Not according to Edward Andria from Husqvarna, the world's largest producer of outdoor power products: “There are many factors to consider when buying a chainsaw, but the first question you should ask is, what kind of work do I need the saw for? Models range from full-time professional saws to all-round and leisure or hobby saws and you want to make sure you get the right one.”
Here are few more tips to help you choose the right saw:
- Unless you are very experienced with a chainsaw, go for a lighter saw which will be much easier to handle.
- Ergonomic engineering and design, such as low vibration levels in the handles and a slim and well-balanced saw body, are welcome features, even if you only use the saw part-time. Good ergonomics can be just as important as low weight.
- Efficient kickback protection is a requirement in most countries. Also pay attention to small details. For example, how easy it is to replace a simple part like a chain catcher stud? Do you have easy access to controls?
- Is the saw easy to maintain and service? Good access to the air filter and spark plug, and easy chain tensioning save time and effort.
- Look for approved protective equipment like safety trousers, safety boots, helmet with visor and hearing protection and gloves.
- And don’t forget, your saw will appreciate regular service by a qualified professional, so look to purchase your saw from a dealer that can service it.
To learn more about chainsaws and what to look for when purchasing a new model, check out the buying guide at www.Husqvarna.ca