Top 5 Battery-Powered Chainsaws — 2020
My picks for spots 3 and 4 —
WORX WG322 — 10″ / 20V
If you’re in the market for a cordless chainsaw —- Welcome! We live in a world in constant change, with technology taking over every aspect of our lives and although chainsaws are relatively unchanged from what they were 20 years ago, battery technology is one area of this segment where technology is making a massive impact, with battery power rivaling gas chainsaws, which is incredible if you think about. Yes, “For the times they are a-changin’…” as Bob Dylan sang. In this article I’m going to share with you my recommendations for the best battery-powered chainsaws on the market. In other words, these are my favorites, the ones I think are worth spending your money on.
Recommended — New Model for 2019 : WORX WG384 / 40V
Why Brand Matters
We’ve already shared a few chainsaws with you, but let’s keep going, there’s more to cover. The landscape for chainsaws is rapidly changing, and you should also beware of the many cheap Chinese chainsaw brands that have flooded the market on Amazon. Luckily they are easy to spot by their nonsensical names, such as OppsDecor, Yiilove, LaGinza, and Barryblue, to name a few. You get the idea.
If you only take one piece of advice from this article, let it be this : Buy a reputable name brand chainsaw. It matters. Chainsaws are one of the few products people buy where spending more money is actually good advice and not a sales pitch. There are several factors you need to think about before making your buying decision, such as :
- Ergonomics : Is the weight distribution balanced? Does it have a comfortable grip? Is it too heavy? Weight makes a difference the longer you work.
- Company Support : How long is the warranty? Do they have a service network if the chainsaw breaks down under warranty? Can you call their support department?
- Safety : Does the chainsaw have all the latest safety features, such as a front hand guard and a chain brake. Cutting with a sharp chain is also an important safety factor that many users don’t consider which is why I always recommend the Oregon CS1500 (corded-electric) and the CS300 (battery) — the reason : because they have built-in chain sharpeners which means you’ll never have to cut with a dull chain. It matters. Do you know how to sharpen a chain? If not, put these chainsaws at the top of your list.
Match the Chainsaw to your Need
The chainsaws that follow are more of my favorite chainsaws, some we’ve already covered but we go into more detail. You see, the tricky thing about recommending chainsaws is that there are a lot of options and we’ve never met. If you’re honest with yourself about what you need and how much you want to spend, the choice should be fairly easy, in my opinion. For example, if you only intend on pruning branches under 8-inches, then all you need is a 10″ chainsaw, like the WORX WG322. It’s simple. No need to spend days and days researching. I’ve already done that for you.
If you don’t want to ever sharpen your chain and like the idea of always being able to cut with a sharp chain, then get one of the Oregon chainsaws mentioned. Truth is, I’ve been recommending Oregon chainsaws a lot lately because I want to get the message out to people about the reality of keeping a sharp chain — it’s tedious, requires skill and know-how, but necessary, and most people don’t think about it until after they are faced with a dull chain, which doesn’t take long.
Don’t buy the most popular chainsaw, unless it aligns with your specific cutting demands. Be smart with your decision. Match the chainsaw to your needs. What are you cutting? Are you felling 20″ trees? If so, get a gas chainsaw. My job is to recommend things that I genuinely feel are worth spending money on. My heart is in the right place with my advice. In order to cut safely, you need a sharp chain because if you cut with a dull chain it increases the likelihood of your chain getting caught up in the wood, meaning it can snag, even for a second, causing kickback (not good). Whatever chainsaw you buy, just make sure you keep it sharp. Do what you will with that advice. And no, I don’t work for Oregon.
— Understanding Chainsaw Kickback —
More Great Cordless Chainsaws
Greenworks 40V / 16″ -- 20312
Greenworks knows how to make battery chainsaws, and battery tools in general. That’s their focus as a company so it shouldn’t be surprising that all of their chainsaws are excellent and consistent top sellers. If you need enough power to cut through 14″ branches and trunks, this is for you.
Weighs only 10.4 lbs., with an auto-oiling system. It’s good. If you simply want a reliable chainsaw (with a 4 year warranty, I should add), this is a great buy.
More Power? Get the 80V Greenworks chainsaw, with an 18″ bar & chain.
The 80V Greenworks is the equivalent power of a 45cc gas chainsaw, which for most people, is more than enough.
Honestly, what are you cutting? Unless you’re felling 24″ trees on a regular basis, battery power is enough. Don’t plan for a day that will never come. Choose wisely.
WORX 20V / 10″ -- WG322
Perfect for light-duty pruning, limbing and even firewood around the yard. Can easily cut wood under 8-inches. Don’t expect it to do too much and you won’t be disappointed.
Has an automatic oiler and chain tensioner, making it easy to use. Nowadays these are common features, so not that big of a deal. Overall, buy it for its small size and inexpensive price. Well-made little chainsaw.
More power? — get the new for 2019, Worx 40V WG384. In my opinion, perhaps the best new chainsaw of the year.
The Future of Battery-Power?
We live during a new age of invention, I consider it a renaissance — in reference to the rise of stored electric power, which we call battery-power. Tesla, the car maker and Rivian, are two good examples of what investors are excited about. This is where our species is going — electric!
Chainsaws Have Come A Long Way Since the 1920’s
Scientists are in a desperate pursuit to harness and store energy. Our survival ultimately depends on it. In September of 2019, Sun Joe introduced their new 100V Cordless Chainsaw — the most powerful battery chainsaw on the market. It’s an impressive feat if you look at it from the perspective of history.
Technological advances will continue to pack more power into our battery tools. Hopefully, scientists will find new ways to store energy because with current technology we are nearing our theoretical maximum of battery power. I have faith that science will find a way to reinvent the storage of power. Perhaps a combination of nanotechnology and biology holds the answer. Large-scale gride power storage has had some innovation recently with the vanadium “flow battery” system. Power storage might get weird someday.
Video — What can 100 Volts Do? — Sun Joe iON100V-18CS-CT
Why do some chainsaws stick around for years?
