both sides, so the diameter you can cut is effectively almost doubled.

However, it is much more practical to be able to cut with just one pass, so it’s best to choose a chainsaw that is big enough to cut the trees you most commonly cut without the need to cut from both sides.

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3.   Your Chainsaw Experience

You should also consider how experienced you are in handling chainsaws. Chainsaws are probably the single most dangerous tool you can own, and using one that is too big and powerful for your experience level can increase the chances of having an accident.

For this reason, chainsaw beginners should opt for small, less powerful machines at least until they become more proficient in using these dangerous tools.

4.   Your Physical Strength

Similarly, if you are not strong enough to wield a large chainsaw, it can also create dangerous situations. Choose a chainsaw that you will be able to use comfortably without becoming tired.

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