10 Best Battery Powered (Cordless) Chainsaws 2019 – Portable & Powerful Duty

Chainsaw is the most versatile tool that a contractor love have in his toolshed. They perform amazingly for cutting through tree limbs and branches in a short time. A gas powered or electric chainsaw can help you to complete your job smoothly in no time.

But if you need to work away from electric outlets or in a place where you can hardly find gas for your gas-powered chainsaw, a battery-powered chainsaw is the only substitute that can help you.

You’ll find thousands of options while buying a battery powered chainsaw which may make you confuse to choose from. But if you know the basic things about a cordless chainsaw you can easily pick one.

It is always better to go through a few reviews before buying any tools and equipment. This will help you to know the basics as well as the best products in the market.

If you’re planning to buy one, you can also read this guideline. Hope this will also add some value in your research.

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Oregon Cordless 16-inch Self-Sharpening Chainsaw with 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger
Greenworks PRO 18-Inch 80V Cordless Chainsaw, 2.0 AH Battery Included GCS80420
Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 14" Chain Saw Kit with, 4 Batteries (5.0Ah)
Zombi ZCS5817 16-Inch 58-Volt 4Ah Lithium Cordless Electric Chainsaw with Oregon Bar & Chain, Battery & Charger Included
DEWALT DCCS690M1 40V 4AH Lithium Ion XR Brushless Chainsaw, 16"
EGO Power+ CS1403 56V 2.5Ah Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw with Battery & Charger Kit, 14-Inch
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Oregon Cordless 16-inch Self-Sharpening Chainsaw with 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger
Greenworks PRO 18-Inch 80V Cordless Chainsaw, 2.0 AH Battery Included GCS80420
Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 14″ Chain Saw Kit with, 4 Batteries (5.0Ah)
Zombi ZCS5817 16-Inch 58-Volt 4Ah Lithium Cordless Electric Chainsaw with Oregon Bar & Chain, Battery & Charger Included
DEWALT DCCS690M1 40V 4AH Lithium Ion XR Brushless Chainsaw, 16″
EGO Power+ CS1403 56V 2.5Ah Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw with Battery & Charger Kit, 14-Inch
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Oregon Cordless 16-inch Self-Sharpening Chainsaw with 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger
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Oregon Cordless 16-inch Self-Sharpening Chainsaw with 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger
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Greenworks PRO 18-Inch 80V Cordless Chainsaw, 2.0 AH Battery Included GCS80420
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Greenworks PRO 18-Inch 80V Cordless Chainsaw, 2.0 AH Battery Included GCS80420
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Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 14" Chain Saw Kit with, 4 Batteries (5.0Ah)
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Makita XCU03PT1 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 14″ Chain Saw Kit with, 4 Batteries (5.0Ah)
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Zombi ZCS5817 16-Inch 58-Volt 4Ah Lithium Cordless Electric Chainsaw with Oregon Bar & Chain, Battery & Charger Included
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Zombi ZCS5817 16-Inch 58-Volt 4Ah Lithium Cordless Electric Chainsaw with Oregon Bar & Chain, Battery & Charger Included
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DEWALT DCCS690M1 40V 4AH Lithium Ion XR Brushless Chainsaw, 16"
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EGO Power+ CS1403 56V 2.5Ah Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw with Battery & Charger Kit, 14-Inch
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How to Select a Cordless Chainsaw

If you’re thinking of buying a cordless chainsaw you should know well about the features and its advantages and disadvantages. The first thing you should consider while buying is the type of job you’re going to do with. And the other considerations are-

1. Power

Cordless chainsaws are not as powerful as gas chainsaws, but they have enough power to cut down a tree. For getting a powerful one you need to check the voltage and amp hours of its battery. If those numbers are high that means the tool is powerful and it will also last for a long time.

2. Noise & Vibration

By using this type of chainsaws you will experience less vibration and noise than other chainsaws. Users of battery powered chainsaws love them as they are an almost silent tool and produce no fumes or noise or any other problems like gas powered saws.

