From the presence of the power take-off, and the list of accessories you can use with each of the variants and up to weight, engine power and price, the differences between chainsaw and cultivator are large enough to justify a careful comparative analysis of both options, before purchase. Find out in this article what differentiates them and which is more suitable for you.

Chainsaw or cultivator? What is more useful for your household and how do you know to choose between the two versions, apparently so similar. We tell you in this article what are the main differences you need to consider in order to identify the right option for the land you want to cultivate.

Allowing the attachment of a variety of accessories for many tillage processes, but not only, the power take-off is one of the elements that makes the difference between the two variants of agricultural machinery. The cultivator has it, the chainsaw does not.

In the case of the chainsaw, the main function is the digging and it is done with the help of milling cutters that are mounted with screws on the only drive axle of the device. It cannot be used with tools that require lifting and lowering or actuation by a power take-off. However, you can attach a plow with a furrow, thinner, a device for removing potatoes and a trailer with a load of up to 500 kg.

The cultivator is a multifunctional machine, which is why it is even more expensive than a chainsaw. The list of accessories that you can install and use with such a device is quite tender and includes: mowing bar, simple or reversible plow, earth cutter, vegetation shredder, snow blade and turbine, potato hoe, rake collected hay, seed drill, baler, folding trailer, rotary brush, bale wrapping system.

So if you turn to a cultivator, you buy a helper that reduces working time and physical effort in a variety of areas of household maintenance activities.

In terms of power we can tell you that on the market you will find hobby type chainsaws, with motors of 4–5HP and a single working speed, for small areas of land, up to 500sqm, semi-professional models, up to 7HP and two or three travel speeds, for medium-sized gardens, of maximum 5000sqm, and professional options, up to 18HP, intended to cover large areas, up to 7000sqm.

Rarely will you find models of motor cultivator that offers a power of less than 7–7.5HP, the maximum level of power available in this category, found at the best cultivator on diesel or gasoline, being 20–21HP, which at 24HP we are already talking about mini-tractors. The most efficient models are provided with two power outlets and can be used for terrains over 10,000sqm.

Because the width of the cutters is set according to the power of the motor, so as not to overload it, it is natural that the chainsaws work with narrower versions than the cultivators. For low power hobby chainsaw variants, cutters of maximum 40–50 cm are usually mounted, for semi — professional, medium power cutters, you will find cutters of up to 70–80 cm, while professional options work with variants of up to 1100–1200cm.

In the case of cultivators, this accessory can easily exceed the width of 1400 cm, which makes them much more efficient in approaching large areas of land, which they can work with fewer passes.

The chainsaw is a relatively easy and easy to use agricultural machine, weighing between 30 and 60 kg, which means that it involves less pushing force from the user. At the same time, the low weight makes these models usually suitable for digging at shallow depths, up to 10–12 cm, but sufficient for most crops, when it comes to sowing.

On the other hand, the cultivator can reach up to 250–270kg, the weight that already tells you that it is a little harder to handle, especially when it comes to returns, takes up more space when stored and consumes more fuel than a chainsaw at work, just to move its weight.

However, the same weight also gives you clearly superior efficiency when it comes to digging deep ditches in hard or sticky soil or transporting high capacity trailers.

Because it is lighter and does not have a very good stability on the ground, the mower is recommended for lands that do not pose great difficulties, such as sandy or that have been worked frequently. It is therefore preferred for gardens near the house and greenhouses.

If you are facing a surface of land that has not been worked for a long time or on which the soil is hard and clayey, the chainsaw cannot help you much. You need the weight, stability and power of a high-performance cultivator to bring the soil to the required quality of shredding and aeration that allows the addition, efficiently, of fertilizer and preparation for sowing or planting.

You have probably already guessed that chainsaw is the economical option. Although you will find in this category of products, expensive, professional models, which can be purchased at prices exceeding 5000 lei, you can also buy affordable options, suitable for home use, at costs starting from 300–500 lei. It is therefore an accessible agricultural equipment, suitable for households where land maintenance is done carefully and efficiently.

By comparison, cultivators start from 1500–2000 lei, in the economic variants, and can easily exceed 30,000 lei, in high-performance, high-power formats, useful for situations in which large lands are cultivated and exploited. The cultivator is therefore a bigger investment that it is good to weigh carefully if you need to do it.

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