The Best Chainsaw Review of 2017
Even deciding on the basics can make choosing the best chainsaw tougher than felling a tree. Luckily, our reviews go over some of the top saws on the market to help you navigate which is the best one for you.
These reviews compare the best industry-leading brands such as Husqvarna, Black+Decker, and Remington, and cut through some of the complexities of picking out a chainsaw with the right engine, bar length, safety features, and intended use for whatever job or jobs you’re going to want to tackle.
Best Chainsaw Reviews of 2017
- 1. WORX WG303.1 16-Inch 14.5 Amp Electric Chainsaw
- 2. Husqvarna 455 Rancher 2-Stroke Gas-ChainSaw
- 3. Remington RM1425 Electric Chainsaw
- 4. BLACK+DECKER LCS1240 Chainsaw
- 5. DEWALT DCCS690M1 XR Brushless Chainsaw
- 6. EGO Power+ 14-Inch Cordless Chain Saw
- 7. GreenWorks 20362 10-Inch Cordless Chainsaw
- 8. Remington RM5118R Rodeo Gas Chainsaw
- 9. Poulan Pro PP5020AV 2 Stroke Gas Chain Saw
- 10. Hitachi CS51EAP 50.1CC Chain Saw
Whether you’re looking to do some occasional light cutting, or you need a high-powered saw for working deep in the woods; whether you want to go electric, gas, or battery powered; corded or cordless, our reviews will help you find a saw for every need.
Buyers Guide Questions
Are Chainsaw Blades Interchangeable?
Chainsaw guide bars and chains can be swapped out for different sizes so long as the parts match the machine. Different saws have different designs and so you must ensure that you are attempting to switch in a guide and chain that are designed to work in your saw.
Many saws, however, are designed to power a specific guide and chain, so sizing up is not always the best option as a smaller motor might not give you the drive you need to run a large bar on a taxing project. It is always best to check the specific capabilities of your saw in order to ensure you are getting the best use out of your tools if you opt for a change.
Do Chainsaws leak oil?
All chainsaws do need to be oiled regularly, and while many models come with auto-oil systems and convenient infrastructure for filling and refilling, spills and leaks can and will happen. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that you are following the instructions that come with your new saw and are properly cleaning your machine in order to identify any wear that can be causing leaks.
Oftentimes, a suspected leak is actually just the result of residual oil in the oiling mechanism or on the guide or chain. In order to minimize these phantom “leaks” you should disassemble and clean your equipment when you are finished using it. If you think that your saw is actually leaking – and not just siphoning out through the oiler mechanism – again, disassemble and clean the saw making sure to flush out the oil reservoir. You can then refill with oil and sit it out on a dry piece of cardboard. It should be fairly easy to tell if your saw is leaking and from where.
Are Electric Chainsaws as good as Gas Chainsaws?
This question depends mostly on what you will be using the chainsaw for. Gas chainsaws are the standard for professional arborists and those who will get heavy frequent use out of their chainsaw. Electric saws, while not as powerful or capable as gas-powered saws, are generally best for most homeowners. These lighter-duty tools are perfectly equipped for general yardwork and can often also perform the most of the more burdensome tasks you may need to carry out on your property.
Corded electric and battery powered chainsaws can be far less trouble than gas saws that require messy fuel mixing and replenishing, often-difficult startup procedures and LOUD operation. While portability can be an issue for electric chainsaws, with so many battery-powered options now on the market, you can pair the ease of use that electric saws allow with the freedom of motion gas models provide, no problem.
Of course, whether a specific electric saw is as good as a gas-powered one, varies between tools. Hopefully our reviews can help to shine some light on the differences.
Do chainsaw Chains Stretch?
Chains can wear out over time and will begin to “stretch” out. If your saw is not getting enough oil, the friction of the chain rubbing against the guide can heat the chain and will wear it down more quickly. It is important to make sure that you are adjusting to let enough oil onto your blade in order to prolong the life of your chain. Remember that larger guides and chains will require more oil and that you will also have to up the output if you are cutting particularly dry wood or dirty bark.
Another problem that can cause a chain to “stretch” is a worn out sprocket. If your chain is no longer gripping to the sprocket as it should, this can make for a lose fit along the guide. Check out the manufacturer’s instructions for help with changing your chain or sprocket and for more tips on avoiding unnecessary wear.
Do Chainsaws Overheat?
Yes, chainsaws can overheat. Chainsaws, like many power tools, have powerful engines that can run at very high temperatures and can overheat, particularly during the summer months. Regular maintenance and cleaning of your saw can help to prevent overheating as air intake areas on saws can become clogged with dust, debris, or oil buildup.
The engine, guide-bar and chain should also be kept clean, (fueled with a non-ethanol fuel mixture, for gas-powered saws) and lubricated in order to reduce friction that can overheat the saw.
Does Chainsaw need Oil?
