Best Cordless Chainsaw Reviews & Buying Guide

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Cordless 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 allow complete freedom of movement.

I’ve reviewed 8 battery powered chainsaws that are among the best in the marketplace today. I examined many 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.


Quick Look: My Favorite Chainsaws for 2019

  • Greenworks 20312: best model for everyday homeowner jobs, low priced, excellent cordless company
  • DEWALT DCCS670X1: In my opinion, the best cordless chainsaw on the market today, 60V with brushless motor, expensive
  • Makita XCU03PT1: powerful, variable speed, 36V chainsaw from a well-known brand
  • Toro PowerPlex 51880: newer model on the market, cross compatible batteries with other PowerPlex tools
  • BLACK+DECKER LCS1240: small sized, homeowner focused product, well priced
  • Worx WG322: auto chain tension, 20V, lowest priced model, small & compact
  • Oregon CS300-A6: self sharpening system, brushless motor with 40V battery & good warranty
  • Sun Joe ION16CS: 600 W brushless motor, 16″ self lubricating bar and chain, comes with blade cover for storage

How I Rated The Chainsaws

I read and carefully studied hundreds of reviews with the objective of providing you with the best cordless chainsaw to buy.

The pros and cons of each cordless chainsaw were carefully considered. I looked at the safety features, power output (voltage), noise, cutting performance, ease-of-use, and battery runtime, warranties, relative cost, and more.

I also evaluated the pros and cons of all the models included in my best chainsaws list.

Below are the pros and cons of the cordless chainsaws reviewed. I hope that my battery powered chainsaw reviews will help you to make a better-informed purchasing decision.

Reliability (Warranty)

When purchasing any cordless chainsaw, it is essential to consider how reliable the machine is and it’s warranty rating.

The chainsaws that I recommend have a consumer warranty between 2 to 4 years. If you plan on using the chainsaw for commercial applications, you should contact the manufacturer to see what type of warranty they offer.

Power (Volts)

Cordless chainsaws might not have the horsepower of gas saws, but they generally have plenty of power output for most people.

You should consider the voltage and amp hours of the battery. The higher the rating, generally the more powerful the machine and the longer it will last.

Noise & Vibration

Cordless lithium ion battery pack chainsaws generate significantly less vibration and noise than gas-powered chainsaws.

Users are generally very satisfied with the experience of working with an almost silent machine.

Cordless chainsaws are even quieter than many corded electric products. Many of the chainsaws I recommend have a standard anti-vibration handle, which is an improvement from the old days when the handle was directly attached to a chainsaw’s engine, and a user suffered the effects of vibration.

Cutting Performance

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.

Safety

Many cordless chainsaws have a number of safety features installed.

Almost all now have a chain brake that will stop the chain mechanically if there’s ever a kickback.

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

Battery-powered chainsaws are easy to use, easier to carry, and extremely easy to maintain. You still need to wear the proper protection when using a cordless chainsaw, but in general, they are easy to use than gas models.

Battery Run Time

Battery run-time depends on voltage and amperage.

Some chainsaws can make up to 90 cuts before needing to recharge. Watt time also affects the amount of runtime in lithium ion batteries. The best-rated battery chainsaws on my list can make approximately 40 cuts per watt-hour.

Pros & Cons Vs. Gas And Electric

Pros

  • Electric powered chainsaws are quiet, intuitive, and clean. They make almost no noise, and there’s no smoke or emissions
  • Battery powered chainsaws can be used in the suburbs or anywhere that quieter landscape maintenance is needed. There’s no need to worry about noise regulations
  • Cordless chainsaws are perfect if you only need to maintain small or medium sized trees
  • An electric chainsaw is lighter, more portable, and very easy to use
  • User fatigue is significantly reduced
  • Cordless chainsaws provide clean battery power 

Cons

  • Gas chainsaws smell and eject dirty fumes into the atmosphere – this is not environmentally friendly
  • Gas chainsaws are very noisy and can lead to unhappy, complaining neighbors, and potential ear damage
  • The batteries on a cordless chainsaw need to be frequently recharged
  • Battery chainsaws aren’t designed for heavy-duty cutting
  • Cordless chainsaws typically cost more

Difference Between Cheap And Expensive Chainsaws

When shopping for a cordless chainsaw, don’t just buy what is cheapest. Some cheaper models do not come with batteries or the batteries don’t last very long.

