Best Chainsaw of 2018: Buying Guide & Reviews

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Our experts have tested and selected top 7 best and popular models. We have also included a buying guide on Chainsaw to educate you with the basics of chainsaw so you can operate them properly and carefully

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Also check our reviews and complete buying guide on best electric chainsaws, both cordless and corded.

Best Chainsaws of 2018

NameWeightBar length 
Husqvarna 45512.8 lbs20" Check Price
BLACK+DECKER LCS124010.4 lbs12" Check Price
EGO Power8.3 lbs14" Check Price
Worx WG304.111.3 lbs18" Check Price
DEWALT DCCS690X1---16" Check Price
Makita XCU03PT122.3 lbs14" Check Price
Earthwise CS330169.9 lbs16" Check Price
NameBar length 
Husqvarna 45520" Check Price
BLACK+DECKER LCS124012" Check Price
EGO Power14" Check Price
Worx WG304.118" Check Price
DEWALT DCCS690X116" Check Price
Makita XCU03PT114" Check Price
Earthwise CS3301616" Check Price

1. Husqvarna 455 Rancher 20″ 2-Stroke Gas-Powered Chainsaw

Husqvarna 455 is a gas-powered chainsaw which is best for homeowners and farmers. It is also one of the rancher chainsaws. It has 55.5cc powerful engine and available with a 20-inch bar. It is a good chainsaw which can provide you high quality and better performance. It is supplied with kickback feature and an anti-vibration technology that can come in handy while working, and this chainsaw is an all in one package. Husqvarna 455 can help you with pruning, trimming, cutting some small and significant branches across your backyard and farm.

Factors to be considered, before selecting an equipment ideal for you, are Type of work, Safety, Drive Mechanisms, Compatibility, Portability, Maintenance.

Key Specifications:

  • Type:- Gas Chainsaw
  • Weight:- 12.8 lbs
  • Fuel capacity:- 0.44 liters
  • Bar size:- 20-inch
  • Engine:- 55.5cc

Type of work: Husqvarna 455 is suitable for indoor and outdoor works. It is a perfect chainsaw for homeowners and farmers. It is used for light-duty as well as heavy-duty jobs like pruning shrubs, trimming, cutting down small and significant branches and helping you to maintain your backyard and farm. It is available with a 20-inch bar which comes in handy while cutting big trees and branches.

Safety: Husqvarna 455 comes with a good safety feature that is manufactured to protect you from danger. It has an air filtering feature to release Carbon dioxide and other harmful gases from the chainsaw. It also acts as a cooling system of the chainsaw. It is provided with kickback feature (if suddenly for some reason your chainsaw backfire at you then this feature helps you to stop the chain of the chainsaw to avoid injuries) and front hand brake feature (manually stop the moving chain by pushing the front hand brake forward). Husqvarna 455 is placed with springs on chainsaw body, which acts like anti-vibration system to protect your hands from the vibrations of chainsaw while working.

Mechanisms: Husqvarna 455 chainsaw is a gas-powered chainsaw, and it is provided with an X-TORQUE engine which reduces emission. It runs on 55.5cc and is available with 20-inch bar and chain. The chainsaw bar is protected with a cover of the metal shield. It is designed to give a tight grip on it. Husqvarna 455 has its own Smart Start feature, which increases 40% of the start speed by reducing the resistance offered by starter cord. There are two chambers, one is for gas and other is for oil. Husqvarna 455 uses 2-stroke oil (a mixture of gasoline and ethanol) and also has an air filter to filter out harmful gases. It also has an oil level indicator which shows you the remaining oil in the chainsaw so that you don’t run out of oil while working.

Compatibility: Husqvarna 455 chainsaw is compatible with X-TORQUE and 55.5cc powerful engine. It is suitable for both light-duty and heavy-duty works like pruning, trimming, cutting down the branches and for cutting woods for a bonfire. It is compatible with 20-inch bar and chain. Husqvarna 455 chainsaw needs 2-stroke oil (a mixture of gasoline and ethanol). It is best for homeowners and farmers.

Portability: Husqvarna 455 chainsaw’s weight is 12.8 lbs; it is not a lightweight chainsaw, but it is also not too heavy compared to other chainsaws out there. If you are a daily user of a chainsaw than you can handle this chainsaw very well but if you’re a beginner and not used to heavy chainsaw than you should not prefer this chainsaw. This chainsaw is not recommended to the beginners (using the chainsaw for the first time). You can carry it around while you’re going to camping, tracking or on the weekend holiday (for cutting the woods for a bonfire).

Maintenance: Husqvarna 455 chainsaw is a gas-powered chainsaw, so it certainly has some maintenance stuff that you might have to take care. Lubricate the chain of the saw, and check the tension between chain and bar of the saw. Check the starter cord before use. Clean the sawdust accumulated in the air filter and wash it with water and soup (don’t use ammonia). Tighten the nuts and screws when it is necessary.

