A Guide to Safety with Chainsaws
Electric or Petrol
Electric chainsaws are generally less expensive, but less powerful. With an electric chainsaw, you have no engine to feed and maintain, but you do have an extension cord to manage. Electric chainsaws are quieter and cleaner, and have less vibration.
Petrol powered chainsaws can be used anywhere without worrying about a power supply, but are noisy and smoky. Petrol chainsaws can be hard to start if not properly maintained, especially since they may not be used for months at a time. Petrol chainsaws are available in a wide range of engine and bar sizes.
Top Handle CHainsaws
These chainsaws have the rear handle positioned over the top of the engine. They are intended only for use by trained Arborists working up in trees. Only use top-handled chainsaws if you have received instruction in their safe use and always use them two-handed.