The 10 Best Chainsaws

Updated April 02, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 39 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you are tidying up your own yard or you are a professional landscaper, you're sure to find something that suits your cutting needs perfectly among our selection of hard-working chainsaws, rated by torque, run-time, and value. We've included both gas-powered and electric units, plus models in every price range. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best chainsaw on Amazon.

10. Remington Limb N Trim

For smaller jobs around your property, like taking care of saplings and pruning shrubs, the Remington Limb N Trim should be potent enough to handle the work. It comes at a bargain price that most homeowners will appreciate, yet should last through years of use.
  • zero assembly required
  • moderately powerful 8-amp motor
  • poorly designed handle
Brand Remington
Model 41AZ52AG983
Weight 8.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. DeWalt DCCS620P1

The DeWalt DCCS620P1 can be purchased with or without a battery, so if you already have some of this company's 20-volt power tools, you can save a little cash on the purchase. At just nine pounds, it's great for extended periods of use.
  • requires virtually no maintenance
  • good choice for construction use
  • doesn't include a case
Model DCCS620P1
Weight 13.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. SunJoe SWJ800E

The SunJoe SWJ800E conveniently extends to over 8 feet, allowing you to reach those high-up branches without having to use a ladder. It's a must-have for the homeowner or landscaper with lots of light pruning projects ahead.
  • six thousand rpm no-load speed
  • backed by a two-year warranty
  • head is not multidirectional
Brand Snow Joe
Model SWJ800E
Weight 9.9 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

7. Remington Rebel

The Remington Rebel comes in multiple engine sizes and bar lengths, so there is one to fit every consumer's need. Its gas-powered engine is strong enough to cut through dense woods without bogging down, and the wraparound handle makes it simple to control.
  • includes oil and a carrying case
  • chain keeps its tension well
  • oils itself automatically
Brand Remington
Model 41DY462S983
Weight 26 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

6. Black & Decker LCS1020

With its 10-inch blade, the lightweight Black & Decker LCS1020 is nearly effortless to maneuver in thick brush. While it isn't suitable for any large-diameter logs, it is more than up to snuff for the average home user who needs to prune some branches in their backyard.
  • runs for a long time on each charge
  • comfortable contoured handle
  • doesn't require tools for tensioning
Model LCS1020
Weight 9.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Worx WG320 Jawsaw

The creatively-designed Worx WG320 Jawsaw integrates a set of solid steel teeth with a 6" chain blade that cuts whatever the jaws are holding. The auto-tension feature will use the right amount of gripping force every time.
  • scissor design limits kickback
  • good choice for novices
  • safer than standard styles
Brand Worx
Model WG320
Weight 12.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Poulan Pro 50cc

The Poulan Pro 50cc is a fuel-efficient unit that releases a minimal amount of fumes, despite being a powerful gas-powered model. Its purge bulb allows for easy starting on the first or second pull, making it great for cold-weather use.
  • tool-free maintenance
  • anti-vibration system
  • low kickback chain
Brand Poulan Pro
Model 967061501
Weight 21 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Greenworks DigiPro

Built-in brushless technology allows the Greenworks DigiPro to provide best-in-class battery life, while also creating less noise than the majority of its competitors. It boasts a reduction in vibrations of as much as 70% compared with most other models.
  • includes a battery and charger
  • mid-sized 16-inch bar
  • minimal kickback
Brand Greenworks
Model 20312
Weight 17.5 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

2. Worx WG304.1

The Worx WG304.1 delivers just as much force and cutting power as almost any gas-powered unit. It includes a specialized chain mechanism to prevent over-tightening and to maintain tension while it cuts its way through legions of wood.
  • features a safety stop
  • tool-less chain replacement
  • doesn't release harmful fumes
Brand Worx
Model WG3041
Weight 14.6 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Husqvarna 460 Rancher

The Husqvarna 460 Rancher delivers high torque across a wide RPM range, and features a forged, three-piece crankshaft for optimum performance in the toughest of conditions. This powerful machine is suitable for logging, fire suppression, and more.
  • easy to access chain tensioner
  • starts up reliably every time
  • 20-inch bar handles thick logs
Brand Husqvarna
Model 966048330
Weight 21.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

The Chains on the Saw Go Round and Round

When I was growing up I never thought, despite its name, that there was actually a chain on a chainsaw. I thought it just had teeth all around a big blade and that the teeth moved somehow. Once I realized there was a chain involved (still a kid at this point), I thought that it was just a chain with no blades, and that it moved so fast it could cut through anything.

Then, I got to use a chainsaw, and it was made very clear to me how it worked before I was allowed to sink it into some wood.

Most of the chainsaws you'll encounter move their chain, complete with its little shark fin-like blades, the way a motorcycle moves its chain. In fact, the systems aren't all that dissimilar. There's a small, gas powered motor that creates a bit of combustion. That combustion moves a piston in a cylinder that's connected to an arm. That arm spins a mechanism through a simple clutch that determines the power delivered to the chain.

Yes, if you're wondering, somebody did make a motorcycle that runs on chainsaws.

The big difference between the motorcycle's power system and the chainsaw's is the final drive. On the bike, that chain is designed to move your rear wheel and push forward a bike that can weigh anywhere between 200 and 2000 lbs. The chain on the chainsaw doesn't have to move anything, unless you count its teeth. And with all that speed in the blade and all that tasty torque, the cutting is easy.

Safety Can Be Fun, I Promise

Some people can be pretty loose about their chainsaw safety, relying on their thick boots, hard hats, and goggles to keep the worst possible injuries at bay. Me, I prefer to get my confidence from knowledge and the application of proper technique. It's why, for example, I'm not afraid to bowl in front of a date.

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of fun to be had wielding a chainsaw. Just remember that there are roughly 36,000 chainsaw injuries annually that require an average of over 110 stitches each.

The shame of it is, it's such an easy thing to manage. It's all about kickback. No, I'm not talking about the chainsaw lobby giving kickbacks to politicians who pass laws that favor their industry. I don't even think there is a chainsaw lobby, but if there was, I wouldn't mess with them.

Kickback is the phenomenon you see in the picture there, when a chainsaw violently jerks back at its user. There's a magic little spot on the front end of every chainsaw that's known as the kickback zone, and if you manage that properly, your safety is all but guaranteed.

Down to the Bone

In the late 18th century, around the early 1780s, a pair of wily Swedish doctors came up with the idea of adhering a series of small cutting surfaces to a chain. That chain was spun by a hand crank, and it was meant for the excision of diseased bone.

That's kind of funny, if you think about it. All this talk about protecting the body, and the first chainsaw was actually designed for cutting bone!

The Swedes didn't release their saw until around 1790, and the chainsaw itself was only really used in medical fields until the 1920s.

It was in the 20s that Stihl released mass-produced versions of electrical and gas powered chainsaws, though these were meant to be operated by two men, instead of one, with controls on one end and an additional handle at the end of the blade arm, in what we now call the kickback zone.

Advancements in the metals used for both the blade arm and the chain allowed for the creation of one man saws, and from there the majority of developments that came about were either in the chain or the motor. Saws got sharper, stronger and more durable, and now they even cut through flying sharks. Hooray!

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Last updated on April 02, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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