It’s 2022 and you need the best small chainsaw but you want a quality model that won’t cost too much money. Well, I have some excellent options for you. Let’s get started, here are two excellent small cordless chainsaws that are ultra-lightweight. The Black+Decker was released in 2014, but it’s an excellent value and the SKIL PWRCORE 20 was released in 2021, built with more advanced technology.
BLACK+DECKER 20V / 7.2 lbs.
This model has been one of the most popular small chainsaws since it was released. Even though it’s older, it’s well-made & a great chainsaw for pruning & cutting small branches.
Skil PWRCORE 20V / 5.5 lbs
The new SKIL chainsaw comes with a powerful 4A battery, designed to last longer. At only 5.5 lbs., this is the perfect top handle small chainsaw for anyone.
Best Small Chainsaws You’ll Love
If you need a gas chainsaw then you won’t find a better small gas chainsaw than the Husqvarna 120 Mark II, weighing only 10.7 lbs with a 14″ bar and chain. Great for felling trees and cutting firewood, without the extra bulk. And the Craftsman V20 is a new cordless from the classic Craftsman brand, still going strong in 2022, after it was bought by Stanley / Black+Decker a few years ago.
Husqvarna 120 Mark II / 10.7 lbs
The Husqvarna 120 Mark II was made for homeowners who need the power of a gas chainsaw but in a small factor form. You won’t find a better small gas chainsaw than this. It can do it all. Ideal for wood under 12-inches. With a 14″ bar and chain it’s easy to handle, and it weighs only 10.7 lbs. Ideal for homeowners who need extra power but without the added bulk.
CRAFTSMAN V20 / 9.9 lbs
You’ll love this compact 20V chainsaw from Craftsman. It feels good in your hands. Extremely solid build construction. Includes a 4A battery, and has enough power to fell small trees under 10″, as well as firewood and limbing. It’s an excellent package and well worth the money. One customer describes it as a “compact powerhouse.”
More Great Compact Chainsaws
You want a small chainsaw? In this article you’ll find our top recommendations for the best small chainsaws in 2022. There are some excellent small chainsaws available for everybody. It all depends on your definition of small and what you plan to use it for. The Worx WG322 (below) is truly the ideal chainsaw if you’re looking for an easy to use small cordless chainsaw. It only weighs 6.2 lbs. — that’s it. It has a 10″ bar and chain, able to easily cut through branches 8″ in diameter. Affordable, lightweight and well-made. This isn’t designed to fell large trees on a regular basis but if you want something easy on your back and straightforward to use then this certainly meets that criteria. We have more options for you but keep this WORX model in mind as you continue reading.
Best Small Battery-Operated Chainsaw : WORX WG322
Women love this chainsaw because it is so easy to use. You can maneuver this with ease, making it comfortable to work with for long periods of time. The WORX WG322 is a favorite with women and a great choice if you’re elderly. The battery should last you at least 30 minutes of non-stop cutting. If you need a chainsaw for cutting in high-volume, for hours, then perhaps you need a small gas chainsaw like the Remington 14″ (RM4214CS) or a chainsaw that includes a 6Ah battery, or simply get a second battery.
- Cordless 20V PowerShare chain saw for fast, clean cuts.
- Automatic, tool-free chain tension system.
- Automatic chain lubrication with oil level indicator.
- Compact and light weight design.
Best Top Handle Small Chainsaw : 12″ Cordless : DEWALT 20V MAX
- OREGON bar and chain are low-kickback and automatically oiled
- Includes guide bar scabbard to protect blade when not in use
- Lightweight, easy-to-assemble garden tool without hassle of gas
- 5 Ah Battery & Charger Included
- Bar tightening knob for proper bar clamping force
- Part of the 20-Volt MAX system of tools
- **Also available without battery & charger
If you can afford it, this 20V Dewalt is a big step up from the Worx WG322 in terms of quality. It has a 12″ bar and chain, weighs only 9 lbs. and will slice through wood like a knife through butter — yes, I know, it’s a cliche but true in this case. You won’t be disappointed. This has been a top seller for a long time because it’s so versatile. Dewalt makes excellent tools and this small 12″ chainsaw is as effective at cutting wooden beams for your DIY projects, as it is for limbing trees, or cutting firewood under 10-inches. (Read our indepth review of this Dewalt saw)
►Great Buy : 12″ / Small 40V Black+Decker chainsaw
►Need more power : Consider this 12″ 40V Black+Decker — LCS1240. More recommendations (and prices) below. All are excellent.
