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The 16 Best Electric Chainsaws & Reviews for 2019

After technology improved how brands make their chainsaws, amazing electric chainsaws have started taking their rightful place in the chainsaw world. Electric chainsaws now have a lot of advantages over gas-powered saws, and we recognize that many users opt electric chainsaws over the latter.

This doesn’t mean that all-electric chainsaws available are great-some perform averagely only and some have incredible features that set them apart. Here at Sawinery, we’ve discovered the best, feature-packed, safe and practically the most advanced electric chainsaws in the industry, and we’re sharing with you our thoughts on each one of them. With this list, we hope to help you pick out the best electric chainsaw for your needs, so go ahead and read on.

Top Electric Chainsaws Reviews – Our Recommendations for 2019

1. WORX WG303.1 16-Inch 14.5 Amp Electric Chainsaw

Specifications:

  • Features a motor with an output of 14.5 amps for added power.
  • It features an auto-tension chain system that ensures proper chain tension.
  • Features a low-kickback bar.
  • Features a chain brake for safer operation.
  • It features an automatic chain oiling system with a reservoir.
  • Comes included with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.
Overview

This is one of the best electric chainsaws we have come across for many reasons. Primarily, it is due to the superior level of value for money that you can get out of this electric chainsaw. While it can be purchased for a relatively low price, you will find that this chainsaw has many excellent features.

The automatic lubrication system for the chain is not rare in more modern chainsaws, but it is conveniently designed. You will always know when the time comes to refill the oil in this system because it features a transparent window which will show you how much oil is remaining.

The best and the most impressive feature that we came across was the automatic chain tensioning system. While a side-mounted chain tensioning system is a frequent inclusion, automatic chain tensioning is still pretty rare to come across. The system worked effectively and managed to maintain proper tension for a long time.

When it comes to even the ideal electric chainsaw, there is always concern over the cutting power. We were impressed by this aspect of this chainsaw more than anything, as it is much more powerful than most chainsaws which run using electricity, to the point that it rivals gas chainsaws.


2. BLACK+DECKER CS1216 12-Amp Corded Chainsaw

Specifications:

  • Features a 12 amp motor for improved cutting effectiveness.
  • Features a 16-inch bar with low kickback.
  • Chain tension can be adjusted without the use of a tool.
  • It features a system for automatic lubrication.
  • Comes included with a two-year limited warranty.
Overview

This electric chainsaw from Black and Decker is a highly effective option for anyone looking for the perfect electric chainsaw. The automatic oil system is convenient and simple to refill thanks to the inclusion of a clear side window which allows you to see the amount of oil you have remaining.

While this electric chainsaw lacks the automatic chain tension system of the previous chainsaw we reviewed, it still features an intuitive system for chain tensioning. Unlike older chainsaws, you don’t need a tool to change the chain tension on this electric chainsaw. Instead, it features a convenient handle that you can turn.

While the 12 amp electric motor may seem a little bit underpowered, you will find that it is sufficient for most jobs that you will come across. Whether you are trying to cut logs or you are instead shearing off branches, you will find few tasks at home that this electric chainsaw is not up to.

The inclusion of a two-year warranty demonstrates just how much faith Black and Decker have in this product, and the faith is well-placed. You will have some difficulty trying to find a chainsaw which is built more reliably and to more stringent quality standards than this electric chainsaw.


3. Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim Electric Chainsaw

Specifications:

  • Features a 14-inch bar with a low-kickback design.
  • Features an 8 amp electric motor which is optimized for limb trimming.
  • It features an oiler that is operated with a push-button.
  • Features a simple adjuster for chain tension.
  • Comes included with a two-year limited warranty.
  • Weighs just over 6 pounds for easier maneuverability.
Overview

This is one of the more compact models on our list of the best electric chainsaws around. You will find it hard to come across a model that matches this chainsaw regarding portability. The inclusion of a 14-inch bar ensures that you will have no issues with confined spaces.

The small size of this electric chainsaw is ideal when you want to only trim certain branches off of a tree and leave the rest undamaged. The low weight of around 6 pounds also ensures that you can carry around this chainsaw without having to worry about getting tired. When combined, the low weight and small size make for a highly portable chainsaw.

