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At A Glance: Our Top 5 Gas Chainsaws
Quick Summary: Small Gas Chainsaw Models
3 Best Small Gas Chainsaw Models
We spent 36 hours sleeping on and reading reviews to pull together our recommendations below.
1. FFMT 25cc 10″ ChainsawThe FFMT 25cc 10” chainsaw is a great option for those gardeners looking for a small gas chainsaw. It features a 10” bar and the 25cc 2-stroke engine is plucky enough to provide all the cutting power that you’re likely to need. What we really like about this saw is just how easy it is to start. 4 pulls and we were away every time, even when the engine was cold. At 10.25lbs it’s certainly light enough to use for extended periods of time without developing any aches in your arms or hands. During out test we felled two crabapple trees that we’d been meaning to take down for a while and the saw made easy work of branches and stumps.
2. Farmtec 35.2cc 14″ SawThere’s an awful lot to like about the Farmertec 35.2cc Holzfforma G111 and one of the best things is how much power the 35cc engine delivers! With a maximum output of 11,500 RPM, there won’t be much that this saw can’t handle. At 12 inches, the bar is short enough that it’s still extremely manageable, however the extra length does come in handy if you’ve got larger trees or branches to cut. Maintenance is easy and with a fully automatic oil pump, all you have to worry about is keeping fuel and oil topped up as this is a saw that will run all day.
3. Husqvarna 120 16″ ChainsawAt 16 inches some might class the Husqvarna 120 a little on the larger side but no list of chainsaws would be complete without something from the iconic brand.The Husqvarna 120 is one of the smaller saws in the range but it certainly packs a heck of a punch.As you’d expect, the Husqvarna 120 comes with a number of safety features such as dead man’s switch and a chain that provides low kickback when it gets a little stuck.It’s light too, weighing 9.3lbs this saw was built to be used all day.If we did have one criticism of the Husqvarna 120 it would be that it’s tough to start! While the two products above started within three or four pulls from cold, we struggled to get the Husqvarna running in fewer than six.This probably isn’t ideal for those who just want a chainsaw that they can pickup and put to work.
Now, A Little Q&ATo help you understand a little more about the benefits of gas chainsaw, we’ve answered a number of your most common questions:
Is An Electric or Gas Chainsaw Better?
Better is a tough term to qualify but we’ll give it a go…
Electric chainsaws do have a lot of good qualities such as being lightweight and not having to mix fuel, however, depending on your situation there are some huge drawbacks.
Battery powered chainsaws tend to drain their battery quite quickly and mains-powered saws are limited by cord length which makes them useless if you’re trees are beyond the reach of your cord length.
A Gas chainsaw on the other hand isn’t restricted by power supply and while this does come at the cost of a little extra weight, in our opinion it’s worth it for the freedom and extra power that you get.
What kind of oil do you use for a chainsaw?
The type of chainsaw oil to use is a hotly debated topic!
According to SF Gate:
Petroleum-based bar oil has been the standard for chainsaws. Lightweight oil is used in winter and heavier oil in summer. Manufacturers of chainsaws make bar and chain oils specially blended for their machines to extend their lifespan, but if they are not available, the owner’s manual suggests alternatives.
Chainsaw bar oil helps keep the chain lubricated and prevents it from getting damaged.
In general, the better quality oil you use, the more it will stick to the chain and the less will be thrown out.
Can I Use Any 2 Stroke Oil In my Chainsaw
If your chainsaw (or any other gardening tools) has a 2-stroke engine then yes you certainly can, you just need to remember to mix it with fuel before use.
Remember – 2-stroke oil should never be used to lubricate your chain!
The Bottom LineThe list above represent the very best small gas chainsaw options available today. Any of the three recommended will be more than up to the job of cutting any small tree you might need taking down.Image By: Alan Levine
Hi I'm Miles and I'm one of the team behind Gardeem.com.
Besides being a passionate grower and writer, I'm a husband, father and a grandfather to three! I started Gardeem in 2017 with the single goal of providing simple and reliable gardening advice to everyone no matter their ability levels.
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