Most homeowners want a small chainsaw. It’s that simple. Yes, I know there are many of you out there who need a heavy-duty chainsaw. We’ve written many comprehensive chainsaw review articles, including : Best Cordless Chainsaws if you value the convenience of battery-power like I do. I know, it can feel overwhelming shopping for a chainsaw, but we’ve done all of the research for you. It’s up to you to choose the one that will suit your cutting needs. In this particular article we focus on people who need a small chainsaw. Nothing large, or heavy or powerful. A small chainsaw that can be handled by anybody — young, old, weak, men and women. This article is for you.
► We’ve updated our comprehensive GUIDE on the BEST Chainsaws for the Money in 2022. Check it out. Our latest recommendations. Plenty of new chainsaws.
A small chainsaw is an invaluable tool to have around the yard. Not only are they practical for pruning, trimming, cutting firewood and felling small trees but they are also useful for clearing trees in your yard after a storm. Beyond the typical applications, a small chainsaw is a helpful tool when mother nature unexpectedly comes to your neighborhood, like when you find yourself in a disaster situation like an earthquake, tornado or hurricane.
This article covers 12 of the best small chainsaws that money can buy. I hope you find this guide informative.
Excellent Electric with Self-Sharpening Chain. Oregon CS1500
This is a corded-electric chainsaw. It’s not as small a the other models but it is lightweight. If you’re on a budget this is an excellent option because it has a built-in chain sharpener enabling you to simply pull a lever and sharpen the chain in seconds. Oregon is the only brand with this option integrated. This is the easiest chainsaw to use and you’ll always have a sharp chain when cutting, which is safer than a dull chain.
Note : We have a dedicated review for the Oregon CS1500, if you want to learn more. In a nutshell, this small chainsaw has a proprietary self-sharpening chain, the only company that has this feature, making this Oregon model a true standout and ideal for the majority of homeowners who don’t know how to sharpen a chain (or don’t care to learn how).
What do I mean by small chainsaw?
Well, to put it simply, I consider a small chainsaw to be 14″ and under. That’s my definition. I had to draw the line somewhere. A small chainsaw has to be compact and easy to manage, and I feel that a saw under 14 inches is the appropriate definition for a “small chainsaw.”
If you’re looking for quality chainsaw larger than 14-inches then I recommend these articles to find the right chainsaw for you:
- Best Chainsaw for the Money
- Best Chainsaw for Homeowners
- GreenWorks 80V & 40V | 16″ Battery
- Husqvarna 455 Rancher | 20″ Gas
- Poulan Pro PP5020AV | 20″ Gas
- Makita 4051A | 16″ Electric
The Husqvarna 120 Mark II is a small gas chainsaw, available with a 14″ or 16″ bar and chain. Read our review of this chainsaw.
Small is Beautiful
Which Small Chainsaw is for You?
Before we get into the details of each small chainsaw I want to clarify a few things. First, all of the chainsaws in this article are very good to excellent. There are no bad small chainsaws on this list. In fact, if you’re a regular reader of Chainsaw Journal you’ll already know that I like to spend my time writing about good quality products and rarely do I include poorly made products in these articles. If I do, I make sure I warn you about its shortcomings.
Since all of these small chainsaws are worth spending your hard-earned money on, the deciding factors are going to come down to your budget, your needs, and the often overlooked factor of your overall health, strength and familiarity with chainsaws.
Budget is fairly straightforward. How much money do you want to spend on a small chainsaw? How much money can you comfortably afford to spend? The majority of these chainsaws are under $150. A few are around the $200 range, and several are under $100. There’s a chainsaw here for every budget.