Pros
  • Weight 12.8 lbs
  • 20-inch bar
  • Smart Start feature
  • Oil level indicator
  • Suitable for indoor works and outdoor works
  • Two years warranty
Cons
  • Chain oil leaks sometimes when the saw is stored for a long time

Conclusion: Husqvarna 455 chainsaw is perfect for homeowners and farmers. It is compatible with indoor and outdoor works as well. At this price, this chainsaw is the best you can have. It is also one of the Rancher chainsaws. It used for light-duty as well as heavy-duty works like pruning shrubs, trimming, cutting down small and significant branches and helping you in maintaining your backyard and farm.

2. BLACK+DECKER LCS1240 40-volt 12″ Cordless Chainsaw

Black and Decker lcs1240 is a battery powered chainsaw. It is a light-duty chainsaw, which is best for pruning shrubs, cutting small branches. Black+Decker lcs1240 is also a cordless chainsaw and is one of the cheapest battery powered chainsaw you can have. You should prefer this machine when you are on a small budget. Black+Decker lcs1240 is one of the best battery powered chainsaws you can have in this price range.

Key Specifications:

  • Type:- Electric chainsaw (cordless)
  • Weight:- 11.3 lbs
  • Bar size:- 12-inch premium
  • System:- 40V max

Type of work:  Black and Decker lcs1240 is a battery powered chainsaw which is a light-duty chainsaw used for pruning shrubs, cutting down small branches and trimming. It can also help you to maintain your backyard and keep it clean from unwanted weeds and branches. House owners use this machine because it fulfils all the needs they seek. Nowadays electric-powered chainsaws are going head to head with gas-powered chainsaws.

Safety: In safety matter, battery-powered chainsaw has a benefit. Black+Decker lcs1240 has a Quick Start feature, which helps you to start the machine just by pushing the start button. This feature saves you from the painful way of starting the engine by starter cord. In battery powered chainsaw there is no need for air filtering (this feature saves us from Carbon dioxide and harmful gas and heating problem) as it runs on battery. Black+Decker also possess a Kickback feature, when something’s stuck in the chain while it’s moving, the force can cause the chainsaw to backfire at you and at that instant, Kickback feature helps to stop the chain from moving to avoid injury to the user.

Mechanisms: Black+Decker lcs1240 is a battery powered chainsaw. It has X-TORQ engine with reduced emission. This machine is available in two variants, Black+Decker lcs1240 (20V) and Black+Decker LCS1240 (40V). Black+Decker LCS1240 (20V) is equipped with manual oil filling and Black+Decker LCS1240 (40V) is provided with auto oiling system that keeps the saw, chain and guide bar lubricated continuously. It also has an oil level indicator which shows the remaining oil in the chainsaw, so that you don’t run out of oil in the middle of your work. This chainsaw is available with 12-inch premium bar and chain. The 40V Max lithium ion battery gives 5 times more runtime compared to a regular battery. It is designed to produce low-frequency sound.

Compatibility: Black+Decker Lcs1240 is suitable for indoor works like pruning shrubs, cutting down small branches, trimming. Black+Decker ics1240 (20V) is compatible with batteries LBX20, LBXR20, LBXR2020, LBXR2520, LB2X3020, LB2X4030 and compatible with chargers LCS200, LCS1620, LCS201, LCS202, L2AFC, L2AFCBS. Black+Decker ics1240 (40V) is compatible with batteries LBX36, LBXR36, LBX1540, LBXR2036, LBX2040, LBXR2540, LBX2540. Black+Decker Lcs1240 (40V) is compatible with chargers LCS36, LCS40, LCS436. The machine is available with a 12-inch bar.

Portability: Black and Decker ics1240 has a compact size which weighs 10.4 lbs. This chainsaw is made for light-duty work and is suitable for indoor jobs. If you are a casual user of a chainsaw than you might know that 10.4 lbs weight is normal for any chainsaw. This chainsaw is one of the lightweight chainsaws that you can carry around for camping or when you’re going for a weekend holiday.

Maintenance: Black+Decker ics1240 can do a lot of maintenance stuff by itself. Clean the sawdust accumulated on the chain brake and check that it is working properly. Lubricate the chain of chainsaw and check that bar and chain gets sufficient oil. Check the connection between battery and engine and between the battery and battery charger. Empty the oil tank and clean it properly once in a while. Sharp the chain of the chainsaw and adjust the tension between chain and bar. Clean the air inlet of the chainsaw. Also, check that nuts and screws are fitted properly.

Pros
  • Weight 10.4 lbs
  • Quick start feature
  • Suitable for indoor works
  • An electric chainsaw, cordless
  • Low Noise
  • Two years warranty
Cons
  • Not support for heavy work
  • 12-inch bar
  • No front hand brake system

Conclusion: In this price range, it the best chainsaw you can have. Black+Decker Lcs1240 is a battery powered chainsaw, which is used for indoor works like pruning shrubs, cutting down small branches, cleaning your backyard. This machine is preferred to homeowners, who are not very skilled in using chainsaws.

