The Chainsaw Buying Guide – All You Need To Know

Welcome to the world of chainsaws, where raw power meets versatility and craftsmanship. Whether you’re an arborist, a DIY enthusiast, or a professional logger, selecting the perfect chainsaw can be a daunting task. With a wide array of models, sizes, and features available in the market, finding the best one to suit your specific needs requires careful consideration and research. We’ve put together a helpful hints guide with information on which of the Powerworks Chainsaw options is right for you.

First steps:
  1. Understanding Your Needs: Chainsaws come in different shapes and sizes, each designed for specific tasks. Are you looking for a compact saw for light pruning and trimming around your backyard? Or perhaps a heavy-duty beast capable of felling large trees? It’s important to identify your requirements so you can match them with the appropriate bar and chain length.
  2. Power and Performance: The heart of any chainsaw lies in its engine, determining the cutting capacity and efficiency. Powerworks runs on 40V battery-power, giving you greater economy and reliability, and allowing you to say goodbye to pull cords, gas pumps, and mixing oil and petrol.
  3. Finding the Perfect Fit: Comfort and ergonomics play a crucial role in the usability and safety of a chainsaw. Powerworks 40V understands the importance of weight distribution, anti-vibration features, and ergonomic design elements to make your cutting experience more comfortable and less fatiguing.
  4. Safety First: Chainsaws are powerful tools that require caution and respect. Powerworks 40V chainsaws feature essential safety features, including chain brakes, kickback protection and safety switches to ensure your well-being and the well-being of those around you.


Powerworks Chainsaw Features

Our Powerworks battery-powered chainsaws come standard with some handy benefits. Some of our favourite features include:

  1. Easy start, every time: No more fighting the pull cord to start up a gas chainsaw. With Powerworks, our push-button start makes the cord hassle a thing of the past.
  2. Auto-oiler mechanism: No more messing with oil – our auto-oiler mechanism keeps the chain lubricated for maximum performance.
  3. Side-mounted chain tension: Gives you easy access for bar and chain maintenance.
  4. Lightweight: Our ergonomic design is easy to use and at least 20% lighter than comparable gas models – giving you more control and less fatigue.
  5. Less vibration: In addition to being more comfortable, less vibration in battery-powered tools mean you can work for longer with more accuracy.
  6. Quiet: Say goodbye to the ear-splitting buzz of gas chainsaws. Electric ones are quieter to use because electric motors produce less noise than gas motors, making for happier eardrums (and neighbours!).


How to Choose a Battery-Powered Chainsaw… and What Bar Length Do I Need?

Bar length is one of the most important factors when purchasing a chainsaw. At Powerworks, we have both a 10” and a 16” chainsaw to suit a huge range of needs.

Shorter chainsaw bars give you less cutting capacity, while longer bars provide a larger available cutting capacity in one pass. It’s important to note that larger chainsaws with longer bar lengths can also be more difficult to handle – so it’s a good idea to always match your task to your bar size.

Landscapers follow the rule of inches, meaning your residential bar length should be 2” longer than the active cutting area. For example, if you’re cutting a 10” log in one pass, you’ll need a chainsaw with a 12” bar length. Of course, you can cut large branches/logs with a smaller bar – just be prepared that it will take multiple passes.


Powerworks 40V 10” Battery-Powered Chainsaw

If you’re looking for an amazing beginner chainsaw – or the perfect compliment to your workhouse one – you’ve met your match. With the Powerworks 40V 10”, you’ll be trimming limbs up to 10” in one pass. And with the included 40V battery, you have plenty of power to spare.

  • Chain/bar length: 10″
  • Cuts per charge: 50+
  • Ideal limb size:10 inches
  • Push button start: No prime, no choke, no pull™

Powerworks 40V 16” Battery-Powered Chainsaw

If you’re looking to upgrade to a 16” chainsaw, the Powerworks 40V 16” is unparalleled. And with 120+ cuts per charge, you know this workhorse will have plenty of power to complete each task.

  • Chain/bar length: 16″
  • Cuts per charge: 140+
  • Limb/trunk size: 14 inches
  • Push button start: No prime, no choke, no pull™

By understanding your specific cutting needs and taking into account the features and considerations outlined in this guide, you’ll be well-equipped to choose the perfect 40V battery-powered chainsaw that will seamlessly integrate into your toolkit. Embrace the green revolution, unlock the freedom of cordless cutting, and embark on your projects with confidence, knowing that you’ve made an informed decision in selecting the best chainsaw for your needs.

Powerworks 40V battery-powered tools: no petrol, no fumes, no hassle — just the power to do more.

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