This is really a discussion on cheap vs quality...

The Chainsaw

I have chainsaws. One good one an Echo, and a no name cheapy.

Contenders

  • Cheap chainsaw = $120 delivered, with two bars and chains
  • Good one (a Stihl) same size = $600 not delivered, one bar and one chain

Economics

  • CHEAP
    • Purchase one every 2 years. 10 years = $600
    • Interest - only paying $120 every 2 years, so saving (can't be bothered working it out exactly)
    • Maintenance = $0 - when it breaks, move on to next one
    • Bar/Chain = $0 - got two, that is one bar a year. (10 chains, 10 bars)
    • Total = $600 over 10 years
  • GOOD
    • Purchase one, and it lasts 10 years = $600
    • Interest - $600 in advance, that is $480 you don't have in the first 2 years...
    • Maintenance = $200 every 5 years = $200 (probably much higher)
    • Bar/Chain = $110 every 3 years (could be more) = $330 (4 chains, 4 bars)
    • Total = $1130 or higher

The GOOD case is actually much worse than that. You will need spare parts (with 5 of the other units, you have spares); maintenance with a service is probably more than once in 10 years (although you can do lots yourself); chains and bars - you are likely to at least go through more than one chain each 3 years. Look at the chains/bars !

Financially - CHEAP chainsaw is FAR better off.

Maintenance

My experience with the maintenance of both my good and cheap chainsaw is that my cheap chainsaw usually requires a little more work to get going. eg. fixing the air filter which kept falling off. Tightening bolts (which tend to be put on without much lock tight).

Starting

I have heard lots of people complain about the starting of CHEAP chainsaws. Personally both my good and cheap one have the same number of pulls and starting process.

Cutting

Not sure...

Environmental

  • Buying a GOOD chainsaw = 1, not 5
  • CHEAP = 5 times as much rubbish, more if you count the bars and chains
  • GOOD = supporting local maintenance and parts people
  • CHEAP = 5 times as much delivery, and steel etc - not just rubbish but the components going into it in the first place.
  • GOOD = Better fuel usage and less emissions (although emissions from a chainsaw are tiny for the use I have compared to cars etc)

Conclusion

At the time... if I can afford it... I want to help the environment.