3. EGO Power 14″ 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Chainsaw

Ego Power chainsaw is a battery powered chainsaw. This is one of the best-looking chainsaws you will find out there. Engineers of Chevron (Parent company of ego) has designed this chainsaw. The battery of this machine is placed under the handle of the chainsaw and on the other side, brushless motor to balance the weight. It is a little costly compared to its size and work but I ensure you that it is worth it. Ego Power chainsaw is cordless chainsaw which runs on a lithium-ion battery that gives you a long runtime.

Key Specifications:

  • Type:- battery chainsaw (cordless)
  • Weight:- 11.3 lbs
  • Bar size:- 14-inch
  • System:- 56V max

Type of work: Ego Power is a battery-powered chainsaw, which is 56V. This chainsaw is suitable for indoor and outdoor works. Ego Powered chainsaw is used for light-duty and heavy-duty works like pruning shrubs, trimming, cleaning your backyard, cutting down small branches as well as big branches. This is preferred by homeowners, semi-professional and professionals. Ego Power provides you with high quality and good performance, which make it one of the best chainsaw.

Safety: Ego Power chainsaw design helps in having a tight grip on the chainsaw that it doesn’t slip from hands while working. It has a front hand brake feature (you can manually stop the chain from moving by triggering the front brake forward) and kickback feature (if suddenly for some reason your chainsaw backfires at you then this feature stops the chain from moving to avoid injury) to keep you save. In battery powered chainsaw there is no release of Carbon dioxide or other harmful gases because it runs on battery. The entire body is covered with a metal shield, which is not easily breakable. Ego Power chainsaw is designed to produce low-frequency sound.

Mechanisms: Ego Power runs on 56V and the bar available with it is 14-inch. It is placed with 2.0 Ah battery, which gives you a long run time. It also has an oil level indicator which will show you remaining oil in your chainsaw. The design of this machine makes it very attractive. Engineers of Chevron (Parent company of ego) has designed this chainsaw. The battery of this machine is placed under the handle of the chainsaw and on the other side brushless motor to balance the weight. So that while you are cutting the branches there is no disbalance in the saw.

Compatibility: Ego Power is suitable for indoor and outdoor works like pruning shrubs, trimming, cleaning your backyard, cutting down small branches as well as big branches. This machine is compatible with batteries BA1120, BA1400, BA2240, BA2800, BA4200 and with chargers CH2100, CH5500. It is available with 14-inch bar and chain with 3/8 Low Pro Pitch and gauge of this machine is 0.043.

Portability: The best part of Ego Power chainsaw is “Portability”. The weight of this machine is only 11.3 lbs, which is one of the lowest weight chainsaws. If you are a professional worker and can carry a heavy weight chainsaw then, I surely recommend this chainsaw for you. You can carry around this chainsaw for camping, tracking or for weekend holidays (for cutting down the wood for bonfire). I can ensure you that after working for too long with this chainsaw you won’t face any back pains.

Maintenance: In battery powered chainsaws, the maintenance is negligible. Clean the sawdust on front hand brake and check if it is working or not. Sharpen the chainsaw to cut the branches easily. Check the oil tank that it is full or not so that while working you don’t run out of oil. Empty the oil tank before cleaning it. Check the tension between chain and bar of the chainsaw. Clean the air inlet and the chainsaw bar should be tuned every now and then. Lubricate the chain once in a while and check the oil is sufficient for chain and bar. Check the connection between battery and engine; between the battery and battery charger. Tighten the nuts and screws when it is necessary.

Pros
  • Weighs 11.3 lbs
  • Quick Start feature
  • Suitable for indoor works and outdoor works
  • An electric chainsaw, cordless
  • Low Noise
Cons
  • 14-inch bar
  • Not has front hand brake system

Conclusion: If you’re looking for a low weight chainsaw and which is suitable for light-duty and heavy-duty works then Ego Power is the best chainsaw you can have. Its weight is 11.3 lbs which is one of the lowest weighted chainsaws.

4. WORX WG304.1 Electric Chainsaw with Auto-tension, Chain Brake, and Automatic Oiling

WORX 18” corded chainsaw has a powerful 15 amp for performance and durability, also featuring a patented chain-tensioning system for chain life. The chain’s design maximizes safety through low kickbacks. Automatic oiling system features a pocket on the bar for constant lubricating of the chain and has a capacity of 6.75 ounces of oil with an indicator. The machine weighs 11.2 lbs which favours safety and comfort. Overall the structure of the device is sleek, stylish and the device is electric-powered so forget the hassle of gas.

Key Specifications:

  • Size: 18-inch bar and chain
  • Chain Speed: 12 M/S
  • Chain Gauge: 0.050
  • Amperage: 15 Amp
  • System : 120 Volt ~ 60Hz
  • Weight : 11.2 lbs

Type Of Work: This machine does not need a lumberjack to handle it, anyone with proper instructions can use this device. 15 amp motor and 18” chain makes the device comfortable with toughest jobs and cutting trees with 10” diameter irrespective of the kind of wood it is, i.e., from soft to hard. The 15 amp motor gives gas-like power. This Machine is robust, lets you do jobs such as trimming trees, cutting firewood. The device is corded so you will have to consider a power outlet in the area of your work.

