chainsaw-exampleTypes of Chainsaws

Professional saws, XP and Powerful robust saws are designed for daily operation and are intended for users who demand the best. XP chainsaws are the most efficient and best performance saws in the range. Powerful robust saws gives the operator best durability for the most heavy duty work. All-round saws are designed for regular, easier use in a variety of situations. In most cases they share the same basic design as the professional chainsaws. The leisure or hobby saws are designed for those who use the saw occasionally, and who prioritize ease of use rather than extreme performance.

Things to keep in mind when buying a chainsaw:

  • Employing the correct techniques when you use the saw makes your work a great deal safer and easier.
  • Be sure to use approved protective equipment like chaps, safety boots, Safety helmet system with visor and hearing protection, and gloves.
  • A light saw is easier to handle if you’re not too experienced.
  • Ergonomic engineering and design. Low vibration levels in the handles, 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 instance how easy it is to replace a chain catcher stud that has been broken off and 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.
  • Your saw will appreciate regular service by a qualified professional.


Thank you to Husqvarna for providing this buying guide.  Browse their extensive chainsaw lineup, all available in store or order at Burchett’s Small Engine.