Although they don't have the power of a gas saw, cordless electric chainsaws are lighter, quieter, and simple to start. Plus: no fumes! Perfect for pruning, yard cleanup, and light cutting.
The Stihl provides impeccable cutting performance in line with the company's gas chainsaws. Its bar-oil reservoir spans the saw's front so you can check oil level at a glance, and the chain sprocket cover and chain tightness-adjustment wheel are tool-free and simple to use.
Formidable and fast-cutting. The chain-tightening system and sprocket cover removal are both tool-free and well-designed, as is the access to the bar-oil filler neck.
Lightweight and easy to handle. This is the only saw we tested that is equipped with a low-speed feature that conserves power on small branches. When you're ready for bigger cuts, flip it back to normal mode. Its light weight makes it easy to handle.
Clever features such as a large and easily accessible recessed screw on the bottom of the saw that adjusts bar-oil output. The Makita cuts without vibration, and has a convenient flip-up handle that removes the chain sprocket cover and the chain-tensioning dial.
The saw is well balanced and handles easily. It should be a good fit for inexperienced wood cutters who have small woody cleanup jobs around the yard.
Ryobi has paired their powerful 40V battery with a brushless chainsaw, to produce a high-performance cordless chainsaw. The battery can be recharged in just one hour and works with other Ryobi tools in the 40V system. You can trust the Ryobi with a 5 year warranty.
The Milwaukee chainsaw is the newest entrant to this group, and has been designed to take full advantage of Milwaukee's powerful 12 Ah battery. The M18 Fuel line of tools is built for the pros and should outlive most of the consumer branded chainsaws listed here.
The Echo is a well-built saw and excels cutting test discs (saw manufacturers call them cookies) from our 11-inch-diameter ash log. Its best time: 19 seconds. It makes a silky smooth cut and without vibration.
Impressively quiet, with a large dial to tighten the chain. It zoomed through our ash log in 20 seconds and it comes with a five-year warranty.
This was our only self-sharpening saw. To use this feature, called PowerSharp, you simply run the saw and pull the red sharpening lever. It's easy and incredibly fast, producing a razor-sharp chain in seconds. All of the saw's other features were likewise designed for speed and ease, from oil filling to chain tightening.