July 2024

Chainsaws: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of chainsaws rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2024.

Summary

On 22 Jul 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 72 chainsaw endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

55 chainsaws were endorsed in total, only 9 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 22 Jul 2024, Husqvarna Power Axe 350i takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed chainsaw with 4 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 chainsaw' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking chainsaws start at $49.98 (Seesii CH550) and go up to $639 (Holzfforma G888). Median chainsaw costs $219 (Echo CS-310).
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At a glance - July Ranking

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Rank Change Price Chainsaw
reviewed.usatoday.com
TechGearLab
The Spruce
Fire And Saw
TopTenReviews
Reviewed
Bob Vila
Chainsaw Larry
Sawinery
Wirecutter
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Husqvarna Power Axe 350i
The Husqvarna Power Axe 350i is a lightweight and maneuverable cordless electric chainsaw that offers superior cutting power, ease of use, and durability, making it a top choice for both professionals and homeowners.
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Echo CS-310
The Echo CS-310 chainsaw is a gas-powered chainsaw known for its powerful cutting performance, ease of use, and strong safety features, making it a durable and reliable option for both professional and home use.
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Makita UC4051A
The Makita UC4051A electric chainsaw is highly praised for its powerful performance, ease of use, safety features, and durability, making it suitable for professional landscapers, arborists, or homeowners with large trees or extensive woodcutting needs.
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Dewalt DCCS670T1
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- $249
Ego Power+ CS1611
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DeWalt 20V MAX 8 in
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GreenWorks GCS80420
The GreenWorks Pro 80V GCS80420 chainsaw is a highly praised battery-powered electric chainsaw known for its power, performance, and safety features.
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Husqvarna 440
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Skil PWR Core 40
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Chainsaw
#13 $199 Skil PWR Core 40
#2 $219 Echo CS-310
#5 $249 Ego Power+ CS1611
#1 $279.99 Husqvarna Power Axe 350i
#7 $279.99 GreenWorks GCS80420
#4 $363.41 Dewalt DCCS670T1
#8 $449 Husqvarna 440

We ranked Husqvarna Power Axe 350i #1 in July 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Husqvarna Power Axe 350i as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 13 Oct 2023)
The Husqvarna Power Axe 350i is a lightweight and maneuverable cordless electric chainsaw that offers superior cutting power, ease of use, and durability, making it a top choice for both professionals and homeowners.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Overall, Cordless

Powerful cutting action
Tool-less chain tension adjustment
Boost mode
Long battery runtime

Cannot add longer bars

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TopTenReviews

The best chainsaw overall

Powerful enough to cut through large trees and limbs
Battery-powered
Quality safety features

On the heavier side
Oil is not included

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Bob Vila

Best Heavy Duty

18-inch guide bar is the right size for general-purpose cutting tasks
Much lower vibration than the rest of the saws in our test group
Fast toolless chain tensioner cuts downtime and boosts productivity
High-efficiency brushless motor reduces vibration and improves battery life
X-Cut chain eliminates need to break chain in; retains sharpness longer

Heavier and more tiring than a compact chainsaw for light-duty cutting
18-inch bar is less articulate for selective cuts among dense branches

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Wirecutter

Superior power, rare features

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We ranked Echo CS-310 #2 in July 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Echo CS-310 chainsaw is a gas-powered chainsaw known for its powerful cutting performance, ease of use, and strong safety features, making it a durable and reliable option for both professional and home use.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

Lightweight and maneuverable
Starts easily

Underpowered for mid-size applications

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The Spruce

Best Overall, Gas

CARB compliant
Powerful performance
Fairly lightweight

Requires mixing gas and oil
Can be harder to start in cold weather

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TopTenReviews

The best chainsaw for cutting through thick wood, and it's a good option for those who prefer to cut with gas

Powerful enough to make quick work of any wood
Lightweight and durable construction

You must mix your fuel with oil before using
Quite loud – up to 90 dB

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Reviewed

Lightweight and maneuverable
Starts easily

Underpowered for mid-size applications

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Bob Vila

Best Gas

Easy to start so users don’t to have to strain to pull the starter cord over and over
Light weight allows for extended use and better maneuverability
Powerful, smooth-running engine easily cuts logs up to 14 inches in diameter

