The chainsaw is the bread-and-butter tool for running a tree service business. Look for a reliable gas-powered chainsaw. Though there are quality electric models on the market, dealing with extension cords on the jobsite can be a nuisance at best and safety issue at worst. Stihl is one of the oldest and most rusted companies when it comes to powered saws.
Readers’ pick: Stihl MS 170 16 in. 30.1 CC Gas Chainsaw – $189.95