Chainsaws have gone through various changes in safety and efficiency over the course of time, once they were reserved for lumberjacks and dedicated tree felling workers, they were too intimidating for use at home; from the strong smell of petrol, and sharp teeth. Thanks to advances in technology, chainsaws are now more civilized and are given electric motors for less noise and more power and added safety. For the active homeowner out there, here’s a list of the best electric chain saws that guarantee bang for your buck.
- Worx 16-inch 14.5 amp Electric Chain Saw
- Remington RM1025SPS Ranger 10-inch 8-amp Electric Chainsaw/Pole Combo
- Snow Joe Sun Joe SWJ800E 8-inch 6.5-amp Telescoping Electric Pole Chain Saw
- Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim 8-amp 14-inch Electric Chain Saw
- Remington RM1025P Ranger 10-inch 8-amp 2 in 1 Electric Chain Saw / Pole Saw Combo
- Worx 18-inch 15-amp Electric Chain Saw
- Snow Joe Sun Joe SWJ701E 18-inch 14-amp Electric Chain Saw
- Homelite ZR43100 9-amp 14-inch Electric Chain Saw
Worx 16-inch 14.5 amp Electric Chain Saw
Here’s a modern take on the classic chainsaw, the Worx 16-inch electric chain saw is a powerful and feature-packed chainsaw made to cut wood for various uses. What this chain saw is ideal for, are DIY purposes and home improvement.
The features include a powerful motor that can tackle medium sized trees with ease. It has an integrated chain brake safety feature that stops the chain from spinning whenever the chainsaw becomes unstable, or you suddenly lose grip, and suddenly you see your life flash before your eyes. Luckily, the chainsaw has tons of safety features to keep you away from harm. As an added feature for convenience and easy operation, the chain saw features a system that lubricates the chain for you, so you don’t have to do the dirty work. Also, the chainsaw also has an automatic tensioning system, so you don’t have to spend time adjusting the chain to get the tension right. Not only do you save time from doing improper maintenance, but you also save yourself from the hassle of going down and dirty with the chainsaw.
The Worx electric chainsaw is designed with an ergonomic grip that not only makes the chainsaw look sleek and rugged, but it also gives you a comfortable hold to make working for long periods of time bearable.
Remington RM1025SPS Ranger 10-inch 8-amp Electric Chainsaw/Pole Combo
What sets electric chain saws apart from their gas guzzling big brothers are that they are cheap; very inexpensive. For an amount less than a hundred dollars, you can get yourself an electric chainsaw that’s both versatile and easy to use. The Remington Ranger is an electric chainsaw with a pole; it’s light enough to be mounted like this to reach tall branches that need trimming. But chainsaws aren’t just used for cutting wood; the blades spin fast enough to be of use for trimming bushes and tall trees.
The Ranger’s detachable 15-foot pole can give you the reach you need to trim those over extending branches. The motor is designed to be user-friendly and non-intimidating by reducing the kickback when you spin up the motor not only giving you confidence in working with the tool, but also adds safety and stability when doing precision work.
The pole features easy lock clamps and a non-slip grip for secure handling and hassle-free operation. When using the chainsaw without the pole, the electric chain saw features a shield to protect you from debris while doing some cutting. The powerful motor is rugged enough to handle extended hours of use and is properly vented to manage its heat.
Snow Joe Sun Joe SWJ800E 8-inch 6.5-amp Telescoping Electric Pole Chain Saw
Unlike the Remington Ranger, the Snow Joe Sun Joe SWJ800E is a dedicated pole-mounted chainsaw reserved for tree trimming purposes. The Sun Joe features a modest 6.5-amp motor and a cute 8-inch-long cutting area that screams, “I’m not made for major tree cutting jobs.”
If you’re having problems with over extending branches messing up your roof shingles or making your house look bad, you can tackle those branches with the Sun Joe. Featuring an adjustable pole that can reach up to 15 feet, you can cut all those pesky branches and just let gravity pull them to the ground. Operating the chainsaw is easy, just aim for the tree branch and press a button to let the motor spin. While it can also be used to cut through logs, the non-removable pole is cumbersome to handle and has less stability than directly handling the chain saw like a traditional chainsaw.
A great feature that the Sun Joe has is an easy operation and low maintenance; thanks to an electric motor, there’s no mechanical stuff to deal with such as oils and fuel. Forget about maintenance as Sun Joe has an automatic oiler that keeps the chain’s inner workings properly lubricated and keeps it working like it was brand new.
Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim 8-amp 14-inch Electric Chain Saw
The Remington Limb N Trim is a tiny beast. Despite the little motor housing, the chainsaw sports a 14-inch bar that’s cut for the job (excuse the pun); plus it only costs 50 bucks! Small electric chain saws are specially made for limb duty, no you’re not going to dismember someone with it; you watch too many horror movies. What I mean is you can use this chainsaw to trim tree branches that are overgrown or you want to cut a tree branch to encourage growth. Forget about manually chopping up tree branches with a machete; we have technology.
Featuring a user-friendly yet powerful motor with low kickback, it ensures smooth and safe operation with no sudden jolting after pressing the throttle. Despite lacking an automatic oiler, it has a push button to manually add just the right amount of oil on the chain. Chain tension can also be manually adjusted via an easily accessible knob to tighten or loosen the chain and remove the slack on the chain.
Despite looking all black and menacing, the sub 50 dollar chainsaw is safe and packed with safety features such as wrap-around bodyguard, a compact and lightweight design, and a safety feature that stops the chain whenever it becomes unstable.
