The two types of crosscut saw are the felling saw and the bucking saw. The felling saw is usually used to cut down trees and the bucking saw is used to cut trees that are already down.
Crosscut saws were used during the Roman Empire and widespread usage of it occurred in Europe during the 15th century.
The crosscut saw is not as heavy as a chainsaw. They are also safer for the environment than chainsaws.
When using a crosscut saw there are some risks of being cut, but the blade does not keep moving when dropped like it does with the chainsaw.
Even though it is safer than the chainsaw you should still be cautious when using this saw. Be sure to draw a line on the wood you are cutting and carefully stay on that line.