A Chainsaw is a portable mechanical saw, usually powered by a two-stroke engine. Chainsaws are mostly used for cutting wood, especially trees, although some chainsaws are specially designed to cut through concrete. In real life, a chainsaw makes for a rather unwieldy but deadly weapon; however, the potential danger to the operator when used in such a fashion limits the use of chainsaws as weapons to horror movies and video games.
In Wasteland, the chainsaw serves as the most powerful melee weapon short of the Proton ax, which is a bit more than twice as powerful as a chainsaw. Chainsaws are in turn twice as powerful as lesser melee weapons, such as the Ax, Club, Crowbar, Sledge hammer, Pick ax, Shovel or Knife. Use of a chainsaw is covered under the Brawling skill.