What are Your Needs?
What will you need to accomplish with this chainsaw? Most of these small chainsaws are for light-duty cutting, with a couple exceptions. But generally, with a small bar and chain you’re going to be limited in terms of the overall diameter of wood you can cut. If you need a chainsaw for heavy-duty cutting then consider something like the Husqvarna 455 Rancher, or read Best Chainsaw for the Money.
Your Health and Comfort Level with Chainsaws
Chainsaws are demanding power tools to use and you need to seriously consider the weight of the chainsaw and your overall strength. It may seem light at first but after 10 minutes of cutting you may feel fatigue and find it more difficult to work. Fatigue is a factor in causing injuries so it’s important that you take regular breaks when working. Safety first. Read our chainsaw safety guide for some tips.
How comfortable are you with chainsaws? These are dangerous tools and I don’t blame you if you’re afraid to use one. To be honest, I’d be concerned if you weren’t afraid. It’s important that you wear the proper safety gear when using a chainsaw, such as: Husqvarna Pro Forest, chainsaw chaps, and anti-vibration gloves.
Thankfully, there are two excellent alternatives to chainsaws that I’ve included on this list: WORX JawSaw and the Black & Decker Alligator Lopper. Both are great options for people who don’t want to use a chainsaw for safety concerns.
You should be aware that although chainsaw chaps is essential safety gear when operating a chainsaw they are far less effective when coming into contact with an electric chainsaw. Why? Because electric chainsaws have continuous high torque, and gas chainsaws are low torque. Essentially what this means is that when the chain of an electric chainsaw gets caught up in the fibers of your chainsaw chaps, it will continue to increase it’s torque, but a gas chainsaw will drop its torque, allowing the fibers to stop the chain from turning.
Although electric chainsaws are not as powerful as gas saws you need to realize that they are perhaps more dangerous in some regards such as this. If anyone has more information about chaps and electric chainsaws please contact us directly and provide us with the latest information on this important issue.
As far as finding the right small chainsaw, I promise you that there’s something here for everyone. I’m confident that you’ll find a small chainsaw to fulfill your needs.
If this is your first time buying a chainsaw then I recommend reading our Chainsaw Buying Guide before making your purchase.
Best Small Chainsaw | Electric
It’s important that you buy the appropriate extension cord if you decide to buy an electric chainsaw. Thankfully, we have a Extension Cord Buying Guide for you understand how to choose the right extension cord.
I will recommend suitable extensions cords for each chainsaw, so don’t worry, I’ll make this as easy as possible for you. That’s our goal at Chainsaw Journal — We do the research so you don’t have to.
Best Small Chainsaw (Electric) — 14-inch / 15 Amp / 10.8 lbs
The Makita UC3530A (discontinued) was upgraded to the Makita UC3551A a few year ago. It’s the same chainsaw but new and improved. What did they change? I’m glad you asked. Here’s the difference:
UC3551A series are the successors of UC3530A series longitudinal body style electric chain saws. The oil pump and tool-less saw chain adjuster have been improved and the exterior design has been changed as new born models.
Again, everything about the UC3551A is the same as the UC3530A, except it’s better. Oh, and it’s also much cheaper. It’s a win-win for consumers.
New Features | Makita UC3551A
Includes: Makita chainsaw, Saw Chain, Guide Bar, Chain Cover (scabbard).
- New adjustment lever for easier tool-less tension adjustment of your chain.
- Longitudinal motor provides improved maneuverability.
- Superior oil pump design keeps the delivery of chain oil constant, regardless of temperature and oil viscosity.
- Low maintenance.
- Rubberized grip handles are ergonomically designed for comfort.
- Large trigger switch with soft start for smooth start-ups.
- Built-in current limiter helps protect motor from burnout by reducing power to motor when saw is overloaded.
- Large oil reservoir with view window allows operator to check bar oil level.
- Automatic chain oiler for heavy continuous cutting.
- Electric chain brake for maximum productivity.
- Double insulated for operator protection.
