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The 5 Best Professional Chainsaws

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If the time has come to invest in a high-quality chainsaw, chances are you might be looking for something of a professional standard. Chainsaws are a complicated beast, especially when you get into the technical detail associated with professional chainsaws. In this article, we’ve rounded up what we believe to be some of the best professional chainsaws, as well as writing a guide to purchasing one.

The Best Professional Chainsaws

Best Professional Chainsaws List

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If you’re looking for a professional chainsaw chances are you’re looking for the real deal. In this section of the post, we review some of the top professional chainsaws on the market to date.

Below is a list of the five best professional chainsaws you’ll absolutely love.

1. Husqvarna 455

Our review begins with the Husqvarna 455 consumer gas powered chainsaw comes packed with powerful features for your outdoor projects. This gas powered saw is designed to deliver lower fuel consumption and reduced exhaust emission levels to remain compliant with even the most stringent environmental regulations.

The Husqvarna 455 features a built-in Smart Start engine for an easy startup during use. The centrifugal air injection system removes large dust and debris before reaching the air filter resulting in extended engine life.

Onboard features include the lowvib system to reduce vibration and tool-less chain tensioning for easy adjustment without requiring any tools.

The Husqvarna 455 promises to deliver flawless noiseless operation and is ideal for landowners and part-time users. This chainsaw is easy to use for all cutting conditions and is sure to deliver the power that you need for your outdoor cutting projects.

2. Remington RM4620

The Remington RM4620 Outlaw lives up to its’ name by combining a high powered engine with two cycle functions and an impressive 20-inch cutting bar. This powerful chainsaw was designed with the idea of tackling big jobs with ease.

Along with its impressive 20-inch bar, the Remington Outlaw boasts an onboard quickstart technology that is spring assisted to help you get those big projects started in a hurry. The Outlaw features an adjustable
automatic oiler designed to reduce kickback and a 0.325-inch pitch chain in pristine condition.

The Remington is a low maintenance high powered chainsaw that provides tool-free access to the onboard filter and spark plug. This high powered saw not only comes packed with impressive features, but it also comes with a heavy duty carrying case included.

3. Makita EA6100PREL

Introducing the Makita family of gas-powered consumer chainsaws. This lightweight saw is sure to help you complete your outdoor cutting projects with ease. It features a powerful 4.6 horsepower Stratified Air Scavenging engine that promises to deliver lower emissions and improved fuel efficiency during use.

This fuel-efficient chainsaw comes fully equipped with an easy start spring to make starting your next project a breeze. The built-in heavy duty cartridge air filter system provides extended saw life and improved overall durability.

The Makita delivers an impressive 13,800 RPMs with fast acceleration for a more seamless and efficient cutting experience.

This Makita chainsaw is designed to combine fuel-efficiency with ease of use in order to help you blast through all of your tough outdoor cutting projects.

4. Husqvarna 450

The next member of the Husqvarna family of environmentally friendly gas powered chainsaws is the Husqvarna 450. This saw features an 18-inch cutting bar and comes with three additional Woodland PRO chain loops included. The wide cutting bar allows for completing large outdoor cutting projects with ease.

Like the other members of the Husqvarna family previously reviewed this saw is fully equipped to deliver the ultimate cutting power for all of your outdoor cutting project needs.

This gas powered environmentally friendly saw is built to provide low vibration, reduced emissions, and is ideal for use professionally for landowners with tough outdoor projects to tackle and for part-time use.

The Husqvarna 450 is designed to be environmentally friendly providing low noise and a built-in low vibration feature to improve maneuverability during use.

5. Echo CS-400

This saw features genuine Echo parts along with a 40.2 cc professional grade, 2 stroke engine that promises to deliver outstanding performance for all of your heavy duty outdoor cutting projects.

The Echo CS 400 features an I-30 starting system designed to provide reduced effort and easy startup. This gas powered chainsaw comes with an 18-inch cutting bar and chain in order to tackle larger outdoor cutting projects.

The Echo saw includes engine oil with your purchase and comes fully assembled out of the box so that you can get to work right away on your next outdoor projects. This is one of the lighter weight gas powered saws in its class that comes with a circular handgrip that makes for easy maneuverability.

Buying a Chainsaw for Professionals

Professional Chainsaws Buyers Guide

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In this section of the post we explore what it takes to make a great professional chainsaw.

Gas powered chainsaws combine tough cutting capacity with portability. Unlike electric chainsaws, gas-powered chainsaws require that you maintain your own engine oils and fuels. In order to operate your saw and remain in compliance with environmental protection laws, be sure to check with your local authority on gas-powered chainsaw and related outdoor tool use.

