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The Chainsaw is a tool used to cut down flora in a target area by consuming  Solid Biofuel. It allows the pioneer to harvest things that can't be harvested by hand, such as trees, some shrubs, and small rocks, or to clear an area of these things.



Recipe Ingredients Produced in Products Unlocked by
5 × Reinforced Iron Plate.pngReinforced Iron Plate
25 × Iron Rod.pngIron Rod
160 × Screw.pngScrew
15 × Cable.pngCable
1 × Chainsaw.pngChainsaw
Tier 2 - Obstacle Clearing



With the Chainsaw equipped, approach some flora (valid flora will be highlighted with a white outline) and Use Left to cut it. After the animation finishes, all flora within a 5-meter radius is cut (centered on the targeted object).[1]. Some nearby small rocks will also be destroyed and yield Limestone or Silica, although the rocks can't be targeted directly. All items produced by the destroyed flora, including removed stones, will be transferred into the player's inventory. Several types of trees cannot be cut, usually large trees.

While the AoE can not be directly turned off, if there isn't enough space in the player's inventory, only the targeted (highlighted) flora is cut and no items are obtained. This is a known bug and not an intentional feature.[2][3]


The Chainsaw cannot be used as a weapon; it does no damage to any creature.


  • The Chainsaw is primarily used to collect Leaves, Wood, and Mycelia ingredients which are all used to create Biomass.
  • The Chainsaw can be used to collect Flower Petals by cutting down large trees or clusters of Flowers, and also be used to collect Silica obtained by cutting down Coral.


 Chainsaw can be sunk into the AWESOME Sink.png AWESOME Sink to yield 2 760 points.

Fuel consumption

The Chainsaw currently uses Solid Biofuel as fuel. It consumes 75 MW and Solid Biofuel has 450 MJ of energy, therefore one Solid Biofuel is consumed every six seconds.

The chainsaw does not support multiple fuel types due to UI limitations; there isn't currently a way for the player to specify what fuel it should consume.[4]


  • In Closed Alpha the Chainsaw Graphic Mesh used a Blue Color.
    • In Closed Alpha, when held in one hand, the Chainsaw Blade was retracted.[5]
    • In Closed Alpha, when held in two hands, the Chainsaw Blade was extended.[6]
  • Despite being powered by a solid form of biomass, the chainsaw still sounds like it is powered by liquid fuel.[7]
  • Snutt has prototyped different modes for the Chainsaw.[8]
  • Even if Chainsaw is equipped, Pioneer can still opt to pick up small foliages manually. However, as foliage actual pickup hitbox is reduced to its base area while a Chainsaw is held, Holster H to allow foliages to be picked up more easily.

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