5 Best Chainsaws 2020

A chainsaw is a great improvement over an axe or saw, because it allows you to cut wood without the unnecessary effort. Usually chainsaws work on petrol, but there are plenty of electric models too. They are made by all leading tool brands, such as DeWalt or Greenworks. The advantages of an electric one include rechargeability, no need for fuel and better mobility. As time goes by, electric motor and accumulators keep improving, and the capacity of lithium-ion batteries gets better. Therefore, electric saws have been getting more popular and are no longer looked upon as toys – they are real tools, no worse than their gasoline counterpart.

However, if you want to pick one that fits you, you will be presented with a real challenge. The brands keep competing, and there are many devices that almost match each other in their specs and prices. So it will not be easy even if you have decided what power and blade length you want. To make it easier for you to choose, we have put together a compilation of five best electrical chainsaws.

Place#
Product
Editors’ Rating
Editors’ Opinion
Brushless Motor
#1
DEWALT DCCS670X1 FLEXVOLT
9.9
/
10
Editors’ Pick
#2
DEWALT DCCS620P1 20V
9.6
/
10
Editors’ Pick
#3
Greenworks 16-Inch 40V
9.2
/
10
Customers' Choice
#4
BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX
9.1
/
10
Most Affordable For Its Power
#5
Greenworks 12-Inch 40V
8.8
/
10
Best Budget
DEWALT DCCS670X1 FLEXVOLT
#1
Editors’ Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.9
/
10

This model has a blade 16 inches long and is intended for working on building materials or for logging. The special engineering lets this machine work almost without kicking, so you will be much more comfortable with it. Also it is much safer because it has so little kick.

The saw is powered by a powerful accumulator, which gives out 3000 mAh at a voltage of 60. This is enough for at least 70 full cuts. So far this is the largest battery DeWalt has ever produced. The device ships with one battery and a charger.

The chain oils itself automatically and continuously. To refill the oil simply unscrew a cap and add oil.

The entire device weighs 12.2 pounds. Even though that is more than the other devices in the list, it is not a real setback.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and ergonomic build – makes for greater mobility
  • Large accumulator lets you work a long time before recharging
  • No kickback

Cons:

  • A few people have reported that the oil tank leaks

DEWALT DCCS620P1 20V
#2
Editors’ Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.6
/
10

The bar length here is 12 inches, which is enough for just about anything but the biggest trees. The manufacturer states that the saw is best used for construction work and cutting down trees.

The motor here is designed with no brushes, so it is more efficient, than a regular motor. This allows the battery to last longer. However, the battery is very powerful too. Its capacity – 5 Ah at 20 volt – makes it one of the biggest batteries at DeWalt’s disposal. Also the fact it is brushless makes for much longer motor lifetime. As the battery is compatible with all DeWalt machinery, you can insert it into other tools from this manufacturer.

As all advanced tools of this kind it has a toolless tensioning mechanism and a knob for tightening the bar. It is also engineered not to have kickback; therefore, it is much safer to use than conventional saws.

The weight of this device is amazingly low – it is only 8.8 pounds. The speed of the cutting edge is also optimal – 25.2 feet per second.

Pros:

  • User testing shows that it slices through hardwoods and wet palm wood, which is challenging even for powerful machines
  • The weight is extremely small, so this model has unrivalled mobility

Cons:

  • The bar oil leaks when the saw is not being used.

Greenworks 16-Inch 40V
#3
Customers' Choice
Editors’ Rating:
9.2
/
10

The brushless motor of this model allows for much more torque and more efficient battery usage than generic motors with brushes. As the bar is 16 inches long, the machine can handle big trees, but as the manufacturer says, it will also work great for building work. The motor also lasts much longer than brush motors.

The motor’s construction allows it to produce only 30 percent as much vibration as brushed motors, so the user will be able to work without enduring as much discomfort. The torque of this engine is 30 percent greater than a similarly sized brushed motor would create.

The battery is exchangeable with over 25 other devices from the same brand. The battery’s power is 4 Ah with a voltage of 40 volts.

The chain has an installed brake that prevents it from kicking too often.

With the battery this device weighs 10 pounds.

Pros:

  • Has a powerful motor with great torque – allows for cutting thick trees
  • The brushless motor bears multiple advantages, such as longer life and more efficient use of energy

The brushless motor of this model allows for much more torque and more efficient battery usage than generic motors with brushes. As the bar is 16 inches long, the machine can handle big trees, but as the manufacturer says, it will also work great for building work. The motor also lasts much longer than brush motors.

The motor’s construction allows it to produce only 30 percent as much vibration as brushed motors, so the user will be able to work without enduring as much discomfort. The torque of this engine is 30 percent greater than a similarly sized brushed motor would create.

The battery is exchangeable with over 25 other devices from the same brand. The battery’s power is 4 Ah with a voltage of 40 volts.

The chain has an installed brake that prevents it from kicking too often.

With the battery this device weighs 10 pounds.

Pros:

  • Has a powerful motor with great torque – allows for cutting thick trees
  • The brushless motor bears multiple advantages, such as longer life and more efficient use of energy

Cons:

  • The battery takes a long time to charge

BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX
#4
Most Affordable For Its Power
Editors’ Rating:
9.1
/
10

The blade length here is 12 inches. This makes the machine fit for most amateur purposes, such as cutting building materials and deleting unneeded branches. Even though the price is rather low, the saw is made of premium materials and is sturdily built.

This model’s chain automatically oils itself. Its thickness is 3/8 inch, and the amount of kickback is minimal.

The brushless motor has many advantages, amongst which is the extended battery life. The 40 volt battery supports long working times, letting you do over 60 separate cuts on tough wood over 4 inches thick. The ergonomic handle lets you hold the device with different grips.

Pros:

  • Small and mobile, but does not sacrifice power for size
  • Surprisingly strong battery. Also charges in under 1.5 hours.

Cons:

  • Many people complained about the automatic chain oiler – it can stop working without a reason

Greenworks 12-Inch 40V
#5
Best Budget
Editors’ Rating:
8.8
/
10

This model weighs only 6 pound. Nonetheless, it outperforms many heavier models. It has the trademark 40 volt battery which does not have the memory effect after charging.

The device is equipped with a 12 inch chain made of quality steel. The tensioning is done without the use of tools. The pitch is 3/8 inch, so it will allow trimming of limbs without significant kick-back.

The price is surprisingly low, and yet there are a number of convenient features, such as an automatic oiler and a very ergonomical wrap-around handle. The handle makes it very easy to work at any angle.

The device is posed as a great decision for cutting branches and doing construction work on a small scale.

Pros:

  • Very light – there are no saws of comparable power below this weight
  • Very good grip on handle

Cons:

  • Very leaky, as a number of reviewers have stated

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