What is the best size chainsaw for cutting firewood

What is the best size chainsaw for cutting firewood?

Cutting wood is a back-breaking task and one I never look forward to. If you are like me, you have a soft spot for whoever came up with chainsaws. I am often asked what is the best size chainsaw for cutting firewood? Finding the right one can be a daunting task. Don’t worry; I have you covered in the article below.

Chainsaw Requirements - Professional Vs. Casual User

The type of chainsaw you buy will depend on whether you’re a professional or a casual user. A professional will benefit from some of the functionalities you may find in the bigger more expensive types of saws. A casual user will require a basic chainsaw that can take care of small firewood cutting jobs.

What is the best size chainsaw for cutting firewood; Gas-Powered Chainsaw Vs. Electric?

The type of chainsaw you buy will depend on what you plan to use it for. For maximum flexibility, I would recommend a gas chainsaw. I would opt for one of the following models.

Gas-powered chainsaws are excellent for logging, and for heavy-duty work. You can, however, get a smaller version that is suitable for a casual user. For light duties, go for one that is 50 cc or less. Also, look for one with a bar that is 16 – 18 inches.

The Husqvarna 450 is a powerful, high-performance machine from the top chainsaw manufacturer in the world. It has a 20-inch guide bar and is ideal for cutting firewood. It can easily cut a tree that is up to 24 inches in diameter.

The 50.2cc  3.2 HP torque engine is powerful yet fuel-efficient. The ergonomic design makes it comfortable and easy to work for longer. You get 2-year parts and labor warranty.


1. X-TORQ 50.2cc Engine.
2. 20-inch guide bar and chain.
3. Easy start technology.
4. Low vibration design.
5. Weight 13.4 Lbs.


1. No major downsides.
2. May be overkill for a casual user.

This Poulan Pro PR5020 is powered by a 50cc 2 stroke engine that is powerful enough for most firewood cutting jobs. It is also capable of felling and bucking large trees with ease.

It features and OxyPower engine for maximum power and efficiency but with lower emissions and less fuel consumption.

It a very cost-effective saw in comparison to some of the bigger names in the chainsaw field and it compares very well in similar power and features at half the price.


1. Powerful 50cc OxyPower engine.
2. Fast and easy to start.
3. A robust all-round chainsaw.
4. 2 Year limited warranty.
5. Good value for the price.


1. The pull cord is fragile.
2. Some have reported starting problems.

Tanaka TCS33EDTPTanaka TCS33EDTP is excellent for cutting firewood and trimming small trees. It has a 32.2 cc Purefire engine, which is fuel-efficient. The 14in chain and bar, plus the top handle gives it an excellent balance.

You get an easy start with the half throttle choke. The vibration is low, and the lightweight makes it suitable for long-term usage. It comes with a 7-year consumer warranty and a 2-year commercial warranty.


1. It has a Pure Fire 32cc engine.
2. Fast and easy to start.
3. Semi-transparent gas tank.
4. 7 Year limited warranty.
5. Lightweight at 12lbs.


1. Not suitable for heavy-duty jobs.
2. Top handle not for everybody.

Best Electric Chainsaws for Cutting Firewood

Electric chainsaws can be a good option for cutting firewood is you are close to a power source or have a cordless model. In addition, they are becoming more powerful and some models are rivaling gas chainsaws

You will need to decide between a cordless or a corded model depending on how and where you will be using the saw. 

Here are the best electric chainsaws I can recommend.

The Oregon CS1500 is a corded electric chainsaw with a self-sharpening feature that few other models offer. It has an 18″ bar with excelling cutting power and is good value for the price.

This saw is a good option for cutting firewood and for light trimming around the yard. It is quiet and produces no smell or pollution.



1. Instant start, no cord to pull.
2. Self-sharpening chain.
3. Simple to use.
4. Quite
5. Lightweight at 12.9lbs.


1. The chain tends to slip off the bar if not checked regularly.
2. Range limited by the cord.

This BLACK+DECKER Electric Chainsaw comes with features that provide safety as well as gives the power to cut firewood and tackle the larger jobs like trimming and cutting small trees.

The 18-inch Oregon low-kickback bar comes features an automatic oiling system. Its ergonomic and easy to operated with instant power and no gas or oil to mix. As with all electric saws, it is environmentally friendly with no pollution.


