Here are some expert tips on how to buy the best gas chainsaw. If you are using wood heat and have access to your own supply of firewood, you should seriously consider investing in a good quality saw. Personally, I have owned a Stihl, John Deere (Echo), McCullough, and Husqvarna. By far, the Husqvarna and Stihl were the best.
This is an important decision because using a gas chainsaw to cut your own firewood is a lot of hard work, plus a good one costs quite a bit of money. Cutting wood is also hard work any way you approach it, so why work harder than you have to? Find out more…
What size gas chainsaw do you need?
If you buy a heavy saw, for example, you will quickly tire from holding it. On the other hand, if you buy an undersized saw, made primarily for cutting small branches, you will never be able to cut the large hardwood logs needed to heat your home.
Most guys I know are happy with an 18″ bar. 16″ is just too short and you usually don’t need the 20″ bar. Of course, this is a matter of preference. Try out different saws to get a feel for what you need and are comfortable with.
Husqvarna and Stihl have a range of products that start with trimming branches to cutting down monster trees. Basically they fall into two categories: homeowner and professional. There is a saw for almost everyone.
Electric chain saws are great for backyard pruning and such, but are not designed for cutting firewood. You need a well made, durable, reliable tough gas chainsaw to do the job right. There are many great saws available and with some education you can make a good choice.
Quality gas chainsaw companies
Husqvarna makes a very good gas chainsaw that will work very well for years to come. They have medium use saws, such as the 440 e-series, 435, 240 e-series, 235 e-series for the average homeowner. If you are just using your saw seasonally, these are a great homeowner’s choice. Personally, I have and love my Husqvarna 550 XP. It is the top of the line homeowner model, or the bottom of the line pro model. Light and powerful.
If you seriously use wood heat, you should step up to the Husqvarna 359 or 353G-ETech. These saws are heavy duty, serious workhorses that can cut up a tree in no time at all. They also cost quite a bit more though.
No matter which chainsaw you end up buying you will need a few accessories. For starters you will need an extra chainsaw chain, a chainsaw sharpener, ear muffs, and probably some chaps to protect your legs. It is also highly recommended that you use ethanol free gasoline that is premixed with oil. The average homeowner doesn’t use all that much gas and the extra expense is well worth it.
Stihl gas chainsaws are very popular and have a great reputation for dependability and performance. They are the largest manufacturer of chainsaws in the world. The Stihl MS 270 Wood Boss is very popular with homeowners who cut their own firewood.
If you are cutting hardwoods, such as oak, maple, beech, birch, cherry, apple or hickory, the Stihl MS 280 chainsaw has the features of a professional saw, but is designed for the wood heating homeowner.
Poulan has basic homeowner gas chainsaws that are moderately priced and work well for the seasonal user. The P4018 and P4018WT are both quite popular saws that have a 40cc 3 2 Cycle gas engine. These saws are available with and 18 inch bar, which is adequate for almost all wood cutting.
Other saws that homeowners typically use are the Jonsered, McCulloch, Homelite, and Echo. Sometimes it is hard to tell just who made which saw because some manufacturers use other brands and just change the name.