Chainsaws are a great way to both cut down trees, and cut the fallen trees into timber. Before chainsaws, people would have to use axes, which would take a long time, and not deliver very smooth cuts.
If you have a lot of trees that need to be dealt down (whether that be cut down, or cut up) what you’re going to want to do is get yourself a chainsaw to get the job done quicker and more efficiently.
There are two kinds of chainsaws. The first one is the gas powered chainsaw, run on the same stuff that runs your car. And the second is electric, run on a battery.
Advantages of Electric
There are plenty of advantages to getting an electric chainsaw over a gas powered one. The main one being that they are much better for the environment. Whilst gas powered chainsaws often produce lots of harmful pollutants, the number produced by electric chainsaws is much lower. They are also often easier to maintain and most of the time safer to use.
Another big advantage to electric over gas is that they tend to be much lighter. Making them more appropriate for when you have to cut off high branches from a tree.
What you should look for
Regardless as to whether you’re buying an electric or a gas powered chainsaw, there are certain things that you’ll want in the device.
Sharpness. If the teeth are not sharp, they cannot lock themselves into the wood, and therefore will not deliver a quick and smooth cut.
Power. The whole point of using a chainsaw over a regular saw is that it gets the job done quicker, this will be defied if the chainsaw you’re using lacks power.
Size. It needs to be just right. Too big and it’ll be hard to use. Too small, and it won’t be able to do the job it’s supposed to properly.
Here are 4 electric chainsaws that have received good reviews.
WORX WG303.1 Powered Chain Saw
The first one in this list is one from Worx. Unlike many other electric chainsaws, this one doesn’t run on a battery, but rather via a chord. It’s dimensions are 14.57×19.69×8.07 inches and it weighs 11 Lbs.
- Powerful motor that can deliver up to 14.5 Amps
- Auto-tension chain system which will prevent over tightening and ensure the chain is at the perfect tightness for hundreds of uses.
- Low kickback bar and built in chain brake system to help ensure maximum safety.
- High chain speed of 12 m/s
- Automatic lubrication system to ensure that it always runs smoothly.
- 3 year manufacturer’s warranty
- 57 chain links
- Worx do not sell replacement parts for their tools
- Chain tensioner sometimes falls off according to some customers.
DEWALT DCCS690M1 40V 4AH Lithium Ion XR Brushless Chainsaw
The next chainsaw on our list is from the well established brand DeWalt. This particular model has a 16 inch bar and measures in at 9.4×36×9.3 inches.
- Brushless motor which is powered by a 40v Lithium 4AH battery. So basically, it’s one hell of a powerful machine.
- Using Lubrilink and Lubriwell technology, the automatic oiling system is going to be continuous.
- 160 Watt Hours
- Chain tensioning and bar tightening built in, so there’s no need to get our your tool kit to make any adjustments.
- Control the speed with the variable speed trigger.
- DeWalt can take a long time to deliver replacement parts.
- Automatic oiler can stop working over a period of time
- Automatic oiler has an annoying habit of leaking.
- Tensioning screw can brake if used too vigorously.
- Battery Lifespan is shorter than some customers would like
Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim 8 Amp 14-Inch Lightweight Corded Electric Chainsaw
The next chainsaw on our list today is the all black Remington RM1425. It has a 14 inch bar, and like the first entry on our list, is powered by a cable rather than a battery. It weighs 6.25 Ibs and measures 14×7×8 inches.
- It’s incredibly lightweight design makes it very easy to use. Particularly when you’re using it to cut branches that are at a height.
- The 8 Amp electric motor makes it perfect for cutting through small branches or saplings.
- A push button oiler makes it simple as anything to lubricate the chainsaw.
- A low kickback bar makes this chainsaw very safe to use.
- With a side mounted tensioner, making adjustments to the chain’s tension is incredibly easy.
- It was a wrap around hand guard to protect your hands from flying debris.
- Some parts are made from plastic which certain customers have labelled ‘cheap’.
Remington RM1025SPS Ranger 8-Amp Electric 2-in-1 Pole Saw & Chainsaw
The final chainsaw on our list is a unique one. That’s because as well as being a chainsaw, it’s also a pole saw. Enabling you to reach high branches without having to get onto a ladder. It weights 12.4 pounds and measures 39.75×8.44×9.25 inches.
- Quickly detach the saw from the pole to turn it from a pole saw into a regular chainsaw
- The pole can be extended up to 10 feet. Ideal for high branches.
- An 8 Amp electric motor will deliver a powerful cut.
- Low kickback bar for ensured safety.
- Pole length is easily adjusted thanks to a telescoping design.
- Anti-rotation shaft and non-slip grip which have been added to improve user comfort.
- Some customers have accused the pole of being poorly made
- Trigger has a habit of jamming, according to some customers.
And there we have the top four electric chainsaws. Although which one is the best one for you will depend on how often you use it, how strong the wood you want to cut is, and how big the trees you intend to cut down are.
Electric chainsaws have advantages of gas powered chainsaws in that they are safer and lighter to use, and are much better for the environment. However, just like with gas chainsaws, you will still want something that’s sharp, powerful, and just the right size.
The chainsaws in this article are my top 5 but there are plenty of other ones out there.