1. Fast start, no pull cord.
2. Powerful 15-amp motor.
3. 18″ Oregon bar and chain.
4. Clear window for oil visibility.
5. Lightweight just 12lbs.


1. No variable speed on the trigger.
2. Portability limited by the cord.

Greenworks 12-Inch 40V cordless battery-powered chainsaw delivers smooth clean cuts and is ideal for cutting small quantities of firewood.

There are some real advantages to using a cordless electric chainsaw as they are as flexible as gas-powered saw without the need to mix gas and oil and the is no pollution.




1. Fast push-button start.
2. G-MAX 40V Lithium-Ion Battery.
3. 12” Oregon bar and chain.
4. Clear window for oil visibility.
5. Lightweight just 6lbs.
6. Up to 75 Cuts per charge.


1. No chain brake
2. Power limited by the battery.
3. Not as powerful as a gas chainsaw

Chainsaws for Professionals

Professionals do heavy-duty work and require a tool that efficiently handles the task. Imagine having to cut down large trees in the forest without the right tool. You need one that can give you optimal performance, durability, and is easy to maintain.

Gas chainsaws are preferred by forestry workers, arborists,  and those processing firewood on a commercial basis.

Here are what I believe to be the best gas chainsaws for professionals.

Husqvarna 20 Inch 460 Rancher has a powerful 60.5 CC engine with a power output of 3.62 HP and 9000 RPM maximum speed. You get power and low fuel consumption due to X-Torq technology.

It’s a comfortable well balanced saw to use due to the ergonomic design where the handlebar is rubber-coated, which reduces vibrations, hence making it comfortable and easy-to-handle over long periods.



1. X-TORQ 60.3cc Engine.
2. 20-inch bar and chain.
3. Easy start technology.
4. Low vibration ergonomic design.
5. Weight 12.8Lbs minus the bar and chain.


1. No major downsides.
2. Not cheap but you get a quality saw.

This HUYOSEN is a powerful 54.6cc engine with an 18″ bar and chain so it is powerful enough for many professional loggers. It has a safety valve throttle switch that protects against accidental starts. It’s easy to start and has anti-vibration features that make it comfortable to use.

If you are looking for a powerful chainsaw at a great price then this is a saw worth checking out. It has all the features you would expect from the more expensive models.



1. Powerful 54.6cc Engine.
2. 18-inch bar and chain.
3. Safety valve throttle switch.
4. Great value for money.
5. Weight 16.5Lbs.


1. Build quality not as good as more expensive brands.
2. Poor instruction manual.

Echo is a brand that most chainsaw owners are familiar with as they are known for reliable, versatile, and all round quality chainsaws and the Echo CS-590 20″ Timber Wolf Chainsaw is no exception. It has a 20″ bar and chain which is ideal for felling larger trees and cutting firewood.

It has all the usual features like an anti-kickback feature and automatic chain oiler plus a transparent fuel tank to easily monitor the fuel level. This is a great saw and one of my preferred models for everyday use.



1. Powerful 59.8cc Engine.
2. 20-inch bar and chain.
3. Easy chain tensioning.
4. Transparent fuel tank.
5. Weight 17Lbs


1. Some have reported starting issues.

Chainsaw Safety Features

Look for the following safety features when purchasing a chainsaw:

  1. Clearly marked and positioned on and off switch.
  2. Inertia or manual chain brake to avoid kickbacks and to instantly stop the chain.
  3. Chain catcher which prevents the chain from flying backward.
  4. Front hand-guard to protect your fingers or hand from getting in contact with the chain.
  5. Throttle lock to avoid any accidental throttle operations.
  6. Conveniently placed stop button.
  7. Muffler exhaust to direct harmful gases away from the operator, and to reduce the noise levels.
  8. Scabbard to prevent injury when storing or transporting the chainsaw.


Final Word:

I have looked at 9 chainsaws in the market to decide what is the best size chainsaw for cutting firewood. I have given my recommendations on those that are suitable for light or casual work, and those for professional-level work. I would, however, recommend that you determine what you want to use it before buying.

Most importantly, I can only give you a guide; you need to do your research yourself to determine exactly what you need. I would, however, consider it an investment to get a good quality chainsaw, to avoid costly repairs or having to replace it regularly.

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