Electric Chainsaws aren’t new to the scene but they have advanced greatly in the past couple years. Gone are the days of having to drag around a bulky extension cord if you wanted to use an Electric Chainsaw.
The Best Electric Chainsaws now commonly come cordless utilizing battery power. The batteries that are used are interchangeable between different electric power tools made by the manufacturer.
Below we have broken down the 5 best Electric Chainsaws so you can have a comprehensive view of each saw’s performance specifications.
If you don’t find the model or features that you’re looking for you can check out this complete list of Electric Chainsaws to find one that better suits your cutting needs.
Electric VS Gasoline
The first step that’s needed when searching out for a new chainsaw is whether or not you will purchase a gasoline powered chainsaw or electric. Both chainsaws have there own respective pros and cons.
Gasoline powered chainsaws are commonly used by professionals and individuals looking to cut a high volume of wood. Gas chainsaws are generally used for cutting down large trees as they produce more power than electric chainsaws, therefore, can be equipped with a larger bar and chain.
Gas chainsaws are usually a great deal heavier and awkward to use, they’re a lot louder because they utilize a gas engine and create a lot more vibrations. They tend to be more intimidating for a novice user and generally recommended not to be used unless you’re experienced or have been properly trained.
Electric powered chainsaws, on the other hand, aren’t used by most professionals as they’re not capable of cutting larger trees. An industry that is more prone to using electric chainsaws is landscaping because they are more inclined to come across small branches and work in crowded neighborhoods with noise restrictions.
Electric chainsaws are quite light with most ranging from 10 – 15lbs. They’re usually very quiet operating at 60 – 80 decibels, perfect for use in crowded residential areas. Electric chainsaws produce zero emissions and provide a very low maintenance system. Because they operate using an electric motor they create very little vibrations making them extremely user-friendly and great for novices.
We recommend going with a gasoline-powered chainsaw only in the event that you will be cutting down large trees 24’’ + or if you’re highly skilled with a chainsaw. In all other instances, it’s best to go with an electric version.
Electric chainsaws are quite a bit cheaper than that of the gasoline models. Most gasoline chainsaws will run you over $1000 for a good chainsaw while an electric chainsaw will average around $300 – $500.
Since electric chainsaws do not require gas they’re a lot cheaper to run day-to-day. You won’t require a jerry can, gas or 2-stroke oil. Your maintenance bill will be cheaper as electric motors require virtually zero maintenance or hassle, just plug-in and go.
The first thing that pops into your mind and everyone else’s when you hear of an electric chainsaw is a dreaded cord that needs to be connected and lugged around.
Nowadays batteries have greatly evolved and most light-duty electric chainsaws will come equipped with a cordless Lithium-Ion battery.
Once you get into the heavier duty electric chainsaws, 18’’ and up, they will come with a cord because the power needed to cut through larger trees will need to come constant supply of power that is not diminished.
Tasks that can be performed:
Electric chainsaws can perform a multitude of task around your property. While you won’t be grabbing your electric saw to cut down a behemoth of a tree on your property they’re great for small light duty tasks.
Electric chainsaws are designed to cut small trees and limbs, perfect for general yard work when a set of loppers or hand saw will not suffice.
Electric chainsaws come with a multitude of safety features that are not commonly seen on gasoline powered chainsaws.
Electric chainsaws come nowadays equipped with a safety chain that is designed to prevent kickbacks from the chain grabbing into the wood and shooting back towards the operator.
Since electric chainsaws are less powerful than their gasoline counterparts they do not kick back nearly as much making them a lot safer to use.
It’s still advised that all regular PPE is worn while uses an electric chainsaw as you would with a gas powered saw. You’ll want to ensure you have a hard hat with face shield, ear protection, leather gloves, steel toe boots, long sleeve shirt or jacket and a set of chainsaw chaps (protective pants).
5 Best Cordless Electric Chainsaws
DEWALT DCCS670X1 FLEXVOLT 60V MAX Brushless Chainsaw
DEWALT has equipped this saw with a 16’’ Low Kickback Oregon Bar & Chain for a greater cutting performance that comes from the Oregon line of parts. A chain brake has also been added to increase kickback protection while cutting.
The DCCS670X1 features tool-free tensioning with a convenient easy to use tightening knob for maintaining proper tension and clamping force. Maintenance is a breeze as inside the clutch casing there is an auto-oiler for continuous bar & chain lubrication.
The 60V Li-Ion battery is capable of performing up to 70 cuts per charge (Based on 6X6 pressure treated lumber)
The DCCS670X1 included in the purchase (1) Brushless Chainsaw, (1) 60V MAX 3AH battery, (1) Charger, (1) Hard bar cover. DEWALT backs this chainsaw with a 3-Year Limited Warranty, 1-Year Free Service, 90-Day Money Back Guarantee.