While this electric chainsaw does not come with automatic chain oiling and automatic chain tensioning, you will find that it still features convenient features related to these two aspects. The chain can be tensioned with ease from the outside of this chainsaw, requiring no teardown to access the tension control.

You will find that the oil system operates using a simple button, while it may seem outdated, at least it gets the job done and works reliably. This chainsaw is primarily designed to trim branches so it is not as powerful as some of the competition, but it is excellent at what it was designed for in the first place.

4. Makita UC4051A Electric Chain Saw

Specifications:

  • Features a blade and chain which can be adjusted without tools.
  • Features ergonomic, rubberized handles for improved grip.
  • Features a soft start trigger.
  • It features a current limiter to ensure that the motor remains undamaged.
  • It features an oil reservoir with a window.
  • It features an automatic chain oil system.
  • Comes included with a one-year customer warranty.
Overview

Up next in our list of the five greatest electric chainsaws is the UC4051A from Makita. This electric chainsaw is one of the more high-end offerings that you will come across on this list, but it is well worth the extra money. First off, the inclusion of an automatic chain oil system is always appreciated since it cuts down on the user’s workload.

The inclusion of a reservoir window will let you know when the time comes to top up on oil. The soft-start trigger is a great way to make sure that you don’t end up over-revving when you first start this chainsaw up. This chainsaw has many features that exist to ensure that it does not end up inadvertently damaged by the user.

One of these features is the current limiter. The current limiter kicks in when this chainsaw’s motor starts to get overloaded. This can occur when you try to cut through something which is either too hard or too thick. The current limiter will prevent your chainsaw’s motor from being damaged by excessive heat.

This chainsaw also has superior ergonomics to most of the electric chainsaws that we have come across. Thanks to the inclusion of comfortable rubber handles, your hands will not end up getting sore as quickly as they would if you were using a different model, of a chainsaw. If you prefer superior ergonomics and high build quality, this electric chainsaw is the best option for you.

5. Oregon CS1500 Self-Sharpening Electric Chain Saw

Specifications:

  • Features the PowerSharp automatic blade sharpening system.
  • Features a powerful 15 amp motor.
  • Features an 18-inch low-kickback bar.
  • Chain tension can be adjusted without the use of a tool.
  • Features an ergonomic design for superior user-friendliness.
  • Comes included with a chain brake.
  • Comes included with a 2-year consumer warranty.
Overview

This is one of the more powerful electric chainsaws on this list, but it is still not comparable to higher displacement models that are powered by gas. You will find that the 15 amp motor is powerful enough to cut down thin branches and saplings with ease, but it gets a little harder to cut through thicker wood.

The ergonomic value of this chainsaw’s design is not to be understated either. Thanks to the rubber-coated handles and relatively lightweight, it is quite easy to use this chainsaw for extended periods. Eighteen pounds is a relatively reasonable weight for a chainsaw of this size.

The 18-inch bar is larger than the ones that you will find on most electric chainsaws so that you will have the superior reach, and you can cut larger trees and branches. Since larger bars necessitate longer chains, and longer chains need more power, they are less common on electric chainsaw models.

The build quality of this chainsaw is quite impressive, however. Throughout our tests, we had few issues regarding reliability and durability, which left us reassured that this electric chainsaw could last for a long time. One of the best and the most impressive features was the inclusion of a self-sharpening system for the chain.

If you are looking for a larger electric chainsaw that is still more portable than a similar model which runs using gas, this electric chainsaw may be the ideal choice for you. While it gives up a little in terms of power, it is much more affordable and user-friendly than a gas-powered alternative.

6. DEWALT DCCS690M1 XR Chainsaw

Specifications:

  • Has 40V Lithium 4AH battery that powers its brushless motor.
  • Low kick-back 16″ Oregon bar and chain.
  • With a chain brake to protect from kick back.
  • Continuous lubrication due to auto-Oiling with Lubrilink and Lubriwell for
  • Tool-free chain tensioning
  • Bar tightening knob for proper bar clamping force
  • Variable speed trigger
  • With 40V maximum initial battery voltage & 36V nominal voltage
Overview:

The Dewalt DCCS690M1 is among the best and the most reputed electric chainsaws on the market, not only because of its popular brand but the convenience and quality performance it gives. This 16-inch saw is cord free, meaning mobility and use is much more convenient and hassle free, especially if you’re gonna work a lot outside.