The 40V Black+Decker LCS1240 has been a top selling cordless chainsaw for years, and for very good reason it’s lightweight, inexpensive, convenient, easy to use and safe. These are all features that customers look for, not to mention the social proof, based on customer ratings that it will last over years of use.
Reliability matters, which is why the best selling chainsaws continue to sell, as long as they continue to satisfy the needs of consumers. It’s the law of inertia. If it worked well 5 years ago, it will still cut wood just as good today. Chainsaws are not iPhones. In recent years, battery power has gone way up. This trend will only continue upward, providing power more akin to gas than the traditional model of battery-powered.
Classic 40V Chainsaw : Still Great After All These Years…
Read our dedicated review of this lightweight and easy to use chainsaw.
- 40V MAX* Lithium Ion battery. Holds a charge up to 18 months
- 12″ Bar and chain
- 40V MAX* 2.0Ah Battery provides over 60 4x4 pine lumber cuts on average per single charge
- Automatic oiling system for constant lubrication of bar and chain
- Tool-less chain tensioning for fast and easy adjustments
- Full wrap around handle for comfortable cutting in different orientations
Battery state of charge indicator
Black+Decker also makes a 20V version of the same chainsaw (LCS1020) which has also been a top seller for over 5 years. I’ll have to dig up the facts on when it was first released. I’ll update that soon. It’s a great example of what you can get for your money. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great chainsaw.
✓ Read our review of these Black+Decker chainsaws
► We’ve updated our comprehensive GUIDE on the BEST Chainsaws for the Money. Check it out. Our latest recommendations. Plenty of new chainsaws.
Sun Joe 100V Cordless — iON100V-18CS-CT
Release Date : ►Sept. 2019 / 18-Inch Oregon bar & chain
- 1500 Watt motor and 18-inch bar chain
- Tool-less tensioning
- Onboard auto-oiler keeps the bar and chain fully lubricated for continuous cutting
- Safety features : Protective hand brake for superior kickback control, and a built-in safety switch to prevent accidental starts
- Tool-less tensioning tightens the chain with fast and easy twist
- 2-year warranty
Intro : Best Battery Powered Chainsaw
I’ve updated this article to reflect the current market and will continue to do so. As you know, products come and go and some of these chainsaws have since been discontinued while others are going strong and still available on the market. Since writing this feature in late September of 2014 there have been many changes to the chainsaw market and new models have been introduced. We’ll keep doing our best to provide you with updated information so you can find the best cordless chainsaw on the market.
NEW for 2019 — Westinghouse 40V Cordless
- 16″ Oregon Bar and Chain
- Dual sided wrap around handle enables vertical or horizontal cuts
- Automatic Oiler
- 19 m/s Chain Speed
- Thermodynamic brushless motor
- 40V MAX+ Battery Pack and Rapid Charger
- High performance and power
Available in a range of packages, with our without a battery and various battery powers.
Chainsaws Come & Go
The discontinued chainsaws will be moved to the end of this article for reference purposes the beginning section will reflect the current best battery chainsaws. Battery chainsaws seem to become obsolete quicker than electric or gas models for some reason.
We will do our best to keep this article up to date and current. We continually strive to provide you with the latest data, so, if you ever notice incorrect information please contact us and let us know.
Battery Powered Chainsaw vs Electric Chainsaw
First, I need to clarify one important distinction. Chainsaws are often placed in two categories: Gas chainsaws and Electric chainsaws. Although that’s true it’s not entirely accurate and I believe that many people get confused when it comes to the definition of “electric chainsaw,” so I’m going to start this article by clarifying this issue to prevent any confusion. It’s not complicated but I want to make it clear before I get into the heart of this article.
The TWO Sides of Electric Chainsaws.
On one side of the category we have corded electric chainsaws which literally means that it has an electrical power cord and needs to be plugged into an external power source or electrical outlet; requiring the use of an extension cord. Read my Extension Cord Buying Guide if you’re in the market for an extension cord.
Toro PowerPlex 51880 | 40V Battery Chainsaw
And on the flip side of electric chainsaws is the battery powered chainsaw, and the focus of this article. Again, the title of a battery powered chainsaw is literal and you’d be correct to assume this type of chainsaw is powered by a replaceable battery that’s integrated into the main housing of the saw itself.
So, what are the benefits of a battery powered chainsaw? Well, there are many. First and foremost you have complete freedom of movement, they are very lightweight and therefore comfortable to hold for extended periods of time, low maintenance, and no electrical cord to worry about.
►Working Saw : Home or Job — DEWALT DCCS620B
- Low kick back 12 in. Oregon bar and chain for construction and outdoor cutting applications
- Compact, lightweight design (9 lbs. with battery) for maximum user control
- High-efficiency brushless motor maximizes runtime and motor life
- Up to 90 cuts per charge on 4x4 pressure treated wood (using a 20V MAX* 5Ah battery)
- Tool-free chain tensioning and bar tightening knob for proper bar clamping force
- Part of the 20V MAX* system of tools
- Bare Tool: Battery and charger not included
What are the disadvantages? Batteries always have the drawback to time usage as eventually that battery will run out and will need to be recharged. Limited power, most battery powered chainsaws aren’t designed to handle consistent heavy-duty cutting, but there are a few exceptions — but those models are expensive and have large batteries, but still, battery saws just can’t compete with gas chainsaws. Also, a battery powered chainsaw tend to be more pricey than corded electric because, as you probably already know, batteries are expensive to manufacture.
You can read more about the advantages and disadvantages between gas, corded electric and battery powered chainsaws in my Chainsaw Buying Guide.
Also, if you want to find the best chainsaws across all power sources then you’ll probably find it useful to read my article for the of the 6 best chainsaws for homeowners. I select 2 chainsaws for gas, corded electric and battery powered. If you’re on a budget and want an inexpensive chainsaw that’s well-made and reliable then you might be interested in reading the following articles: Cheap Chainsaws Under $100 and the Best Cheap Gas Chainsaws.
