Cutting speed is the main gage of the chainsaw’s performance – it is measured by the time it takes the saw to cut through a 10-inch square oak beam. Other factors like the saw’s weight and its amps (for corded motors) and volts (for battery-operated models) also significantly affect performance.
Ease of Use
The handling of the chainsaw, how many pulls it takes to start, the accessibility and operation of the primer, choker, spark plug, and air filter, and the convenience of checking and adding fluids all can make a difference between an easy to use chainsaw and one that is difficult and potentially dangerous to operate.
The top chainsaws have extra safety precautions in order to eliminate injuries from kickbacks as well as from burns sustained through accidental contact with the muffler.
The top of the line chainsaws retail for over $800, while cheaper ones can be found for less than $100.
The Remington RM1840Wis a notch behind the WORX and the Makita when it comes to performance. Given its 12 amp motor, its cutting speed is a bit slower than its higher priced rivals. However, many owners of the saw have barely noticed a difference in the time it takes to fell small and medium - diameter trees when put to the test.
Makita UC3551A Electric Chain Saw, 14"
The Makita UC3530Ais favored among owners for its sheer power and performance. Its 15 amp engine is among the biggest of all electric chainsaws, and its heavy-duty steel gears make it a true commercial grade electric chainsaw. One Amazon reviewer who spent 13 years logging in the Pacific Northwest found the UC3530A to be the best performing electric chainsaw he had ever worked with.
Dozens of owners also give the WORX WG303.1 top marks on performance. Its 14.5 amp and 3.5 horsepower motor rival the power and output of most gas chainsaws, and its top of the line cutting speed and torque allow it to shred trees and shrubs quickly and efficiently. One user found it to cut through a 9’’ diameter tree limb “like butter.”
The Oregon C-S250-E6 is the lone battery-powered chainsaw of this group, but it holds its own in terms of power and performance. The most notable thing about its motor is its no-fade strength. Owners really appreciate its ability to cut at full speed and intensity even with the battery more than 75% drained.
The Remington RM1840Wis ranked highly by electric chainsaw owners for its ability to start easily with the push of a button. While not quite as lightweight and nimble as the Oregon, it handles just as easily. Most owners, however, found its greatest convenience to be its automatic chain tensioning and oiling system, which requires zero tools to operate.
For those willing to put up with its extra weight and bulk, the Makita UC3530A is remarkably easy to use. Owners rave about its “soft start” feature which allows you to get it started without it jerking back, a problem common to most other chainsaws. The UC3530A also has many of the features available with the other models, including the automatic oiling and tensioning system. However, the biggest advantage is the fact that nothing on this chainsaw requires any tools to operate. This is really impressive considering how heavy duty and professional this chainsaw is.
The WORX WG303.1 is a little bit heavier than the Oregon and Remington models, so it is harder to wield above your shoulders when trying to cut tree branches above you. However, for more heavy-duty cuts, it handles extremely well, and its ergonomic handle makes it very easy to grip while pressing the activation lever. Its auto lubrication and tensioning system is consistently praised by owners, and many users also found its extension cord lock to be extremely helpful in preventing the power from being disconnected inadvertently.
The Oregon C-S250-E6 is a favorite among chainsaw owners for its ease of use and handling. Its 11 pound weight makes it super easy to handle, and most users find it to be extremely sturdy and well balanced despite its lighter build. The PowerNow battery platform on the C-S250-E6 allows it to start instantly with zero hassle. Users find this to be particularly valuable for cutting high-reach tree shrubs because it allows you to carry the chainsaw safely up a ladder without having to worry about pulling a cord several times on unstable footing in order to get it started.
Richard is a seasoned small business owner in the hardware industry. He also owns a pool maintenance business and serves as an advisor on groundskeeping committees for a number of prominent organizations. He’s a regionally renowned safe cracker/locksmith expert, and in his spare time, he renovates and repairs vaults, safes, appliances, and a number of other products.
The Remington RM1840W lacks a few of the safety features of the WG303.1 and the UC3530A, notably the auto brake feature. However, if this isn’t your first time using a chainsaw, its protective precautions are more than sufficient, and almost all users that we surveyed felt comfortable operating it safely without any problems.
Makita UC3551A Electric Chain Saw, 14"
The Makita UC3530A was designed for safety first. Its kickback instant-stop feature and safety bar make even less experienced users feel very comfortable using it despite its heavy duty power and size. The auto-braking feature is also something that many owners really appreciate about this saw; it's a nice touch that truly separates this saw from the rest of the pack.
Many owners find the safety features of the WORX WG303.1 very compelling. Even left handed users felt comfortable using it even though the saw is designed for right handers. The one gripe with it, as one Amazon reviewer notes, is that the hand guard is located too close to the bar where your hand needs to be when disengaged.
The Oregon C-S250-E6 comes with every safety precaution imaginable on a chainsaw, including a safety chain brake, a trigger interlock, and a control board with heat and overload protection. The one thing that may catch you off guard, though, is that the saw doesn’t power down gradually. Its Lithium Ion battery goes from full power to a dead stop instantly. We found this to be an issue at first, but once you get used to it, it's not a problem.
The Remington RM1840W is priced at $89, and the small difference in price between it and the WORX WG303.1 is not enough to make up for its lower overall performance. If you’re price conscious and not looking to spend any more than $100 on an electric chainsaw, we strongly recommend you stick with the WORX WG301.1.
Makita UC3551A Electric Chain Saw, 14"
While the Makita UC3530A retails for a slightly higher price of $228, we have found it to be a bargain given its power and quality. There is no other electric chainsaw on the market that is able to deliver the same level of performance as the UC3530A, and its durability and well-crafted design makes it well worth the price.
The WORX WG303.1 costs $94, which is a tremendous value for the amount of power that is packed into it. Compared to the Makita and Oregon models, purchasing the RM1840W does come with a tradeoff in terms of sheer muscle and overall design, but if you’re not going for a full-duty machine, this is your saw.
Retailing at $299, the Oregon C-3250-E6 is also on the higher end of the price scale. Most of the extra cost goes towards the 40-volt Max battery platform that makes it the best cordless electric chainsaw on the market, and almost all owners who have spent the money on this chainsaw do not regret making the choice.
This is the single best electric chainsaw on the market. Its 15 amp motor delivers unparalleled power and performance relative to the electric models available, rivaling even the largest gas chainsaws in terms of sheer muscle. Despite its heavy duty construction, the UC3530A is incredibly easy to operate and use, and it is loaded with safety features that make beginners feel comfortable with it. Perhaps the only downside is that it is more difficult to find extra parts for this chainsaw relative to the other domestic models. Thankfully, the Makita’s durability makes this a non-issue.
If you want a commercial grade chainsaw that will get the job done and will not need a replacement for a very long time, if ever, this is your pick.
If you’re budget conscious, this is the best choice for you. The WG303.1 surpasses the standards of its more expensive peers in terms of power and performance, and its easy to use design makes it a very attractive choice for both novice and experienced chainsaw users.
While it doesn’t completely match the UC3530A’s raw power and feature set, this chainsaw is the clear winner in the sub-$100 market.