More Expensive

  • More expensive chainsaws will produce more power and have more cutting speed
  • The higher cost provides better batteries that will work longer
  • Top of the line models may handle a branch or tree larger than 16” thick
  • Pricier models should be more reliable, and be ready for use on a daily basis if necessary
  • High-priced chainsaws tend to have ergonomic, rubberized, shaped handles and power triggers
  • Premium chainsaws also usually have automatic chain oilers, simple start buttons and tool-less chain tensioning
  • DEWALT and Makita are top of the line saws that have world-renowned build quality

Cheaper

  • Batteries might take hours to recharge, as compared to better batteries that will take only 30-60 minutes to recharge. One solution here is to buy back-up second and third batteries
  • Cheaper models will generally only handle smaller branches or trees
  • If you push a cheaper chainsaw to work too hard, it may be damaged or even cause safety problems
  • Cheaper models are useful if you’re only using it to perform small jobs every couple of months

Best Selling & Top Rated Brands

  • DEWALT
  • BLACK+DECKER
  • Makita
  • EGO​​​​
  • Toro
  • WORX
  • Greenworks
  • Husqvarna
  • Oregon
  • Ryobi
  • Stihl
  • Sun Joe

How Much Should I Expect To Pay?

You should expect to pay between $100 to $350 for a cordless chainsaw. The price will depend on the features that you want.


Best Battery Chainsaw Reviews

1) ​​Greenworks 20312 40V Cordless Chainsaw

Greenworks 20312 Cordless Chainsaw

Likes:

  • Brushless motor provides more torque, more power, less hand shaking, and a extended run-time
  • Low kickback chain and chain break included for increased safety of user
  • Fully charged 40V 4Ah battery performs up to 150 cuts on one single charge

Dislikes:

  • Chain bar is a little thin and will bend and flex in thick wood
  • Oil port and groove in bar is small and clogs easily

The Greenworks 20312 claims to produce 30% more torque and about 80% longer life with its lithium ion battery. It can compete with some entry-level gas-powered models.

I also like how the oil reservoir port is transparent so its easy to see the fluid level.

This machine features a safety chain break, an automatic oiler, metal bucking spikes, and a strong 16” Oregon bar and chain.

This is my pick for the best battery powered chainsaw!


2) DEWALT DCCS670X1 60V MAX Brushless Cordless Chainsaw

DEWALT DCCS670X1 60V MAX Brushless Cordless Chainsaw

Likes:

  • Ergonomic lightweight (12.2 pounds) design, comfortable trigger grip
  • 60V FLEXBOLT lithium-ion battery that changes voltage between 20V and 60V
  • Comes with hard bar cover, battery charger, and 1 MAX 60V 3Ah battery

Dislikes:

  • Some oil leaks out if the oil tank isn’t emptied after each use
  • Would like to see better runtime

The DeWalt DCCS670X1Is a top-of-the-line 60V 12.2-pound brushless chainsaw with a 3.0Ah, 6.0Ah, or 9.0Ah battery that is perfect for outdoor cutting wood.

This chainsaw provides approximately 70 cuts per charge and features auto-oiling continuous lubrication, a bar tightening knob, tool-free chain tensioning, variable speed trigger grip and a chain brake that provides additional kickback protection.

The battery is interchangeable across other DEWALT products such as their miter saw.


3) Makita XCU03PT1 Lithium Ion Cordless Chain Saw

Makita XCU03PT1 Cordless Chainsaw

Likes:

  • This kit includes the chainsaw, an 18V Optimum Dual-Port Charger, and 4 quick-charging LXT 18V Lithium-Ion 5.0Ah batteries
  • This chainsaw features a front handguard that has been specially engineered to actuate the chain break when it’s engaged
  • “Tool-less” chain adjustment

Dislikes:

  • Expensive
  • Trigger grip switch is hard to engage

The Makita XCUO3PT1 provides more power, less noise, and zero emissions, as well as a lot less maintenance.

This model has an outer-rotor brushless chainsaw motor and a direct-drive system, which gives users high-powered efficiency equal to a typical gas chainsaw.

It has a variable speed motor, 940 FPM, and emits only 100 decibels. Battery and charger included.


4) Toro PowerPlex 51880 Battery Powered Chainsaw

Toro PowerPlex 51880 Chainsaw

Likes:

  • Very well built brushless chainsaw motor for reliability & durability
  • Battery can be used across other PowerPlex Power Tools
  • Well balanced and super simple to use

Dislikes:

  • Some of the plastic parts feel cheap to me
  • Rubber on the handle doesn’t feel very durable and is too thin for my liking

The Toro PowerPlex 51880 is a new model this year. Toro is well known for their gas powered yard tools and they have made a good impression with their battery line-up as well.

