As Derby’s largest independent supplier of chainsaws, we stock only the highest quality equipment for domestic and commercial use, including leading brands such as Stihl, Cobra, Husqvarna and Mitox.
As well as selling, we also service and repair all types of chainsaws (and other garden and grounds equipment) at our specialist workshop - whether you’ve bought from us or not.
Unlike other big retailers, we take the time to get to know your requirements and direct you towards what you actually need, rather than what you think you want. Ensuring you buy right first time.
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How to choose the right chainsaw
Unsure what size chainsaw you need? Or whether you’d prefer petrol or electric? Chainsaws are highly customisable and versatile tools, which is great for when you come to use it, but not-so great when you don’t know what you need.
So let us take the guesswork out of it. Whether you’ve done your research or not, the best way to find out which chainsaw is right for you is to get in touch.
In the meantime, here’s 3 key things to consider when choosing a new chainsaw:
How to choose the right chainsaw
It’s important you get the right kind of power, especially if you’re working in hazardous environments. There are 3 types of chainsaws:
1. Petrol chainsaws: Most petrol chainsaws have a 2-stroke engine which is perfect if you’re a contractor or business involved in professional landscaping or tree surgery. Typically providing more power, they’re better for tackling tougher, more challenging jobs. Find out the difference between 2-stroke and 4-stroke petrol engines.
2. Electric chainsaws: Electric chainsaws are better suited for everyday, domestic use as they offer less power. Lighter, more compact and generally quieter, they’re great for all your at-home cutting, pruning, trimming and shaping.
However, because they’re less powerful than petrol chainsaws, they’re not ideal for heavy duty jobs or cutting down large trees. Also if it’s a corded electric chainsaw, you’re limited by how far it can reach with an extension cable.
3. Battery chainsaws:
Battery chainsaws are more or less the same as electric chainsaws, only they feature a rechargeable battery - giving you the freedom to trim and cut without cords. However it’s worth noting that they only last as long as the battery charge (not forgetting the time it takes to recharge too). So you may want to consider buying a spare battery.
To see the pros and cons of petrol and electric, check out our FAQs page.
Cords or no cords?
When it comes to electric chainsaws, you’ve got two options: battery (cordless) and mains (corded).
Cordless electric chainsaws provide more freedom since there’s no cable trailing behind you, but they’ll lose charge quite quickly, especially if you’re sawing through thick or hard pieces of wood. That’s why we’d say they’re more suitable for smaller jobs. However, you might want to consider buying a spre battery or a ‘fast-charge unit’ (only available for certain models) so you can finish the job if your chainsaw runs out of charge halfway through.
As you’d guess, corded electric chainsaws require a nearby power socket. While they’ll never run out of charge mid-sawing, they’re not recommended if you need unrestricted movement or you’re working in a remote area. It’s worth noting the cable can be a health and safety risk as it can get in the way of cutting, so you’ll need to take extra care.
As for petrol chainsaws, they’re all cordless.
How do you plan to use it?
Think about the kind of things you plan on using your chainsaw for - whether that’s simpler cutting and trimming at home, or tougher, more heavy duty work.
Generally, a longer bar means a bigger cut area. And all chainsaws have a removable bar and chain, it just depends on the make and model if you can swap the bar for a different length.
Since chainsaws are so versatile, there are a number of chains to choose from, each with varying cutting teeth and chain arrangements (although the most common are full chisel and semi-chisel).
5 types of chainsaw cutting teeth:
- Standard profile: the stock chain on many larger, professional chainsaws. This is a good all-round chain but lacks the cutting intensity for tougher jobs.
- Low profile: a popular chain for home users or beginners, and the stock chain on many smaller, less powerful chainsaws such as electric ones.
- Full chisel: cuts through wood fast and aggressively, but requires regular sharpening because of it. It can be difficult to control due to high kickback (recoil).
- Semi-chisel: cuts slower than full chisel, but stays sharp for longer, even in rough sawing conditions.
- Ripper: used for industrial purposes. These speciality chains cut along the grain giving the smoothest cut.
Still unsure which is best for you? Feel free to get in touch.
Need help choosing?
Whether you’re still unsure or want to know more, check out our FAQs or get in touch. Alternatively, pop into our showroom and speak with our experienced team.