Whether it’s for cutting up logs for firewood or pruning back trees, our guide to chainsaws will help you find the best tool for your needs.Shop all chainsaws at Argos
Chainsaws are available in three different power types - electric, cordless and petrol. Electric and cordless saws are smaller and less powerful, making them ideal for most gardens, while petrol models are best suited to heavy duty tasks.
Types of chainsaws and their uses
The key to choosing the right chainsaw is finding a model that best suits your requirements, without choosing one that is too powerful.
Chainsaw bars and chains
Things to look out for
The larger and more powerful a chainsaw is, the harder it is to use. As safety is so important with chainsaws, you should never take on more work than you need to.
Chainsaws can be very heavy and are hard work to use. Make sure you choose a model with a weight you are comfortable with as fatigue during use could lead to an accident.
Chain cutting speed
The cutting speed of the chain is measured in metres per second (m/s). The faster the cutting speed, the faster the chainsaw will cut through large branches and logs.
Lubrication is important for keeping the chain moving smoothly. Many models include automatic lubrication, while others need lubricating manually using a compatible oil.
Six safety features of a chainsaw
- An anti-vibration system keeps vibration to a minimum to make sawing more comfortable.
- If the chain breaks, a chain catcher makes sure that it does not fly loose and cause injury.
- Most models come with a safety trigger, which prevents the chainsaw from accidently starting.
- The chain brake stops the chainsaw if you experience a sudden movement, such as kickback, reducing the risk of injury.
- A safety guard prevents your hands from being hit by splinters and slipping onto the blade if you experience kickback.
- Using a blade cover when the chainsaw isn't in use will prevent any wear, as well as any accidents.
Chainsaw safety gear
It is essential that you wear safety equipment whilst using a chainsaw, including a helmet, gloves and chaps. To operate a chainsaw, a user must be on or near the age of 16 years, depending on when the last day of the school year falls.
Chainsaw chain replacement
If your chain isn’t cutting as quickly or as well as it should, you may need to replace it to avoid damage to the rest of the machine. Replacement chains can be fitted to almost all chainsaws. When buying a spare or replacement chain, be sure to check the instruction manual for your chainsaw to determine the correct model and size you need.