Electric chainsaws are popular nowadays because they are cheaper and easier to use. For obvious reasons, their gas model counterparts are best used in commercial and big tree cutting tasks. On the other hand, an electric chainsaw is more practical for home use because it uses electricity instead of gasoline – practical in the sense that you don’t have to buy and store fuel or gasoline. Additionally, using an electric chainsaw is also environment friendly and it goes without saying why.
And since electric chainsaws are best suited for minimal and light cutting jobs at home, it is apparent that any homeowner should have one. However, shopping for one isn’t a cakewalk. There are things to consider in doing so, and here are some factors you must weigh on when you are planning to get an electric chainsaw soon:
How To Choose An Electric Chainsaw
Keep in mind that the greatest flaw or disadvantage of any electric chainsaw, no matter how expensive or high end it is, is its engine output. It is quite obvious that an electric chainsaw is a little less powerful compared to gas chainsaws. However, there is actually no need for a chainsaw with a big HP (horsepower) when you plan to use the same in small home cutting jobs. The most common engine output is 3.5 hp. That is enough for any branch or log cutting task at home.
Another important factor is the weight of the machine. Electric chainsaws are built and designed so as to limit the weight as much as possible. However, a “light” model may still be really too heavy for some. Put in mind that you will be carrying and holding the electric chainsaw and sometimes in very awkward positions. So make sure you can handle the weight of the tool you are purchasing. If you can’t, then there is no point in purchasing since you don’t get to use it in the first place. Also, being able to handle and carry the electric chainsaw with ease means you can use it conveniently and handily.
Cutting size is determined mostly by the bar and chain outside the power head. Because electric chainsaws are less powerful than their gasoline powered counterparts, they also have smaller bar and chains. Fifteen to eighteen inches are ideal for light and average cutting jobs but smaller than that can only do well in light pruning.
Finally, find and buy something that has additional features in it. You can always purchase a plain electric chainsaw for a smaller and cheaper price but some people may be willing enough to pay more for valuable and helpful features to make the cutting job easier such as safety add-ons, auto oiling feature, and maintenance kits.