With so many advancements in electric tools, it's no wonder people are considering an electric chainsaw.
Boasting clean energy and little maintenance, an electric chainsaw is attractive to suburban homeowners and those not comfortable with gas engines.
New electric models make short battery life a thing of the past. And the cutting power is outstanding. But there are still some tasks in which a gas chainsaw cannot be matched in power and cutting speed.
Knowing the pros and cons of an electric vs. a gas chainsaw can help you to better determine which style is right for you.
Electric chainsaws are light and compact, so they’re not a burden to carry. They are quieter than gas chainsaws and don’t leave the smell of gas in their wake. What’s more, when using an electric chainsaw, you don’t have to worry about mixing oil and gas. Best of all, an electric chainsaw starts with the touch of a button.
Electric chainsaws are best used for sprucing up trees, trimming limbs, cutting small logs, and other cutting tasks around your home or yard.
Although electric chainsaws are smaller and easier to carry, most lack the power and stamina to cut down large trees. If you have big trees on your property that you want to remove or cut into firewood, a gas model is your best bet.
Electric chainsaws come in two types: corded and battery-powered. Lack of mobility is a drawback of corded saws. If you’re using a corded electric model, you’ll want to buy an extension cord. Even with the cord, you will be limited in how far you can go.
If you need room to roam, cordless battery-powered chainsaws will do the trick. But they often lack the power of a corded chainsaw, further limiting what you can cut. That said, battery life has recently improved with higher voltage batteries.
A gas chainsaw is ideal for heavy-duty work. If you have a lot of trees on your property, live on a farm or ranch, or want to find something for professional use, a gas chainsaw is probably your best bet. It cuts through large trees and turns logs into firewood. Gas saws also come with a range of bar lengths to meet the requirements of your job.
Unlike a corded electric chainsaw, you won’t be confined to one area. And unlike a cordless electric chainsaw, you won’t run out of battery life, so you can work longer if you have the proper gas supply.
Gas saws are often heavy, which can create fatigue. They are also louder than electric chainsaws and require you to mix oil and gas, which also gives off a scent of gas while operating. Finally, gas chainsaws often start at a higher price point than electric chainsaws, which may make them less appealing to beginners.
Any of these options could be best for you. No matter which chainsaw you choose, it’s always a good idea to wear dependable protective gear. This includes chaps, a protective vest, gloves, eyewear, and, if needed, thermal wear. Make sure you come prepared before doing the job.