Safety: The machine focuses significantly on safety and comfort which includes a chain break, low kickback chain, and lightweight design. The chain brake is a fibre structure just beside the main handle, and when you press it with your left hand, it acts as a brake for stopping the chain. The chain is designed for low kickback accidents. Ergonomic design distributes the weight and makes it easy to handle.

Compatibility: The machine is corded that is not compatible with batteries, duh. This category in the corded versions is to look upon the power consumption of the device, and the type of current on which this device works. You might need to find a power source to use this device whose voltage is 120 volt, so you’ll have to find an outlet for this kind of voltage, and if you are going to a remote area with no power source, you will have to carry your generator.

Mechanism: WORX WG304.1 has a motor of 15 amp powerful enough to give the 18” chain a speed of 12 M/S which is comparable to a gas-powered machine. Patented tool-less tensioning system, i.e., an oversized knob to operate and tighten the chain by not even touching it. Automatic oiling system for constant oiling of the chain, the device has a sprocket that frequently oils the chain. A chain break that comes into action if pressed against the chain right beside the chain. A chain with 63 chain metal links. The device is electric, so no noxious emissions, no gas-mixing.

Portability: The only trouble with the portability of this device is finding a proper power source to start the machine. If you are lucky to find one, then it’s alright; otherwise, you’ll have to carry your generator. While the device is lightweight and weighs around 11 lbs, that’s enough to carry around with you. The device is electric so no need of carrying around gas with you. It has the capacity of 6.5 ounces, enough for more than one single job, so no need of carrying oil with you. By considering all aspects, we can conclude that the device is enough portable.

Maintenance: You don’t need to worry about Maintenance on this machine. It already has tool-less systems for doing your manual work. The device’s design ensures low maintenance. The company manufactured chain is durable enough to last a reasonable amount of time, though you might need to sharpen it, cause what if, while running the machine you come in contact with a stone, that might damage your chain. You will then have to use something to sharpen the chain. So, give a thought to it. Oiling system does its work.

Pros
  • Powerful 15 Amp
  • Tool-Less Systems
  • Lightweight
  • Budget-friendly
Cons
  • Corded (will need an extension)
  • No Assembly
  • Oil Leakage (reported, as in most chainsaws)

Conclusion: A moderately good chainsaw for all kind of jobs under hundred dollars. Lightweight and Ergonomic design wins over the debate.

5. DEWALT DCCS690X1 40V 7.5AHChainsaw 

Dewalt is a company that guarantees gas performance from an electric chainsaw. Dewalt DCCS690X1 is a powerful chainsaw. It is electric powered which can produce performance equal to that of a gas chainsaw. Its brushless motor can produce cut speed that is equal to gas-powered motors.

Dewalt DCCS690X1 can perform all types of tasks that you can put forth. It is powered by a 40V engine which can cut through almost everything. As for the design, the DEWALT DCCS690X1 is in its standard, recognizable black and yellow colour. Its design is suitable for working under normal conditions, although it is not impossible to work under difficult conditions. The battery is inserted on the top side of the chainsaw.

Key Specifications:

  • Battery Included: Yes (1 lithium-ion battery)
  • Size: 16 inches Dewalt Bar and Chain
  • Chain Speed: 50 ft/S
  • System: 40 V
  • Weight: 19.35 lbs (without Battery)

Type of work: Considering the powerful engine and guaranteed performance, the chainsaw can work up through all kinds of cutting jobs. Limbing, trimming, pruning, firewood, cutting logs are easy tasks for Dewalt DCCS690X1. It can work with excellent cut speed (50 ft/sec) that cutting trees will be effortless for it. Small to large sized trees can be cut down with this chainsaw.

Safety: Dewalt DCCS690X1 comes with chain break to protect against kickbacks. Chain breaks can stop the Saw whenever it is an emergency. It is also efficient in noise as it produces low sounds which is comfortable for everyone around while using the chainsaw. It is Ideal for various other noise-sensitive properties. It doesn’t possess an anti-vibration system which is a loss for it. However, it does consist of chain tensioning which is used for adjusting the chain of the saw according to the operation.

Compatibility: Dewalt DCCS690X1 is an electric powered chainsaw; hence it runs on batteries. It is compatible with all kinds of 40V batteries, but individually I recommend you to use DCB404, DCB406 and DCB407. However, 1 Lithium Ion 40 V battery is included with the chainsaw. It also possesses a brushless motor that enhances the efficiency as well as the life-span of the chainsaw.

