Chainsaws: Petrol V Electric

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Making Sure Your Chainsaw Cuts It!

In this blog we look at:

  • The differences between petrol and electric chainsaws
  • The importance of choosing the right chainsaw for the job
  • Things to consider when deciding which chainsaw to buy

If you’ve decided that a chainsaw is the tool for you but are struggling to choose the best model for the job, you’ve probably just realized that there’s a whole host of different options available.

Chainsaws: Size Matters

When it comes to chainsaws, the one size fits all approach doesn’t apply. Chainsaws come in a variety of sizes and power levels so before you decide, you’ll need to think about the type of work you’ll be doing, and when and where you’ll be doing it.

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The Three W’s: Why, When, and Where?

Smaller Gardening Tasks

Let’s start by looking at why you will be using your chainsaw. Do you want to tackle smaller gardening jobs such as clearing branches? If so, you might want to opt for an electric chainsaw with a smaller engine, such as the 40cm (16”) electric chainsaw, from Webb.  This model features 3 meters of cable and is a good lightweight choice.

Medium to Larger Gardening Tasks

For more demanding tasks, such as heavy pruning or log cutting, something with a bigger engine size such as the Webb 40cm (16”) 45cc petrol chainsaw, might be more appropriate. However, do bear in mind that petrol models are typically quite heavy and require good upper body strength and a firm grip.  Here, it’s always worth checking the unit weight before you make your purchase.

You’ll also need to think about the bar size you’ll need to tackle the tasks on your list. While most electric chainsaws come in a bar length of 12-20 inches, petrol chainsaws are usually larger, so think about what you’ll be cutting.  

For Light and Frequent Garden Maintenance Jobs

Next, you will need to think about when you will be using your chainsaw. For light and frequent maintenance jobs in and around the garden, you’ll want something quick and easy to whip out of the shed, plug in, and get going at the press of a button. But, for bigger jobs, you might prefer the portability of a petrol version. Easy to manoeuvre, petrol chainsaws eliminate the safety risk of wires and cords getting in the way. However, it is worth remembering that like most petrol gardening equipment, a petrol chainsaw will require regular maintenance. This means you’ll need to change the oil regularly and keep the chain clean and sharp.

Lastly, you’ll need to think about how much power you’ll need when carrying out your jobs. An electric chainsaw will certainly provide you with enough power to cut small branches every month but for larger or more frequent jobs such as chopping firewood, you’ll need a medium-range chainsaw with an engine of approximately 45-50cc, such as the Webb 46cm (18”) 50cc chainsaw.

Chainsaws – Environmental Factors Should Be Taken Into Consideration

Finally, think about where you will be using your chainsaw and consider your environment. Petrol chainsaws offer a powerful and portable solution, but they can also be noisy and vibrate. Whilst this might not be a problem in the great urban outdoors, you might want to opt for a more neighbour-friendly approach if you’re living in a built-up residential area. 

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