Firewood Chainsaw for Women

by Christine Tidswell
(UK)

I have a wood burning stove, for which my son cuts the logs. He is going to University next month, so I shall have to do it myself. I am in my late sixties, quite strong, but nowhere near a 30 year old man's strength.

I would like to know if it's possible to buy a suitable saw for me to use(not good with tools!) which will fit my rather meager budget.
Would I be better going electric??

Answer

Christine,

I don't recommend electric chainsaws for most purposes. For one thing, you are limited in where you can cut your firewood. If you are cutting where you fell the trees, usually the woods, you are going to need a lot of extension cord to reach that far. Also, a good electric chainsaw is pretty expensive. You can get more bang for your buck buying a small gas-powered homeowner saw.

My recommendation is that you buy a Stihl MS 170. It's pretty easy on the budget for under $200 USD and light weight (under 10 pounds). My experience with Stihl chainsaws is that they are built to last and well worth the money.

Also, if you are not familiar with using a saw, I recommend taking a chainsaw safety course in your area. Be sure to buy safety equipment such as chaps, eye protection and a hard hat as well.

Best of luck!

-Firewood Matt

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