The 9 Best Electric Chainsaws

Updated October 01, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

9 Best Electric Chainsaws
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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Powering through those gardening chores is a whole lot easier with one of these electric chainsaws, which are much less noisy and messy than their gasoline-powered counterparts. We've included budget-priced models good for homeowners with smaller yards through to more powerful units that make light work of the thickest logs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best electric chainsaw on Amazon.

9. Oregon PowerNow CS1500

The Oregon PowerNow CS1500 features a strong, 15-amp motor for effective cutting to help you get the job done faster. It has a comfortable overmolded handle, and operates with minimal vibrations, making it an ergonomic choice.
  • well-balanced build
  • backed by a 2-year warranty
  • chain tends to snag and jump
Brand Oregon
Model 570995
Weight 17.4 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

8. Remington Ranger

The Remington Ranger is a smart choice if you often need to reach branches growing beyond the scope or safety of a ladder. Its extension pole is detachable, however, reducing the model to a simple, handheld unit that can compete with the rest of its class.
  • telescoping arm is fully adjustable
  • best for small limb trimming
  • motor is not very powerful
Brand Remington
Model 41AZ33PC983
Weight 11.9 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Sun Joe SWJ701E

The Sun Joe SWJ701E is an affordable option that performs as well as some models that are twice its price. Its powerful motor rips through tree limbs, firewood, and heavier logs with minimal vibrations, but its handles still feel a little uncomfortable.
  • kickback brake function
  • self-lubricating bar
  • chain has a tendency to slip
Brand Snow Joe
Model SWJ701E
Weight 12.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Makita HCU02C1

The Makita HCU02C1 creates zero emissions, and is up to 40 percent quieter than its gas-powered competition. Its powerful motor has also been designed to cut through tough material quickly without requiring a lot of user force.
  • tool-less chain adjustments
  • requires minimal maintenance
  • poor battery life
Brand Makita
Model HCU02C1
Weight 13.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Earthwise 16-Inch CS30116

The Earthwise 16-Inch CS30116 offers a tool-free tension adjustment system, which makes it much easier to maintain than models that require more complicated means. It also features an automatic oiling device to keep the motor running cool.
  • bar and chain made by oregon
  • electric brake stop
  • not strong enough for heavy jobs
Brand Earthwise
Model CS30116
Weight 12.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Worx WG304.1

The Worx WG304.1 offers a patented tension chain tightening system for easier maintenance, as well as greater stability and accuracy when cutting. It also has a built-in brake for safety, and comes fully assembled right out of the box.
  • long 18-inch bar
  • ergonomic full-wrap front handle
  • 3-year manufacturer's warranty
Brand Worx
Model WG3041
Weight 14.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Ryobi P547 One+

The Ryobi P547 One+ is a good choice for the casual home user who doesn't need to cut large trees and wants something small enough that it can store away easily. It has an attractive green color and works with all branded 18-volt batteries.
  • rarely ever stalls
  • push-button oiler
  • a full charge lasts up to one hour
Brand Ryobi
Model P547
Weight 9.7 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Black & Decker LCS1020

The Black & Decker LCS1020 has a 20-volt lithium ion battery that gives it a long operating time, and it effectively holds its charge while in storage. It also features a wraparound bale handle for added stability when cutting.
  • allows for quick saw adjustments
  • lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • clear oil gauge window
Brand BLACK+DECKER
Model LCS1020
Weight 10 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. GreenWorks 20312

The GreenWorks 20312 has been built with a brushless motor that gives it up to 30 percent more torque than similar models with a third of the vibration. It also gets about 150 cuts on a single cycle from its G-MAX 40V lithium-ion battery.
  • only takes 1 hour to charge
  • safety chain brake
  • instant electric starter
Brand Greenworks
Model 20312
Weight 17.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

It's Electric: Choosing A Chainsaw

Electric chainsaws are clean and easy to operate, with none of the gasoline and oil blending their combustion-engine-powered counterparts require, and none of the accompanying odors or spills, either. These saws also start up without that annoying pull-cord mechanism, and can be shut off more easily as well. And thanks to the many powerful battery operated chainsaws on the market today, no longer are these electric tools limited to the length of your extension cord.