As Steve Jobs would often say: Just “one more thing” before we focus on each model: Battery types. Yes, there are also different types of batteries for chainsaws and you need to understand the differences between them. You see, not all batteries are made equal and at first this may seem overwhelming but it’s not complicated. Soon you’ll know the differences between the battery types so you can make a smarter buying decision.
There are three types of rechargeable batteries (Li-ion, Ni-Cad, NiMH) for the chainsaws on this list and here’s an overview for each one:
Lithium-ion (Li-ion): This is the newest technology and also the most common type of battery powering modern gadgets. It has the advantage of having the highest energy density of all batteries, which means it’s lightweight and powerful, which is what you want in a battery. Also, it’s low maintenance and does not require regular discharge as it has no memory effect problems. Lastly, it has a very low self-discharge rate which allows it to hold its charge longer than the other battery type.
Drawbacks of Li-ion: is they are susceptible to aging, meaning that it will degrade over time even if not in use. Also, Li-ion batteries are relatively expensive and can explode or catch fire in high heat.
What’s the difference between high and low battery discharge rate? The measure of discharge is called the C-rate. Not to get too technical, but it’s the measure of the rate in which the battery is discharged relative to its maximum capacity. Portable batteries are typically rated at 1C, which means that a 1,000mAh battery that’s discharged at 1C rate will provide a current of 1,000mA for one hourly; at 0.5C would provide 500mA for two hours, and at 2C, a 1,000mAh battery would deliver 2,000mA for 30 minutes. The mAh (milliampere-hour) rating basically describes the total energy charge of the battery and how long the battery will last before needing a recharge.
Enough technical stuff. Let’s move on…
Nickel-cadmium (NiCad): The oldest of the rechargeable batteries as it was invented in 1898. Yup, 1898. It’s been around for awhile. The advantages of NiCad are they perform well in low temperatures, are relatively inexpensive and ideal for products that require a long battery life. Also, they have a high discharge rate and recharge fairly quickly.
Drawbacks of NiCad: They’re low energy density which translates to less power than other batteries. Contains toxic chemicals so not environmentally friendly. Heavy in weight. Susceptible to the memory effect so over time it will lose the ability to attain and maintain a full charge. High maintenance requiring full discharge before recharging to prevent the loss of power.
Nickel Metal HyDride (NiMH): These batteries are very similar to NiCad but much better. Think of these as the evolution of NiCad with almost twice the energy density at the same weight and composed of no heavy metals and therefore more environmentally friendly. Also, low maintenance which means they don’t have to be discharged before recharging, as the NiCad batteries.
Drawbacks of NiMH: High rate of self-discharge as they lose about 4% of their charge per day, performs poorly in low temperatures and have a lower energy density than Li-ion. May also be prone to suffer from the memory effect
The bottom line here is simple, for a battery powered chainsaw I recommend the batteries in this order: Li-ion (best), NiMH and NiCad (worst) in the last position.
Determining the Best Battery Powered Chainsaw
What’s the best battery powered chainsaw? Well, that depends. There is no single ‘best’ chainsaw for every consumer. The best chainsaw comes down to your needs. If you only need to do light cutting there’s no need to buy a heavy duty chainsaw, but if you know that you’ll need to cut 14″ hardwood trees on a regular basis then don’t waste your money buying a battery powered chainsaw — they weren’t designed for that — they don’t have the power you need. Sure, the more powerful battery powered chainsaw are capable of cutting 14″ hardwood trees but it will be slow and unsafe. Buy smart.
Think long-term when purchasing a battery powered chainsaw, don’t just buy the cheapest one. All of the battery powered chainsaw on this list are quality made and are generally well-reviewed so what it comes down to is the nature of your projects that you need a saw for? Once you determine your needs, the right battery powered chainsaw will be obvious.
Top Selling Battery Powered Chainsaw / Recommended
I’ve reviewed the Black & Decker in the article: Best Chainsaws for Homeowners, and more recently in the feature article entitled: Best Chainsaw for the Money? If you want more information then I suggest you browse those chainsaw review articles. There’s no need for me to duplicate the information here.
Learn more at about the Black & Decker LCS1020 20V Max battery-powered chainsaw at Amazon.
GreenWorks 16-Inch 40V
Cordless Chainsaw 20312 DigiPro G-MAX : Read full review
Note : This seems to be a popular chainsaw for women, primarily due to it being lightweight and no maintenance.
originally included the GreenWorks 20312 DigiPro G-MAX 40V chainsaw on my list of the Best Christmas Gifts for Outdoor Lovers but I have a more thorough review of this chainsaw in the Best Chainsaw for the Money? You get a lot for your money with the GreenWorks 20312. Not only is this a powerful 40V battery chainsaw but GreenWorks also provides you with a travel bag and scabbard.
Oh, and it comes with a phenomenal 4 year warranty, which is unheard of with power tools.
This chainsaw is excellent for limbing, cutting firewood and felling small to medium-sized trees around your yard. For many homeowners, this can be a solid replacement for their gas chainsaws. Make no mistake, although this is battery powered, it’s powerful. In fact, I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly it cuts through wood.
GreenWorks has an impressive 80V chainsaw as well and we’ve recently written a comprehensive review on both the 40V 20312 chainsaw as well as the 80V chainsaw, which is equal to a 45cc gas chainsaw. If you’re looking for a fantastic battery powered chainsaw then you can’t go wrong with either of these models. Read the full review on these quality GreenWorks chainsaws.
If you want to do a lot of cutting then you’ll need the extra battery — GreenWorks 29472 G-MAX (4.0 Ah). The harder you push this chainsaw, the quicker it will use up your battery power. For small jobs one battery is fine, but if you like to cut for long periods of time then you’ll definitely want an extra battery — that’s true for any battery chainsaw.
- Brushless Motor provides 30% more torque.