Remington RM1025P Ranger 10-inch 8-amp 2 in 1 Electric Chain Saw / Pole Saw Combo
The Remington RM1025P Ranger bears a lot of resemblance to the Remington RM1025SPS Ranger; it’s got the same reach, the same powerful motor, and the same size 10-inch bar. So what’s the difference between the RM1025SPS and the RM1025P? Well, not much, it even costs the same.
The Remington RM1025P is the predecessor of the RM1025SPS; it’s last year’s model so to speak. It features the same 8-amp low kickback motor that provides power and stability without the unsettling jolt that causes the unit to jump and cause unease when operating it. The aluminum pole is extendable from 10 feet up to 15 feet and is easily removable via a locking mechanism; no tools needed. It features a built-in hand grip guard that wraps around the forward grip of the chainsaw to prevent any flying debris such as wood chips and splinters from making contact with your hands.
The SM1025P features an instant start button that allows you to get going quickly to trim those unwanted branches or cut some wood. Thanks to the stability of the electric motor, you can do precision pruning on bushes and ornamental trees like a pro, no need to contact a dedicated gardener.
Worx 18-inch 15-amp Electric Chain Saw
The Worx 18-inch 15-amp Electric Chain Saw is the big brother to the Worx 16-inch Chain Saw. It features a larger 15-amp motor, this chainsaw is built for serious tree-cutting purposes. The extended 18-inch bar gives you enough distance from the cutting surface and the grip that it instills confidence. Despite having a powerful high torque motor, it features a tame low kickback mechanism that maintains stability and operating smoothness.
Like its baby brother, the Worx 18-inch electric Chain Saw features Worx’s patented auto chain tensioning system that removes the hassle of working with a greasy chain and special tools to give the chain tension. Not only is it hassle-free, but it also ensures the right pressure all the time, not too tight, and not too loose. It also features an auto oiler which keeps the chain and the bar’s mechanisms well-lubricated to ensure proper operating conditions. As a safety feature, it also incorporates the auto chain brake functionality which stops the chain from spinning if ever the chainsaw is mishandled, or you lose control or the chain rebounds from the surface that it’s cutting.
This electric chain saw is the most expensive on this list, but it is also among the largest as it is found at 18 inches and features the most powerful motor at 15 amps.
Snow Joe Sun Joe SWJ701E 18-inch 14-amp Electric Chain Saw
The Snow Joe Sun Joe SWJ701E is the other 18-inch electric chain saw on this list but is less powerful than the Worx 18-inch coming in only at 14 amps; just one amp short of the more expensive electric chainsaw from Worx. However, is its price tag enough to persuade buyers from getting the more expensive Worx to trade only 1 amp of power? Let’s compare the two.
Despite having only 1 amp difference in power, all other aspects of the Sun Joe SWJ701E can go toe to toe with the Worx 18-inch. It features the same auto chain oiler system that keeps the chain-and-bar well lubricated to remove maintenance woes from your list of problems; it also has the automatic chain brake safety feature which stops the chain from spinning if an accident occurs. The 14 amp motor is designed with low kickback and ensures confidence inspiring smooth operation without the noise and smell. The Sun Joe is also lighter at 9.7 pounds compared to the 11.3 pound Worx 18-inch.
For looks, the Worx has the advantage; the Sun Joe looks rather toy-like, though there’s nothing toy-like about the idea of a working 18-inch chainsaw. Build quality-wise; the sturdier Worx also scores marks for this factor. The Sun Joe has less bulk and does not provide a hand guard for the forward grip which to some might seem unsafe.
Homelite ZR43100 9-amp 14-inch Electric Chain Saw
There might be no better bargain than the Homelite ZR43100, having a medium-sized 14-inch bar and modest 9-amp powered motor, it’s 1 amp more powerful, yet it is cheaper than the Remington RM1425 14-inch electric chain saw on this list.
The Homelite ZR43100 features a powerful 9amp motor which is encased in a low profile body that’s both light and compact at only 8 pounds. The 14-inch bar is of a low profile design which means it’s thinner than most other chain saws on the list which allows for precision work such as careful pruning of large bushes. Safety features include a low kickback motor and a kickback prevention shield at the tip of the bar called the Safe-T-tip that prevents the tip of the bar from making contact with the cutting surface. It avoids the bar from jolting and jumping towards your face if all else fails, it has a chain brake that activates and stops the deadly chain from spinning once the chain comes straight for you.
Additional features include an automatic chain oiler that maintains the right lubrication on the chain at all times allowing for safe and efficient operation. At the side of the bar, you can see an oil level window for easy maintenance at a glance as well as a manual chain tensioning access that can be operated with one hand and requires zero tools.
The electric chainsaw market has some tough competition with only a minor gap in power and prize for their respective size classes. However, there are a few standouts. Like all products that are competitive, manufacturers always think outside the box when it comes to offering a product that can instantly beat a competing product thanks to an ingenious feature.
In the case of electric chainsaws, since most chainsaws in this list are competitively priced and mostly have the same specifications, it all goes down to what type of job you’ll be subjecting the chainsaw too. Since little electric chain saws are designed for pruning jobs first and wood cutting later, then it’s best to pick the versatile option that features an extendable pole and a decent motor.
If safety is the top priority, then safety features must also not be overlooked, despite the advances in safety throughout the years, a chain saw’s spinning teeth are a constant threat that is not to be taken lightly.