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Different types of chainsaws


When it comes to cutting through wood with ease, efficiency, and precision, BISON chainsaws stand tall among their competitors. As a leading Chinese chainsaw manufacturer, BISON offers an extensive range of high-quality chainsaws designed to cater to your unique needs and preferences. In this article, we'll explore the two primary categories of chainsaws available in our lineup.


What are the different types of chainsaws?

First, we'll delve into the various power sources that drive our chainsaws, including gasoline, corded electric, cordless electric, pneumatic, and manual options. Next, we'll examine the distinct designs that set our chainsaws apart, from the versatile pole saw to the compact Mini Chainsaw and the nimble top handle saw, as well as the tried-and-true traditional chainsaw.

Although they all serve the same goal, choosing the best chainsaw requires careful consideration. So, here BISON is going to discuss the different types of chainsaws. So, let’s dive into every detail:

Gas-powered chainsaws

Gas-powered chainsaws are one of the best options and are widely used by professionals due to their power-to-weight ratio, which makes them efficient machines for heavy-duty tasks such as felling large trees.

BISON gasoline chainsaws are equipped with 30cc to 120cc two-stroke engines with a mix of petrol and oil to provide lubrication and prevent wear. BISON also offer four-stroke chainsaws with separate oil delivery systems for added convenience.

It's important to note that gas-powered chainsaws cut faster than other types of saws, producing intense vibration and noise (100 to 120 decibels). Regular maintenance is essential to prolong the life of these powerful machines. While gas chainsaws can be more expensive and more challenging to start than electric chainsaws, their performance and efficiency make them an excellent choice for professionals.


Advantages and Disadvantages of gas-powered chainsaw

Most effective, portable, faster, most powerfulNoisy, heavy, not environmentally friendly
Long cutting time and long lifeA bit hard to maintain
It requires easy repairs and is the strongest
Excellent choice for cutting long branches

Corded electric chainsaw

Corded electric chainsaws come with a plug-in power cord. They are light-duty chainsaws but not mobile, as they need to be plugged in and require electricity to run continuously. You can use a portable generator and a long extension cord to get the chainsaw where you want it.

Electric chainsaws are generally less potent than gas chainsaws and can only be used for certain activities.

Many people prefer corded electric chainsaws to battery-operated ones because they are more efficient and can be used for cutting twigs and thick branches. Plus, corded chainsaws are more affordable and the best for the money.

Corded electric chainsaws are easy to use and a handy tool for beginners and inexperienced users. Also, electric chainsaws are the quietest and don’t emit fumes like gas chainsaws. Best of all, they require minimal maintenance.

If you don’t know which chainsaw you must purchase, checking the motor’s amperage is a good idea. The engine will draw more current, spin faster, and produce more torque with higher amperage. Most of the time, electric chainsaws have 8 to 15-amp motors.

Advantages and Disadvantages of corded electric chainsaw

Push button start, easy to operateLimited use due to extension cords
Lightweight and unlimited cutting timeFor repairs, you may need to call in a professional
Quiet, environmentally friendly, and cheap
It offers a wide range of bar lengths and is easy to maintain

Cordless (Battery-powered) chainsaws

Battery-powered chainsaws are gaining popularity, with some models more advanced than others. They run on batteries rather than gasoline or electricity, hence cordless chainsaws.

When using a battery-operated chainsaw, you don’t have to deal with plug-in restrictions or the burden of using fuel or routine maintenance like you would with a gas or corded electric chainsaw. You can get all the convenience in one battery-powered chainsaw.

All you need to do only is charge the battery before use. A low battery can affect work. You’ll need to recharge your batteries frequently to keep your chainsaw running. Additionally, users can extend the duration of each cut by keeping extra batteries on hand.

Battery-operated chainsaws are designed for “lighter” jobs such as pruning, limbing, and chopping small trees, making them the best for home use. These are the best options for quick and easy tasks that don’t take too much time. Compared to corded chainsaws, they don’t have enough power for heavy-duty jobs.

Battery-powered chainsaws come with 0.25” or 3/8” low-profile chains. Best of all, these tools have an effective anti-vibration system, making them even safer. With the latest models available, you can get up to 70 cuts. These tools usually have lithium-ion batteries. When purchasing a battery-powered chainsaw, paying close attention to its Ah rating is essential. Also, consider the cutting time, which can vary from 30 minutes to an hour.

Advantages and Disadvantages of battery-powered chainsaw

Portable and easy-to-use buttonsCharges in 20 minutes to 2 hours
Easy and quiet to maintainDon’t cut fast
Various lengths of handlebars and chains are available

Pneumatic chainsaws

Pneumatic chainsaws have fewer moving parts and are more powerful. Pneumatic chainsaws are more typical in industrial settings. These pneumatic chainsaws are fantastic tools.