- 40V G-Max Lithium-Ion battery delivers fade-free power with no memory loss.
- 16″steel chain and bar with tool-less chain tensioning.
- 3/8 in. chain pitch cuts with minimal kickback.
- Rear handle design provides additional control, especially when cutting overhead.
- Comfortable over-molded handle.
- Capable of cutting a cord of wood on a single charge.
- 4 year warranty.
- 10 year warranty on the brushless motor.
GreenWorks | 80V Chainsaw
Expensive, but this battery chainsaw is the equivalent power of a 45cc gas chainsaw. Impressive in so many ways.
- Up to 150 cuts with fully charged 2AH battery, battery included.
- DigiPro brushless motors are more reliable and delivers gas equivalent performance to a 45cc gas engine.
- Steel bucking spikes, durable metal wrap around handle and electronic chain brake for safe operation.
- Rapid 30 minute charge for standard 80V 2ah battery, multiple battery capacity available.
- 4 year warranty.
Watch what this GreenWorks 80V chainsaw can do.
See more from the GreenWorks 80V product line in the video below. They have a full range of tools sharing the same battery. It’s an excellent system that allows you to buy one battery and use it between any of the compatible tools.
Black + Decker LCS1240 | 40V Battery Chainsaw
Read full review of this 40V Black+Decker chainsaw.
- 40V MAX* Lithium Ion battery is always ready and holds a charge up to 18 months.
- 12″ Oregon low-kickback bar and chain for smooth and fast cuts.
- 40V MAX* 2.0Ah Battery provides over 60 4x4 pine lumber cuts on average per single charge.
- Automatic oiling system for constant lubrication of bar and chain.
- Tool-less chain tensioning for fast and easy adjustments.
- Full wrap around handle for comfortable cutting in different orientations.
- Battery state of charge indicator.
- Part of the 40V MAX* outdoor system.
GreenWorks 20262 | 40V Battery Chainsaw
- 40-Volt chainsaw.
- 2Ah G-Max Lithium-Ion Battery And Charger Included.
- Runs at full power until “empty” -- power doesn’t fade.
- Up to 40 minutes of continuous use.
- Fully charges in under 60 minutes.
- 12 Inch Bar Length.
- Tool-Less Chain Tensioner.
- Adjust the tension with a quick adjust knob.
- Automatic chain oiling system.
- Clear window allows user to see when oil needs refilling.
- Comfortable Over-molded Grip and handle.
- Rear lock-off switch helps prevent accidental start ups.
- 4 year warranty.
GreenWorks 20362 | 24V Battery Chainsaw
- 24V Lithium-Ion Battery compatible with both indoor and outdoor tools, 2AH battery and charger included.
- 10-Inch bar and chain, perfect for cutting branches and limbs with ease.
- Tool-less chain tensioning for quick adjustments so you can get back to the task at hand.
- Automatic oiler applies oil to the arm and chain to ensure durability and extend the life of the chain.
- Translucent oil tank for clear view of oil level.
- 4 year warranty.
WORX JawSaw WG320 | 20V Chainsaw Alternative
- Powerful and lightweight 2.0 Amp MaxLithium battery delivers long-lasting performance without self-discharge or memory effect.
- Cut or trim materials up to 4-inches in diameter.
- Innovative auto-tension feature guarantees optimum tension at all times.
- Features an automatic chain oiler with oil level indicator.
- Blade housing allows for safe cuts directly on the ground.
- Scissor cut action limits dangerous kickback for safer operation.
- Includes a 3 Year Warranty.
OREGON CS250 | Battery Powered Chainsaw
14 inches | 40V | 11 lbs
The OREGON CS250 comes with a MAX Lithium-ion battery, which is compatible with other OREGON tools using the PowerNow battery system. It comes with a standard charger. At 40V this is the second most powerful battery powered chainsaw on the list and also the most expensive chainsaw on the list, costing around $350 to $450, depending on the battery you choose.
If you want to reduce your downtime I recommend the 4.0Ah PowerNow B600E 40-volt Battery — get two if you can afford it and if you have plans of working all day. Unfortunately, the downside of any battery saw is the limited battery power. The only way to reduce that design flaw is to have multiple batteries. It depends on the load of work that you have to do.
Watch this video of the OREGON CS250:
One of the fantastic features of this saw is the built-in automatic chain sharpener which allows you to sharpen the chain by pulling a lever for 3 to 5 seconds — and means you’ll likely be always cutting with a sharp chain because it’s so easy to do. A sharper chain means more efficient cutting, and will maximize battery life. The sharpener only works with the Oregon PowerNow 560507 chain. Make sure you use the correct replacement otherwise the built-in sharpening system won’t work.
Built-in Sharpening System | Convenient
Another nice safety feature is how the engine automatically cuts-out if you use too much force to cut through wood, which you’ll appreciate because it prevents damaging the engine. And let’s not forget that it comes with a dead man’s switch which means that the chain will stop once you release the trigger, so if you happen to be in compromising situation or you stumble and fall, this prevents you from getting injured. Unfortunately, you’ll need a tool to adjust the chain as it’s not a tool-less system, which is a pain in the butt but it has many other great features to compensate for it, like a reliable chain brake.
The speed-to-power balance isn’t as good as it could be. It doesn’t have quite enough power to support the chain speed and because of that it’s prone to stall more-so than other chainsaws. The solution is to go easy on the saw when cutting and don’t push it beyond its limits. Let the chainsaw do the work.
Well-Balanced Battery Chainsaw
Best for: Light to medium-duty. Cutting wood up to 10″ in diameter, which includes: limbing, cutting firewood, felling trees, pruning, and cleaning up after a storm.
I’ve done a thorough review since this writing of the OREGON CS250, which you can read here.