Appearance-wise, this electric chainsaw has a sturdy feel and an obvious excellently built structure. It weighs about 13.5 pounds, which may seem a bit more than what people are used to but it’s just minimal addition, in exchange for the 6.0 amp battery that comes with it. Its handles are nice on the hands and have a secured grip, making sure cutting will be stable and risk-free.

The addition of tool-less chain tensioning isn’t something that’s haphazardly done, especially as it looks sturdy and works amazingly on the saw. The bar sheath, on the other hand, can be quite difficult to slide because of its tightness, but the advantage of that is it stays in place without budging while you’re using the electric chainsaw.

When it comes to cutting, this electric chainsaw fared quite impressively, especially as it performs like a gas-powered chainsaw, but with all the convenience that a cordless device gives. It also glides smoothly while you cut, even when going through different types and sizes of wood, because it has a powerful batter and robust chains.

You wouldn’t be too worried about running out of battery while you’re in the middle of work, because aside from the large capacity battery, it also charges quickly with an LED indicator giving the idea of the remaining time needed to fully charge the battery. There’s another visual indicator as well for the bar oil levels, so you can see whether you need to top up the oil or not for a smooth cutting experience.

Two of the best features of this saw is its quiet cutting operations and its safety switch, which needs to be pressed right before the throttle trigger is pressed to bring the engine to life. It’s definitely among our best ones in this list alone, beating all the others with both its appearance and performance.

7. Oregon 603352 Corded Chainsaw, Grey, Black

Specifications:

  • PowerSharp Self-sharpening system
  • 120V, 60Hz, 15 amps
  • 18” bar
  • Tool-less tensioning
  • Convenient auto-oiler, oil level indicator
  • 3/8” pitch, 0.5” gauge
  • No load chain speed of 2888 FPM
  • Over-mold handle
  • Low vibrations
  • Sure-grip handle
Overview:

The Oregon 603352 is a unique electric chainsaw that boasts of a unique sharpening system, which sets it high above the rankings, among all beginners and professional chainsaws. The PowerSharp sharpening system of this saw allows the user to just pull on one lever, and in a matter of 3-5 seconds, the dull chain would feel like it’s new.

Like other powerful electric chainsaws, it roars to life by just one pull of its trigger which instantly gives power to its 15-amp motor. Cutting with this saw is faster than normal while having reduced risk for kickbacks, thanks to the Oregon 603352’s 18-inch chain guide. We’re pretty impressed with the tensioning system on this electric chainsaw as well, making it convenient for users to use without the need for any other tool.

Added to the plus in the user experience for the Oregon 603352 is the reduction of fatigue levels, even when used for hours. This advantage is due to the stellar ergonomic design of the product, making it a lightweight electric chainsaw as compared to others in the market. While this feature is quite beneficial, some might have a hard time getting used to the balance of this product, since its motor is mounted on one side. It could throw off even experienced cutters at first, but after getting a hang of the tool, it will perform above expectations.

8. DEWALT DCCS620P1 20V MAX Lithium-Ion XR Brushless Compact 12 in

Specifications:

  • 20V (5Ah) MAX Lithium-ion battery
  • Tool-free tensioning
  • Max no load chain speed: 25.2 feet/second
  • Auto-oiling system
  • Brushless motor
  • Chain pitch: 3/8”
  • Chain gauge: 0.043”
  • 12” Oregon bar
Overview:

We’ve added the DEWALT DCCS620P1 among our best options for electric chainsaws mainly because of the versatility it can offer. There would be no hassle in doing different cutting applications on this saw, especially with its 12” chain bar guide. You’ll be cutting tree limbs, beams, and even do demolition with this bad boy.

The low kickback often offered by Oregon in their chains and bars is another plus point for this electric saw. You can also easily adjust the chain tension without the need for an adjustment tool, which takes away the hassle and lessens the time the user spends not cutting. There’s no worry with appropriate tensioning too since the clamping in the bar can be adjusted with the tightening knob.

