What to Look For in a Chainsaw Review

Many people have their own opinions on the best chainsaw for their needs, but there are several things you can look for when reading a chainsaw review. There are several key features to consider when purchasing a chainsaw, such as the Easy2Start system and Air precleaner systems. In addition, you can find reviews on both gas-engine and cordless models, and the pros and cons of each. Read on to find out what you should look for in a chainsaw and what to avoid.

Easy2Start system

With STIHL’s Easy2Start chainsaw system, starting your power equipment is almost a breeze. You can start your power tool with a quick pull of the starting cord and the engine will kickstart without you having to exert much effort. STIHL Easy2Start technology is featured on select chainsaws, trimmers, blowers, pole pruners, and the KombiSystem. It is also available for select cordless tools.

Air precleaner system

STIHL MS saws feature a new type of long-life air filtration system. Pre-separation is used to reduce the burden on downstream filter components. The pre-separator duct draws in air and swirls it, removing larger particles that may be more damaging to the saw. This air is then routed to the air filter. This system improves the life of the filter by up to five times compared to the standard filtration system.

Chain tensioner

If you’re planning to use a chainsaw, you may want to replace the chain tensioner. This device is located next to the bar and can be accessed by turning a screw in the opposite direction. This screw adjusts the chain tension, preventing the chain from becoming too loose or too tight. Using a flathead screwdriver, you can loosen the bar tensioner screw to remove it from the bar.

Cordless vs. gas-engine models

Before choosing a cordless chainsaw, you should know what to look for in a gas-engine model. A cordless model will generally be faster than a gas-engine model, and it will also allow you to work longer. The battery in a cordless model will also increase your work time. Of the three types, gas-engine models have the most power, and they are the best option for big jobs such as felling trees and clearing land.

Bar oil

The oil for bar cutters is pumped through a small pump into a hole in the bar. It’s drained from the reservoir through the chain drive links and into a gauge. The bar then moves in and out depending on its length. The oil outlet is a banana-shaped hole in the saw’s side. This oil will then move to the chain, which pulls it toward the nose.

Cutting capacity

When comparing popular chainsaws, one should look for their cutting capacity. For example, the Oregon DCCS620P1 can cut 90 cuts through a pressure-treated four-foot beam. It weighs nine pounds, has a fixed speed trigger, and lubricates the chain automatically. It would be nice to have a variable speed trigger, which would make for more precise control. There is also a slight delay in the trigger response, which makes it easy to feather cuts.


One of the most important factors in determining a chainsaw’s reliability is its depth gauge. A saw with low depth gauges is likely to vibrate excessively, which is not only uncomfortable for the operator, but also harmful to the saw itself. Therefore, it is critical to check the depth gauge on a popular chainsaw before purchasing it. Fortunately, there are many different ways to check a chainsaw’s depth gauge, from online retailers to your local hardware store.

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