Choosing the right chainsaw for you can be difficult, since there are so many styles and models no the market. You will have to select your chainsaw based on many factors, including chain style, bar length, weight and power. The power should be the first factor you decide on, since many model specifications are dependent on the power source. The two main power sources for chainsaws are electric connections or gas motors.
An electric chain saw is a good choice for someone on a budget; this style tends to be less expensive than a gas model and costs less to maintain. Additionally, you won't have to regularly fill the chainsaw with gas, which can save you some pennies in the long run. Electric motors won't get gunked up as easily, since the power source is a simple electrical charge. Additionally, electric chainsaws are lighter than their gas counterparts, since you don't have to lug around the entire power source along with your blade. With an easy electric start, chainsaw options that use an outlet for power are great for beginners.
On the other hand, electric chainsaws don't offer quite the convenience of some of your other tools, like your cordless drill. In this case, you are tied to your cord, or the longest extension cord you can find. Since you are attached to a cord, you must always remain aware of the location of your cord so that you don't accidentally cut your cord when you are turning around or changing position. Electric chainsaws typically are great for light household projects, but may not stand up in the field since they don't provide quite as much power as their gas counterparts. However, they are great for the occasional project or light yard work.