This chainsaw is worth the investment too, thanks to its 20V MAX Lithium-ion battery that you can switch with other DEWALT tools with the same battery type. It’s a sturdy tool that can for years too, despite use in extreme construction and outdoor conditions. The motor on this saw is brushless too, which enables a longer motor life and draws conservative power. Overall, it gives in a lot of features and advantages with its price point.

9. Sun Joe SWJ701E Electric Chainsaw

Specifications:

  • 14-amps motor
  • 40 volts, 60Hz
  • 18” Oregon bar
  • Oiler gauge window
  • Adjustable ergonomic handle
  • With handguard & other safety features
  • Kickback brake function
  • 5/32 sharpening file
Overview:

Sun Joe might be new in the power tools game, yet the newbie company has proven worthy of our attention, especially with their releases of durable and outstanding chainsaws. The Sun Joe SWJ701E is larger in build, which also translates into power since a 12-amp motor in incorporated in this electric chainsaw.

An easy push into a button starts up this big and powerful tool, but its power is balanced and neutralized with its kickback brake. With this feature, the reactive force is minimized to provide a safer cutting experience to the sawyer. Safety comes with comfort as well with this electric chainsaw, since Sun Joe added an adjustable ergonomic handle, a kickback brake, and a hand guard to the SWJ701E. You won’t have accidents on instantly turning this product on while you aren’t ready yet, as it features a secondary switch that users should pre-press together with the on/off button.

This saw also has an automatic chain lubrication system, which ensures correct lubrication and produces oil on demand. This has a very important benefit in the long term, as it doesn’t only allow the best cutting performance, but also extends the life of the chain. In cutting, you can expect fast and highly-efficient cuts from this machine because it has a tool-less adjustment of the chain.

While it functions mainly for homeowners, the Sun Joe SWJ701E Electric Chain Saw does a great job at providing solutions to all sorts of cutting needs the owner might need. It also has some of the best features we only see in the top professional chainsaws but made into a tool that also considers style, safety, and comfort.

10. Earthwise CS30116 16-Inch 12-Amp

Specifications:

  • 12-amp motor
  • Auto-oiler and tensioner
  • 16” Oregon chain and bar
  • Cord retention hook
  • Twist tension adjustment knob
  • A double insulated power chord
  • Over-molded rubber handle
  • Blade cover
  • Clear oil level indicator window
  • Durable chain serrations
Overview:

Earthwise isn’t an easily recognizable brand in the chainsaw market, yet it does deliver great chainsaw models, such as the electric CS30116. It’s a saw that packs enough power for most cutting tasks with its 12-amp motor and a 16-inch long bar. The main performance features of this product are all you’ll need for a cleanup and household needs, added with other elements that make every cutting task a quick and comfortable experience.

Kickbacks aren’t expected to happen that much with the Earthwise CS30116, as its Orgeon bar reduces that possibility. That safety feature is reinforced with other risk reduction elements, like a plastic casing and rubber handles for a good grip on the tool. With such an ergonomic and well-built handle, it’s unlikely to have accidental drops while using the chainsaw, lessening risks for injuries.

To bring the best out of the chainsaw, I suggest you use a 14-gauge outdoor cord. The Oregon bar reduces instances of kickbacks. Its plastic casing is provided as part of the package. Both chain and bar prepare wood for your fire pit and takes care of your overgrown tree branches as well as small trees.

With the Earthwise CS30116, the car and chain keep its smooth spin through the automated lubrication system. This feature is also highly beneficial in the long run, since it prevents the wear and tear of the moving parts, therefor lengthening their lifespan. This electric chainsaw was also added with an oil level window, which allows the user to check how much oil is remaining.

11. Zombi ZCS12017 16-Inch 120-Volt 13-Amp Corded Electric Chainsaw

Specifications:

  • 16” bar
  • Tool-less tensioner
  • Safety lock button
  • Rubber over-molded handle
  • 120V, 60Hz, 13-amp motor
  • 15m UL Cord
  • Front hand-guard
  • Easy to reach trigger and safety button
  • Auto-lubricator
Overview:

Even not-so-popular Zombi can deliver great quality power tools, as proven by the ZCS12017. This corded electric chainsaw may not have a well-known brand and name, yet it effectively does what it’s supposed to do, with the impressive combination of innovation, comfort and safety features, and of course, aesthetic quality.

