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How Do I Choose a Chainsaw?

How Do I Choose a Chainsaw?

Chainsaws are powerful, versatile tools that can help you clear wood, but they must be handled with care to avoid injury. Understanding how to choose a chainsaw, as well as proper cutting techniques and safety precautions, will help you find the right chainsaw for the job.

How Much Chainsaw Do I Need?

People often wonder how big they should go when choosing a chainsaw size. Generally speaking, chainsaws are used to cut firewood, clear wood that’s fallen from storm damage, or prune trees. Troy-Bilt® chainsaws come in 14", 16", 18" and 20" bar lengths. To choose the best chainsaw for the job, you’ll want to understand what kind of wood you’ll be cutting and select a chainsaw with a slightly longer bar length. If you think you’ll be cutting wood of up to 16" in diameter, you should choose a chainsaw with an 18" bar length.

Troy-Bilt chainsaws have the strength and torque to cut in wet conditions. Each model was designed to be lightweight, with thoughtful features like anti-vibration handles, automatic chain oilers, and low-kickback bar and chain technology, making it more comfortable to grip and easier to maneuver.

Each chainsaw model is gas-powered, so you won’t have to worry about your machine if you lose electricity or need to venture far from a power source. Other shared features of Troy-Bilt chainsaws include bucking spikes — which provide leverage for more controlled sawing and are particularly useful when segmenting a tree — and a powerful, full-crank engine that utilizes SpringAssist™ technology for easier pull starts.

Once you find the right Troy-Bilt chainsaw, you’ll have a powerful new addition to your tool shed that’s built to last.

Chainsaw Safety Precautions

Be sure to follow proper safety precautions before using a chainsaw. Protective chainsaw safety gear should always be worn. This includes safety goggles to shield your eyes, a face shield, head protection, hearing protection, heavy duty work gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, steel-toe boots or work shoes, and protective chaps or leg guards.

Before operating, consult your owner’s manual and follow all safety/operation instructions. Also familiarize yourself with proper cutting techniques. Inspect your chainsaw to make sure it stays in good working order, and never operate a damaged chainsaw.

You should survey the working area and its surroundings. Block off the area so people do not enter unexpectedly. Do not operate a chainsaw near tripping hazards or obstructions, and never operate a chainsaw on an unstable surface. When operating, always use two hands and keep a tight grip. To avoid kickback of the chainsaw, do not allow the tip of the chainsaw to make contact with any objects.