What Size Chainsaw Do I Need?

Choosing the right size chainsaw is a process that takes into account many factors. A chainsaw that’s too big for your needs will be difficult to handle, while one that’s too small won’t be able to cut through the wood you need it to. This article will teach you how to choose the right size chainsaw for each task and why buying a longer model isn’t always better.

How to choose the right size chainsaw

  • Choose the right size chainsaw for the job. When choosing a chainsaw, keep in mind how long you’ll be using it, what kind of work you’ll be doing, and how much physical strength you have.
  • Choose the right size chainsaw for your physical strength. If you’re planning on cutting down large trees or branches in your backyard, consider getting a larger model with more power than necessary for smaller tasks so that it won’t wear out as quickly or tire out before the job is done.
  • Choose the right size chainsaw for your experience level and type of wood you need to cut through: if this is someone’s first time using a chainsaw then they should choose something that’s easy to use and manageable even if there are other options available at their disposal since mistakes made during use could lead to serious injury or death depending on where exactly those cuts happen (e., near vital organs).

Recommended chainsaw sizes for each task

If you’re looking to buy a chainsaw, there are a few things you need to know before you make your purchase. Most importantly, what size chainsaw do I need?

  • For general use, a 20″ model is good for most tasks around the house. If you have an area that needs clearing or some trimming done in the yard, this size will be perfect for those jobs.
  • If your main goal is cutting firewood and you need to be able to work quickly, then consider getting a 16″ model instead of the 20″. It’s smaller and lighter than its bigger counterpart so it won’t weigh you down as much while working out in your yard or backyard (or wherever else you choose to cut).
  • Most people who use their saws for cutting small trees opt for 14″ models because they’re more maneuverable than larger ones when trying to move around obstacles such as tree stumps or rocks on their property.

If your chainsaw size is too long

If your chainsaw size is too long, you’ll have a harder time using it. This is because smacking the ground with such a large surface area will require more effort to control and cut, as well as start, handle, and maintain. You could even run the risk of damaging yourself or your property if the blade hits an object while you’re working with it.

For example: If you were cutting down trees with a 24-inch long saw (the average length) versus one that’s 30 inches long (which would be considered extra long), imagine how much more difficult it would be for you to maneuver around each tree trunk! The longer blade would also make it more difficult for other people around because they’ll need to stand further away from where they’re working due to safety reasons — not just because some branches might get caught in between their legs like what happens with short guys who aren’t careful enough when walking through brushy areas where there might be snakes lurking nearby…

How do you measure the size of a chainsaw?

The size of a chainsaw is measured in two ways: the length of its bar and chain, and the diameter of those components.

Measurements for both are made from tip to tip, or from end to end. The first number indicates how long the tool is; if you see an 11″ bar and chain, that means they’re both 11″ long. The second number indicates how thick each component is; in this example, they’d be 1/2″ thick.

Additionally, you can measure by dimensions like weight (which will be listed on any well-made model) as well as blade widths—but more on that later!

Why not just buy the biggest chainsaw you can find?

There are two reasons why you might want to buy the biggest chainsaw, but there are also some good reasons why you might not.

The first reason is that you think your logs are going to be so large that even a large saw will struggle to cut them. But if this is your thinking, then perhaps it’s time for a reality check: I’ve seen many people go through their lives buying bigger and bigger equipment until they have reached the point where they can’t move any of it around without professional help. And then they get frustrated and wonder why things aren’t working out as well as expected! A big chainsaw won’t make much difference if what you’re cutting is too small or too big anyway. The blade will just bounce off your log like an elastic band hitting a brick wall – and if it doesn’t bounce back at least one or two times before giving up, then maybe it isn’t sharp enough after all?

How to determine the right length of chainsaw for you?

How to determine the right length of chainsaw for you?