First, the handle grips on this chainsaw are coated with rubber, which immediately gives an idea that Zombi doesn’t joke around with safety and ergonomic quality. Saw vibrations are minimized through this feature, allowing you to stay unbothered even after a long time of use. For beginners, novices, and homeowners, the chain bar tip was designed to have a low kickback property for safety. Another safety feature added is the lock button, which avoids any accidental start-up of the machine, especially when the user isn’t aware.

Second, this chainsaw gives a power that can cover most cutting needs of users, thanks to its 13-amp 120V motor that enables the sawyer to do quick and clean cuts. It’s a handy, useful, and powerful tool to use for limbing, pruning, bucking of small-medium sized woods, and clearing after a storm. All of these can easily be done by the 16” blade, especially when cutting through 8-10 inches of wood logs and limbs.

Third, the addition of the knob makes it much faster and easier to tension the chain. However, a point of improvement we noted is to prevent the knob from turning on its own when there’s friction between it the wood being cut.

One of its neat additions is the knob for the tensioning of the chain. Although it works great, it could be improved since it rotates on its own as a result of the frictional force between it and the wood being cut. A large-sized trigger makes for a comfortable placing of fingers for fatigue-free operation.

12. Remington RM1025SPS Chainsaw/Pole Saw

Specifications:

  • Has a tool-less 2-in-1 functionality: can turn from a pole saw into a chainsaw
  • Extends up to 10-feet for high branches.
  • Powered by an 8-amp electric motor.
  • Has a 10-inch low-kickback bar.
  • With the telescoping design complete with flip and lock clamps.
  • Has anti-rotation shaft and non-slip grip
Overview:

The Remington RM1025SPS Chainsaw/Pole Saw is one dependable electric chainsaw that’s highly usable for different kinds of cutting tasks. This is the ideal tool to use for hard-to-reach areas and high branches that isn’t usually reachable with the normal chainsaw.

The RM1025SPS is quite easy to assemble and disassemble, depending on the use and need of the owner. It also features a non-slip grip, which is highly beneficial, especially when cutting in an unusual setting and position, to ensure that the saw doesn’t slide off from the hands while doing the cut.

Remington crafted this chainsaw with very light materials too, resulting in a lightweight chainsaw that’s very comfortable to use. Aside from the comfort, the weight allows the user to have optimum and maximum control of the power tool, an extremely important aspect for people wanting versatile and high-performing electric chainsaws.

13. GreenWorks 20312 40-Volt 16 inch Cordless Chainsaw

Specifications:

  • Bar Length
  • Metal Bucking Spikes
  • Chain Brake Auto Oiler
  • Oil Tank
  • Tool-less Chain Tensioning
  • 4-Year Tool Warranty
  • 4Ah Battery Capacity
  • 2-Year Battery Warranty
Overview:

The GreenWorks 20312 is a battery-powered chainsaw that packs power and delivers a great cutting performance. It’s one of our best options for electric saws because aside from the convenience that the cordless feature provides, it can also efficiently get the job done.

It ensures a long chain life plus maximum efficiency of its motor because of the brushless motor technology added into this powerful tool. It also has an automatic oiling system, as well as external chain tensioning, which both bring convenience to the sawyer.

Even after a long time of cutting, GreenWorks 2031 ensures less fatigue on the user, thanks to its ion-lithium technology that lessens the vibration by 70%.

14. Black & Decker LP1000 Alligator Lopper Chain Saw

Specifications:

  • 5 amp motor
  • 6” bar length
  • 4″ cutting capacity cut
  • Innovative clamping jaws
  • 5 lbs in weight
  • Scissor action for cutting
  • Heavy-duty cutting bar and chain
Overview:

A user who has already tried the Black & Decker LP1000 Alligator knows why this product in on this list. Often rated as either good or good, this lopper makes any cutting tasks in the garden as easy as it can be, thanks to its power, sturdy build, and unconventional cutting method.

What you’ll most like to love about this saw, aside from its price point, is how handy it is for tree pruning, chopping branches and any other cutting task within a 4-inch diameter. For cutting thicker branches at any angle, the power tool comes with a cutting bar and chain for that.