- Powersharp: Integrated precision saw chain sharpening system. Sharpens chain in 3 to 5 seconds
- User-centered design: Ergonomically designed. Relatively quiet, and silent between cuts. No fumes or emissions
- 4X times quieter than a gas saw
- 40V MAX lithium-ion: High capacity cells. No-fade power technology allows for consistent power
- Will hold a charge in storage for months
- Instant start: Ready to go when you are. Starts immediately without the hassles of fuels or cords
- Interchangeable battery: Compatible with all OREGON Cordless tools.
- Lightweight and balanced
- Low vibration: Comfortable to hold for extended periods of time.
DEWALT DCCS690M1 | 40V Battery Chainsaw
16″ bar & chain / 40V / 12.3 lbs
This model is the first DeWALT chainsaw and brand new for the fall of 2015. Not a lot of data is available at the moment but I will update as more information arrives.
Includes: 40V Lithium-ion (4Ah) battery, charger, and scabbard.
- Low kickback 16-in Oregon bar and chain.
- Auto-oiling with Lubrilink and Lubriwell for continuous lubrication -- quarter-turn oil cap for quick oil re-fills
- Chain brake protect against kickback.
- Tool-free chain tensioner.
- Variable-speed trigger.
- Operating Weight : 12.3lbs.
Oregon PowerNow CS300-A6 | 40V Battery
Overall, the Oregon PowerNow CS300-A6 is a great chainsaw, especially because of the self-sharpening system. Let’s be honest, the average homeowner doesn’t want to worry about sharpening their chain, nor do they know how to. It’s something that chainsaw enthusiasts don’t mind doing, but for most people, it’s not something they want to deal with. The PowerSharp system gives it an edge over most battery chainsaws because of the convenience.
Cutting with a sharp chain is extremely important. A less powerful chainsaw with a sharp chain will always outperform a faster cutting chainsaw with a dull chain. But beyond speed, it’s also critical for safety and for the prevention of kickback.
Get the Rapid Charger
My main gripe with this chainsaw has nothing to do with the chainsaw, but rather, that it doesn’t come with a fast charger — you have to buy it separately. The standard charger it ships with takes between one to two hours to charge a battery (2.0 Ah / 4.0 Ah, respectively). The Rapid charger cuts the charge time in half. If you had two batteries you can work all day long while using the rapid charger, making it worth your consideration.
Although, the GreenWorks 80V is more powerful, costs the less (with 2.0 Ah battery), and also comes with a fast charger. So, in all honesty, I feel the GreenWorks 80V is a better choice at the moment. But, it doesn’t have a self-sharpening chain system, so, having said that, it really does depend on what matters most to you and what your direct needs are.
Rapid Charger C750 Charging times:
This is how Oregon describes this battery chainsaw:
Whether you are a commercial landscaper, professional arborist, or a hardworking homeowner who simply demands the best, the OREGON 40V MAX* Chain Saw is designed with all the battery muscle you need to get the job done. It runs cleaner, quieter and is free from the hassles of gasoline or cords. Pull the trigger and you have an instant start and long run time. Just charge the OREGON PowerNow Battery Pack and you are ALWAYS READY™ to go with lithium ion no-fade power. Created by the world’s leading manufacturer of saw chain, OREGON offers exclusive innovations, such as the PowerSharp precision saw chain sharpening system built into the chain saw. Now with brushless motor technology, the CS300 offers the run time you need and the power you demand.
Documents for the Oregon PowerNow CS300-A6:
- 40V Brushless motor is quieter and has less vibration.
- Holds charge in storage for several months without discharging.
- Power never fades.
- Four times quieter than a gas chainsaw.
- Silent between cuts.
- Lightweight and comfortable to hold. Ergonomic.
- Low vibration.
- Tool-less chain tensioner.
Lithium-Ion Cordless 12″ Chain Saw
NOTE: This is a Top Handle Chainsaw which is designed for elevated pruning and trimming. Do not purchase this chainsaw for ground cutting.
The Makita XCU02Z 18V X2 LXT is an impressive chainsaw that comes with an impressive 3 year warranty for peace of mind. It’s a top handle chainsaw, which means it should only be used if your cutting above the ground from an elevated position. Perfect for arborists, landscapers or if you’re a homeowner that spends a lot of time in the trees.
First, I need to clarify that this chainsaw does not come batteries or a charger. They must be purchased separately, so make sure you buy them if you decide to purchase this saw.
Learn more by watching this quick overview video:
Get the double-pack (BL1830-2) (3.0 Ah) so you can actually use the chainsaw for your home projects, otherwise the saw itself will be an expensive paper weight. See the full list of available batteries below. I recommend the 5.0 Ah batteries to get the maximum amount of running time from your Makita chainsaw.
Another option you have is to purchase the Makita DC18RD 18V Lithium-ion Rapid Optimum Charger which will charge the battery in 30 minutes and has a built in fan that will also keep the battery cool when charging. Think about how you plan to use the chainsaw in order to determine if you need an extra battery and/or the fast charger. If you want to work for hours at at a time with your saw and you are determined to buy a battery powered chainsaw then you have no choice but to buy the extra battery and fast charger.
- Makita BL1820 — 2.0Ah Battery
- Makita BL1830 — 3.0Ah Battery
- Makita BL1840 — 4.0Ah Battery
- Makita BL1850 — 5.0Ah Battery
Battery Charger DC18RD | Sold Separately
Well, I guess the reason why they sell the chainsaw without a battery is because the 18V LXT battery is also compatible with their other Makita power tools so they realize that some consumers may not need to buy a battery when they purchase the tool. You can read Makita’s battery care guide at their site: Battery Guide.
View or download the MANUAL for the Makita XCU02Z.
Features (Makita XCU02Z 18V X2 LXT ):
- Comes with an impressive 3 year warranty.
- Makita-built motor. 1,650 FPM chain speed for fast cutting.
- Two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries (batteries not included).
- Quiet at 89 dB(A).
- 12″ guide bar for more efficient cutting.
- Tool-less chain adjustment.
- Front hand guard activates chain brake when engaged.
- Weight: 10.1 lbs. with batteries.
- Comfortable rubberized soft grip top handle.
- Fast start-up.
