Craftsman CMECS600 Review (2023)

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Admit it or not, electric chainsaws like Craftsman CMECS600 often carry a misconception of having limited power. Although it’s not true for some corded models, how can you ensure you’re not buying a low-powered tool that can break down during demanding cutting tasks?

In this Craftsman CMECS600 review, we’ll explore its benefits and drawbacks to determine if it’s the right tool for your needs.

What We Like

What We Don't Like

Design and Material Quality

Since Craftsman CMECS600 is less expensive than other options, we weren’t that surprised to see that it has a plastic chain tensioning system. And while it features a light construction, it can cut wood just fine.

As long as you use this chainsaw correctly and within its capability, you wouldn’t experience unexpected breakdowns during usage. You should also conduct proper maintenance if you want this tool to last longer.

Craftsman CMECS600 Features

Features at a Glance

Motor Power

At first glance, even our resident woodworkers thought this chainsaw was too small. 

However, the unit showcases a powerful 12-amp electric motor [1]. With this specification, you can rely on the tool to execute tough cuts. 

It should work well with light-cutting jobs like trimming wood branches and limbs. This tool can even cut down small trees if the lumber isn’t more than five inches in diameter. 

Weight and Portability

Unlike most gas alternatives and cordless chainsaws, Craftsman CMECS600 only weighs around 4.2 kg.

The chances of users experiencing fatigue during extended tasks are lower than usual due to the lightweight construction of the product.

Its lower weight makes this chainsaw model more portable than other power tools. Because of this, you’ll have no problem moving it around or carrying it during business travels.

Chain Size

This chainsaw has a 16-inch bar and chain, making it suitable for moderate cutting. If you ask our experts, this model has a specification closely related to a general-purpose saw.

It’s an ideal homeowner’s choice if you’re cutting thick tree logs and branches in your backyard.

Tool-Free Chain Tensioning

Chain and guide bar replacements are steps you can’t skip if you’re using chainsaws regularly.

Thankfully, you don’t need additional tools to execute this process because Craftsman CMECS600 has a toolless chain tensioning system.

Thanks to this feature, users can adjust the chain according to the performance and speed needed in the tasks they’re trying to complete.


You don’t need to prime your chainsaw manually, mainly because this chainsaw has an automatic lubrication system.

Besides saving time, this function ensures that the bar and chain remain oiled to prevent wear and tear in the long run.

Cutting Capacity and Performance

As mentioned, the chainsaw’s length and motor power make it highly suitable for lighter but more extensive tasks. You can count on it for trimming and limbing.

However, if you want to cut thicker wood materials, using this corded chainsaw will take longer than opting for more powerful gas models.


You may not know, but most chainsaw accidents result from tool kickbacks. Because of this, manufacturers like Craftsman included bar and chain options with low kickback features.

With this safety feature, the operator doesn’t have to worry about getting hit by a wood piece during the cutting operations.


Like any corded power tool, the cord is the main hindrance to this unit’s mobility and flexibility. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an extension cord, so we urge you to buy one for large-scale tasks.

You can purchase ones with at least an AWG rating of 12, and the longest cord you’ll find can range up to 150 feet.

Replacement Chain

This chainsaw’s ideal replacement chain is the one specifically made for it.

While trying new ones from other manufacturers or brands is tempting, this experiment can go badly, especially if the specifications don’t match your tool’s requirements.

Before replacing the chain, remember to wear safety equipment including a reliable pair of chainsaw gloves to prevent accidental injuries.

Review Conclusion: Craftsman CMECS600

Agreeing with some Craftsman CMECS600 reviews, it’s clear as day that this chainsaw is more suited for regular homeowners and casual DIYers. 

Our experts don’t recommend using the tool in tasks with more demands than it can handle. It may be a budget-friendly option, but it can last long if you know its limits and maintain it properly.

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. 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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