To determine the right size of a chainsaw, you need to take into account several factors. The first thing to consider is what kind of cutting you are going to be doing with your new tool. If the majority of your work involves cutting firewood, then a 16-inch bar will likely be fine since it is easier to handle and maneuver than larger models. If you plan on using your chainsaw for clearing brush or light tree felling, then it may make sense to invest in an 18-inch bar model and/or look into professional grade units at 20 inches or longer.

When choosing your saw’s length, also keep in mind how tall you are and how much reach different lengths provide when working from different angles or positions (e.g., standing vs sitting).

Type of work you need it for

The size of the chainsaw you need depends on the kind of work you need to do with it. If you’re going to be working with small trees, a smaller chainsaw is going to be more suited for those tasks. However, if you’re going to be doing large-scale tree felling, the best option is a larger saw that can handle the workload.

If your needs are more varied and specific than just cutting down trees or clearing brush from your property, then consider these factors:

  • How much physical effort will I have to exert in using my saw?
  • What’s my budget for this purchase?
  • Will I need any special accessories like an extra bar or chain oil when I’m not using it?

Pruning limbs

Think about the size of the limbs you need to cut. If you have thick, heavy limbs that are difficult to handle with your hands, a chainsaw will be a good choice. The size of the limb will determine what model of chainsaw you need. Smaller limbs can be handled with an 18-inch bar while larger limbs require a 24-inch bar or even 36-inch bar.

Branch removal

  • branches up to 2 inches in diameter:

The Little Wonder is the best choice for this kind of work. It is light and easy to handle, yet strong enough to tackle medium-sized branches with ease. Its 16″ bar length makes it versatile enough to handle most jobs around the house, while the 11″ chain makes quick work of small or thin branches. When you’re finished clearing away dead wood from your garden or lawn, it’s also a great tool for pruning shrubs and trees that are smaller than 10″ in diameter. The Little Word has an easy start system that prevents kickback when starting up a cold saw; this feature can also help prevent serious injuries when cutting more difficult materials such as large logs or tree limbs over 15″ thick (which should only be handled by professional loggers). This model does have some drawbacks; it doesn’t come with any safety features like rubber handles on its grip or blade guard attachments like other saws may have so make sure you’re careful when using this particular chainsaw!

Small trees

If you need to cut down trees that are less than 12 inches in diameter, then a chainsaw with a 14-inch bar is your best choice.

  • This guide was last updated on: January 10th, 2019

Consider your experience

  • If you’re new to chainsaws, consider buying a smaller saw that will be easier to handle and control.
  • If you’re an experienced user or professional, buy a larger chainsaw with the power to handle bigger jobs.

Consider your physical strength

One of the first things to consider when choosing a chainsaw is your size and physical strength. If you’re small, choose one that’s lighter and more compact than if you are large and strong.

Diameter of wood you need to cut

Lastly, you’ll need to measure the diameter of the wood you need to cut. This will help determine the right length of chainsaw for you.

As with all tools, it’s important to consider your experience level and physical strength when choosing one that’s best for you. A larger chainsaw will always be heavier and more difficult to maneuver than a smaller model, so if this is your first time using one or if you’re working with limited space then go for something smaller. Some models even come equipped with a handlebar for easier handling! The type of work that needs done can also help determine which size is most appropriate: lighter jobs like cutting branches from trees require less power than trimming large logs from fallen timber or logging on an industrial scale where every minute counts (and they could get away with using larger machines).

Type of chainsaw

  • A chainsaw with a smaller chain will cut through more wood.
  • A chainsaw with a larger chain will cut through the wood faster.
  • A larger diameter (in this case, “chain”) allows the engine to apply more power to the blade, allowing it to cut faster and deeper into your target material than a smaller diameter would allow.
  • However, if you’re cutting small pieces of wood or carving fine details in very thick slices of lumber, having less power applied by your saw may be an advantage as well – allowing for greater control over where you’re making contact with the material at any given moment and maintaining better precision when sawing through complicated shapes that require multiple cuts at different angles before being removed from their tree trunk home entirely!


We hope this article has helped you decide what size chainsaw is right for your needs. If you still have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below or contact us directly through our social media pages (links below). We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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