Choosing the Right Saw Chain: A Buyer's Guide for Arborists BigCommerce Mar 18th 2024

The Importance of Choosing the Right Saw Chain

For arborists, the proper saw chain is crucial not only for clean and effective cuts but also for ensuring the safety of the operator. Different tasks require specific chains to optimize performance and reduce risks. Make sure to check the differences between crosscut chains, which are typically used for felling and bucking, and ripping chains, more suitable for cutting along the wood grain. For more on chainsaw safety, read our comprehensive breakdown in the 8 Rules For Chainsaw Safety When Tree Cutting blog post.

Understanding Crosscut and Ripping Chains

Crosscut chains are designed with cutting angles ideal for severing wood fibers efficiently across the grain, making them perfect for most tree-cutting scenarios. On the other hand, ripping chains feature a specialized tooth design that reduces the effort required when cutting parallel to the wood grain, commonly used in millwork and lumber production but, also useful for cutting large stump pieces into quarters.

Advanced Techniques for Tree Cutting

Bore cutting is one advanced technique that allows for greater control when felling a tree, as it decreases the chance of the tree falling in an unintended direction. It involves cutting a hole into the side of the tree before making the felling cut. Our TreeU Arborist Chainsaw Qualification teaches you how to do it safely.

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Safety Measures: Avoiding Kickback and Saw Rocking

Chainsaw kickback occurs when the chain suddenly stops and throws the saw back toward the operator — often because the rotating tip of the guide bar comes into contact with an object, entering the 'kickback zone'. To avoid this dangerous occurrence and maintain control, one should always steer clear of cutting with the tip, and be vigilant to keep the chain free from contact with rocks and dirt.

Selecting the Proper Saw Chain for Your Needs

Consider the job at hand when choosing a saw chain: the material, the size of wood, and the cut direction. Ensure the chain's pitch, gauge, and length match your saw and needs, if you are replacing your current chain, check the bar on your saw now for this info. Browse our Chainsaw Chains for tons of options, ensuring you pick the right one.

Maintaining Your Saw Chain

Regular upkeep of your saw chain is vital for peak performance and longevity. This includes prompt sharpening to prevent dullness and thorough cleaning to avoid debris build-up. Look no further than our Chainsaw Filing collection to find all the necessary tools for maintaining your chains in top condition.