7 Best chainsaws of 2021
Alright guys, so here are my list of the best chainsaws of 2020. All of the chainsaws I will be reviewing here are great for light to heavy everyday use. Although some of them may be suitable for professional job sites, I would say they are most fitting for personal use in the yard or woods. There are a lot of saws out there on the market today but the ones listed below rank at the top in several different ways such as pricing, power, and handling ability. So please take a look and pick which one suits your needs the best!
- Best Chainsaw
1. Makita Electric Chainsaw
Ranking number one on my list of best chainsaws in 2019, the electric powered Makita Chainsaw packs an amazing punch in all ways. Although it does have a cord, that is really its only fallback. I found its power was even comparable to other gas-powered chainsaws that I’ve tried! I found the 16-inch bar could easily slice through thick logs and big branches. This chainsaw is great on both the worksite and in the backyard.
The saw revolves at an astounding 2,900 feet per minute and has many great features to boast. Among the top were its ergonomic, rubberized handle, a soft-start trigger switch, a built-in current limiter that helps guard against motor burnout, an automatic chain oiler, and an electric chain brake.
The only downside of this model is that it’s slightly heavier (15.5 pounds) than comparable models. You will also need a relatively heavy-duty extension cord for it to operate safely. However, it’s easy to use the system and excellent maneuverability makes it a great choice. Although the price is rather hefty, I find it’s worth the price if you want top-quality. It also comes with a one-year warranty and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
- Very powerful
- 16-inch bar
- Easy Handling
- Moderately Pricey
2. Echo Cs-400
In my opinion, the second best saw that I tried was the Echo CS-400. This chainsaw is definitely my top pick as far as gas-powered saws go. With an 18 inch blade and a 40.2 CC motor, it has enough power to slice through logs like butter. I also found its light weight (10 pounds) made it very easy to handle, which was a big plus for me.
It has many professional-grade features some of which are its automatic oiler, heavy-duty air filter, reduced-effort starting system with digital ignition, a side-access chain tensioner and an air pre-cleaner. It’s a great saw for light to heavy home projects and has a nice sized fuel tank (14 oz) so you don’t have to keep taking refuel breaks. This saw is a bit expensive, but hey, you get what you pay for right?
- Good for Heavy Duty Jobs
- Professional Quality
- Moderate Price
- Gas Operated
3. Electric WORX WG303
Look guys, this saw is extremely cheap when it comes to chainsaws. Just because the WORX WG303 is one of the cheapest electric saws on the market, please don’t let that fool you! It is made of very high-quality components and packs a real punch as far as power goes. In the market of top-quality budget chainsaws, the electric powered WORX WG303 will definitely meet your expectations. This saw boasts a 16.5-inch bar, chain brake, ergonomic handle, automatic chain oiler, and automatic chain tensioner.
This is definitely a great pick for backyard workers. Even though it vibrates a little more than most, its cheap price definitely makes it a worthy pick. Only downsides are it occasionally leaks a small amount of oil, and I had the chain bounce off once. I would say this saw is probably better for those that know their way around saws more than others. The reason being that its durability is a little less than others I’ve tried out.
- Very Affordable
- 16.5 Inch Bar
- Quality Features
- Moderate Vibration
- Less Durable
4. Remington RM218 Rebel
The Remington Rebel with its 18-inch bar and gas-powered engine proved to be very reliable. The gas motor easily comes to life with one crank and keeps itself maintained via the auto-oiler. Although at 22 pounds it’s a little heavy, I found that its fair price and smooth action makes up for its size. It also didn’t have much kickback thanks to its five-point anti-vibration system and cushioned wrap handle.
Something I also really appreciated with this one is that it came with very high-quality storage and carrying case. Something that really matters to me because I don’t want any dust or water falling my tools. So if you don’t mind the extra weight than this saw is a great one for you!
