September 2021

Chainsaws: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Chainsaw rankings posted by key online experts, as of September 2021.

At a glance - September 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Chainsaw
The Spruce
Chain Saws Direct
Bob Vila
Chainsaw Larry
TopTenReviews
Sawinery
Thomasnet
Reviewed
Fire And Saw
Popular Science
1
- $305
Echo CS-400
2
-
-
-
-
7
-
1
-
-
2
- $389
Makita XCU03PT
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1
-
-
2
-
-
6
-
-
3
- $115
Worx WG304.1
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-
-
10
10
-
1
-
-
-
4
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Makita UC4051A
1
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
5
- $96
Worx WG303.1
3
-
5
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
6
- $240
Poulan Pro PR5020
-
-
-
3
11
-
3
-
-
-
7
- $556
Husqvarna 460 Rancher
-
-
6
4
7
-
-
-
-
-
8
- $85
Oregon CS1500
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
2
9
- $129
Huyosen 6020E
-
-
3
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
10
- $130
GreenWorks 20362
5
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
11
- $294
GreenWorks Pro 80V GCS80420
-
-
8
7
-
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Echo CS-400 #1 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Echo CS-400 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Overall, Gas

Pros
Very powerful performance
Lightweight
Fairly easy to start

Cons
Gas chainsaws are prohibited in some cities
Noisy

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Sawinery

Pros
Perfect for beginners with its lightweight exterior
Offers five-year warranty for non-commercial use
Powerful saw 18-inches bar and a 40.2-cc engine
Easy to manage with digital ignition and side-access chain tensioner
Features reduced air filter maintenance
Includes automotive-style air filter for superior filtration

Cons
Has components that need maintenance regularly
Expect delivery delays when purchased

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Reviewed

Best Overall / Editor's Choice

Pros
Power
Guide bar length
Ease of use

Cons
Price

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We ranked Makita XCU03PT #2 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Makita XCU03PT as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Chain Saws Direct

Best Electric Chainsaw

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TopTenReviews

Best chainsaw for a battery powered option

Pros
Low maintenance
Low noise
Incredible safety features

Cons
Need additional batteries

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Reviewed

Pros
Lightweight
Easy to maneuver
Part of the Makita 18V LXT ecosystem

Cons
Price
Underpowered for some applications
Plastic components that can break

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Chainsaws.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Chainsaws, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for September 2021 ranking

We ranked Worx WG304.1 #3 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Worx WG304.1 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Chainsaw Larry

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TopTenReviews

Best entry level chainsaw

Pros
Fully assembled, use straight out of the box
15-amp motor for powerful cutting action
18-inch bar

Cons
Uses an electric cord

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Thomasnet

Best Electric Chainsaw

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We ranked Makita UC4051A #4 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Makita UC4051A as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Overall, Electric

Pros
Easy to start
Powerful performance
Low maintenance

Cons
Handful of complaints that initial assembly is difficult

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Sawinery

Pros
Rubber grip handles and highly-visible trigger switch for convenient use
Features 16-inch guide bar and tool-free chain adjustments blades
A trusted and popular tool brand choice compared to other chain saws gas powered models
Provides soft ignition and smooth start-ups
Automatic chain oiler that allows continuous heavy cutting action
Built-in current delimiter
Convenient and efficient features
Large metal spike
Highly recommended for cutting large tree and logs
Has electric chain brakes for safety purposes
Warranties for workmanship defects up to one year from purchase
Thoroughly inspected and tested before shipping out of the factory

Cons
Needs electricity as a power source and an extension cord
Possible shipping delays

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We ranked Worx WG303.1 #5 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Budget, Electric

Pros
Comfortable, padded handle
Automatic chain tension and oil
Excellent performance

Cons
Chain adjuster knob is large, might be accidentally turned during use

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Bob Vila

Best light duty

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Sawinery

Pros
A precise cutting machine integrated with 16-inch bar length
Chain brakes and full-wrap rubberized handle
Has metal spike bumper that grips tightly to prevent sudden kick-back
Quick-stop chain brake that prevents wasted motions
Light-duty exterior that reduces fatigue even when operating for long hours
Auto-tension chain saw function that keeps performance going
Power input of 14.5 amps that produces 12m/s chain speed
Easy to start motor functions
Warranty period of three years

Cons
Possible shipping delays
Electric-corded chainsaw and extension cord as its power source

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We ranked Poulan Pro PR5020 #6 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Chainsaw Larry

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TopTenReviews

Best chainsaw for value

Pros
Easy to start
Powerful for its size

Cons
Heavy
Needs idling time before use

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Thomasnet

Best Gas Chainsaw

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We ranked Husqvarna 460 Rancher #7 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best heavy duty

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Chainsaw Larry

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TopTenReviews

Best chainsaw for safety features

Pros
Easy to start
Great safety features

Cons
Long bar makes handling complex
High price

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We ranked Oregon CS1500 #8 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TopTenReviews

Best electric chainsaw

Pros
Built-in chain sharpener
Instant start
Powerful for an electric model

Cons
Chain can slip off if not properly tensioned

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Popular Science

Best electric chainsaw

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We ranked Huyosen 6020E #9 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best Budget gas

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Sawinery

Pros
Equipped with a high output engine of 3.4HP with an 18-inch bar and chain
Suitable for cutting wood, small trees, and ice cube
Has an excellent electronic ignition system with 8500 rpm speed
Includes a filtration system that reduces fuel consumption
Integrated with automatic oil supply system that increases service life
Designed with comfortable and safe construction
Offers a 12-month warranty

Cons
Expect delivery delays
Users must wear protective gears when using this machine

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We ranked GreenWorks 20362 #10 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best for Small Jobs

Pros
Very light
Easy to start and use
Handles small jobs around the yard very well

Cons
Not powerful or big enough for tackling large tree limbs or lots of brush

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Sawinery

Pros
Light-duty, perfect for small cutting tasks
Has a fade-free motor performance without loud noise and fumes
Equipped with tool-free chain tensioning for quick adjustments
Designed with an easy-to-grip ergonomic handle
Guaranteed 3-year limited tool and battery warranty
Automatic oiler ensures durability

Cons
Battery, 24V lithium-ion, needs to be recharged
Requires regular component preservation

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We ranked GreenWorks Pro 80V GCS80420 #11 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best Overall electric

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Chainsaw Larry

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