3. Cutting Performance

Though the cordless chainsaws are smaller than others, their cutting power is really impressive. For example, a 40V battery powered saw can easily cut tree limbs & branches in 4”- 6”. As we’ve mentioned earlier, a saw with high voltage allows you to cut more efficiently, if you get a 60V chainsaw, it can cut a pressure treated pine wood into 6”x6” pieces.

4. Safety

Usually cordless chainsaws come with a lot of safety features installed by default. But it is better you check the available safety features of that particular chainsaw. Specially look for the chain brakes that help the machine to stop the kickback and the EPS or Electronic Protection System that shut down the saw automatically to protect it from overheating and overloading.

5. Ease of Use

Though battery powered chainsaws are really easy to use and maintain, still you need to check the user manual to be sure about the operating system and maintenance.

6. Battery Run Time

The most important feature you should check while buying a battery powered chainsaw is the battery run time. Battery run time mainly depends on amperage and voltage. Watt time is another factor that affects the runtime of lithium- ion batteries. If you get the top rated battery chainsaw from the list I’ve mentioned, you’ll be able to make at least 40 cuts per watt/hr.

7. Motor

In recent days, cordless chainsaws come with computer chip controlled brushless motor. This type of motors can easily convert volts to amperes according to the required levels. These motors can also control heat management and helps to increase battery life.

8. Charging Time

Battery charging time is another important feature you should check before buying. Because you don’t want to sit for a long time in the middle of cutting for recharging the battery. This charging time may vary depending on models but try to get the one that takes minimum time to get recharged.

Top 10 Best Cordless (Battery Powered) Chainsaws Review

EGO Power+ CS1403 56V 2.5Ah Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw with Battery & Charger Kit, 14-Inch

Features

  • 6300 RPM Speed;
  • 14 inches long bar & chain;
  • Weights 13.4 pounds;
  • 56V Lithium-Ion battery and charger included;
  • Model no CS1403.

Review

For beginners, a cheap power tool with well responsive customer service is way better than high quality tool of nonexistent customer service. Our EGO chainsaw is not flawless to be honest, but the service one gets from the customer service up on any unforeseen circumstances is priceless. I have heard stories of getting a replacement after complaining to the customer service section about the nonfunctional oil tank or a loose sagging chain of the saw.

When it comes to the quality, it is the best for the medium range price. The saw is lightweight, useful for cutting medium-sized trees or large branch and twigs. The battery included in the package is long-lasting ones and stays up to 100 cuts at once.  

A little caution needs to be taken before using this saw seriously. Take it to a professional and be sure that, all the parts are well attached and functional; have a close look on the oil tank, chain, bar and chain guards etc. any defect on these areas can be injurious. Over all, this saw is well-built and weather protected for a long life. There is less chance of overheating of the battery due to overcharge, because the charger has a self cooling fan for prevention. As I said earlier, it is the best bet for beginners.

Pros

  • Budget friendly;
  • Good customer service;
  • Weather proof;
  • Long battery life;
  • Long warranty offered.

Cons

  • May arrive with disoriented parts.

Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw Kit

Features

  • 1,650 FPM Speed;
  • 12 inches long bar & chain;
  • Weights 10 pounds;
  • 36V Lithium-Ion battery and charger included;
  • Model no HCU02C1.

Review

Makita cordless chainsaw has launched in the market to amaze you with its superior quality and almost ‘no maintenance’ feature. Most of the time while operating a chainsaw, we waste our time adjusting the chain, lubricating the bar, changing the oil and the list is endless. Often, it hampers our productivity. This Makita cordless saw will ensure that, while working with it, the center of your attention will be the workpiece, not the saw itself.

Its oil tank is large and automated, self lubrication the chain and bar. There is a window on top of it to peek in it and eliminate the need for checking repeatedly the oil level. When you are done, there is no need to clean up the air filter or the muffler nor empty the oil tank. Just clean the chain and put the saw in the tool box, that’s all you need to do.

