Arborist Chainsaws: Which One Should You Choose?

Arborist Chainsaws: Which One Should You Choose?

There’s a lot to consider when choosing arborist chainsaws. One saw can’t do everything. A longer blade might increase efficiency on larger cuts but can be a hazard with smaller tasks. Likewise, a small blade gives you versatility, portability and easy handling, but will be ineffective on larger jobs. Choosing one tool can be hard enough, but when you have to choose between two or three different bits of kit, things can get overwhelming. Sticking to one brand means clarity in differences, interchangeability with gear and add-ons, and simplicity. This is why we stick with Stihl. Stihl earned its reputation through outstanding build quality, reliability, and power. Stihl’s array of arborist chainsaws is matchless. Let’s look into some of their offerings sorted by bar length.

Short and Sweet Arborist Chainsaws

When you need something more compact for those smaller arborist tasks like clearing access for larger cuts, trimming smaller branches or removing deadwood, the Stihl MS 194 T is a great choice. It comes in either a 12″ or 14″ bar length, making it suitable for intricate tasks without compromising on power.

The Stihl MS 201 T-CM, another 12″ and 14″ option. This is another robust top-handle chainsaw – and it’s the most powerful top-handle in Stihl’s arsenal with a strength-to-weight ratio of 2.1.

Medium Length

The Stihl MS 362 C-M has a range of small-to-medium-length blades. You can choose 16″, 18″ and 20″ bar lengths making it versatile for various tasks. Its user-friendly features, like easy-to-clean filters and quick-release fasteners, make it a great choice for day-in-day-out work. As with other Stihl saws it features the efficient 2-MIX technology to reduce the need for refuelling by about 20%.

Longer Bar Lengths

When it comes to power-to-weight, the Stihl MS 500i is a great option. It weighs in at 6.2kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 1.2 kg/kW. It comes in 20″, 25″ and 28″ bar lengths.

The Stihl MS 881 is one of the most powerful chainsaws on the market. With bar length options of 30″, 36″, and 48″, it can handle the most demanding arborist tasks. Despite its power, it keeps user-friendly features like the easy-start decompression valve and Stihl’s anti-vibration system to reduce the risk of pins and needles, joints and muscle discomfort that can come with heavy use.

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