Things to keep in mind when buying a chain saw:
The first question you should ask is whether to saw will be used professionally or for private use. This will determine which type and size of saw you should choose.
Weight and engine size. Remember that a light saw is easier to manoeuvre if you're not too experienced. But don't choose too small an engine: more power gets the job done faster, even if you're "just" sawing wood!
Size and hardness of the wood. Select a bar length based on the size of the trees. The stronger the engine, the longer the bar you can combine it with.
Ergonomic engineering and design. Low vibration levels in the handle, a slim, well-balanced saw body and a high centre of gravity are welcome features, even if you only use the saw for part of the day. Good ergonomics can be just as important as low weight!
Safety features. Efficient kickback protection is a requirement in most countries, but how easy is it to replace a chain catcher stud that has been broken off?
Do you work in winter? Winterization, for instance with heated handles, makes work more efficient and comfortable.
Is the saw easy to maintain and service? Good access to the air filter and spark plug, and chain tensioning from the side, save time and effort.
Service. Regular service by a professional Your saw will appreciate regular service by a qualified professional. Your qualified servicing dealer can provide additional advice and tips regarding your chain saw purchase.