- Electric brake for maximum productivity
- Automatic lubrication with extra large oil reservoir.
- Large oil filling port with built-in view window.
- LED battery meter.
- Protects against overloading and overheating.
- Rapid Optimum Charger optimizes power usage.
- Batteries and charger not included
Makita HCU02C1 | Battery Powered Chainsaw
12 inches | 36V | 10.1 lbs
Note: Top handle chainsaw. Not for ground cutting.
Makita is a highly-reputable Japanese company that’s been around since 1915. They are a leader in the engineering and manufacturing of power tools with a strong commitment to creating products that adhere to their strict standards of quality, efficiency, reliability and rigorous testing. Makita is an exceptional brand that you can trust with your money.
The Makita HCU02C1 is an exceptional and powerful battery chainsaw that handles well under load and doesn’t stall out when pushed, like other saws. You can attribute that to a good balance between power, torque and speed. It also, comes with a tool-less chain adjuster, an effective chain brake and a front hand guard that acts as a chain brake when engaged. The automatic chain lubrication system with a large reservoir simplifies your maintenance duties; starts instantly, as all battery chainsaws do, and it’s relatively quiet at 89 decibels.
This battery powered chainsaw might surprise you because it really can handle medium-duty jobs around the yard with ease, and power to spare. It’s still relatively light at 10.1 lbs and it feels comfortable and balanced in your hands.
This is an expensive chainsaw at just over $500, but bear in mind the 36V battery that it comes with is pricey at over $200. Yes, large lithium-ion batteries are expensive. This isn’t the battery chainsaw you need if your primary projects only require light-duty cutting, but if you need the power of a gas chainsaw in a portable saw then this is a great option — but it will cost you.
It comes with a 36V 2.2Ah battery and the appropriate battery charger but I would recommend an extra 36V battery if you’re someone who consistently needs to work for extended periods of time on large home projects.
Best for: Medium-duty. Cutting wood up to 10″ in diameter, which includes: limbing, cutting firewood, felling trees, pruning, and cleaning up after a storm.
- 1,650 FPM chain speed for quick cutting.
- Low noise level at only 89 dB(A). Zero emissions.
- Tool-free chain for easy chain adjustment.
- Front hand guard engineered to actuate chain brake when engaged.
- 12″ bar and chain.
- Low maintenance. No need to change engine oil or spark plug, clean air filter or drain fuel when storing.
- Lightweight: Weighs only 10 lbs. with battery.
- Rubberized soft grip for your own comfort.
- Top handle allows operator to apply more even cutting pressure.
- Instant start-up: simply load a 36V LXT battery and the saw is ready to use.
- Electric brake for maximum productivity.
- Adjustable automatic chain lubrication. Large oil reservoir.
- Large oil filling port with translucent window allows you to see bar oil level.
- Only use genuine Makita batteries and chargers.
EGO Power+ CS1401 | Battery Powered Chainsaw
14 inches | 56V | 11.4 lbs
The EGO Power+ CS1401 chainsaw is the most powerful battery powered chainsaw on this list with a 56V battery powering this machine. This saw comes standard with a 2.0 Ah (2 Amp) battery which takes 40 minutes to charge with the standard charger included, but if you purchase the EGO 30 minute charger it will be fully recharged in 25 minutes, and if you decide to upgrade to the 4.0 amp hour (4 Amp) battery, it can be recharged in 30 minutes, using the fast charger. That’s impressive power for a battery powered chainsaw.
I did a full feature on the EGO Power+ so you can read all the details by reading my product spotlight article.
This brushless chainsaw has a 14″ OREGON bar and chain, driven by a brushless motor which allows it to run cooler and be more efficient. The tool-less chain tensioner makes adjusting your chain a snap and the wraparound handle encourages you to adjust your hands to find the best cutting position. As you would expect, it also has an effective chain brake to prevent kickback injuries and can also be engaged manually when needed.
You can be confident this chainsaw can handle all of your homeowner needs with style, efficiency and enough power for even the toughest jobs. It’s as close as you can currently get to a gas chainsaw with battery power.
The EGO Power+ chainsaw is now being sold on Amazon. Originally it was exclusive to Home Depot.
Best for: Medium to heavy-duty. Cutting wood up to 14″ in diameter, which includes: limbing, cutting firewood, felling trees, pruning, and cleaning up after a storm.
Features (EGO Power+ Chainsaw):
- Powerful 56V battery
- Brushless motor for greater efficiency
- 6300 RPM’s
- 14-inch Oregon bar & chain
- Chain brake, hand guard and quick release trigger
- Tool-free chain tensioning system
- Easy to read oil inspection window
- Automated lubrication system
- Overload protection system prevents engine damage
- 5 year limited warranty
Note: For fast battery charging times you’ll need to buy the Rapid Charger. Unfortunately, it’s sold separately.
Rapid Charger Features:
- 30 Minute Charge Time: Industry’s fastest charger.
- 56V Battery 2.0 Ah Battery: 25-minute charge time from zero to full charge.
- 56V Battery 4.0 Ah Battery: 30-minute charge time from zero to full charge.
- Fan Cooled Charging System: Prevents the battery and charger from overheating.
- Integrated Fuel Gauge: Shows how much power is left in the battery.
- Integrated LED Charge Indicator Lights: To let you know if your battery has a full charge or not
- Charges all EGO POWER+ Batteries.
So, what’s the best battery powered chainsaw?
I’m confident that whatever your needs are as a homeowner that you’ll find a suitable battery powered chainsaw to match your needs from this list. There’s a battery powered chainsaw here for you — one that’s appropriate for the type of projects and tasks you want to get done. One of the important points I tried to get across in this article is that battery powered chainsaws are limited by their power and time of use, which is why I strongly recommend a second battery to give you more opportunity to get your work done. As you would expect, to get a powerful battery chainsaw you’ll have to pay for it because the luxury and freedom to cut wherever you choose comes at a price.