Mechanism: Dewalt DCCS690X1 consist of a 40 V battery powered powerful engine. No need to worry about starting the chainsaw anymore, because pulling cords are gone; instead, pull cords are replaced by a tool which starts the machine on a pull of the trigger. Auto-oiling system with LubriLink and LubriWell ensures that the chain is continuously lubricated. When it comes to the battery life of the chainsaw, according to us, the battery can last for 2 to 2.5 hours of heavy duty, which is by far exceptional. The saw is very reliable due to chain break and chain tension. There is no need of any tool for adjusting the chain anymore; it can just be done by a knob which tightens or loosens the bar and chain. You can also manipulate the speed of the chain through a speed trigger.

Portability: It is pretty lightweight when compared with other chainsaws with same aspects. So, it can be carried around in the work field. It doesn’t need an extra set of fuel which again makes it so reliable. Its high capacity battery is also another aspect enhancing the portability of the device.

Maintenance: You can consider maintenance to be negligible, because carburettors, air filters, spark plugs, etc, are no more used. These were the parts in gas chainsaws that required frequent check-ups and tune-ups, but due to lack of these parts, electric chainsaws don’t expect much check-ups regularly. However, one must always check for damaged parts before starting the chainsaw. Still adjusting the chain tension before use, is an aspect to consider. These fine tune ups will always ensure a greater life-span of the chainsaw.

Pros
  • Less maintenance
  • Low noise
  • Easy start (no pull cord)
  • Kickback protection (chain brake)
  • Powerful equal to gas chainsaw
  • Auto-oiling with LubriLink and LubriWell
  • Powerful battery
Cons
  • Oil leakage while working and during its storage

Conclusion: It’s one of the best available out there. It can perform all kinds of tasks effortlessly. Being skilled chainsaw user isn’t any more necessary due to its user-friendly and easy to use characteristics. If you are finding a professional as well as a domestic chainsaw, then we would prefer Dewalt DCCS690X1. As I said earlier, it’s one of the best chainsaws out there.

6. Makita XCU03PT1 Brushless Cordless Chain Saw Kit with 4 Batteries (5.0Ah)

Makita is a pretty good company when it comes to manufacturing tools. Makita XCU03PT1 is manufactured by this company. There is two variant of the chainsaw, one is Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 and another one is Makita XCU03PT1 60V and 80V, from these two chainsaws I am going to list Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 chainsaw. This chainsaw has a pretty attractive name “18V X2” it is meant differently, i.e., “36V”. This chainsaw runs on the 36V powerful engine. Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 is priced at $394.78. It is available with 14-inch bar and ⅜ inch pitch chain. It is provided with a lithium-ion battery to give you a long running time.

Key Specifications:

  • Type:- battery chainsaw (cordless)
  • Weight:- 11.4 lbs
  • Bar size:- 14-inch
  • System:- 36V max
  • Chain gauge:- 0.43

Type of work: Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 is suitable for indoor and outdoor work. It runs on the 36V powerful engine, and it has a 14-inch bar with ⅜-inch pitch chain. This machine is useful for light-duty as well as heavy-duty works like pruning shrubs, trimming and cutting down branches of trees. It is preferred for homeowners, farmers and part-time workers. Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 is one of the best chainsaws you can find.

Safety: Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 is a battery powered chainsaw, so it is completely emissions-free. It also has an in-built lock-off lever feature (suddenly for some reason your chainsaw backfires at you that this feature helps you to stop the chain from moving to avoid injury) and it also has front hand brake feature (you can manually stop the chain from moving by pushing the front hand brake forward). It has anti-vibration feature to protect your hand from the vibration while working and it also produces lower level sounds while running. Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 also has an ergonomic design to have a good grip on the chainsaw, so it doesn’t skid from your hand while working.

Mechanisms: Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 is a battery powered chainsaw built with an outer rotor brushless motor direct drive system which provides high power efficiency. There are two compartments constructed to place the lithium-ion batteries of 18V each. It has a LED on/off switch, which automatically turns off the saw when the work is delayed. This feature helps in extending the battery life of the chainsaw. Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 is provided with 5.0 amp lithium ion battery and charger. This machine is available with a 14-inch bar and ⅜-inch pitch chain. It is built with the 36V powerful engine. This chainsaw also includes tool-less chain adjustment, so that you can fix it anywhere and anytime according to your needs.

Compatibility: Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 is a battery powered chainsaw, which is suitable for indoor as well as outdoor works. It is compatible with 5.0 amp lithium ion battery. It is provided with an in-built rotor brushless motor direct drive system which provides high power efficiency. It is available with a 14-inch bar and ⅜-inch pitch chain. It can be used for light-duty and heavy-duty works like pruning shrubs, trimming and cutting branches.

Portability: Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 weighs around 11 lbs. It is a lightweight chainsaw, which can cut through anything. If you are a casual user then you might know 11 lbs is an average weight for chainsaws. You can carry this chainsaw for camping, tracking or on weekend holidays for cutting woods for bonfire or else.

Maintenance: Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 is a battery powered chainsaw. Lubricate the chain with oil and check the tension between chain and bar of the chainsaw. Check the connection between the battery and the engine and between the battery and battery charger before use. Tight the nuts and screws of the chainsaw when it is necessary. Sharpen the chain of the chainsaw for smooth running. Empty the oil tank before cleaning it. Charge the battery when it is down. Also check the bar and chain for any damages, even check the amount of oil in the oil tank before use so that you don’t run out of oil while working.