Once you have committed to buying an electric chainsaw, the first decision you should make is whether you want a battery powered or a corded tool. A battery powered chainsaw can go anywhere at any time and is quite convenient, right up to the moment at which its battery runs out of juice, anyway. You can mitigate this issue by purchasing a second battery, but if you have a lot of cutting to do, even with one battery charging while the other is at work, chances are good that you will have a fair amount of downtime waiting for a recharge.

So balance the convenience of full portability with the patience needed for charging batteries. With the lack of range inherent in a plug in chainsaw comes the fact that it will never run out of power barring a blackout. (Even gasoline chainsaws require a pause for refilling.)

The next issue to consider, regardless of power source, is the blade length you need. If you're felling trees, you need a chainsaw with a large, long bar. For true timber cutting, consider models with at least a sixteen-inch bar, or better yet, look for eighteen-inch bar chainsaws. If you're more concerned with chopping up limbs to fit them in a dumpster or wood chipper or with cutting down fallen logs into firewood, a shorter blade should suffice.

And know that the range of pricing in the electric chainsaw category cuts both ways. You can get a decent tool for around a hundred dollars, but if you want a real power house of a machine, you will spend a least two hundred dollars or more.

Safe And Proper Tree Felling With A Chainsaw

Used properly, chainsaws are not dangerous to their operator or anyone nearby. Used improperly, chainsaws are incredibly dangerous devices. This danger stems not only from the actual whirling blade protruding from the tool's powerful motor, but also from the chance for improperly felled trees or limbs to cause injury -- in fact some studies show that nearly 90 percent of chainsaw-related deaths resulted not from contact with the tool itself but from the impact of a tree trunk or branch.

The most common source of injury with a chainsaw is from kickback when the saw encounters an area of material, such as a knot, through which it cannot immediately cut. The chain catches and transfers its energy to the tool itself, sending the chainsaw bouncing upward toward the operator. To minimize the chance of a dangerous kickback, never cut with the tip of the saw and avoid cutting with the first few inches of the top of the blade. Also always make sure both of your hands are firmly grasping the saw before you make contact with lumber.

To properly cut down a small or medium sized tree (leave larger trees to the experts), first cut a wedge shaped notch in the direction you wish the tree to fall. This wedge, often called an undercut, should be cut into the side of the tree toward which it is likely to fall based on its shape or its location on a slope. To fell your prepared tree, slowly and steadily cut into it across from the undercut, ceasing your action before you have cut all the way through the tree.

Leaving this hinge of wood prevents the tree from jumping off of its stump, potentially causing serious injury. Now move well away from the tree and bring it down using ropes or pressure applied by poles once everyone is away from the trunk and out of the tree's downward path.

The Other Gear You Should Get

If you're using a chainsaw properly, you're also using several other pieces of gear at the same time. The most obvious and necessary item you should be using at all times when operating a chainsaw is a pair of safety glasses or **goggles. A chainsaw sends dust and scraps of wood flying; the former can irritate your eyes, while the latter can cause a serious injury, scratching the cornea or worse. To put it simply, you should never use a chainsaw without something covering your eyes.

The next thing the savvy chainsaw operator uses is hearing protection. A set of safety earmuffs is the best way to protect your ears while operating a noisy chainsaw, but a pair of regular earplugs is better than nothing if need be.

While your hands should be totally safe from cuts while you operate a chainsaw (provided you are using the tool properly), a pair of protective work gloves is still a smart choice during chainsaw use. Gloves protect your hands from scratches or cuts resulting from rough pieces of wood or from debris sent flying by the saw, and can help you maintain a firm and comfortable grip on the tool and/or on any lumber or timber you need to cut through.

Finally it's a good idea to wear sturdy work boots and a good pair of thick bluejeans (or other durable pants). No one ever plans to drop a chainsaw or have the blade buck wildly, but if either of those things happen, you'll be glad you were wearing the right gear for the occasion.



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Last updated on October 01, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.


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