Before you go shopping, take into consideration how frequently you plan to use your chainsaw, and what tasks you'll use it for the most. Trimming garden trees and shrubs can be accomplished efficiently with a small electric chainsaw; just as cutting down larger trees will require the power that only a gas-powered chainsaw can provide. Use the chart below to quickly compare the benefits and features of both.
Chainsaws can be dangerous tools when used improperly. Kickback is a primary cause of chainsaw accidents. Kickback occurs when the chain around the nose of the bar makes contact with an object or the chain is pinched in the cut; this causes the guide bar to either kick up and back or push rapidly towards you. A chainsaw with a tip guard will prevent you from cutting with the tip of the chainsaw, minimizing the chances of kickback. A hand guard can also prevent your hand from accidentally slipping onto the chain while it's running.
To ensure your safety and the safety of those around you, remember to have the chain regularly sharpened, and chain system checked for looseness. Also, make a habit of cleaning the fuel system and air filter, and inspecting the carburetor, muffler and spark plugs for any deficiencies. If you don't feel comfortable making these service changes on your own, consult a chainsaw service technician for regular maintenance.