Pros
  • In-built lock off lever
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor works
  • An electric chainsaw, cordless
  • Low Vibration, Low Noise
  • Two to three years warranty
Cons
  • 14-inch bar

Conclusion: Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 is a battery powered chainsaw, which is built with an outer rotor brushless motor direct drive system which provides high power efficiency. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor works like pruning, trimming and cutting logs. Its weight is 11.4 lbs and available with a 14-inch bar, ⅜-inch pitch chain.

7. Earthwise CS33016 16″ 12-Amp Corded Electric Chain Saw

With 12 Amp Motor, 16” Oregon chain and bar and an affordable price range, Earthwise CS33016 can perform a ‘Sawyer’s’ task as well as of ‘homeowner’s. Long chain size makes it compatible to work on old trees. The device is Corded means no need to worry about run-time though you have to take precautions to maintain the life of the chainsaw. The weight is 9.9 lbs which is as what anticipated for an electric device. Also, this device comes in a ‘Cordless’ version, should you need it.

Key Specifications:

  • Size: 16 inches Oregon®️ Double Guard bar and chain
  • Type: Corded (comes in cordless version too)
  • Amperage: 12 Amp
  • System : 120 Volt ~ 60Hz
  • Weight: 9.9lbs

Type Of Work: The 16” chain and bar is long enough to handle trees and logs with higher diameter. Whatever the job is, trimming trees or stockpiling firewood, this tool can do them with ease. Corded versions give you an advantage over run-time of the device. If you have a lot of work and you are close to a deadline, then this device will not let you down. It can stay up with you as long as you are.

Safety: When it comes to security, it features a safety start button which when pressed let’s the trigger to run the chain. The Oregon®️ bar and chain focuses on the User handling by reducing kickbacks as we all know. It also has a shield-like structure right above the chain for protection from dust or wooden particles. Even though, you must follow the safety instructions manual before using the device.

Compatibility: You don’t get compatibility issues with corded chainsaws, all you have to do is plug into the right socket for the 12 Amp motor, and your device is ready to run. Whereas, in Cordless version you might have trouble running the machine with other kinds of batteries as this device isn’t backward compatible to other batteries.

Mechanism: CSS33016 has 12 Amp Brushed Motor for high performance. Voltage is around 120V on this device while you might get up to 58V with a brushless motor on a Cordless version. The device is built keeping in mind to keep it as light as possible. Like many other devices, the trending feature of tool-less chain tensioning system is also present in this chainsaw. Automatic Oiling System keeps the chain lubricated at all times and also features an Oil Level window for measuring oil level in the device.

Portability: Weighing around 9.9 lbs, it is as portable as it can get. The Cordless one might weigh a little more than this because of the weight of the batteries. It comes with a plastic-fibre cover for safe portability. The device is electric and hence doesn’t need you to carry around gas. For a Cordless one, you must carry around a charger with you as an emergency backup. After all, this is portable to a greater extent than gas-powered chainsaws.

Maintenance: Brushed Motor is a little disappointing on this device. Brushed motors are prone to wearing off, they stay up for a long time but need some maintenance once a while. You have to change the brushes on the motor. You will get the brushless motor on the Cordless version of the device, rather than that, the tool-less tensioning system feels a little convenient, and the lubrication system helps in maintaining the life of the chain. Although, as per usage, your chain can get dull which is a little trouble for you. The device doesn’t feature a tool-less sharpening system, and you may have to use other tools to do the job. Overall the maintenance seems low on this device.

Pros
  •  Affordable Price
  • Safe to use
  • Light Weight
  • Durable
Cons
  • Corded (need to find an electric source)
  • Motor (i.e. brushed motor needs maintenance)

Conclusion: If you have a meagre budget and in the profession of a small-scale landscaper than this device is perfect for you. Same applies to a homeowner to work in his backyard. Cost is the best feature on this device.

Best Chainsaw Buying Guide

Looking for the chainsaw that can fulfil your needs?

Going through dozens of reviews on the internet hoping to find a perfect chainsaw for you can be an overwhelming task.

So, no need to look anywhere else, here is a full guide to assist you with the best chainsaw you’re looking for.

In this guide, I will walk you through all the things you should know before buying a chainsaw. Before we start-up with the best chainsaw, you should know that only the chainsaw will not fulfil all your needs as there are a bunch of other things also.

Let’s get started…

Best chainsaw brands

There are many incredible chainsaws out there with many different features and there are also many brands that manufacture chainsaws for us. Here are some brands that manufacture chainsaws.

1. Husqvarna: Husqvarna’s history goes back over 325 years and it is a brand that specializes in manufacturing products for forest, park and gardens. It was founded in a town Huskvarna, Sweden in 1689 and at the start, it was a rifle factory. Today this company manufactures many products like robotic lawn mowers, chainsaws, grass trimmers, garden tractors, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers. You don’t want to miss this brand while buying the products.