Let’s face it, batteries are expensive but if you factor the price over the lifetime of the saw it won’t seem so expensive. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, one of the main benefits of a battery powered chainsaw is the convenience and freedom they provide. If you’re willing to give some of that up then look into buying a corded electric chainsaw, and if you need more power for consistent heavy-duty projects that require extended periods of time then buy a gas chainsaw. You do have options, so don’t worry if you couldn’t find the right battery powered chainsaw at a price that works for you. Use our resources to find the right chainsaw as we continually give you our recommendations. One of the most common questions we hear is : What is the best chainsaw on the market? And I always have to give a list of options and add the caveat, “Well, it depends…” Which nobody wants to hear, but it really does depend on what you need and how much money you have to spend.
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If you’re looking specifically for a chainsaw for cutting firewood read our guide on buying a chainsaw for cutting firewood.
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Black & Decker LCS120 | Battery Powered Chainsaw
8 inches | 20V | 5.1lbs
The Black and Decker LCS120 was an excellent battery powered chainsaw with relatively powerful 20V MAX lithium-ion battery. If you already use Black & Decker power tools then you’re in luck because the 20V MAX battery is interchangeable with them. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had too many batteries in my life. Same holds true for money — never too much. But I digress.
Lightweight at 5.1lbs and easy to work with thanks to its ergonomic design. This is saw has a great weight to power ratio which makes it a well-balanced battery powered chainsaw. This is a light-duty saw, no question about it, but you must also keep this in mind, that although it can cut firewood and fell small trees up to 8″, those tasks are more intensive than cutting 2″ branches, as an example. So, the more intensive the work that you do, the less time you can use this chainsaw.
All cuts are not equal, as I prefaced this article, if you need to do medium to heavy duty work for many hours at time then this battery powered chainsaw is not for you, nor is any battery powered chainsaw. If that’s the case then you need either an electric chainsaw or a gas chainsaw. Don’t waste your money on the wrong type of saw.
Having said that, this is an excellent chainsaw as can be proven by all the happy customers at Amazon. At close to 500 reviews (at the time of this writing) it’s very well rated. Very impressive. It’s an ergonomic saw and feels good in your hands with its comfortable soft grip handle, allowing you to cut at the optimal angle for efficiency and safety.
It comes with a battery charger but I recommend you purchase the Black & Decker fast charger if you want to be more productive with your saw. It charges your battery fully in under 40 minutes, and if you’re in the middle of cutting and you’re battery dies, you can place your battery in the fast charger and get it to 30% capacity within 10 minutes. Trust me, you’ll appreciate that speed when you’re working. One last thing to note is that it doesn’t have a tightening knob so you’ll need a wrench.
Best for: Light-duty. Cutting wood up to 8″ in diameter, which includes: limbing, cutting firewood, felling trees, pruning, and cleaning up after a storm.
- Powered by 20V MAX lithium-ion battery system
- 8 in. reduced kickback bar and low kickback chain
- Safely handles both soft and hard wood up to 8″ in diameter
- Wraparound handle enables more freedom, allowing you to find the optimal cutting position
- Soft grip handle makes it more comfortable to hold
- Cuts up to 150 1.5″ cuts per charge
- 2-year limited warranty; includes battery and Energy Star-qualified charger (Allen key is included)
5 inches | 18V | 5.4 lbs
Unfortunately the Makita LXCU01Z is now discontinued but a good replacement Makita battery chainsaw is the Makita XCU02Z 18V X2. It’s also powered by a dual 36 volt battery system, with a major difference being that it has a 12″ bar and chain. Yes, it’s not as compact but it’s more versatile.
The batteries need to be purchased separately. I don’t understand why Makita doesn’t bundle the batteries with the chainsaw. It would certainly simplify the buying process for consumers.
I’ll leave the information for the Makita LXCU01Z for now, just in case readers want to refer to it for some reason, but I’ll remove this at some point. Although the batteries are still applicable to the
The Makita LXCU01Z is a well-constructed and compact battery powered chainsaw that will make those small cutting tasks easy to handle for anyone. It’s very lightweight at 5.4 lbs, well-balanced and durable — and comes with a load of great features to make your life easier, including a tool-free chain tensioning system, built-in tip guard and electric chain brake to help prevent kickback and injury. Not to mention, it has an automatic bar and chain oiling system with an easy to read inspection window so you can see when it’s time to top up your oil.
This particular model has an 18V lithium-ion battery and a short guide bar and chain, making it well-suited for pruning and limbing around the home. Don’t expect to cut down trees on your property with the Makita LXCU01Z, because although it can fell a tree under 4 inches in diameter doesn’t mean that you should. It’s perfect for limbing. Keep it simple with this well-designed saw and it will make you a very happy customer. This chainsaw will make those small tasks around the yard simple and painless for any homeowner — young or old.
Best for: Light-duty. Cutting wood up to 4″ in diameter; which includes limbing, pruning and clearing bushes.
Features (Makita LXCU01Z):
- Delivers 980 FPM for improved cutting speed
- 5” guide bar is ideal for limbing
- Tool-less chain tensioner
- Compact and ergonomic design (16.62 inches long)
- Ultralight at 5.4 lbs. with battery (battery not included)
- Electric brake
- Large oil reservoir with adjustable automatic chain lubrication
- Built-in tip guard for increased safety
- Large oil filling port with easy-to-read inspection window
- Retractable metal hook will attach to rope or harness for easy transporting
- 3-year warranty on tool
Black & Decker CCS818 |
Battery Powered Chainsaw
8 inches | 18V | 6.2 lbs
The Black & Decker CCS818 was a solid 18V lightweight battery powered chainsaw well-suited for pruning and limbing, and general light-duty work around the home. It uses the older NiCad battery which are heavier but cheaper than Li-ion batteries. Actually, the 18-Volt (HPB18-OPE) batteries are relatively inexpensive so it would be affordable (and recommended) to buy a couple extra batteries — one of the advantages of buying older technology. Also, the battery is compatible with other Black & Decker power tools using the same 18V slide battery. Check Black and Decker for compatibility.
