In this article we are going to consider what is currently the best battery powered chainsaw on the market. Many people find gas saws a little intimidating, hardly surprising given that they are loud, throw out lots of fumes as well as occasionally being very temperamental and difficult to start. Add this to the inconvenience of having to mix fuel and oil and it’s easy to see why many folks prefer electric saws.

As they are cordless, battery powered chainsaws offer many of the advantages of gas saws. In particular they are portable, which means you don’t need to have access to a power source. This makes them ideal for a whole range of tasks such as cutting firewood on camping trips, clearing trails, removing fallen trees and wood carving. But which one is the best for your purposes.

Briefly, we are going to summarize the most popular models currently on sale and we’ll then let you have our views on which is the best buy in the following categories:

  • Best overall battery chainsaw
  • Best saw for under $150
  • Best for light cutting jobs
  • Best for medium cutting jobs

Batteries Explained

One of the most important aspect of cordless chainsaws is the type of battery used and you will see reference to both voltage and amp hours. You can read this article to get a detailed description of modern chainsaw batteries, however I’ll cover the subject briefly here. In very simple terms voltage (V) refers to the battery’s power and Amp Hours (AH) to its run time. So, all things being equal, if you were comparing 40V batteries, you would get similar performance but more runtime from a 4AH version than a 2AH.

The correct way of measuring the energy capacity of a battery is by using watt-hours which can be calculated by multiplying V by AH. As an example, the Greenworks 20262 has a 40V 2AH battery, so its capacity is 80 watt-hours. This would be inferior to say the Greenworks Pro GCS80420 which has an 80V 2AH unit (and therefore a 160 watt-hour capacity).

10 Best Sellers

Below is a list of the most popular cordless products available right now. You can click on the price options in the table for any machine to check the latest price.

ChainsawCutting SuitabilityBest PriceNumber of ReviewsRating
Black and Decker LCS1020LightClick image for best price:
5994.3
Black and Decker LCS1240LightClick image for best price:
4924.5
DeWalt DCCS690M1Light/MediumClick image for best price:
1154.5
Ego Power+ 56VLight/MediumClick image for best price:
3864.7
GreenWorks 20262LightClick image for best price:
1974.2
GreenWorks 20312Light/MediumClick image for best price:
5824.5
GreenWorks 20362LightClick image for best price:
744.4
GreenWorks Pro GCS80420Light/MediumClick image for best price:
1654.4
Makita XCU02PTLightClick image for best price:
1354.6
Ryobi P547LightClick image for best price:
1494.4

The table above only gives you a summary of each saw. Below I have provided a short description of each product and listed some of its main features.

























Black and Decker LCS1020

The LCS1020 is a competent, easy to handle saw which, thanks to its low price, has already made it onto our list of top 5 beginner chainsaws. Designed for light cutting duties, it has a range of features, including:

  • 10 inch premium low kickback bar and chain
  • Powered by a Lithium-Ion 20V 2AH battery
  • Battery can be used in other Black+Decker 20V power tools
  • Weight 7.2 Lbs.
  • Manual bar lubrication system
  • Tool-less chain tensioning system
  • 1.7 fl oz. capacity oil reservoir
  • Transparent oil reservoir window to easily check oil levels
  • Battery charge time 3-5 hours

Our verdict: Although the charge time is a little slow compared to other products, this is an excellent beginners’ saw which comes at a price you will find hard to beat.

















Black and Decker LCS1240

The LCS1240 is a slightly larger, more powerful version than the LCS1020. It is still a light duty saw but has a little bit more power and cutting ability than the LCS1020 which have helped to make this product one of the most popular in its class. Some of the main features are outlined below.

  • Equipped with 12 inch Oregon low kickback bar and chain
  • Powered by a Lithium-Ion 40V 2AH battery
  • Battery can be used in other Black+Decker 40V power tools
  • Weighs 8.4 Lbs.
  • Automatic, fixed flow oiling system
  • Tool-less chain tensioning system
  • 3.7 oz. capacity oil reservoir
  • Transparent oil reservoir window to easily check oil levels
  • Battery charge time 4-5 hours

Our verdict: Like the LCS1020, battery charge time is a little slow. That said, this is one of the few negatives you will find. This saw is popular and is very highly rated by consumers. As such, we rate this as our pick for the BEST SAW UNDER $150.

















DeWALT DCCS690M1

DeWALT is a big player in the power tool business and the DCCS690M1 represents their first foray into the chainsaw market. They’ve come up with a product that is suitable for carrying out light and medium duty cutting tasks and as you would expect from any power tool manufactured by his company, comes with some great features. These, together with other specifications are listed below.