- 18 Inch Bar
- Easy Start
- Very Powerful (Great for Heavy Duty Jobs)
- Good Price
- A Little heavy (22 LBS)
5. GreenWorks 20362 Cordless
I personally always love a good cordless saw. And something that is really cool about this saw is its price! This is a very affordable saw with a price that is easy to deal with.
I think they are great tools for teenagers and people who are not as confident when it comes to handling the high power of a gas powered saw. Let’s be honest, even gas-powered saws can scare me at times!
The Greenworks electric and cordless chainsaw really impressed me while I was using it in my backyard. Some of the features I really liked on this model were its 24-volt rechargeable lithium battery, tool-free tension adjustment, automatic chain oiler, and easy-to-grip ergonomic handle. Each charge allows one to make approximately 35 decent sized cuts and it only takes 45 minutes to recharge. Just enough time to grab an ice tea and take a break on the back patio! This saw is great for beginners and I especially like how it is so light. Weighing in at less than 8 pounds makes it an excellent choice for teenagers and backyard workers.
Although it’s not the best pick for heavy-duty jobs, light back yard use and trimming hedges around the house are easy for this one.
- Very Cheap
- Great for Beginners
- Rechargeable Battery (24 Volts)
- Good Battery Life
- Very light (8 LBS)
- Only Good for Light to Medium Jobs
6. EGO Power+ 14-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw
This saw is one of the most expensive on this list but for very good reason. It’s a top-grade product! As far as cordless electric powered saws go, the ergo is one of the best! Its 56-volt lithium battery keeps it on the job site longer, and I also think its power and mobility were commendable. Some of the important features for this saw are its chain brake, tension adjustment, and high-efficiency brushless motor.
With a 14 inch bar and the very low kick back, it’s a great saw for backyard users and beginners. This saw can make around 100 cuts before the battery runs out, which is very impressive for a rechargeable saw. It only takes one hour to recharge this battery fully. Just look at it as one hour to take a break or work on something else!
A safe and reliable saw, and only takes about an hour to fully recharge! In one instance I even cut a log which I measured to be just over a foot long! That is some real power for a rechargeable saw.
- Excellent Battery Capacity (56 Volts)
- High Powered
- Easy to Use
- Relatively Small Bar (14 Inch)
- Recharge Takes One Hour
7. Greenworks 16 Inch 40 Volt Cordless
Who wants a cord getting all tangled in your feet and worksite? Nobody! This is precisely one of the reasons why the Greenworks cordless saw has such an appeal! This cordless model was one of the best electric models for mid-heavy jobs in the backyard and always got the job done.
With a 16-inch bar, it could easily slice through big logs, branches, and stumps. For a bigger saw, I noted that the vibration level was definitely less than other smaller electric models. This is important to me because I don’t want to have sore hands and arms after the work is done. With an auto oiler and a long running time, this saw is one of the best of its type!
Something else that is really important about this model is that the power seemed to be a lot more precise and this made for a very clean cut. I’d say this saw is one of the more durable out of the lot that I reviewed, and I think it is money well spend.
- 16 Inch Bar
- Very Little Vibration
- Very Direct Power
- Could Have Better Battery Capacity
The important takeaways:
To wrap it up, I find that each of these saws really does excel in each of their own ways. If you are looking for the top-notch electric power definitely go with the Makita Electric Chainsaw. I and many others have great faith in this machine and I am sure it will be a top model for years to come!
If you are looking for a great product but have a strict budget, I would recommend the Electric WORX WG303. You really can’t beat the price that Amazon offers for that one. However, if its no gas and no cords that you’re looking for and you are on a budget I would highly recommend the GreenWorks 20362 Cordless. It’s great for small jobs especially and very little hassle! If you have more money to spend, want more bang for your buck, and are into the cordless eco-friendly electric saws, then look no further than the EGO Power 14-Inch Cordless Chain Saw. There simply is not a better more eco-friendly saw than this on the market. So there is my list guys, have a great season of outdoor work and fun!