Best Cordless & Battery Powered Chainsaws
Cordless battery powered chainsaws are a popular choice for many consumers today. They are lightweight, quiet, emit no fumes, are comfortable to hold, require little or no maintenance, and provide complete freedom of movement. They also have some disadvantages - mainly that the battery runs out eventually and will have to be recharged, they tend to be more expensive than gas or corded electric models, and they might have less cutting power than their gas-powered competitors.
Today we’ve reviewed 8 cordless chainsaws that are among the best in the marketplace today. We examined many different features - what type of warranty it has, how reliable the machine is, how easy is it to use, what are its safety features, how is it's cutting performance, and much more.
Please read on to find out which cordless chainsaw is the right one for you.
Top Rated Cordless Chainsaws
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EGO Power+ CS1600
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Oregon Cordless CS300-A6
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Our star ratings are based upon features, reliability, safety, ease of use and price. Your needs may be different.
HOW WE RATED THE CORDLESS CHAINSAWS
We read and carefully studied hundreds of reviews with the objective of providing you with a list of the best 8 cordless chainsaws on sale in today's marketplace. The pros and cons of each cordless chainsaw were carefully considered. We considered the safety features, power (voltage), vibration and noise, safety and cutting performance, ease-of-use, and battery runtime of each model, their warranties, and relative cost, and more. We also evaluated the pros and cons of electric versus gas chainsaws.
Read on to find out the pros and cons of the cordless chainsaws we’ve reviewed. We use a star system for our ratings, with 5 stars being the highest possible rating given. We hope that our review of each cordless chainsaw will help you to make a better-informed purchasing decision.
When purchasing any cordless chainsaw, it is essential to consider how reliable the machine is and what type of warranty it comes with. The DeWalt Flexvolt comes with a 3-year limited warranty, a 1-year free service contract, and a 90-day money-back guarantee. The Black & Decker LCS1240 40-Volt Max chainsaw comes with a 2-year limited warranty against all defects in workmanship or material. The Makita XCU03PT1 Brushless Cordless chainsaw comes with a 3-year warranty for all tools, chargers, and lithium-ion batteries.
The Greenworks 20312 40V chainsaw has a limited 4-year warranty against any defects in workmanship, parts, or materials. The Husqvarna 14” Brushless 120i chainsaw provides a 2-year warranty, and the Ego Power+ 56V chainsaw provides a 5-year limited warranty on all outdoor power equipment, plus a 3-year limited warranty on battery packs and chargers. Finally, the Ryobi RY40511 14” chainsaw comes with a 5-year limited warranty, and the Oregon Cordless CS300 chainsaw has a 3-year warranty on consumer tools and batteries, and a 2-year warranty on professional tools and batteries.
Cordless chainsaws might not have the horsepower of gas saws, but they still have what it takes! What a consumer needs to look for is the voltage amount and the number of amp hours the chainsaw possesses. The average electric cordless chainsaw comes with 18-36 volts -the higher the voltage, the faster turn-speed of the chain. Most of the chainsaws reviewed here today come with 40 volts, but one comes with 50 volts, and the DeWalt FLEXVOLT, the editor’s choice, comes with 60 volts.
NOISE & VIBRATION
Cordless lithium-ion battery pack chainsaws provide significantly less vibration and noise than gas-powered chainsaws. Users are generally very satisfied with the experience of working with an almost silent machine - no fumes, no noise, and no problems. Cordless chainsaws are even quieter than corded electric models. Many of the chainsaws featured here today have standard anti-vibration handles, which is an excellent Improvement from the old days when handles were directly attached to a chainsaw’s engine, and a user suffered the effects of vibration.
Despite the smaller size of some of these cordless chainsaws, users are consistently impressed with their range of cutting power. An average 40V battery powered chainsaw will quickly cut through limbs and branches in the 4"-6” range, as well as larger branches that are 10"-11” wide. A higher voltage will provide more cuts on average. A 40-volt battery typically can cut 60 4” x 4” pine lumber cuts on one single charge. A 60-volt battery on average can cut about 70 6” x 6” pressure-treated pine wood pieces or 90 4” x 4” cuts.
Many cordless chainsaws have a number of safety features installed. Some have chain brakes that will stop the chain mechanically if there's ever a kickback. Another safety feature of some batteries is that they can be electrically disconnected if they happen to fall out of the saw during transport. Some chainsaws have an Electronic Protection System (EPS) that will shut down a chainsaw automatically to prevent it from overloading or overheating.
EASE OF USE
Electric battery powered chainsaws are easy to use, easy to carry, and extremely easy to maintain. In fact, the only disadvantage of cordless chainsaws is that the batteries must be recharged at regular intervals.
BATTERY RUN TIME
Battery run-time depends on voltage and amperage. Several of the chainsaws reviewed here today can make up to 90 cuts before needing to recharge their battery. Watt time also affects the amount of runtime in lithium-ion batteries. The best-rated chainsaws on our list today can make approximately 40 cuts per watt-hour.
PRO & CONS VS. GAS AND ELECTRIC
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHEAP AND EXPENSIVE MODELS
When shopping for a cordless chainsaw, make sure that a very inexpensive price tag does not deceive you. Some cheaper models do not come with batteries, so the batteries must be purchased separately.
More Expensive Models
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HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY?
The 8 cordless chainsaws that we are reviewing here today range in price from $175 to $375, and have a median price tag of $291. Our number one choice, the DeWalt DCCS670X1, has a higher than average price, but it is well worth the price because of its outstanding quality and unique features. Our least expensive model is the Black & Decker LC1240, a good performing chainsaw that has a slow charging battery and also eats through a great deal of motor oil.
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After a comprehensive review of many cordless chainsaws online, our editor’s number one choice is the DeWalt FLEXVOLT DCCS670X1 60V MAX Brushless Cordless Chainsaw. This high-quality machine has a bar-tightening knob to enable the right bar-clamping force, tool-free chain tensioning, and auto-oiling continuous lubrication. It has a chain break for kickback protection, a 16” Oregon low kickback bar and chain, and provides up to 70 cuts of 6” by 6” pressure-treated pine wood per battery charge. Its unique FLEXVOLT system allows its battery to switch voltages - between 20 volts and 60 volts - depending on the particular voltage requirement of the job.