Without an extra battery, this chainsaw is only suitable for small and short tasks, by short I mean like 10-15 minutes or so. The battery won’t last long so if you only need it for short and light-duty projects then it will suit you just fine. Overall it’s comfortable to use with a wraparound handle allowing for cutting from a variety of angles. Well-made and reliable as most Black & Decker power tools.
Comes with an 18-volt battery, a guide bar scabbard, on-board hex wrench and a 18 volt charger.
Best for: Occasional use. Very light-duty. Cutting wood up to 6″ in diameter, which includes: limbing, cutting firewood, pruning, and minor storm cleanup.
- 18V NiCad (Nickel-cadmium) battery
- 8 in. bar and chain is ideal for pruning branches up to 6 ” in diameter
- Wraparound handle enables more freedom, allowing you to find the optimal cutting position
- Soft grip handle makes it more comfortable to hold
- Cuts up to 150 1.5″ cuts per charge
- Lock-off Switch
- Comes with guide bar scabbard
- Lightweight makes it ideal for pruning
8 inches | 18V | 9.1 lbs
Earthwise is a family owned and operated American company that began in 1895 so if you want to buy American this is a great brand to purchase. They make affordable and dependable products for the average homeowner who pride themselves on maintaining their own yards.
The Earthwise LCS30008 is a light-duty saw perfect for tackling those small jobs around the house. It has an effective automatic oiling system for the chain, allowing you to focus on more important tasks, like getting work done. Also has a convenient oil level window so you know when to top up on your oil. Always important to never let your battery powered chainsaw run dry. Buy some bar and chain oil so you never run out: Oregon 54-026 Chain Saw Bar And Chain Oil
This battery powered chainsaw uses the older NiCad battery type so don’t expect to cut for long periods of time.
This battery powered chainsaw comes with a charger, blade cover and hex wrench to adjust your chain. It’s an inexpensive saw so don’t expect too much from it other than tackling small jobs, and it works optimally with wood up to 4″ in diameter. Sure, as always, you can fell a 6″ tree but it will put a lot of strain on the saw and require more exertion on you as you’ll be doing as much work as the saw. Buy this saw for pruning, limbing and trimming wood under 4″ and you’ll be fine.
Best for: Light-duty. Cutting wood up to 6″ in diameter — but better suited for wood up to 4″ — which includes: limbing, firewood, pruning, and cleaning up after a storm.
- 18 Volt Ni-Cad Battery
- 8″ Oregon Bar & Chain
- Automatic Bar and Chain Oiling
- Automatic Oiling of Motor
- Oil Level Window / Gauge
- Protective Blade Cover
- Rubber Over Molded Handle
Earthwise LCS31010 | Battery Powered Chainsaw
10 inches | 18V | 5.5 lbs
The Earthwise LCS31010 is similar to the Earthwise LCS30008 but it has a 10″ OREGON bar and chain and powered by the superior Li-ion battery type, which translates into longer operating time, more power and greater efficiency when it comes to cutting. On top of that, it comes with a one hour fast charger which does what it says.
Another great lightweight battery powered chainsaw at 5.5 lbs which means greater mobility and easy to use for anyone, including older folks. It has an automatic bar and chain oiling system but unfortunately, you’ll have to adjust and tighten the chain manually.
I highly recommend you buy an extra battery as you will likely need it. It’s an Earthwise 2.6 amp battery which will extend your ability to work around the home. There’s nothing more annoying than having to stop what you’re doing because of a dead battery. It’s a productivity issue more than anything else, and you can continually work , with no downtime, if you have two batteries because as you recharge one battery you can use the other, and so on, making for far greater efficiency in your work flow. But again, it depends on how you intend to work and what type of projects you want to tackle.
Best for: Light-duty. Cutting wood up to 8″ in diameter — but better suited for wood up to 6″ — which includes: limbing, cutting firewood, pruning, and cleaning up after a storm.
Battery Powered Chainsaw
4.5 inches | 12V | 4.8 lbs
The Makita UC120DWD is the smallest and lightest battery powered chainsaw on our list. At 4.8 lbs with a 4.5″ bar and chain this chainsaw is ideal for limbing and pruning branches, shrubs and twigs up to 3.5″ in diameter. This model uses the older style NiMH battery.
This is a very well made Makita battery powered chainsaw but it does look like a toy due to its small stature. But don’t be fooled, this is a powerful tool that will handle your small jobs around the house with ease, but don’t try to make it something it isn’t. It’s not designed to fell trees (but it can); it’s ideal usage is for cutting small branches, bushes, and minor cleanup.
You can feel the quality when you hold it in your hands by its sturdiness and solid construction. Ergonomically designed and built for comfort, you’ll find it easy to carry and get into those hard to reach places. A nice feature is the dead man’s switch which allows you to release the trigger and stop the chain immediately.
Think about buying an extra battery (Makita 193157-5) to extend your working time.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to oil the chain manually before you start using it and you’ll have to continually monitor it as you work. Many customers use a vegetable oil spray to keep the chain lubricated so you can save a little money on oil if you go that route — and it’s easier to spray than use a squeeze bottle. And you’ll be using the included hex wrench to adjust the chain.
Makita makes great products and this battery powered chainsaw is a little pricier than some of the other small chainsaws on this list but you get a lot for your money, including: battery, charger, chain blade, oil supply, guide bar, guide bar cover, hex wrench, file, battery cover and case.
Best for: Light-duty. Cutting wood up to 3.5″ in diameter for limbing and pruning.
- 12V NiMH (Nickel–metal hydride) battery
- 4.5″ cutting chain
- Ultra lightweight at 4.8 lbs
- Built-in tip guard for increased safety
- Cuts up to 93 pieces of 1.75″ hard wood from a single charge
- Guide allows cutting of branches from below
- Electric brake for maximum efficiency and safety
- Lock-off switch