After an easy plug into a power supply, plus pressing two switches (for safety), the LP1000 can instantly be ready for use. The two switch actuators ensure that the user uses two hands to operate the device, as doing it with one hand can be dangerous.

But what’s even more impressive about the safety features of this lopper saw are the patented jaws, which keep the user from actually coming in contact with the chain, thereby eliminating the dangers that usually comes with using chainsaws. It’s added with a guard too, which only moves away when there’s a wood to be cut, and moves back in place to protect the sawyer. For these safety features alone, the LP1000 surely deserves a spot in any electric chainsaw ranking.

15. EGO Power+ Chain Saw 14-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw

Specifications:

  • Highly efficient brushless motor (6300 RPM)
  • 14 in. Oregon bar and chain
  • One full charge = 100 Cuts
  • Weather-resistant construction
  • With chain kickback brake
  • Tool-free chain adjuster
  • Metal bucking spikes
  • Translucent oil tank
  • 5-Year Warranty
Overview:

The EGO Power+ cordless chainsaw is a powerhouse saw housed in a 14-inch build. Compared to many other saws within its price point, it’s easily noticeable that the EGO Power+ delivers more power and performance. We attribute this to its highly efficient brushless motor, which maximizes the run time of the machine as well as its lifespan.

Doing large cutting projects isn’t a problem with this saw, as it can easily do 100 cuts in one full charge. It isn’t a pain to use as well, especially as it weighs light and it runs quietly and smoothly. Hence, you’d love to use this saw for long hours of cutting work, while your hands and arms will be assured of not that much stress afterward since this saw has low vibration levels both at the front and at the rear.

In terms of cutting efficiency, aside from the big help that its motor gives, the Oregon 144MELA041 bar added to this saw brings in a lot of advantages too. The narrow kerf system on it gives higher cutting efficiency while requiring less power than other standard electric saws.

A quick look on the EGO Power+ cordless chainsaw already gives the idea of it being a quality saw, yet in the actual cutting test, it has proven so much more. We give high remarks to this saw in many aspects: price, build, appearance, and performance.

16. WEN 4017 Electric Chainsaw

Specifications:

  • 12 amp motor (up to 44 feet per second)
  • Tool-free chain system
  • Lightweight
  • Auto-oiling system
  • Cable strain relief notch to prevent tangled extension cords.
  • 2-year warranty.
Overview:

The WEN 4017 electric chainsaw might not always be the first choice among electric chainsaw rankings, but we see it’s worth. This electric chainsaw provides a good overall value especially as it performs greatly while offering ease of use and convenience to its user. So if you’re someone who needs a chainsaw for regular cutting jobs around the house, this electric chainsaw is a really good option and maybe the best for you.

First, if you hate the roaring sound of a gas-powered chainsaw, you’ll find relief in the quiet operations of the WEN 4017. Although it being an electric chainsaw requires you to always have an electric outlet close by, but it’s so much cleaner for the environment as that eliminates harmful emissions. It is also not a high-maintenance tool, just the usual task of keeping the bar and chain well-oiled or cleaning the automatic oiler.

It is a lightweight saw–a real treat for those who like working the entire weekends for their cutting projects. It limits the fatigue that chainsaws often give to its users, especially after long hours of operation. The cord isn’t that much of an issue as well since the cable strain relief notch that’s been added by WEN to this powertool assures that your device won’t be pulled out from the socket because of tangled wires.

The WEN 4017 doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles in its features, but it sure does a great job with the basic requirements for an electric chainsaw. Those looking for a basic electric chainsaw that will impress them will get their money’s worth from this saw.

Conclusion

As you can see, it is easier than it seems to find the best electric chainsaw. Since everyone has varying needs, you will find it hard to define a chainsaw which is better than the rest. The best chainsaw is the one that fulfills your needs as closely as possible.

Robert

Robert Johnson is a woodworker who takes joy in sharing his passion for creating to the rest of the world. His brainchild, Sawinery, allowed him to do so as well as connect with other craftsmen and women. He has since built an enviable workshop for himself and an equally impressive online accomplishment: an extensive resource site serving old timers and novices alike.
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