  • Equipped with 16 inch Oregon low kickback bar and chain
  • Powered by a Lithium-Ion 40V 4AH battery (Can upgrade to 6AH at additional cost)
  • Battery compatible with other tools in DeWALT 40V range
  • Weighs 12.3 lbs.
  • Automatic, fixed flow oiling system
  • Tool free chain tensioning system
  • Transparent oil reservoir window to easily check oil levels
  • Charge time 90 minutes

Our verdict: Although the DCCS690M1 isn’t cheap, it’s a pretty competent chainsaw which won’t let you down. It has some great ratings and is sure to appeal to people who already have other DeWALT tools in their collection.
















Ego Power+ 56V Cordless

Compared with some of their competitors, Ego is a relatively young company and although it has only been in existence for just over 20 years, it now sells an impressive 10 million products each year in over 65 countries.

If all their products are like the Ego Power+ 14 Inch 56 Volt Chainsaw, the competition needs to watch out! This light and medium duty cutting saw has a lot of great things going for it and some of the main features are summarized below.

  • Comes with a 14 inch Oregon low kickback bar and chain
  • Has a 56V 2AH Lithium battery incorporating Ego’s Arc Technology
  • Battery compatible with other tools in Ego Power+ 56V range
  • Weighs 11.4 lbs.
  • Automatic, fixed flow oiling system
  • Tool-less chain tensioning system
  • 5 oz. (150 ml) capacity oil reservoir
  • Transparent oil tank window to easily check oil levels
  • Battery charge time 45 minutes

Our verdict: What can we say about this great saw? It isn’t the cheapest on our list but sometimes it’s worth paying a little extra to get a quality product and this is definitely one of those occasions when it may be worth loosening the purse strings. It’s powerful, easy to handle and packed with some great features. Not only this, but it also boasts the highest consumer ratings which is pretty impressive given that there are close to 400 online reviews. For these reasons we rate this as our pick for BEST BATTERY POWERED CHAINSAW and BEST FOR MEDIUM CUTTING.



















Greenworks 20262

The 20262 is the first of four GreenWorks products on the list and this is part of the G-Max 40V platform of tools. The saw is designed for light cutting duties and its main features are as follows:

  • 12 inch Oregon low kickback bar and chain
  • 40V 2AH Lithium battery
  • Can upgrade to 4AH battery for additional cost
  • Battery compatible with other tools GreenWorks G-Max 40V range
  • Weighs 8.7 lbs.
  • Automatic, fixed flow oiling system
  • Tool free chain tensioning
  • 1.8 oz. (50 ml) capacity oil reservoir
  • Transparent oil tank window to easily check oil levels
  • Battery charge time of 1 hour

Our verdict: In terms of consumer ratings, the 20262 is the lowest on our list, although it should be pointed out that around 80% of buyers left favorable reviews. Costing just over $100 it is also one of the cheapest saws on the list so if you have existing GreenWorks G-Max power tools (or thinking about getting some), then the 20262 is definitely worth thinking about.


















Greenworks 20312

This saw could be described as the 20262’s big brother. Also part of the company’s G-Max 40V range, the 20312 is a light/medium duty saw which is right up there with some of the best saws in its class. It has the following features:

  • Has a 16 inch Oregon low kickback bar and chain
  • Powerful 40V 4AH Lithium battery
  • Battery compatible with other tools GreenWorks G-Max 40V range
  • Weighs 13.3 lbs.
  • Automatic, fixed flow oiling system
  • Tool-less chain tensioning
  • 5.75 oz. (170 ml) capacity oil reservoir
  • Transparent oil tank window to easily check oil levels
  • Battery charge time of 2 hours

Our verdict: The 20312 is an excellent saw and one of the most popular in the GreenWorks range. At just over $200 it isn’t a budget product but it has strong customer ratings and we believe it would make a good purchase for anyone in need of a portable, medium duty saw.

















Greenworks 20362

The GreenWorks 20362 is part of the company’s 24 Volt range of power tools. Best used for pruning and light cutting, the 20362 is beaten only by the Black+Decker LCS1020 in terms of price. Its features include:

  • 10 inch Oregon low kickback bar and chain
  • 24V 2AH Lithium battery
  • Battery compatible with other tools on the GreenWorks 24V platform
  • Weighs 10.8 lbs.
  • Automatic, fixed flow oiling system
  • Tool-free chain tensioning
  • 1.8 oz. (50 ml) capacity oil reservoir
  • Translucent oil tank window to easily check oil levels
  • Battery charge time of 45 minutes

Our verdict: This is a tidy little saw with decent customer ratings. You will notice from the table above that of all the saws this has the fewest on-line ratings. You could spend a few dollars more and get the Black and Decker LCS1240 which we believe offers a slightly better package. That said, if you are a fan of GreenWorks power tools in general and are tempted by the 20362, it won’t let you down.

















