The first thing you should think about is the type of jobs you are going to be doing on a regular basis. This is key to figuring out what size chainsaw you need. If your jobs tend to be things such as trimming branches, pruning shrubs, cutting small trees, and general yard work you are going to want to look at a "light use" or "casual use" saw. These are great for light cutting and hobby work around your property and usually come with cutting bar measuring around 14 inches and below. These models are also pretty easy to handle and great for beginners.
If you tend to have larger jobs at hand compared to what was mentioned above you are going to want to look into a "moderate use" or "all-round use" chainsaw. All-round chainsaws are lightweight, efficient and exceptionally easy to start and maneuver much like the light use saws but just a little more powerful. Chainsaws in this class generally have a bar length of 16 - 18 inches and are highly versatile machines. If your a homeowner who plans on cutting through thick tree branches, full decent sized trees, chop logs for firewood, and remove shrubs, then these saws are going to be what you need.
If your working on larger professional sized jobs and need a machine to run for longer periods of time, these saws are designed for your tree care professionals and skilled landowners. They have a cutting bar measuring over 18 inches and are the biggest chainsaw models available. They’re designed to cut through large diameter tree trunks. These are also a great chainsaw for those who live in rural areas where they perform heavy duty cutting as part of property maintenance.
Most manufacturers list the guide bar lengths that can be used with all of the models that they design. It’s important to stick to the recommended sizes whenever you think of changing the guide bar to prevent the risk of danger that goes along with using incompatible blade lengths. Also keep in mind that the longer the bar length, the more difficult it becomes for you to handle your chainsaw.
If you are still on the fence as to what chainsaw is right for you, stop into Vans Sport Center and talk to our chainsaw mechanic and salesman Jody, he will point you into the right direction!