Video | Assembly Video (UC3530A model)
Makita UC3551A | Overview
The Makita UC3551A is one of my favorite small chainsaw on this list. In many ways I think it’s the perfect homeowner chainsaw. This chainsaw is solid, sturdy and built to last. It has a 14″ bar and chain, powered by a very powerful 15 Amp motor; and it feels comfortable in your hands with its rubberized grip handles.
It also comes in a 16″ version just in case you want something with a little more cutting capacity: Makita 4051A.
Makita makes consistently fantastic products and the UC3551A is no exception. This is a professional quality chainsaw that you’ll feel as soon as you hold it in your hands. It has heft. The motor is made by Makita and they’ve truly maximized the amount of power generated by their 15 Amp motor. Honestly, you’ll be surprised at how quickly this small chainsaw cuts through wood.
Differences between the Makita UC3530A and the UC3551A —
We’ve already done a comprehensive review of Makita UC3530A so I’d rather not repeat myself here. I recommend reading the full review on the Makita UC3551A.
Conclusion | Makita Small Chainsaw
If you can afford the price don’t hesitate to buy this exceptional electric chainsaw. It strikes a nice balance between weight, power and price. If you only use a chainsaw once or twice a year then I understand that you might not want to spend the money, but if you want a small chainsaw and you plan on using it on a regular basis then you should seriously consider Makita UC3551A.
It’s also rather quiet thanks to its well-designed motor. It starts smoothly making it less jarring when you start it. It won’t jerk in your hands like most chainsaws.
This small chainsaw can easily replace a small gas chainsaw. Yes, it’s that good. It’s ideally suited for cutting wood under 12″ in diameter but capable of larger wood when you need to. This isn’t a heavy-duty chainsaw so don’t expect it to fell large trees on a regular basis but for an electric chainsaw, it truly is surprising at how well it cuts. Although, I shouldn’t be surprised since Makita makes consistently quality tools. It’s easy to use for anyone and starts every time.
Higher Quality = Long-term Reliability & Durability
When it comes to buying a small chainsaw you need to consider the question: How long do you expect your chainsaw to last? If you want a small chainsaw that will last you for many years to come then I recommend spending a little more money for a quality chainsaw. A cheaper chainsaw won’t be as durable, such as the Remington RM1415A Limb N’ Trim, which I’ll cover next.
Generally speaking, the more money you spend the higher the quality of parts contained within your chainsaw. More money means more metal and less plastic. When it comes to chainsaws you get what you pay for so don’t expect Makita or Husqvarna quality in a $100 chainsaw. Be realistic about your needs and what your expectations are for the chainsaw you buy.
Far too many homeowner buy an underpowered chainsaw, push it beyond its limits, then go online and complain about how terrible that chainsaw is. Unfortunately, in many cases, the owner either doesn’t know how to use a chainsaw properly or bought the wrong chainsaw for his or her needs. Please, don’t throw your money away on the wrong chainsaw. Be realistic.
You’ll need a quality extension cord to get the the maximum power from this small chainsaw. Learn more about extension cords by reading: Buying the Right Extension Cord.
I recommend the following extension cords:
- US Wire 74100 : 12-gauge, 100-foot
- US Wire 65050 : 12-gauge, 50-foot
- Coleman Cable 02689 : 10-gauge, 100 feet
- Coleman Cable 02688 : 10-gauge, 50 feet
It’s easy to adjust the chain and there’s no need to remove the sprocket cover. All you do is turn the knob to adjust the chain or replace the guide bar or chain. It’s a simple mechanism that anybody can use.
- View or download the MANUAL for the Makita UC3551A chainsaw.
- View or download the PRODUCT INFO for the Makita UC3551A chainsaw.
- View or download the MANUAL for the Makita UC3530A chainsaw.
- View or download the FLYER for the Makita UC3530A chainsaw.