Greenworks Pro GCS80420

The GCS80420 is the largest cordless saw in the GreenWorks collection. It’s able to handle a variety of medium duty cutting tasks, thanks largely to its 80V battery which is about as powerful as it gets on this type of power tool. It comes with many of the standard features you will find on the GreenWorks’ saw range, including:

  • 18 inch Oregon low kickback bar and chain
  • Powerful 80V 2AH Lithium battery
  • Battery compatible with other tools in the GreenWorks 80v Li-on range
  • Weighs 14.2 lbs.
  • Automatic, fixed flow oiling system
  • Chain tension requires use of tool
  • 1.9 oz. (60 ml) capacity oil reservoir
  • Translucent oil tank window to easily check oil levels
  • Quick battery charge time of 30 minutes

Our verdict: This is a low maintenance and powerful chainsaw capable of handling most home owner cutting jobs. It is one of the more expensive chainsaws on the list but would make a worthy alternative to a small gas powered saw.

















Makita XCU02PT

It isn’t every day that you can come across a product where it is difficult to find a fault but that’s the case with the XCU02PT from Makita. Designed for light cutting duties, it has some stand out features, including:

  • Top handle design
  • 12 inch low kickback bar and chain
  • Two 18V (Total 36V) 5AH batteries for longer cutting time
  • Battery compatible with other tools in Makita’s 18V power tool platform
  • Weighs 10.1 lbs.
  • Automatic, adjustable flow oiling system
  • Tool-less chain tensioning system
  • Translucent oil tank window to easily check oil levels
  • Battery charge time of 30 minutes

Our verdict: The XCU02PT is one of the most expensive saws on our list. However, it is well designed and solidly built and has some of the best ratings of all the products reviewed. Add to this some of the latest battery technology and exceptional features (such as the automatic, adjustable flow lubrication system) makes it a clear choice as our pick for the BEST LIGHT CUTTING CORDLESS SAW. It is a top handle saw and these can be a little trickier to handle so if you’re not comfortable with this, see the table below for our 2nd choice in this category.

















Ryobi P547 Inch

The Ryobi P547 is a light duty, easy to handle saw which is suitable for light cutting and pruning duties around the yard. Its features include:





  • Traditional rear handle design
  • Manufacturer’s own brand 10 inch low kickback bar and chain
  • Comes with 18V 2AH battery
  • Can use 4AH batteries (purchased at extra cost)
  • Battery compatible with other tools in the Ryobi One+ 18V collection
  • Weighs 8.5 lbs.
  • Manual chain lubrication system
  • Chain tensioned with Hex key (supplied)
  • Translucent oil tank window to easily check oil levels
  • Battery charge time of 30-60 minutes

Our verdict: The Ryobi P547 does exactly what it promises. It may not win any awards, but it is a proficient power tool with decent customer ratings. This is best suited to very light cutting and pruning and as such would make a handy beginners' saw.














Drawing up the shortlist

To make it onto the list, the saws had to meet a number of criteria, as follows:

• Have at least 75 ratings on-line

• Have an average consumer rating of 4.0 or better

• Be available to purchase online

• Includes only chainsaws and excludes other products such as pole saws and loppers

Arriving at the best product in each category

I like to carry out lots of research and analyze information in great detail. With this in mind I carried out the following process:

• Looked at all reviews on Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes for each product.

• Noted the average number of reviews on each site for each product and then calculated the ‘weighted average’ score.

• Sorted the chainsaws from high to low based on the weighted average score

• Adjusted the ratings to reflect any issues uncovered

• Decided on the rankings in each different category based on the final ratings

• The ‘Best Overall’ choice was based on consumer ratings AND price

Following this process the results are shown in the table below.

Category

Best

2nd Choice

3rd Choice

Best Overall

Ego Power+ 56V

Black+Decker LCS1240

Makita XCU02PT

Best Under $150

Black+Decker LCS1240

GreenWorks 20362

Ryobi P547

Best for light Cutting

Makita XCU02PT

Black+Decker LCS1240

GreenWorks 20362

Best for medium cutting

Ego Power+ 56V

Dewalt DCCS690M1

GreenWorks 20312

This table is only meant to be a guide and help to provide you with more information when making your buying decision. Just because a product doesn’t appear on the list doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy it. As you can see, many of the ratings were very close and it was extremely difficult to separate some saws. Furthermore, it may make perfect sense to buy a product which is either not on the list or is only a lower choice. For example, if you are looking for a light duty saw under $150, you may decide on the Ryobi P547 if you already own other power tools on this platform where the batteries are interchangeable. As you can see, there are a number of different criteria you can look at when deciding the best battery operated saw for your needs.

As I mentioned before, all these products have 80% plus approval ratings so the odds are whichever choice you make you will get a saw that meets your requirements. To find out more about an individual chainsaw, head over to our review section to get a full report.




























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