Used Chainsaws For Sale
Buying a new chainsaw doesn’t necessarily have to be difficult. However, if you would like find the
best chainsaw for the money, you are probably going to end up with one of these lightly used chainsaws for sale, but you will want to ask yourself some of the questions below to ensure that what you are planning on purchasing is going to be exactly what you need for your construction company, tree work, or do it yourself tasks.
Question #1: Gasoline Powered, or Electric Powered Chain Saw?
First, you are going to need to think about how the chainsaw is powered. There are two main types of engines for chainsaws, electric and gasoline. Gasoline engines are going to be the most versatile, and powerful of the different types. However, they are also the most expensive. Electric chainsaws are cheaper, but are going to be limited by the length of your extension cord that you are using.
Question #2: What Size Bar Do You Need?
When it comes to choosing the size of the bar that you are going to need, you will want to think about what types of materials you are going to be working with. If you are going to be working with extra wide trees or materials, you are going to need a longer bar that can adequately cut through them. As a general rule, an 18” long bar will cut trees that are up to 35” or 36” thick, and require you to cut through from both sides of the tree in order to fall it.
Question #3: How Powerful Of An Engine Do You Need?
Now you need to think about how much horsepower or torque you are going to need from the engine. Most people can get away with a 2 or 3 horsepower engine, however, if you are going to be cutting aged trees, or trees that are more dense than other types, you will want a higher horsepower motor that will be able to providde the power needed to get through the materials. Larger displacement engines typically output a lot more power than smaller displacement engines do, as well as higher torque numbers which helps prevent the chain from becoming stuck.
Question #4: How Is The Chain Oiled?
You need to take a look at the chainsaw you are considering buying and figure out how you are going to be lubricating the chain. Lubricating the chain is essential because of the sawdust buildup that can accrue, which will cause the chain to freeze up on the bar or inside of the tree. Most chainsaws you will come across have self-oiling mechanisms, however, some older models, that may be more powerful, will require you to oil the bar yourself.
Question #5: How Do You Maintain The Chain Tension?
Higher end chainsaws are going to require less chain tightening than lower end models, but you are going to need to understand how to tighten the tension on the chain while you are working. Some chainsaws have quick adjustments that will tighten the chain on the bar, while other models are going to require that you adjust the tension manually.
Question #6: Does The Chain Saw Have A Safety Brake?
All chainsaws are going to need to be in safe operating condition before you consider purchasing them. You want to make sure that any time to saw begins to jam that the blade will stop properly, and prevent any kickback of the machine. Higher end models will include a brake that detects when the blade has become jammed and will consequently shut off the motor to the saw.
Question #7: How Is The Chain Saw Started?
Some of the newer models of chainsaws that you will find will contain a decompression valve that releases the compression in the motor and makes it much easier to pull start the chainsaw. However, older models may not contain this, so you are going to need to verify that there is a strong pull starting mechanism on the saw.
Question #8: Does The Chain Saw Vibrate Heavily?
Most manufacturers have designed their saws to make sure that the vibration of the bar, motor, and chain is cut down substantially. However, older models, specifically models older than 5-7 years old, may not contain these anti vibration mechanisms, which could make your hands tired after using the saw for long periods of time.
Question #9: Does Your Chain Saw Include A Carrying Case?
While it may not seem like a necessary addition, you are going to want to try to find a saw that includes a carrying case that will keep the tool out of the dirt, and keep it from banging around inside of your truck when you are transferring it from work site to work site, or storing it in between jobs.