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How to choose a petrol chainsaw


With powerful motors, long bars, and rugged metal construction, petrol chainsaws are the perfect choice for frequent and heavy outdoor work.  

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Advantages and disadvantages
  • High performance
  • Designed for regular outdoor use
  • Cordless
  • Robust Construction
  • The widest selection of models
  • Require petrol and oil to run
  • Noisier and more expensive than other chainsaws

Frequently asked questions when choosing a petrol chainsaw

How powerful should a chainsaw be?

If your plan to cut branches and trunks up to a diameter of approx. 20 cm, or prepare firewood, then a hobby chainsaw with an output of 1-1.5 kW will be sufficient. For working with large amounts of wood, however, you'll need a professional chainsaw with a power output of 3-4 kW.

What size chainsaw bar should I choose?

This depends on the thickness of the material you intend to cut. Longer bars can cut wider diameters; for example, to cut a 50 cm piece of timber you need a 40 cm bar.

What safety features should a chainsaw have?

A chain brake is a vital safety feature. Placed on the top handle of a chainsaw, it stops the chain rotating immediately in the event of kickback. A chain catcher is another important safety feature. In the event of a broken chain, the chain catcher stops the chain from being thrown back towards the user, thus preventing injury.

Petrol chainsaw

  • Designed for frequent and heavy use
  • High performance

Important parameters

Výkon pily


Petrol chainsaws are designed for heavy use throughout the year. They are characterised by a longer bar and higher performance. Hobby chainsaws generally have 1-1.5 kW of power, with professional models boasting 3-4 kW.

Délka lišty

Bar length

Petrol chainsaws vary in bar length from 35 to 50 cm, with professional models being the largest. A bar length of 30-35 cm is sufficient for cutting of wood for the fireplace, with 35 cm or more recommended for cutting thicker pieces of wood.

Určení pily


Petrol chainsaws can be divided into the following variants: hobby, farm, and professional. All feature a petrol tank and an oil tank. The petrol is used to power the motor, whereas the oil is used to lubricate the chain.

Hobby saws

Hobby saws are the cheapest variant and are suitable for light work in the garden, e.g. cutting branches and pieces of wood up to 20 cm in diameter. This makes them ideal for preparing firewood. They generally feature plastic construction, a bar length of 30-35 cm, and an output of 1-1.5 kW.

Farmers saw

Farmer saws are more powerful than hobby saws and are designed to cut larger quantities of wood. Some models feature a metal structure, with a bar length of around 40 cm and an output of 1.5-3 kW.

Professional saws

Professional petrol saws are the most powerful type of chainsaw (3-4 kW) and feature superior construction. They are designed for professional use and cutting large quanitites of wood throughout the year.

Glossary - Chainsaws


The length of the chainsaw bar determines the diameter of the material you can cut, with longer bars able to cut greater diameters of material.


When choosing a chainsaw, make sure it is one of those where you can quickly replace the chain without any tools. The chain speed is another important criterion. The general rule is that the higher the speed, the more wood you can cut. In terms of safety, it is important to note whether the saw has a chain catcher. The chain catcher helps prevent the chain being thrown back towards the user if the chain breaks, which can prevent terrible injuries.

Anti-vibration handle

An anti-vibration system designed for comfortable and safe use of chainsaws. Anti-vibration handles soften the force of vibrations using springs or dampers.

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