Different Makita models in this series: UC3030A (12″) / UC3530A – UC3551A (14″) / UC4030A (16″) / UC4530A (18″)
Makita Warranty | 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Every Makita tool is thoroughly inspected and tested before leaving the factory. If you are not satisfied with any Makita tool within 30 days of purchase, return it and Makita will provide, at Makita’s option, a replacement or refund.
- Guide Bar Length: 14″
- Chain Speed: 2,600 FPM
- Chain Pitch: 3/8″
- Chain Gauge: .050″
- AMPS: 15
- Overall Length: 19-3/8″
- Net Weight: 10.8 lbs.
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 lbs.
Best Small Chainsaw | Battery
Now we move on to the battery-powered small chainsaws — and there’s a lot of them. It’s natural that battery chainsaws would be small due to the limited power of modern day batteries. Battery technology is improving but not at the pace that you would expect. We can send rovers to mars and probes deep into outer space but we’ve yet to figure out how to make powerful batteries. One day soon I’m sure there will be a significant breakthrough.
Currently, the most powerful battery chainsaw you can buy is the GreenWorks 80V, which I’m a big fan of, but it’s not in the ‘small chainsaw’ category. If you can afford it, and want a bigger chainsaw (18-Inches), you need to check it out.
Before I get into each specific small chainsaw I want to say one thing because I don’t want to keep repeating myself. If you want to get a lot of work done with a battery chainsaw then you must be at least one extra battery, maybe even two, depending on how long you want to work. And yes, batteries are expensive.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Battery Power
If all you plan on doing are small jobs around the yard then a single battery should be fine. Just know that the advantages of a battery chainsaw are it’s quiet, low maintenance, lightweight, no cord to manage, and no fumes.
The main disadvantages of a battery chainsaw is that they’re more expensive due to the cost of the lithium-ion batteries. Also, their power is generally limited, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of money and buy the GreenWorks 80V.
Having said that, battery chainsaws are perfect for homeowners who need the occasional use of a chainsaw and don’t want to be bogged down with complicated maintenance or constantly fumble around with an extension cord.
Black & Decker LCS1240 / Review
Small Chainsaw (Battery) : 12-inch / 40V / 8.3 lbs
Features (Black & Decker LCS1240 40V):
- 40V MAX* Lithium-ion battery can hold a charge up to 18 months.
- 12″ Oregon low-kickback bar & chain. Quality components for smooth quick cuts.
- 40V MAX* (2.0Ah) Battery. Makes over 60 cuts per charge.
- Automatic oiling system will keep your bar and chain well lubricated.
- Tool-less chain tensioner makes it easy to adjust.
- Complete wraparound handle. Comfortable to cut at varying angles.
- Battery charge indicator.
- Battery is compatible with the 40V MAX* outdoor system.
View or download the MANUAL for the Black & Decker LCS1240.
Black & Decker LCS1240 | Overview
The Black & Decker LCS1240 is a very capable 40V battery chainsaw. This is a powerful saw made with high-quality components, including a genuine Oregon bar and chain. It has an automatic oiling system, which is always a sign of a good chainsaw. The translucent oil window makes it easy to see when it’s time to top up.
This chainsaw is made for light to medium-duty cutting around the yard. It provides operators with a nice balance of power, balance and battery life. The downfall of this chainsaw, and all other battery chainsaws is that battery life is limited
Is this Small Chainsaw light enough for you?
This tool is light enough for the majority of homeowners. It weights only 8.3 lbs. I consider that lightweight, but perhaps some older people may find that heavy after using it for 15 minutes. It’s important to know what you can handle because fatigue increases the chance of injury. If you want the lightest chainsaw possible then consider the Black & Decker LCS1020 (7.2 lbs).
VIDEO / See the Black+Decker LCS1240 40V in action:
40V Max*Lithium Ion Battery
The 40V MAX Lithium Ion Battery is always ready and holds a charge up to 18 months. This battery provides over 60 cuts (4×4 pine lumber) on average, for each charge. Black and Decker MAX batteries have no Memory Effect; a common side effect of older battery types.
Work Longer with an Extra Battery
If you buy the 2 pack of 40V batteries you save a lot of money. Don’t buy more than you need but if you want to tackle large jobs around the yard with this chainsaw then stock up on batteries. You’ll need them.
