The Best Chainsaws for Your Money
Recently, I realized the immense value in a good chainsaw when an old 40ft maple tree got hit by lightning and basically had the top half of it come down while still attached to the base of the tree. It took about 4 guys and a whole weekend but we cut it up and had one heck of a bonfire.
It seems as if we had hundreds of problems that weekend, from gas chainsaws going out on us to problems dragging larger pieces of the tree with my truck (more like the cheap straps I had attached to it).
When we’re talking about gas vs. electric chainsaws, it’s an easy pick for me – electric all the way! After having so many problems over the years with gas chainsaws I decided to switch to all electric/cordless chainsaws from now on.
If you have to cut down a single tree or cut up firewood/logs, I definitely recommend a cordless chainsaw. If you’re cutting down a lot of big trees, you may make the case for gas but for most people the technology has finally caught up to the hype of cordless lithium ion battery-powered chainsaws.
So without saying much more about my experiences, here are our top picks for the best chainsaws for your money:
WEN 4017 Electric Chainsaw
The WEN 4017 electric chainsaw is 16” with a 12A motor. The Oregon chain can rotate up to 44 feet per second with this motor and maintains a lightweight design in order to keep from fatiguing the user. The auto-oiling system will help you elongate your saw’s lifespan by lubricating itself in case you forget. When you need to replace the chain, you aren’t going to have to go look for your tools. You can change the chain quickly without needing any tools.
While some chainsaws require gasoline, this one does not and you can feel good that you are operating it omission-free. No matter what kind of tree you need to take your saw to, with the power provided, you are going to be able to make sure you get the job done in a timely manner with this chainsaw.
One of the best features of this chainsaw is the price. For under $80 you get a great deal on a quality chainsaw.
DEWALT DCCS690M1 40V Lithium Ion XR Brushless Chainsaw
The Dewalt DCCS690M1 40V 4AH Lithium Ion XR brushless 16” chainsaw has a powerful brushless motor that is powered with a 40V lithium 4AH battery. You can get the performance of a gas chainsaw with the convenience of a cordless chainsaw. This chainsaw has a powerful brushless motor with a low kick back 16-in Oregon bar and chain. You can enjoy a variety of cutting diameters and auto-oiling. If you love smooth cuts, long chain life and reduced maintenance, you are going to love this chainsaw.
In order to get the proper bar clamping force, the chainsaw has tool free chain tensioning and bar tightening. If you need to refill your oil quickly, you are able to do this with the quarter-turn oil cap. Kick backs are no fun and you are protected from them with the chain brake.
This Dewalt cordless chainsaw is easy to start and runs and cuts like a champ. You’re going to pay a little bit more but it’s totally worth it for the convenience.
Greenworks 16-Inch 40V Cordless Chainsaw
Greenworks has really come into their own in the last few years with some really high-quality products from lawn mowers to weed whackers. This particular chainsaw is no exception.
The Greenworks 16-inch 40V cordless chainsaw takes their Lithium-Ion technology to the next level and gives you a gas comparable alternative chainsaw solution. Your life will be easier with this cordless chainsaw that still has the power you need. This brushless motor technology is innovative and provides up to 80% longer life and up to 30% more torque. Worried about noise? You get less noise and less vibration with this model. Whether you are used to operating chainsaw or this is your first model, you will be able to get it started easily. There is no mixing of gas and oil or trying to pull to get the chainsaw started.
The heavy duty 16-inch Oregon bar and chain and other features will make you glad that you chose this chainsaw for your arsenal of tools. You will also have a safety chain brake in case you are worried about dealing with kick back. This G-MAX system is compatible with 14 different law tools for those of you that want to have a full collection of yard tools.
BLACK+DECKER LCS1020 20V MAX Lithium Ion Chainsaw
The Black and Decker LCS1020 20V Max Lithium Ion Chainsaw with 10” blade has a long run-time and long life. It stays charged up to 5x longer than other chainsaws. The 10” Oregon low kickback bar & chain is premium and will give you the best experience. Need to make quick adjustments? The tool-free blade tension system allows for quick adjustments without hassle. You can also enjoy the wrap around bale handle.
You can experience the convenience of the cordless chainsaw and the ability to move around easily but you’ll also get the needed power and performance for cutting through live logs and any other wood you come up against. While this chainsaw is designed to be heavy-duty, it is also designed to be easy to use.
This little chainsaw also has some bite and is a great value for under $100 right now on Amazon.