Please make sure you use the Makita batteries that come with the saw. Otherwise, there is risk of ruining the saw if you use inappropriate ones. This is a professional grade cordless saw to maximize your productivity. The price they fixed for it, really worth every penny.

Pros

  • Requires minimal maintenance;
  • Heavy duty;
  • Lightweight;
  • Reasonable price;
  • Tool less adjustment for the chain.

Cons

  • No cons.

18-Inch 80V Cordless Chainsaw

Features

  • 18 inch long bar & chain;
  • Weights 10.8 pounds;
  • 80V battery included;
  • Model no GCS80420.

Review

People who are used to with gas powered chain saws will admire how perfectly this Greenworks Pro cordless saw imitates the capacity of a gas operated chain saw. The power its 80V batteries offer equals to a 1.5 liters of gasoline you use in conventional chainsaws. However, its bar and chains are longer with their 18 inches length; so, chopping up large hardwood trees will be a breeze with it. But for smaller jobs, it may seem too large and bulky.

Its surprising how noise free this beast is. You will never need an earmuff while working with it. When you are done with it and ready to pack up, never forget to empty and clean the oil tank. It seeps when the machine is off. Not cleaning it on time will make a mess.

This high capacity cordless saw is as cheap as low capacity ones. If you often need to chop down large woods, then this saw with longer chain will be more convenient for you rather than the short chain ones.

Pros

  • Longer chain for larger capacity;
  • Produces less noise;
  • Long battery life;

Cons

  • Heavy and bulky for small jobs.

Cordless 40 Volt Chain Saw Kit with 1.25 Ah Battery Pack

Features

  • 18 inch long bar & chain;
  • Weights 10.8 pounds;
  • 80V battery included;
  • Model no GCS80420.

Review

People who are used to with gas powered chain saws will admire how perfectly this Greenworks Pro cordless saw imitates the capacity of a gas operated chain saw. The power its 80V batteries offer equals to a 1.5 liters of gasoline you use in conventional chainsaws. However, its bar and chains are longer with their 18 inches length; so, chopping up large hardwood trees will be a breeze with it. But for smaller jobs, it may seem too large and bulky.

Its surprising how noise free this beast is. You will never need an earmuff while working with it. When you are done with it and ready to pack up, never forget to empty and clean the oil tank. It seeps when the machine is off. Not cleaning it on time will make a mess.

This high capacity cordless saw is as cheap as low capacity ones. If you often need to chop down large woods, then this saw with longer chain will be more convenient for you rather than the short chain ones.

Pros

  • Longer chain for larger capacity;
  • Produces less noise;
  • Long battery life;

Cons

  • Heavy and bulky for small jobs.

40V 4AH Lithium Ion XR Brushless battery powered Chainsaw

Features

  • 16 inches long bar & chain;
  • Weights 18 pounds;
  • 40V, 4AH battery and charger included;
  • Model no DCCS690M1.

Review

Cordless chainsaws are as powerful as gas operated ones, that’s obvious. But with 4 AH batteries of Dewalt chainsaw, it is surely overpowers any other cordless chainsaws currently in the market.

The batteries are so efficient that, they take only an hour to charge fully, yet goes over a couple of hours without a hitch. The variable speed feature in a chainsaw is super unique, something I haven’t found in other models. With the low speed setting, this saw will last even longer with one charge.

Oregon chain and bars are used in it and for auto lubrication, Lubrilink and Lubriwell are used.

This machine is larger and heavier; hence perfect to take down large branches or slice up big trees in a more timesaving way. It is a commercial grade battery operated chainsaw. If you can afford it, don’t miss the chance to own this monster.

Pros

  • Low kick-back;
  • Variable speed;
  • Low noise;
  • Short charging time;
  • Long operating time.

Cons

  • Heavy.