Great chainsaw for homeowners who don’t cut thick wood on a regular basis. Works well on brush, and small firewood.
Overall, this small chainsaw is powerful enough to handle all of your trimming needs around the yard and the occasional larger trees that you need fell. The battery lasts up to 45 minutes, depending on usage. Yes, it can cut the occasional 12″ tree but it will be slow and burn through a lot of battery juice.
My guess is that most homeowners don’t have to cut down a lot of trees on a regular basis. Typically, people need a chainsaw for trimming, pruning and firewood. This Small Black & Decker chainsaw is great for that. There’s also a 20V version (Black & Decker LCS1020) of the same chainsaw, which we cover later in this article.
This small chainsaw is well-made and it shows when you pick it up and hold it. It has heft and strength built into it. A great middle of the road chainsaw that will last you a long time if you treat it well.
Black & Decker LCS1020 / Review
Small Chainsaw (Battery)
View or download the MANUAL for the Black & Decker LCS1020.
- 20V MAX* Lithium Battery.
- 10″ OREGON low-kickback bar and chain.
- Manual Oiling system for bar and chain lubrication.
- Tool-less chain adjuster makes it quick & easy to keep your chain tight.
Black & Decker LCS1020 | Overview
The Black & Decker LCS1020 is essentially the same model as the Black & Decker LCS1240, which was reviewed earlier in this article. There are a few differences though. The LCS1020 has a 10″ bar and chain and is powered by a 20V battery, making it less powerful than its bigger older brother. Also, it has a manual oiling system, which means you have to use the primer bulb to keep the chain well-lubricated.
Comparison Chart | LCS102 vs LCS1240
Black & Decker has been in business since 1910 and they’re still making excellent tools that consumers love. You don’t stay in business for over 100 years without making great products. The quality of this small chainsaw is very good.
It comes with and Oregon low kickback bar & chain which will guarantee you’ll be cutting at the most efficient speed and with minimal vibration. Because this is a well-designed small chainsaw you’ll find it easy to hold and work with without getting tired. It feels comfortable in your hands thanks to the wraparound handle.
This truly is a small chainsaw as it only weighs 7.2lbs.
Specs (Black & Decker LCS1020 20V):
- Bar Length : 10″
- Blade Type: Oregon
- Power Source: Lithium-ion Battery
- Voltage 20V MAX*
- Weight: 7.2 lbs
GreenWorks 20262 40V | Small Chainsaw (Battery)
Includes: G-MAX 40V Chainsaw, 12″ Bar and Chain, Scabbard, G-MAX 40V 2Ah Lithium-ion Battery, Rapid Charger, Owner’s Manual.
- Rear lock-off switch prevents it from accidentally starting.
- G-MAX 40V Lithium-Ion Battery.
- 12″ Oregon bar & chain.
- Tool-less chain adjuster. Fast and easy chain adjustments. Saves you time.
- Automatic oiling system keeps the chain well lubricated.
- Battery charges in under 2 hours.
- Battery lasts around 40 minutes, depending on usage.
- Clear, easy to view, oil level window.
- Weight: 6 lbs.
- Wraparound handle makes it easy to cut from various angles.
- Reduced kickback chain. Safer to use.
- 4 Year Warranty.
GreenWorks 20262 | Overview
The GreenWorks 20262 40V G-Max is a dependable small chainsaw with a 12″ bar and chain for your light-duty trimming and cutting projects around the yard. This is a unique small chainsaw, especially because of it’s tall shape. This isn’t a traditional shaped chainsaw but the benefit is that it’s easier to handle as it shortens the gap between the rear handle and the bar.
Some people may not like this design. It really depends on your preferences and what you’re accustomed to when using a chainsaw. If you need a light chainsaw, this is a great choice weighing only 6 pounds.
This isn’t the best small chainsaw on my list. It’s a good competent chainsaw but for the money you’d spend on this saw, you can get a better chainsaw. Either way, I like to give readers options and some people may prefer the unique design of the GreenWorks 20262 over a more traditional chainsaw.