Molded plastic bucking spikes do not grip as well as metal
Should be used at least monthly to preserve engine components

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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 July 2024 ranking

We ranked Makita UC4051A #3 in July 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Makita UC4051A as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The Makita UC4051A electric chainsaw is highly praised for its powerful performance, ease of use, safety features, and durability, making it suitable for professional landscapers, arborists, or homeowners with large trees or extensive woodcutting needs.
Critic endorsements:
TechGearLab

Best Corded Electric Chainsaw

Cuts very well
Innovative cord stopper
Tool-free chain tensioner works very well
Adjustable oil flow

Oil tank cap is in an awkward place
Cord location is not ideal

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The Spruce

Best Overall, Electric

Comfortable handle
Powerful performance
Tool-less chain tension adjustment

Relatively heavy

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Sawinery

The rubber grip handles provide a solid grasp, and the trigger switch is easy to spot.
It boasts a 16-inch guide bar and chain, which I find quite efficient.
A trusted and popular tool brand choice for outdoor power equipment.
It kicks off softly and starts up without a hitch.
The automatic chain oiler ensures it's always ready for heavy-duty cutting.
It's designed with a built-in current delimiter.
The large metal spike is a sturdy feature.
This tool excels when it comes to cutting large logs.
The electric chain brakes are a thoughtful safety addition.
A one-year warranty provides added peace of mind.
Before it leaves the factory, each unit undergoes rigorous inspection and testing.

You'll need an electricity source and potentially an extension cable.
There might be occasional shipping delays.

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We ranked Dewalt DCCS670T1 #4 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Dewalt DCCS670T1 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

Best Overall

Cutting power and speed
Tool-less chain tensioning

None that we could find

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Reviewed

Best Overall / Editors' Choice

Cutting power and speed
Tool-less chain tensioning

None that we could find

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We ranked Ego Power+ CS1611 #5 in July 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

Power and speed
Tool-less chain tensioning

None we could find

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The Spruce

Best Budget, Cordless

Long battery runtime
Tool-less chain tension adjustment
Metal bucking spikes

Somewhat heavy

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Reviewed

BEST BATTERY-POWERED

Power and speed
Tool-less chain tensioning

None we could find

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We ranked DeWalt 20V MAX 8 in #6 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked DeWalt 20V MAX 8 in as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TopTenReviews

Best mini chainsaw for pruning tasks

Lightweight
Auto-oiling 8-inch chain bar
Powerful and efficient cutting

No kickback brake
Not designed for left-handed users

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Wirecutter

Plenty of chainsaw, most of the time

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We ranked GreenWorks GCS80420 #7 in July 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 31 Aug 2023)
The GreenWorks Pro 80V GCS80420 chainsaw is a highly praised battery-powered electric chainsaw known for its power, performance, and safety features.
Critic endorsements:
TechGearLab

Best for Quick Battery Charging

Ultra-fast battery charging
18-inch bar length
Strong cutting action
Steel felling spikes

Cumbersome
So-so runtime
Goes through a lot of oil

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Bob Vila

Best for Firewood

Long 18-inch bar and chain are suitable for big jobs like felling and bucking
High-torque motor and fast chain speed facilitate heavy-duty wood cutting
Good runtime-to-charge-time balance: 30 minutes of runtime, 30 minutes to charge
Modest price point for a heavy-duty battery-powered chainsaw

Heaviest saw in test group
Chain tensioner feels a bit less robust than we like for heavy-duty work

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Chainsaw Larry

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We ranked Husqvarna 440 #8 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

Best Gas Powered

Cutting power and speed
Ease of starting

Chain drive gear can clog

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Reviewed

Best Gas-Powered

Cutting power and speed
Ease of starting

Chain drive gear can clog

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We ranked Skil PWR Core 40 #9 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

Powerful for its size
Tool-less chain tensioning
Affordable

Cutting speed

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Reviewed

BEST VALUE CHAINSAW

Powerful for its size
Tool-less chain tensioning
Affordable

Cutting speed

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