Choosing Your Chainsaw

Chopped up pieces of timber
July 19, 2017

STIHL has a wide range of chainsaw models for you to choose from, offering different styles, sizes, options and capabilities. Selecting the right one will allow you to get the job done efficiently and safely. Here are 5 things for you to consider before you make a purchase:

1. Size of job

STIHL has been developing quality power tools for over 90 years. Whether you’re working in a forest, a park, a cherry picker or your own garden, we have chainsaws designed for different-sized jobs. The length of the guide bar will be an important factor; for safer cutting, the bar should be around 5cm longer than the wood you want to cut.

Remember that if you think a job is beyond your knowledge and experience, hiring a professional worker may be the best choice.

2. Type of job

What will you be doing with your chainsaw — trimming limbs, felling trees, cleaning up storm damage, preparing firewood? STIHL has 30 models of homeowner, landowner, professional and arborist chainsaws, as well as several types of guide bars and cutting chains to help you tackle any job.

Consider what you need the saw for, and ask the team at STIHL Shop Geebung for help in finding the best size and style of chainsaw to suit you.

3. Frequency of jobs

How often will you be using your chainsaw? If you intend to only use it occasionally for limb removal or light felling work, a STIHL Homeowner Chainsaw will likely get the job done. For more frequent and significant cutting, the STIHL Landowner Range or Professional Range may be more suitable. The Arborist Range also has options for expert-quality and precise cutting.

You should also think about chainsaw upkeep. Petrol-powered chainsaws, for instance, will require more intensive maintenance than electric chainsaws to keep them in good order.

4. Type of power

STIHL offers petrol-powered, battery-powered and electric chainsaws. What environment will you be in? For example, electric chainsaws will be limited by cord length or battery life, making them less suitable for remote locations. But they may be perfect for neighbourhoods where noise pollution is a concern.

Consider which source of power will be best suited to your fitness and strength level, preferred mobility, ease of starting, initial price and ongoing costs.

5. Additional capabilities

STIHL is a leader in chainsaw technology innovation, and we strive to provide a range of options for enhanced performance, safety and comfort in your chainsaws.

Some common STIHL features include:

  • EASY2START — STIHL’s Easy2Start Technology ensures easy starting with less effort, thanks to an additional spring between the crankshaft and the rope rotor.
  • QUICK CHAIN ADJUSTER — The chain can be adjusted by loosening the sprocket cover and using a thumb wheel; no need for tools!
  • ANTI-VIBRATION — Enjoy gentler handling with STIHL’s anti-vibration system, which dampens tremors at the handles.
  • 2-MIX ENGINE — This new engine helps to boost power while reducing consumption and pollution, resulting in a cleaner, more fuel efficient chainsaw.
  • EMATIC SYSTEM — The Ematic chain lubrication system provides automatic oiling of the bar and chain for longer wear and less oil consumption.
  • Different styles of STIHL chainsaws will boast different features, so ask us for more information and advice about the capabilities of our range of models.

Whether you’re looking to buy your first chainsaw or upgrading to a newer machine, STIHL Shop Geebung has the knowledge and expertise to help you find the best saw for your needs. We’ll also ensure you have the required accessories and protective equipment to get the job done safely and easily. Browse our full range or come visit the team!

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