If you want a better 40V small chainsaw I’d recommend the 14″ Black & Decker LCS1240. It costs a little more money but has proven itself to be more reliable and durable over time. All things being equal, when it comes to spending your money, it’s usually best to buy something that has a solid history and made by a reputable company.
Having said that, GreenWorks, although a newer company, truly makes quality products.
GreenWorks 40V : Should you buy it?
I recommend this chainsaw for cutting wood up to 8-inches in diameter. It’s a fairly powerful small chainsaw that satisfy many homeowners. I must add, when you buy a GreenWorks chainsaw you get a very generous 4 year warranty, which is quite rare with power tools. As far as peace of mind goes, even if this small chainsaw breaks down, at least it’s covered by the warranty.
View or download the MANUAL for the GreenWorks 20262 (20202).
- Cordless: Yes
- Weight: 6 lbs.
- Bar Length: 12 in.
- Batteries Included: 1
- Battery Amp Hours: 2.0 Ah
- Battery Type: Li-Ion
- Chain Gauge: 0.050 in.
- Chain Pitch: 3/8 in.
- Voltage: 40V
Best Small Chainsaw Alternatives
I know for a fact that many homeowners are fearful of using a chainsaw, and to be honest, some people just shouldn’t use a chainsaw. If you’re not comfortable with power tools then maybe it’s best to ask someone who is to help you with your yard needs. Thankfully, there are some excellent alternatives to a traditional chainsaw that may surprise you.
The rest of this article will be focused on these fantastic alternatives to a small chainsaw. And honestly, if you’re uncomfortable with using a chainsaw I strongly recommend that you either get someone to teach you the safe way to use a chainsaw or consider one of these options.
Consequently, it’s okay to hire a professional to do your cutting for you as well. You have many options. The important thing is to find the right tool for your needs, as well as choosing a tool that you’re comfortable with. My job is to give you the information you need so you can make a decision that you’ll be happy with.
Okay, let’s look at a few more options.
The WORX JawSaw is truly a remarkable machine that fills the gap in the market for people who don’t want to use a chainsaw. As you would imagine, this chainsaw alternative is extremely popular with homeowners because it’s so easy to use, but more importantly it’s very safe to use. Everything is automated and the risk of getting injured is extremely low. You’d have to fall on it to injure yourself, it’s that safe.
Before I get into the details I want you to watch this video of the WORX JawSaw WG307. Decide for yourself. No amount of words I write can communicate as much as this video can.
VIDEO / A Closer Look at the WORX JawSaw
This section is focused on the electric JawSaw, but there’s also a 20V battery model (WG320) which I’ll discuss later.
- 5-Amp electric motor.
- Fully-enclosed bar and chain is designed for optimal safety.
- Blade housing allows you to work safely.
- Automatic chain oiler with oil level indicator helps extend the life of your bar & chain.
- Safety jaw guard.
- Stability: Steel teeth grip the wood tightly while cutting.
- Automatic chain tensioner.
- Automatic chain lubrication & oil level indicator.
Documents for the WORX JawSaw WG307/WG308:
WORX JawSaw WG307 | Overview
The JawSaw has been designed and engineered for the sole purpose of protecting you, the operator, while still allowing you to cut branches under 4-inches. Yes, there is a limit to size of branches it cuts but for the needs of the average homeowner this will meet their requirements. Unless you need to fell trees or cut firewood this WORX JawSaw should satisfy the majority of your yard cutting needs.
This power tool seems to be quite popular with women and elderly people. Let’s be honest, not everyone wants to tinker with their tools. This small chainsaw alternative is perfect for anyone who appreciates simplicity in their tools, and for those who don’t like to fuss or perform complicated maintenance. I know there are a lot of you out there — this small cutting saw was made for you.
Specs (JawSaw WG307):
- Power Input: 5 Amps
- Bar Length: 6″
- Max. Cutting Diameter: 4″
- Oil Tank Capacity: 1 oz.
