Top 5 Beginner Chainsaws

These top 5 beginner chainsaws all cost under $100 and have excellent reviews. Not only this, but they have consistently proved to be best sellers in their class which is testament to their popularity.

They are all home use chainsaws, suitable for both the novice and experienced user and have some of the highest customer ratings. Click on the price options in the table for any machine to quickly check current pricing.

RankChainsawBest PriceRatings
1Worx WG303.1
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4.5
2Black and Decker LCS1020
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4.3
3Earthwise CS30116
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4.3
4Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim
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4.3
5GreenWorks 20222
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4.2

The table above only gives a brief summary of the products, however the list was whittled down based on tons of information. Below is a little more detailed information about each of these chainsaws.

Worx WG303.1

The Worx WG303.1 is a great basic corded electric chainsaw, perfect for carrying out light and medium cutting duties around your home. Beginners will find that they get great performance without having to deal with many of the issues you get with gas powered saws, which are often best left to more experienced users.

The main features include:

  • Powerful 14.5 Amp motor capable of generating up to 2.4 horsepower.
  • 16 inch Oregon low kickback bar and chain.
  • Immediate push button starting system.
  • Tool-less chain tensioning system to keep the chain taut.
  • Automatic bar lubrication system.
  • Transparent oil tank window to easily check oil levels.
  • Weighs around 11lbs.
  • Excellent safety features, including chain brake, safe starting, front and rear hand guards and a chain catcher bolt to stop a whipping chain.

This product isn’t as light as some of the other models in our Top 5 so if you are not used to operating power tools or have difficulty lifting weights then this may not be for you. That said, there are well over a thousand on-line reviews for the Worx and it has some of the highest ratings. It consistently tops the best seller charts and for this reason is our Number #1 choice.

























Black and Decker LCS1020

Unlike the other four chainsaws on our list, the Black and Decker LCS1020 is battery operated which means that you don’t need access to a power outlet to do your cutting. Designed for light cutting duties such as pruning and cutting small logs, this saw is great for work around your property as well as for taking on camping trips to cut small amounts of fire wood.

black+decker lcs1020 cordless chainsaw

The main features are listed below:

  • Powered by a 20V 2 Amp Hour Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.
  • 10 inch premium Oregon low kickback bar and chain.
  • Immediate push button starting system.
  • Tool-less chain tensioning system to keep the chain properly tensioned.
  • Manual bar lubrication system.
  • Transparent oil reservoir window to easily check oil levels.
  • Weighs 7.2lbs.
  • Excellent safety features, including lock off button for safe starting, front and rear hand guards and a low kickback bar and chain.
  • Battery can be used in other Black and Decker 20V power tools.

This chainsaw offers you the same portable benefits of small gas saws without the hassle that goes with them. Lightweight, easy to use and available at a price which won’t break the bank, the LCS1020 is a great beginner’s saw.




















Earthwise CS30116 16-inch 12 Amp Corded Chainsaw

Earthwise may not be the most familiar chainsaw manufacturer but the Earthwise CS30116 16-inch 12 Amp chainsaw is a no frills product which gets the job done. Weighing less than 10lbs and packing plenty of power, this saw is just the ticket for carrying out small and medium duty cutting around your property.

earthwise cs30116  16 inch 12 amp corded electric chainsaw

Its features include:

  • Powered by a 12 Amp motor capable of generating around 2 horsepower.
  • Immediate push button starting system.
  • 16 inch Oregon Double Guard bar and Low Profile chain.
  • Tool-less chain tensioning system.
  • Automatic fixed flow oiling system.
  • Weighs less than 10lbs.
  • Transparent oil reservoir window to easily check oil levels.
  • Range of safety features including low kickback cutting equipment, safe starting system, a front hand guard and bumper spikes to provide stable cutting.

Available at well under $100, this is a user-friendly, low cost product, suitable for anyone thinking about making their first chainsaw purchase.




















The Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim

The Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim does exactly what it says in its name. Ideal for light pruning and cutting small logs it will take care of all those small jobs around your home which you may have been putting off for a while.

remington rm1425  limb n trim 8 amp electric chainsaw

The Remington’s main features include:

  • Immediate push button starting system
  • Powered by an efficient 8 Amp motor.
  • 14 inch MTD bar and chain (MTD own Remington).
  • Automatic oil lubrication system.
  • Screwdriver required to adjust chain tension.
  • Weight 6lbs.
  • Host of safety features including safe start up, low kickback cutting equipment, chain catcher and hand guards.

If you plan on doing any regular heavy cutting then the RM1425 isn’t the product to choose. If, on the other hand, you need an occasional use saw which is safe and easy to use then this should definitely be on your list. In terms of ratings there were other products which matched the Limb N Trim. However, thanks to its incredibly low price the Remington makes it onto my list.

















Greenworks 20222 9 Amp Corded Chainsaw

When it comes to power tools, GreenWorks has a great reputation. The GreenWorks 20222 9 Amp Corded Chainsaw is a relative newcomer to their collection and isn’t out of place alongside the manufacturer’s other products.

greenworks 20222 14 inch corded chainsaw

Its main features are:

  • Powered by a 9 Amp motor capable of producing 1.4 horsepower
  • 14-inch low kickback guide bar and chain.
  • Automatic oiling system.
  • Immediate push button starting system.
  • Tool-less chain tensioning system.
  • Easily accessible oil cap and reservoir window for quick oil level checking.
  • Range of safety features including low kickback cutting equipment, hand guards and bumper spikes for stable cutting.
  • Weighs 8lbs

This saw may not be absolutely perfect but it is extremely light and easy to use. This, together with the fact that it is currently available at a touch over $50, makes it impossible to leave off the list.

Building the Top 5 Beginners’ Chainsaw List

When drawing up a list of chainsaws suitable for beginners, a number of factors were taken into consideration and these are detailed below:

  • The cost of the product is under $100
  • Have an average consumer rating of 4.0 or better.
  • Include only chainsaws and exclude other products such as pole saws and loppers.
  • Weigh 12lbs or less.
  • Have a range of safety features and specifically low kickback cutting equipment.
  • Have at least 50 online reviews.
  • Are available to purchase online.
  • Excludes top handle products which are more difficult to operate for beginners
  • Excludes battery saws under $100 where the battery is not included.































How was the list drawn up?

1. Searched for all chainsaws on Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes for under $100 and added them to a spreadsheet.

2. Filtered the list to include only those meeting the above criteria.

3. Made a note of the average rating and number of reviews for the product on these sites and then calculated an overall ‘weighted’ average based on this.

4. Sorted the chainsaws by weighted average consumer ratings from high to low.

5. Reviewed the consumer ratings to look for any issues which may cause beginners difficulties, such as poor chain tensioning, poor performance and handling issues and starting difficulties.

6. Adjusted the ratings to reflect any issues uncovered as well as price considerations.

As someone with a financial background I do like to analyze information in great detail to draw the correct conclusions. The aim of this exercise was to help speed up your own decision making process by sifting through the detail to get a solid set of beginner chainsaws with excellent ratings.

You will get good value for your money whichever of the above chainsaws you choose and hopefully this article has helped you in your choice.












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