Different Types Of Chainsaw Chains: Which One Should I Use?

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There are actually many types of chainsaws. Each one of these types have something unique to offer and they also have their own strengths and weaknesses. What’s more, there are also many different types of chainsaw chains. Each one of these chains can be used effectively in their own unique ways.

While typical chainsaw users will only be getting the semi-chisel or low profile chains which are 3/8 of an inch thick, there are other types of chains that you can choose from. You can use the other types of chain to give your saw more cutting power as well as more cutting efficiency.

Even if you don’t mind what type of chain your chainsaw has, you need to understand that getting the right chain for the job is very important to avoid unnecessary wear and tear. To help you know more, here are the different types of chainsaw chains that you can use for specific tasks.

Why Should I Use The Right Chainsaw Chains?

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While you might think that the chain types do not matter because you are only going to cut wood anyway, you need to keep in mind that there are actually two types of wood. There are hardwood and there are also softwood trees. Each type of wood has different traits that you need to be aware of.

Hardwood trees actually have pores that will look like gaps in its structure. These gaps makes them better fuel when used as firewood. These pores allow the logs to easily burn as well as to produce very less spark. Hardwood trees include cherry, ash, oak and evergreens like holly and boxwood.

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Softwood trees on the other hand are quite different. They do not have the pores that you can typically find in hardwood trees. These trees do not have the gaps and as a result, they are more fibrous and can easily dull chains. Softwood trees include spruce, fir, larch and pine trees.

Since these different types of trees have different microscopic structures, you will also need to have different kinds of chains so you can easily cut them. Using the wrong chainsaw chain can actually make your chainsaw work overtime. This can make the unit or its parts more susceptible to damage.

What Are The Different Types Of Chainsaw Chain?

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The first type of chain is the low profile cutters. As mentioned, this is typically the chain that the makers will give to their buyers upon purchase of a new chainsaw. This chain is known to be very easy to sharpen and they are typically found on consumer chainsaws in order to help you do basic cutting tasks.

The second type of chain is the semi chisel chain. This type of chain has a rounded edge just like the low profile cutter. They are also easy to sharpen but they are known to cut much slower. This chain will not get easily dull even with continued use. It is also ideal for cutting softwood trees that are very fibrous.

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The third type of chain is the full chisel cutter. This type of chain is designed to cut wood very fast. They are known to easily cut through different types of wood but it is more ideal for cutting hardwood trees. The downside to this type of chain is that it can easily get dulled.

The last type of chain is the square chisel cutter. This chain is mainly designed for professional use. Instead of rounded edges, this chain has a square ground profile. This chain is the fastest cutter out of all the chain types. They can easily get dulled and will need frequent sharpening using professional tools.

Which One Should I Use?

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The different types of chainsaw chain can easily provide you excellent results for as long as they are used for the correct purposes. All of these chains do have their own strengths and weaknesses. Only by proper planning, can you be able to make the most of what they can offer.

For beginners and for cutting small trees and firewood, you can opt for the low profile or semi chisel chains since they can take a lot of abuse. For hardwood trees, you need the full chisel cutter since it can dull easily with softwood trees. For softwood, you should also opt for the semi chisel chain.

As for the square chisel cutter, I only recommend it for professionals or individuals who need to finish their cutting tasks in the least amount of time. However, you should only use this chain if you have a professional chain sharpening machine or if you have the skills to sharpen the chain properly.


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There are many different chainsaw chains that you can use based on what type of wood you are cutting or what type of task you need to accomplish. I recommend beginners to use the chains that are built for toughness instead of speed so that they can easily use the chainsaw without any hassle.

You need to keep in mind that although the sharper chains are more effective at cutting wood, these chains are not built for toughness and they will need constant sharpening. This is why I only recommend them for professionals or individuals who know how to maintain and sharpen them properly.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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