Yes, yes, and yes. Proper lubrication of your chainsaw will keep it running smoothly and efficiently, and reduce overheating and wear over time. Most saws come with auto-lubrication systems, so, as long as you make sure you have plenty of oil in the tank, and are regularly cleaning your equipment, you should be able to maximize your chainsaw’s lifespan.
How to use a Chainsaw?
Every chainsaw works differently, as startup, stopping, and operational features and procedures can vary greatly between models. It is imperative that you carefully read the operating instructions that come with your specific machine in order to ensure safe operation of your new chainsaw.
The basics for using a variety of different saws are fundamentally the same, though, and, before you start any chainsaw, you must make sure that you are wearing the proper safety equipment and appropriate clothing needed to run the saw safely. This includes long pants, safety gloves, eye and ear, as well as a hard hat, and steel-toed shoes.
What follows are general instructions for starting a gas-powered chainsaw in order to give you an idea of the operating procedure. Again, make sure you consult the instruction manual for specific tools as operation will vary between saws.
Once you are in your gear, you will need to start up the saw. This will likely entail pulling the start/choke control out to the on position. If you have to pull on, make sure to always use your left hand to hold the handle in place, and your right hand to pull while standing your right foot on the rear of the handle to stabilize the saw. Pull the starter handle until the saw fires. You will then need to push the choke back in and pull again. Now, when the saw starts, give the throttle a quick squeeze in order to disengage from its idle.
To make a cut, Hold the front handle firmly with your left hand – knuckles facing outward and your thumb underneath – then grab the rear handle with your right hand. You should position yourself with your legs spread comfortably apart for stability and should cut at waste level, standing slightly to the side of where you’re cutting. Make sure to keep others at a safe distance while using your saw. A good rule of thumb is fifteen feet or double the height of a tree you’re working to fell. Pull back the chain brake to disengage it and squeeze the throttle.
It is important not to make your cuts with the tip of the bar. Using the tip to cut can cause kickback, or your saw to jump. This can be dangerous, especially when unexpected. You can cut downward through the wood using the bottom of the bar – called using a pushing chain – or you can pull the top of the bar upward through the wood – called using a pulling chain.
Hopefully our reviews have given you a picture of what type of chainsaw is best for your needs, it’s important to make sure that you are comfortable with whatever choice you make. This is a powerful tool and can, of course, be dangerous if used improperly. Whether you’re looking at electric, battery, or gas-powered saws, you need to be sure that you are purchasing something that you are comfortable using. Our picks from WORX, Husqvarna, and Remington were the best chosen from the reviews we conducted. But, remember the best chainsaws are not necessary always the most powerful, they’re the ones that you can use safely and efficiently to get the job done.
The WORX WG303.1 16-Inch 14.5 amp Electric Chainsaw is an easy choice for our top pick. This model is specifically designed for the type of jobs that the average homeowner is likely to need a chainsaw from limbing and pruning to cutting firewood. Still, it has the power to handle larger tasks if they should arise such as felling smaller trees and clearing paths of storm-fallen trees. This chainsaw can handle just about any job that it comes across, but at its core, it’s built for maximum ease of usability. An auto-tensioning system helps with chain tightening, an automatic oiler keeps the saw lubricated, and an automatic kickback prevention brake helps to keep you safe. The WG303.1’s slick, ergonomic design tops off the
Of all the saws in our reviews, this is the one that has the homeowner at the forefront of its design, and for that reason it’s our top pick. Unless you plan on taking down a significant chunk of woods, this saw should be able to keep up with any yardwork or project you can find around your home, cottage or farm.
If you are looking at heavy-duty chainsaws that can take down any challenge it comes across, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher is probably the ideal pick for you, out of the tools from our reviews. Don’t let its size fool you: despite weighing in at only around 13 pounds, the Rancher is a heavy hitter. Its 55.5 cc engine and big 20-inch bar pack a powerful enough punch to take down trees as needed and prepare firewood with minimal effort. Although the Husqvarna’s performance can come close to matching even the most burly, gas-powered machines, you don’t have to worry as much about the Husqvarna model’s environmental impact.
Its X-Torq engine cuts fuel consumption by up to 20 percent and emissions by up to 60, making it a more energy efficient and environmentally-conscious purchase than many competing products. While the WORX WG303.1 is the top choice for the homeowner with medium or smaller jobs to do, those who need a little more power in their saw might want to consider the Husqvarna 455 Rancher; it’s the best bet for those who need a little more.
The Remington RM1425 “Limb N Trim” Electric Chainsaw is without a doubt the best cut for your buck on this list. The fact that this product can be purchased new online for under $50US is almost outrageous. Sure, you’re not going to be able to take down a mighty oak with it, but you can be sure you’ll be able to handle all your normal day-to-day yardwork tasks that are going to come up.
The 8 amp motor and 14-inch guide may not come close to matching some of the heavy hitters on this list, but they are more than enough to make this little chainsaw the top choice for best value. It is small lightweight, convenient and easy to handle. There’s a reason this saw is called the “Limb N Trim,” It knows what it is, and it’s the best at it. And honestly, what more could you ask for, especially at that price?