Oregon Cordless Chainsaw Kit with Battery and Charger

Features

  • 2796 FPM speed;
  • 16 inches long bar & chain;
  • Weights 12 pounds;
  • 40V, 4 AH battery and charger included;
  • Model no CS300-A6.

Review

It is the larger version of Oregon 14 inches saw of CS250S6 model. This one has all the advancement of that Oregon saw with longer chain. Longer chain is great for cutting thicker logs. To match the requirement, the batteries that arrive with this saw are of higher quality. 2 40V batteries of 4 AH capacity takes less time to get charged yet runs longer to serve the purpose.

While cutting thicker logs, the chain may get dull more frequently. The Powersharp System sharpens the chain within seconds during the job. This feature will work with particularly Oregon chains. These chains is a bit pricier, but the continuous sharpness you get from it totally worths it.

Even if the saw is large and weights a pound heavier than smaller saws, you won’t feel the difference. For its ergonomic design and well-balanced construction the weight doesn’t matter.

Pros

  • Cheap price;
  • Sharpens chain within the saw;
  • Produces less noise and vibration;
  • Well balanced.

Cons

  • No cons.

Zombi Lithium Cordless Electric Chainsaw with Battery & Charger Included

Features

  • 16 inches long bar & chain;
  • Weights 16 pounds;
  • 58V, 4 AH battery, accessories and charger included;
  • Model no ZCS5817.

Review

No matter how much I praise this unit, it will never be enough. The manufacturer Zombi carefully picked the parts of this electric saw to make it a high quality power tool. The chain they picked is the best quality one from Oregon, so as the bar. To make wood chopping more convenient, they have made a secret compartment at the lower part. Here, you can keep all the accessories those arrive with the saw. I find having such compartment is very handy for keeping extra oil or batteries so that you don’t have to take a break in the middle of the job.

The warranty offered for this amazing saw and the price it costs is unbelievable. There is less chance that you will ever have to claim the warranty to get free servicing. If you ever do need that, then you will know how friendly their customer service is. With 16 pounds, this machine is slightly heavy. It can be difficult to handle for people with smaller hands.

Pros

  • Low kickback chain included;
  • Built in compartment for accessories;
  • Long warranty offered;
  • Pro quality.

Cons

  • Heavy.

Makita Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 14

Features

  • 0-3, 940 FPM speed;
  • 14 inches long bar & chain;
  • 18V, 5.0 Ah battery and charger included;
  • Model no XCU03PT1.

Review

In a word, this model of chain saw from Makita is the ‘safest’ to use. There are three safety switches you need to push to get the best on. For beginners, DIYers and others who use saw less often or are not used to these, this edition will be perfect. Other than the power switch, there is a lock off switch then activates when you remove your hand off the handle. So that, the chain never turns on unexpectedly which may cause severe injury.

Even these measures can be frustrating for some. Every time you release the handle, the saw takes 3 seconds to turn off. In the meantime, the ‘auto shut down’ turns on to prevent draining out the batteries. For small jobs, repeated on and off will take time to complete the job. These safety locks are convenient for continuous jobs.

However, needless to say, this machine is well-built. 4 batteries arrive with it to save your time. Work with a pair and charge the other pair in the meantime. This way, you will never be out of battery. I recommend thinking twice before putting your hands on it. Some has left negative review out of disappointment on the safety locks.

Pros

  • Variable speed;
  • Chain lock-off function;
  • Auto shut down;
  • Highly powerful;

Cons

  • Safety measures can be time-consuming for big jobs.

Earthwise 14-Inch cordless battery powered chainsaw

Features

  • 14 inches long bar & chain;
  • Weights 15 pounds;
  • 58V, 2 Ah battery and charger included;
  • Model no  LCS35814.

Review

For light and occasional use, this saw will be enough and money saving. It is the cheapest among all the saws we reviewed here. For the price, it will not be right to expect a commercial grade chainsaw which will last for prolonged use.