- Length: 34″
- Machine Weight: 8.1 lbs
JawSaw 6″ Replacement Chain | WORX WA0161
For models: WG307 & WG308
WORX JawSaw WG320 | 20V Battery
Includes: WORX WG320 JawSaw, WA3520 battery, WA3732 charger, 50022097 wrench, 3.4-ounce bottle of chain oil, 50022096 bottle.
- Powerful 20V Max Lithium battery.
- Lightweight, compact and much safer than a chainsaw.
- Automatic chain tension system. The chain is always optimal.
- Scissor cutting motion reduces chance of dangerous kickback.
- Automatic chain oiling system with built-in oil level indicator
- Blade housing keeps the chain enclosed at all times.
- Weight: 11.7 lbs.
- 3 year warranty.
WORX WG320 | Overview
The 20V WORX JawSaw is identical in design to the electric model except for the fact that it’s powered by a battery. The advantage of this model is the fact that you don’t have to manage an extension cord. Other than that, the features are all the same. The beauty of battery power is that you have complete freedom of movement as you work and you don’t have to be near an electrical outlet.
Extra Battery | WORX JawSaw
Whether you need to replace your old JawSaw battery or want peace of mind to ensure you have enough battery power to finish your yard projects. Either way, this is the 20V battery for your JawSaw WG320.
- Powerful: the high-density battery with near double the capacity.
- Lightweight: 40% lighter than a typical Ni-Cd model
- Reliable: Will hold its charge when not in use.
- Peace of mind when you need more juice.
Black+Decker LLP120 | Alligator Lopper
The Black & Decker Alligator Lopper is like a giant pair of scissors. It comes in a 20V battery and electric model as well.
- 20V MAX* Lithium battery provides up to 150 cuts (1.5″ diameter) per charge.
- Safe to Use: Dual-hand switches must be engaged before cutting. Prevents accidental starting.
- Unique clamping jaws grab and cut branches and brush in one smooth motion.
- Made from heavy-duty materials. Can cut branches and logs up to 4-inches thick.
- Scissor-action allows you to cut branches in a natural motion.
- Compatible with the Black & Decker 20V* MAX* System.
View or download the MANUAL for the Alligator Lopper LLP120.
Alligator Lopper LLP120 | Overview
The Alligator Lopper is another excellent chainsaw alternative. Essentially, this tool works like a pair of scissors. Open the Alligator Lopper with the handles and then the housing teeth grab onto the branch and the inner bar and chain cuts the wood.
The LLP120 is a 20V battery-powered tool which is lightweight at only 6.8 lbs, making it easy to carry out your cutting duties around the yard. The Alligator Lopper cuts like a small chainsaw. It’s simple to use and much safer to operate as well.
Personally, I recommend the WORX JawSaw over this Black & Decker model because I feel the JawSaw has a better design. The WORX JawSaw automates everything for you, such as chain oiling and maintaining the chain tension. Overall, the JawSaw is easier to use and more effective.
The Alligator Lopper requires that you oil the chain manually and it’s a messy process. Unfortunately, they made this task too much of a chore for homeowners.
The Alligator Lopper has a rugged metal guards that covers the cutting ‘Jaw.’ This guard protects you from the cutting chain as it immediately covers the blade when your cut is complete. The main reason you would buy a JawSaw over an Alligator Lopper over a small chainsaw is because of the additional safety protection that these tools offer you. If you value safety and simplicity then either the WORX JawSaw or the Alligator Lopper will satisfy your needs.
- Bar Length : 6″
- Power Source: Lithium-ion
- Voltage: 20V
- Weight: 6.8 lbs
Electric Alligator Lopper | LP1000
The Black & Decker LP1000 is the exact same tool as the battery version, the only difference being that you’ll need an extension cord instead of a battery.
View or download the MANUAL for the Alligator LP1000.
- 4.5 amp motor for light-duty cutting.
- Bar Length: 6″
- Capable of cutting wood up to 4″ in diameter.
- Power Source: Electric
- Weight: 6.5 lbs