The 51880 using the same PowerPlex battery as the other tools in their line, so you don’t need to buy extra batteries to use all their tools. This is becoming common place with lots of brands.

This unit has a tool free chain tensioning system, simple start, variable speed trigger and automatic oiler. The 40V 4Ah battery is plenty powerful enough for most homeowners and will last up to an hour of usage – depending on how hard you run it.

I also love the red color and the overall look of this tool.


5) ​BLACK+DECKER LCS1240 Lithium Ion Chainsaw

BLACK+DECKER LCS1240 Cordless Chainsaw

Likes:

  • 40V lithium-ion battery holds a charge for up to 18 months
  • Auto-oiling system features an easy visibility window for gauging oil level
  • Quiet electric motor cuts approximately 30 8” logs with one fully charged battery

Dislikes:

  • Uses a lot of oil
  • Battery charges slowly

The Black & Decker LCS1240 provides fast, efficient cuts and serious cutting power, without having to prime it or keep the chain and bar lubricated.

This lightweight tool helps to eliminate user fatigue and has a full wrap-around handle, a 12” Oregon bar and chain, and one battery charger included.

Normally priced very competitively, this is a good everyday chainsaw for the average homeowner.


6) Worx WG322 20V Battery Cordless Chainsaw

Worx WG322 20V Battery Chainsaw

Likes:

  • Small & compact
  • Automatic tensioning system
  • Battery level indicator is helpful

Dislikes:

  • The chain break feels cheap
  • The batter is pretty weak and doesn’t last

The Worx WG322 is a fabulous little chainsaw for small projects around the house. It is very lightweight and has decent power to cut through smaller branches and trees.

It’s not going to replace your gas powered saw, but that’s not the point of this tool. The 20v max battery doesn’t last all that long in my opinion, but it’s fine for small jobs.

I wish it came with a cover for the chain bar.


7) Oregon Cordless CS300-A6 Chain Saw

Oregon CS300-A6 Cordless Chainsaw

Likes:

  • Very quiet operation – completely silent between cuts
  • PowerNow battery pack provides increased run-time and instant start
  • PowerSharp Precision saw system for chain sharpening is built in

Dislikes:

  • Must use a special Oregon chain to use the self-sharpening feature
  • Front handle is all plastic and I could see breakage issues occuring

The Oregon CS300 is a high performance, high power, and torque brushless motor. It can cut about 400 branches of 2-3” diameter on one battery charge.

This machine requires no oil and gas mixing, no warm-up, and no pull cords. It provides an fast start with no emissions.

I love the ergonomic design – I could use this product all day and not get tired.


8) Sun Joe ION16CS Cordless Chain Saw

Sun Joe ION16CS Cordless Chain Saw

Likes

  • 600 Watt, brushless motor is powerful enough for most homeowner jobs
  • Self lubricating Oregon bar and chain
  • Comes with protective storage sheath for bar

Dislikes

  • Some of the plastic parts feel cheap and creek when pushed
  • Priced a little high for what it is in my opinion

I didn’t think I was going to like the Sun Joe ION16CS as much as I do. It gets great customer ratings, so I figured I’d check it out.

It’s a powerful tool from a solid company. It has a 40V lithium ion battery, 600W brushless motor, tool less chain adjuster and automatic oiler. The battery is strong and lasts quite a long time.

Pretty much everything the big names have.

It does feel a bit cheap to me and I think it is priced too high for what it is, but if you can find one on sale, this is a great machine!


Conclusion

After a comprehensive review of many cordless chainsaws online, my number one pick is the Greenworks 20312.

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Greenworks 16-Inch 40V Cordless Chainsaw, 4.0 AH Battery Included 20312
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This a very high-quality chainsaw that has a bar tightening knob to enable the right bar-clamping force, tool-free chain tensioning, and auto-oiling continuous lubrication. Plus the battery lasts a long time.

This is the one that I own and comes highly recommended from me.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below!


Author: Matt Hagens

Matt Hagens

Hi, I’m Matt the owner of Yard Care Life. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Learn more about me and find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

6 thoughts on “Best Cordless Chainsaw Reviews & Buying Guide”

  1. You mention your best battery chainsaws but Stihl is not on the list is this because of price or you just don’t rate them

    • In my mind (and research), I’ve found that for most homeowners there are better alternatives to Stihl cordless products. Stihl makes an awesome product, no doubt, but in some cases, I think they are overkill….especially since most homeowners will only use their chainsaw a couple of times per year…max.

  2. Did you give any consideration to the 16″ Snapper battery powered (58 volts) chainsaw sold by WalMart? I have one still in the box.

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