- Cheap Washer & Bolt That Holds The Chain Secure Can Malfunction
- Heat Can Build-up Inside The Unit Causing Parts To Melt Slightly
- Battery Life
BLACK+DECKER LCS1240 12″ 40V MAX Lithium Ion Chainsaw
12’’ Oregon Bar and Chain
60 Cuts Per Charge
40V 2.0 AH Battery
8.81 x 28.56 x 9.63 Inches
The LCS2140 is designed and manufactured by BLACK+DECKER, a company that had been continuously innovating and setting the standard for power tools and outdoor yard care equipment since 1910.
BLACK+DECKER has equipped this electric chainsaw with a 12’’ Oregon low-kickback bar and chain to reduce any injuries or mishaps that can occur while running a chainsaw. Electric Chainsaws are safer than their gasoline counterparts as they produce less torque resulting in fewer instances where the chainsaw will aggressively kickback.
The LCS2140 features a virtually maintenance free system with an automatic oilier to increase cutting performance and life of the bar and chain. There’s also an easy to use tool-free chain tensioning knob that’s located on the bars cover plate.
The 40V MAX 2.0AH Battery is capable of performing over 60 cuts on a single charge (Based on 4x4 pine lumber)
BLACK+DECKER includes in the purchase: (1) Electric Chainsaw, (1) 40V MAX Lithium-Ion Battery, (1) Battery Charger, (1) RC100 Chain. Backed by BLACK+DECKER’S 3-Year Limited Warranty.
- Automatic Oiler Is Prone To Leaking Oil Even When Not In Use
- Short Battery Life
- Battery Life
Oregon Cordless 40V CS300-A6 Chain Saw with 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger
Oregon is one of the most recognized and trusted brands of gasoline and electric chainsaws. Oregon provides their parts to many different manufacturers, a testament to their durability and performance.
The CS300-A6 features a high-performance brushless motor that’s capable of producing massive torque running off a 40V MAX Lithium-Ion battery. The CS300-A6 runs for an extended 66% longer then Oregon’s previous model CS300-E6 chainsaw.
Oregon has fitted this electric chainsaw with an innovative self-sharpening device they call the PowerSharp System, reducing downtime and greatly extending the cutting life of your chains. The CS300-A6 features tool-less technology with a conveniently placed red knob on the side that controls the chain’s tension.
The 4.0AH battery is capable of performing up to 400 cuts on a single charge. (Based on 2-3 inch branches)
Switching from a gas powered chainsaw in most instances will be a no-brainer. The Oregon 12’’ CS300-A6 is an Instant Start – No Gas or Oil Mixing, No pull cords, No warm-up & No Emissions and virtually No Maintenance
Oregon includes a 3-Year Warranty for the Chainsaw and a 2-Year Warranty on their batteries.
- Cannot Use in The Rain or Wet
- Chain Tends To Get Jammed From Small Twigs That Are Pencil Sized
- Battery Life
EGO Power+ 14-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Chainsaw
The EGO Power+ 14’’ electric chainsaw features a hi-efficiency brushless motor that’s capable of operating at 6300 RPM. Fitted with an industry leading 14’’ Oregon bar and chain that has a max cutting diameter of 24.5 inches.
The EGO Power+ electric chainsaw is cordless, utilizing a new Arc-Lithium 56V battery. The batteries used with this saw are 100% compatible with the full line of EGO Power+ products.
The included Oregon bar is reversible and features a low-kickback design that complies with ANSI175.1 standards. Another feature to prevent injuries is a built-in chain kickback break for added safety and control while operating the chainsaw.
The EGO Power + 14” electric chainsaw is capable of performing up to 100 cuts on a full charge.
Backed by a 5-Year Limited Warranty on the Chainsaw and a 3-Year Limited Warranty on EGO Power+ System battery packs and chargers.
- Tensioner slowly comes loose needing constant re-tightening
- Chain Oil Leaks Out Creating a Pool Underneath While Stored
- Battery Life
Makita XCU02PT 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw Kit (5.0Ah)
The Makita XCU02PT features a Makita-built motor that’s capable of running up to 1,650 FPM (chain speed) for increased cutting speed. Powered by (2) of Makita’s top of line 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries at the same time.
Equipped with a 12’’ guide bar for increased cutting performance. The XCU02PT features a tool-less chain adjuster knob for quickly tightening the chain in an instant. The front handguard is engineered to actuate the electric chain brake when engaged.
The XCU02PT is the lightest saw featured weighing only 10.1 lbs for decreased operator fatigue. Designed with Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) provides increased protection from water and dust for working in harsh outdoor environments.
Makita Includes (1) 18V X2 LXT 36V Chain Saw, (2) 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 5.0AH Batteries, (1) 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Dual Port Charger, (1)Guide Bar, (1) Chain.Makita backs the chainsaw and Li-Ion batteries with a 3-Year Limited Warranty.
- Chain Oiler Can Malfunction
- Tensioner Releases It’s Tension on Occasion
- Battery Life