For the purposes of this site, gas powered saws are to all intents and purposes just chainsaws. Just like the first scent of mown grass heralds the onset of summer, so does the throaty roar of the gas powered tools and the chainsaw mean that winter is just around the corner. Most logging in this country takes place in late autumn before the ground gets too soggy in winter to haul away the lumber.

For you and me, chainsaw use is almost certainly confined to chopping up a fallen tree into log sized lengths for winter fuel. With dire warnings and admonitions about taking great care ringing in our ears, we sally forth in thick boots and safety goggles. Who hasn’t heard of someone who has suffered injury when a chainsaw bucks against a knotty section or when trying to retrieve it when stuck fast in a log that may have been too big and ambitious to tackle?

Chainsaws can be categorised into three classes that reflect the level of usage. The entry level Consumer chainsaws are intended for occasional use like clearing up after a storm or felling and chopping up an occasional tree. They are loaded with safety features like a dead man’s handle (who wouldn’t want something as exciting sounding as that), engines that are really easy to start and inertia sensors that stop the chain if it gets stuck. All good things to have for sure.

Moving up the levels, there are Prosumer saws that can tear through bigger trees and harder timber. Rippers compared to the Consumer bunnies. Finally there are true Professional chainsaws that may or may not come with free lumberjack shirts for that “reality” feeling. These are not heavy monsters as you might imagine, but are extremely well balanced, have oil flow features to keep the chain moving and come with long warranties. The cost is really only justifiable if you are almost a full time tree chopper person. There is no truth in the rumour that tree surgeons use surgical chainsaws.