One of the most important factors in determining the best professional chainsaw for your outdoor cutting projects is the size and scope of the project. Larger projects often benefit from the use of a gas powered saw that has a large cutting bar or guide in order to tackle wood and debris that is larger in diameter.

Wider cutting bars definitely deliver more cutting power than their narrower counterparts, but there are also additional factors to consider when choosing a gas powered chainsaw with a wide cutting bar. The most critical factor is that chainsaw cutting bar length and weight go hand in hand.

This means that a saw with a wider cutting range is also going to be heavier and possibly slightly harder to maneuver and introduces the issue of handling and weight distribution. If you’re not a seasoned professional handling a heavy weight gas powered saw may present a few challenges.

You may want to consider a smaller or intermediate cutting width in exchange for a possible extended project time in order to assure ease of use and maneuverability and prevent undesirable results or accidents.

Chainsaw Features and Functions

In this section explain some common functions and features of chainsaws that you might come across.

Cutting Bar

The most familiar part of the saw that provides the cutting feature. The cutting bar varies in width and as a general rule, the larger the bar, the heavier duty job your saw is equipped to handle. A downside to a wide cutting bar is also a heavier saw which may extend project time and reduce maneuverability

Chain Brake

A built-in safety feature of quality saws that causes the chain to stop completely when encountering abrupt jerky movements or unexpected impacts.

Anti-Vibration

This is an optional feature that reduces the amount of vibration that your chainsaw delivers during use. This is a very important feature to consider when choosing a saw with a wider cutting ba and heavier weight in regard to ease of use and maneuverability

Low Kickback

An optional safety feature that reduces the amount of kickback that your saw delivers during use.

Tool-Less Chain Adjustment

A handy feature that allows you to change the cutting chain tension without having to use tools to disassemble your saw.

Air Cleaning

Another optional, but a great to have feature that extends the life of your saw by reducing the amount of debris that reaches the air filter.

Carrying Case

A very nice feature that provides for easy storage and carrying of your gas-powered saw and related tools.

Gas Powered Chainsaw Safety

It is critically important that you remain safe while operating your gas-powered chainsaw. Along with obeying local laws and regulations, there are other safety factors that need to be taken into consideration.

We recommend that you follow all included manufacturer instructions with your new chainsaw. Also wear proper safety equipment during use.

Recommended Safety Gear

In this section we’ve broken down the safety gear we recommend wearing when using a chainsaw.

  • Head – Always wear protective headgear like a hard hat or other related gear to prevent head injuries during your outdoor projects.
  • Ear – Choose earplugs or earmuffs to wear during use in order to reduce the noise of the saw and its effects on your hearing.
  • Eye – Wear safety goggles or glasses with extended sides in order to protect your eyes from debris during use.
  • Feet – Wear steel-toed boots or shoes with non-skid soles in order to provide stability while walking around the job site.
  • Hand – Wear cut resistant gloves to reduce the risk of injury to your hands and fingers.
  • Clothing – Choose chaps or similar cut resistant pants and jeans to reduce the risk of injury during use.

More recommended chainsaw safety gear.

Environmental Laws and Regulations

One of the most important factors of being a responsible gas powered chainsaw owner is to understand the impacts that environmental regulations have on your chainsaw use. Many states and local governments have implemented environmental protection laws. These govern the use and operation of outdoor power tools and landscaping equipment that includes chainsaws.

California is one of the states at the forefront of implementing and enforcing its local environmental protection laws. This is via the well known Proposition 65. Before you begin any new large outdoor project that requires the use of power tools, landscaping, and lawn and garden equipment that require the use and mixing of chemicals it is highly recommended that you check with your local governing authority to assure that you are in compliance with local environmental protection laws.

Regardless of project size, scope, or location (even your backyard) these environmental protections are in place. They are there to ensure the health and safety of our environment for years to come.
If you aren’t sure what your local regulations are, contact your local governing authority by phone or visit your local county website.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a gas powered chainsaw differ from an electric powered chainsaw?

The main difference between a gas powered and electric powered chainsaw is that the gas powered saw requires a mixture of oil and gas combinations to power your saw.

I’m a homeowner why do I need to comply with environmental protection laws on my own property?

Environmental protection laws are in place for the good of all and to assure those generations to come have clean air and water to breathe. Operating chemical consuming tools outside of regulations can result in serious damage to the environment.

Final Thoughts

So, now you have an inside scoop on the best professional chainsaws available and how to use them. You should feel empowered to make the best buying decision for your needs. Remember to operate your new gas powered chainsaw according to your local environmental protection rules and regulations. Always wear the recommended safety gear in order to reduce the likelihood of accidents and mishaps that could prolong your outdoor cutting project.

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