How Many CC Chainsaw Do I Need? – (Right CC for Job!)

It is a great idea to buy a chainsaw for you because it will help to remove unwanted trees and wood as you wish. When you buy it, you should know about the chainsaw cc (cylinder capacity) of the chainsaw before you buy it. Because the performance of the chainsaw depends on the chainsaw CC. So do you know how many CC is enough for a chainsaw? So let’s see, how many CC chainsaw do you need?

Normally, chainsaw cc depends on the purpose it uses. A lighter-cutting chainsaw cc should be up to 30cc, firewood cutting chainsaws up to 45cc, firewood business chainsaws up to 65cc, and tree cutting service chainsaws should have more than 65cc.

More than that, there is horsepower to measure the power but most use cylinder capacity as a measurement. So let’s see in-depth about chain saw CC.

How Many CC Does a Chainsaw Have?

So let’s discuss in depth about chainsaw CC. Chainsaw CC stands for the cylinder capacity of the chainsaw. It is measured by Cubic Centimeters or Cubic Inches. Both are used to measure the cylinder capacity of the engine. Normally, most chainsaws are made as 2-stroke.

As well as, a chainsaw is operated by the hands easily. So there are small cylinder capacity engines used. Rarely it exceed 100cc.

According to the workload and usage, we can categorize all chainsaw CC into 4 main categories.

Chainsaw CategoryTaskCylinder Capacity (CC)
Lighter cuttingCut small-size trunks, fallen limbsUp to 30cc
Firewood CuttingCut medium size woods30cc – 45cc
Firewood BusinessLarger wood-cutting jobs45cc – 65cc
Tree Cutting servicesProfessional businessMore than 65cc
Chainsaw CC and Usage Category

Lighter Cutting

Lighter cutting chainsaws are used to cut less than 9″ diameter woods. This is really good for cutting trunks, fallen limbs, and small size woods. If you choose a chainsaw for this, you can have up to 30cc chainsaws. Due to its lightweight and size, you can operate the tool easily.

For the lighter cutting purpose, you can use electric chainsaws which are really worth it for small tasks.

Firewood Cutting

To cut mid-size woods and firewoods preparing, you can choose this chainsaw CC between 30cc-45cc. Using this, you can cut 9″ – 1′ 6″ diameter trees easily. It will be a great solution for the firewood-cutting process.

Firewood Business

To cut more giant size diameter trees, you can choose this chainsaw cc category which is between 45cc – 65cc. This is pretty good for the wood-cutting job. This is really good for the 1′ 6″- 3′ diameter trees.

Tree Cutting Service

Tree-cutting services need more length bars and more powerful chainsaws. So large-size, high-performance chainsaws should be used for tree-cutting services. Because various diameter trees need to be cut in any environmental condition. So it is better if you have chainsaws more than 65cc.

When you invest in chainsaws, you should know whether chainsaws is worth it for the money. Because chainsaws are different size and performance. So you should use the right one always.

Chainsaw size and CC
Higher CC Chainsaws Have Longer Bars

How Many CC is a Husquarna Chainsaw?

Husqvarna chainsaw is one of the most used chainsaws in the USA. So it is better to know about the Husquarna Chainsaw CC and bar length. Before you buy this, please refer to the above table to select the right chainsaw CC and category.

Husqvarna ModelHusqvarna ModelCC Size
Husqvarna T52512 27.3
Husqvarna T43512-16 35.2
Husqvarna 43914-16 35.2
Husqvarna 135 Mark II1637.6
Husqvarna T540 XP II14-16 37.7
Husqvarna 1301638
Husqvarna 1201638
Husqvarna 4401841
Husqvarna 4351641
Husqvarna 1351641
Husqvarna 543 XP1643
Husqvarna 445 1850
Husqvarna 450 Rancher18-20 50.1
Husqvarna 455 Rancher2055.7
Husqvarna 460 Rancher24 60.3
Husqvarna chainsaw cc and bar length

How Many CC is a STIHL Chainsaw?

Different size STIHL chainsaws
Different-size STIHL chainsaws

STIHL is one of the most used chainsaws in the USA. So when you buy a STIHL chainsaw, you can find so many product variations. In this guide, you can find the chainsaws CC sizes up to 45cc.

STHIL ModelBar LengthCC Size
MS 17012-16 30.1
MS 18012-16 31.8
MS 180 C-BE12-1631.8
MS 181 C-BE12-16 31.8
MS 151 C-E10-12 23.6
MS 194 C-E12-16 31.8
MS 201 C-EM12-16 35.2
MS 2111835.2
MS 211 C-BE1835.2
MS 2501845.4
MS 250 WOOD BOSS1845.6
MS 251 C-BE1845.6
STIHL chainsaw CC sizes and bar length

Chainsaw CC Vs. Horsepower

When you buy a chainsaw, you can see there are both CC and horsepower notations for the engine. You should know about these things.

Chainsaw CC

CC stands for the Cylinder Capacity it does not measure the power of the engine. It is just about the volume (Cubic Centimeters). The CC measures engine displacement.

Mostly CC is measured by cubic centimeters. Sometimes it is measured by the Cubic inch.

When the chainsaw CC is increased, its gas oil consumption is high. As well as chainsaw noise level (dB) is increased.

You can convert Cubic Inches to CC by multiplying 16.3871 (1 Cubic Inch = 16.3871 Cubic Centimeters)

Chainsaw Horsepower

Chainsaw horsepower is one of the ways to measure the power of the chainsaw. One horsepower is equal to 735.5watts (1hp=735.5watts).

CC and horsepower are two different ways to express power. Using CC, we can have an idea, “how inside is big?”

Horsepower states the exact value of the power. So it is better to know these things well before buying a chainsaw.

How Many CC is a 20-inch Chainsaw

Normally, 20-inch chain saw has a 50 cc engine capacity because it uses for larger wood-cutting jobs.

When a chainsaw bar length is increased, its cylinder capacity should be increased. Because it should withstand higher resistance due to length. To avoid this, the engine should be more powerful.

Is a 40 CC Chainsaw Good?

Obviously, a 40 CC chainsaw is good for firewood cutting. Mostly, it can be used to cut medium size woods such as 1′-2′ diameter trees.


When you are going to buy a chainsaw, you should know what purpose you are going to use it and what size you have to cut. Because so many bar lengths and CC sizes, chainsaws are available in the market due to many purposes. When you buy the right one, you can save the time and money that you have to spend.

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Tom Mackency

Tom Mackency

Hi, I am Tom Mackency. It has been 10 years that I have been working as a professional woodworker since 2013. I am really enjoying my carrier by creating many kinds of projects in my workshop. But mostly I like for home improvement projects. Home improvement and DIY projects are the most interesting things for me. More than that, the coolest things are power tools. Those are very precious and efficient than a decade ago. So I try to introduce so many things about power tools, woodworking, DIY projects, home improvement and many more interesting topics here.