This unit arrives with a 2 Ah battery. The battery will not take long to charge, but won’t stay long either. In the meantime, you can do small pruning and trimming or cut firewood. There is a detailed instruction manual in the package. In not only directs how to operate it, but also instructs how to saw to get the desired cut and so on. For beginners, only this manual will be enough to initiate sawing on their own.

It may seem underpowered, but does the job as advertised. So, nothing can be blamed. Some has complained over a leavy auto oiler. You can face that too; in those cases, you can claim a replacement, but you can’t get a saw of a better quality.

Pros

  • Budget friendly;
  • High quality chain included;
  • Long lasting brushless motor.

Cons

  • Auto oiler may leak oil.

WORX 10

Features

  • 14 inches long bar & chain;
  • Weights 10.4 pounds;
  • 20V battery, extension pole and charger included;
  • Model no  WG323.

Review

Neither a ladder nor a stool will be needed for trimming or pruning large trees with Works saw. It has a detachable extension pole that lets you go sawing when your feet are still on the ground. No need to carry around a ladder to do that again. In other words, you will never need a pole saw. Invest in it and save on a pole saw because it does both jobs.

To make this saw functional with a pole, it is made extremely lightweight. With only 10 pounds, using this saw will be a breeze. Just like other models we have reviewed, it has an auto oiler, comes with battery and charger and has a variable speed function.

The included battery is of 20v. Most of the cordless power tools we use frequently runs on 20v battery. So, this battery can be used on any cordless tools literally. If you are intending to use your cordless saw to dice up large logs, then this model worths a try.

Pros

  • Comes with an extension pole;
  • Battery compatible to other 20v tools;
  • Well built.

Cons

  • Needs practice using the pole.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cordless Chainsaw:

Cordless chainsaws are popular for their mobility and ease of use. But you may definitely want to know more about the pros and cons of a battery powered chainsaw before buying it.

Advantages:

The main advantage that you’ll get from a cordless chainsaw is it is portable than corded chainsaws. With a corded chainsaw, you’ve to stay by the power source to operate the saw without any interruption. But with a cordless chainsaw, you can move wherever you needed without worrying about the power source.

Another interesting advantage of battery powered chainsaws is, they can be used in even the power grid is down as they are powered by batteries.

The most important benefit you can get by using a cordless chainsaw is it doesn’t produce noise like other chainsaws. So you can work without disturbing your neighbors.

Disadvantages:

The main drawback of a cordless chainsaw is its runtime, they have limited runtime than corded chainsaws. And they’re less powerful than other chainsaws.

Cordless chainsaws tend to be heavy than gas powered or other chainsaws as they have a large battery inside them. Which may ruin their portability.

FAQs:

Q: What type of battery powered chainsaw is suitable for a novice?

Ans: If you’re new in the industry, you should go for the smallest one which can meet your cutting needs. As a beginner, Makita, Ego can be the best choice for you.

Q: How can I store my chainsaw after completing the job?

Ans: The first thing you should do after finishing your sawing is cleaning the chainsaw. Then put it in a place where it doesn’t come in contact with the ground or any other tools.

Q: How to maintain a cordless chainsaw?

Ans: The most crucial part of maintaining your cordless chainsaw is to keep the chain sharp and replace it before it breaks.

The need to be oiled and tensioned before every use and for sharpening, you can do it by own or take it to a professional.

You also need to oil the motor from time to time and keep the motor clean from sawdust and debris.

Conclusion:

So there are so many options to choose from while buying a cordless chainsaw. But if you know well about your requirements, consider your job type and most important features of a good quality chainsaw, you’ll be able to choose the right one for you.

If you’ve preferences but little bit confuse to choose one from them, just match them with the mentioned features.

You can also have a look on the list I’ve provided, they all are the popular models in the market.

But no matter which one you get, the most important thing you need to remember while using a chainsaw is to be safe. So always wear safety gears before start to work with your chainsaw.

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