Corded Electric Chainsaws
If you have to remove tree branches or clear brush, nothing beats a chainsaw. A corded electric chainsaw is a great option for many homeowners as it enjoys a range of advantages over petrol and battery models. Most major chainsaw manufacturers produce electric chainsaws including Stihl, Husqvarna and Makita.
Why Choose a Corded Electric Chainsaw?
- An electric motor is much quieter than a noisy petrol engine. Wearing ear defenders is still a good idea, but you are less likely to annoy the neighbours with it. It also doesn't create exhaust fumes.
- The biggest petrol chainsaws are more powerful than corded electric saws, but a corded saw can still tackle any regular garden job like cutting firewood or felling medium-sized trees. Professional foresters might need the extra power of a petrol chainsaw, but most homeowners will find an electric saw to be more than enough.
- Petrol chainsaws have to be refuelled regularly and also need a lot more maintenance than an electric chainsaw.
- Corded electric chainsaws don't have to carry fuel or a heavy battery, so they are often lighter than their alternatives.
Which Features Should I Look For?
- Bar length determines how large a branch the chainsaw can cut in a single pass. Longer bars are better at big jobs like tree felling but are also less maneuverable. Generally you will want a bar length that is longer than the diameter of the branch you want to cut.
- Cutting power isn't determined solely by bar length. The more watts a corded electric chainsaw is rated at, the more powerful it is. More powerful chainsaws will cut more quickly and deal with hardwood better.
- If you want to trim high branches, look for a electric pole chainsaw. The telescoping pole gives you plenty of reach without having to climb a tree while holding a chainsaw.
- Chainsaws are powerful and dangerous tools, so look for one with the right safety features. Look for a saw with a kickback guard and chain brake to reduce the risk of injury. Some chainsaw chains are also designed to reduce the risk of kickback by adding bumper links between the saw's teeth.
What Are the Alternatives to a Corded Electric Chainsaw?
- Petrol chainsaws are noisier and higher-maintenance than electric chainsaws, but the extra power makes them the obvious choice for heavy-duty sawing.
- Corded electric chainsaws are limited by the length of your cable, although they can be powered from a generator if you need to work a long way from a mains socket. A battery chainsaw isn't limited in this way, although only small chainsaws tend to be battery powered.