When the first Husqvarna chainsaw was developing, engineers first preference was to reduce the noise of the chainsaw. The production department thought that the muffler design is too complicated so they went to Husqvarna workshop because they are skilled in bending pipes, made it possible to have a brand new design for the muffler. So by this, Husqvarna first chainsaw was manufactured with noise level half to the competition and it is named Husqvarna 90 in November 1959. Husqvarna 90 was the first chainsaw to have low noise.

2. Stihl: Andreas Stihl was the founder of the Stihl company in 1926. Stihl company was started with one man and now after 80 years later, it provides jobs for 7,800 people, has more than 370 designers and engineers. It includes 35,000 dealers in over 160 countries. Due to excellence and craftsmanship of the product, this is one of the preferred brands for gardeners.

The first chainsaw of Stihl company was gas-powered chainsaw which was manufactured in 1929. This chainsaw needs two operators to use, it weighs 46 kg and runs on 6 horsepower. After manufacturing the product, it was tested and exported to Belgium, Holland, France and Switzerland.

Husqvarna vs Stihl

If you question the loggers, “which company chainsaw will you prefer??”, then the result turns out to be 50/50. For many years this has been the biggest question in the chainsaw field, which till date doesn’t have an answer. Both companies provide high quality and best chainsaws. They both manufacture the best suitable chainsaw for you. So it is up to you which one you will select. I can ensure you that both of these companies products will never disappoint you as they both will provide you with the best.

Best chainsaw bar

The chainsaw bar doesn’t get as much priority as it should. The chainsaw is a long bar placed at the front of the main chainsaw machine, it holds the sharpen chain teeth which helps to do the primary task of the chainsaw which is cutting.

The chainsaw bar guides the chain to have an effective cutting. You must use that chainsaw bar which holds chain firmly.

Factors to consider

Here are the factors you should consider while keeping the best chainsaw bar for yourself.

Bar length: You have to make sure to check the length of your chainsaw bar while buying it. The length will determine the thickness and the strength of the bar. To cut through the thick piece of wood you must have a long chainsaw bar.

Remember, the longer the bar is, the delicate is to handle while cutting and it is dangerous also when your engine is not strong enough to hold on to longer chainsaw bar. The chainsaw bar should be supported by your engine also.

Weight: The weight of the chainsaw bar is also important. The longer it is, the heaver it will be. You should know that if the bar is overweighted then it can disrupt the balance of the whole chainsaw while working. Choose the bar that is comfortable with your chainsaw.

Here are the top 5 best chainsaw bar you should consider

The purpose of your chainsaw also determines which type of chainsaw bar you should buy. If you buy a chainsaw for heavy work then longer the bar, better is the productivity.

1. Oregon 105671 20-Inch Replacement Chain Saw Bar:

Feature:-

  • 20-inch bar
  • Custom made design
  • Low kickback performance

2. Oregon 39272 18-Inch Bar and 91VG Chain Saw Blade:

Feature:-

  • Chain and guide bar combination
  • Made in USA
  • ANSI certified
  • Low profile chainsaw

3. Oregon 200RNDK095 .050″ Gauge 3/8″ Pitch 20″ Power Match Bar:

Feature:-

  • 20” bar length
  • Replaceable sprocket nose

4. OREGON CUTTING SYSTEMS 510124 Chain Saw Replacement Bar:

Feature:-

  • High-quality construction
  • Replaces chainsaw bar
  • Fits only the listed models

5. Oregon 240RNDD025 Power Match Bar:

Feature:-

  • Replaceable sprocket nose
  • Perfect for professional use
  • 24” bar length

Best chainsaw chain

The chainsaw chain is an important part if you are buying the best chainsaw for yourself. The chainsaw chain is attached with the chainsaw bar to do the cutting tasks.

How does it work?

The engine of the chainsaw provides the necessary power to the chainsaw bar and then the chainsaw bar starts rotating along with the chainsaw chain attached to it. At the tip of the chainsaw chain, it has teeth that help the chainsaw to provide effective and efficient cutting of trees, pruning or limbing.

Types of chainsaw chain teeth

Today majority of chainsaw chains manufactured using one of the following two types of teeth.

1. Full chisel teeth:- This type of teeth has square sharp corners that can sharpen to different edges according to your needs.

2. Semi chisel teeth:- This type of teeth has rounded corners. Semi chisel teeth are less sharper than full chisel teeth. This semi-chisel teeth can maintain their sharpness even while cutting through hardwood.

Here are top 5 chainsaw chain you must consider

  1. Husqvarna H30-72 (95VP):

Pros.

  • Provides us high performance
  • Supports all the Husqvarna chainsaw models
  • Low vibration
  • Best for professional chainsaw users
  • Fit for many 18-inch chainsaws
  • Excellent performance on softer woods

Cons.

  • Chain get loose when it heats up
  • Cut slower with hardwoods

2. Husqvarna H80-72 (72V):

Pros.