Air pockets propel a pneumatic chainsaw under extreme pressure. They are suitable for construction work because they generate enough force to cut metal and concrete straight lines. They produce no emissions compared to gasoline chainsaws. Some pneumatic chainsaws have advanced mechanisms that deliver oil or water to keep the blade from overheating.

Advantages and Disadvantages of pneumatic chainsaw

Cuts through concrete and metalExpensive
Environmentally friendlyQuieter
The chances of crashing are meagre
It usually has a cooling system.

Manual chainsaw

Manual chainsaws cut wood using your power instead of batteries, gas, or electricity. The chains of these chainsaws are designed with two handles that are operated by moving the chain back and forth. One person can operate it, but two people can easily operate it since it uses all your energy instead of any engine.

These are portable and faster chainsaws but are not as powerful as others. This type of chainsaw is less powerful than an electric or gas chainsaw but is a convenient tool.

Advantages and Disadvantages manual chainsaw

More convenient to carrySlow cuts, which require your muscular strength
Very useful for hard-to-reach placesFor light duty only

With a solid understanding of the various power sources that fuel BISON chainsaws, it's time to shift our focus to the second basis for division: the unique shapes and designs that cater to specific tasks and preferences. In the following sections, we'll explore the distinctive features and advantages of each chainsaw type, including pole saws, top handle saws, and mini chainsaws... So, let's dive into the world of BISON chainsaw shapes and discover the ideal fit for your needs!

Pole saw

A type of chainsaw is used for reaching heights (6 to 8 feet) or hard-to-reach places, known as a pole saw. It’s usually a chainsaw on a stick that easily cuts or trim twigs or branches. It resembles a chainsaw, but a pole saw can never be considered a chainsaw.

These saws can be pneumatic, battery-operated, and corded. But in comparison, gas-powered ones are more powerful. Plus, they vibrate a lot and are louder. Electric ones are used for lighter jobs and have less power.

Advantages and Disadvantages of pole saw

Small size and lightweightFunctional limitations. Only valid for one type of task.
Controls are simple and inexpensiveNot suitable for cutting big trees
These tools make it easy to reach high places
Gas-powered and electric (wired and cordless)

mini chainsaw

Mini chainsaw is essentially a smaller, more compact version of a traditional chainsaw. Mini chainsaws can be used for a variety of tasks, such as pruning trees and shrubs, cutting small firewood, and light woodworking. They are especially useful for people who need a lightweight, easy-to-handle tool for occasional use or who have limited storage space. Professionals such as arborists and gardeners may also find mini chainsaws a valuable addition to their toolbox, as they allow for greater precision and finesse in their work.

One of the main advantages of mini chainsaws is their portability. Their reduced size and weight make them easier to handle and maneuver, especially in tight spaces or during prolonged use. Additionally, mini chainsaws generally produce less vibration, which means greater comfort and less fatigue for the user. They're also often more affordable than full-size chainsaws, making them an attractive option for those on a budget.

However, their smaller size usually means they are less powerful, which limits their effectiveness when cutting larger or denser materials. The compact design can also result in shorter battery life or reduced fuel capacity compared to a standard chainsaw, making it unsuitable for heavy-duty tasks or prolonged use.

Advantages and Disadvantages of mini chainsaw

Easy to use and carryNot suitable for larger tasks
Offered at an affordable price
It can be used to cut or trim any small branches

Top-handle chainsaws

The fuel tank or motor is located directly under the handle in a top-handle chainsaw. Your customer can use them safely and comfortably for pruning and limbing at heights. They are designed for one-handed use.  These saws are lighter, more portable, and elegant handling tools.

Advantages and Disadvantages of top-handle chainsaw

They have a compact design.Not suitable for cutting anything on the ground.
They can be used with one hand.
Safe and comfortable to use.


In conclusion, the world of chainsaws is incredibly diverse and offers a wide range of options to suit every user's needs. From gas-powered to cordless electric models, and from pole saws to top-handle chainsaws, there is certainly a chainsaw out there for your needs.


As a chainsaw dealer, it's essential to partner with a reliable and experienced manufacturer that can provide you with high-quality products. By choosing BISON as your supplier, you can ensure that you're offering your customers the best chainsaws on the market, catering to their specific requirements and preferences.

BISON's commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction means that you'll be able to provide your clients with a diverse selection of chainsaws, ensuring they find the perfect tool for their tasks. Don't miss the opportunity to collaborate with a top-tier chainsaw manufacturer like BISON and elevate your business to new heights.

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