  • Best for longer diameter woods
  • The chain is very easy to install in chainsaw
  • Easy to sharpen the teeth
  • Very low kickback and vibration

Cons.

  • The chain is not compatible with earlier models of chainsaw

3. Oregon S40:

Pros.

  • Best fit for most of the chainsaw
  • While working kickback is reduced
  • Supports Poulan, Craftsman and Remington models

Cons.

  • Not compatible with all the chainsaws

4. Oregon S52 14-Inch Chain:

Pros.

  • Best for high rate chip flow
  • This chain supports many 14-inch chainsaws
  • Low kickback while working
  • Heat-treated with durability

Cons.

  • Not good for hardwoods

5. STIHL 26RS 81:

Pros.

  • Fast cutting chainsaw
  • Best for hardwoods
  • Low kickback and vibration
  • Compatible with many chainsaws

Cons.

  • Required regular maintenance and sharpness

Best chainsaw sharpener

The chainsaw chain should sharpen when it is necessary. You cannot expect the chain to remain to sharpen all the time even if you don’t use your chainsaw frequently. To keep your chain sharpen all the time than you need the chain sharpener.

Here are the top 5 best chainsaw sharpener

1. Timber Tuff CS-12V:

Timber Tuff CS-12V is the battery operating chainsaw sharpener. It is very easy to use and with it, you can get incredible results in sharpness and cutting.

Pros.

  • Economical
  • Fast
  • Multiple angle guides

Cons.

  • Tricky at first
  • Short stone life

2. Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener with 7/32″ Carbide Cutter:

This Timberline sharpener attached to a bar can sharpen the individual teeth of the chain. It is lightweight and easily you can carry it around so that you might don’t go to your home or shop to sharpen the chain.

Pros.

  • Fast
  • Easy to use
  • Very accurate

Cons.

  • 30-degree only
  • A little pricey

3. Buffalo Chainsaw SharpeneR:

The buffalo chainsaw sharpener is one of the best electric chainsaw sharpeners out there. One you kept the sharpener on the flat table or disk it individual sharp the chain teeth.

Key Specification.

  • 60 Hz
  • 85-watt ECSS boasts a 4200 RPM
  • 120 volt
  • 4 1/4-Inch x 1/8-Inch

Pros.

  • Very affordable
  • Works with any chain design

Cons.

  • A little slow

4. Oregon 511ax Saw Chain Bench Grinder/Sharpener:

The Oregon 511ax is a professional chainsaw sharpener. It is powerful and versatile. It runs grinding disk at 3400 rpm, with ¼-inch, 0.325-inch, ⅜-inch, ½-inch, 3/2-inch pitch chains.

Pros.

  • Powerful
  • Precision sharpening
  • Handles multiple chain sizes

Cons.

  • High price

5. XtremepowerUS Mini Electric Chainsaw:

The xtreme power chainsaw sharpener is a great sharpener with brakes in it. It is an efficient and powerful automatic chainsaw sharpener. It runs on 85-watts of motor power, rotating power of grinding power is 4,200 rpm.

Pros.

  • Affordable
  • Small
  • Powerful

Cons.

  • Builds up heat quickly
  • Vibration more

Best chainsaw mill

Chainsaw Mills are small Mills that is run by some works that cut logs to make lumber.  So that lumber can be used to make products. The basic model of the mill is made of steel. Chainsaw mills are good tools but brake backbone while working.

Here are top 5 chainsaw mill

1. Granberg ChainSaw Mill G777:

Pros.

  • Lightweight mill
  • High quality
  • Good price
  • Have many good reviews
  • Works fast

Cons.

  • Some assembly is required
  • Guide rails are not included
  • For some people, this mill is hard to use

2. Granberg MK-III Alaskan Chainsaw Mill:

Pros.

  • Best heavy duty mill for long lumbers
  • Made from heavy-duty materials
  • Good for large lumber
  • Easily adjustable for different sized logs
  • Can be used on all kinds of trees
  • Can cut trees wherever they are
  • Many outstanding reviews

Cons

  • Some assembly is required
  • A powerful saw is necessary to use with this mill
  • High cost

3. GRANBERG Mini Mill:

Pros.

  • Compact design
  • A cutting guide is included
  • Ideal for edging slabs
  • Great for both professionals and amateurs

Cons.

  • Not enough to make long lumbers.
  • Not easy

4. MTN Gearsmith ChainSaw Mill:

Pros.

  • Heavy-duty
  • Portable
  • Used for long size woods
  • Very versatile

Cons

  • Differently sized chainsaws are made
  • No Amazon reviews for this mill

5. Freelancer Chainsaw Mill “Solo”:

Pros.

  • Durable
  • Portable
  • Versatile
  • Used with many saws
  • Good for professionals and beginners.

Cons

  • No Amazon reviews
  • The saws required for this mill is 4k W power

So this is a full guide for the best chainsaw and all the best tools you should use in your chainsaw. I hope that you will find all the answers you are looking for before buying a chainsaw.

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