Top 5 Best Chainsaws – Chainsaw Review Guide 2017

Top 5 Best Chainsaws – Chainsaw Review Guide 2017

Top 5 Best Chainsaws – Chainsaw Review Guide 2017

TOP 10 BEST CHAINSAWS

Our in depth chainsaw guide, is written with homeowners in mind, the reason for this is, chainsaws can cost well over a £700 which is not a realistic budget for most home owners who use them for there own personal needs.

After hours of intensive research and testing, we looked at over 30 chainsaws, some good and some, no so good. We also look at some innovative chainsaw alternatives, after our research, we were able to narrow it down to a handful of chainsaws,

Whether your after a petrol chainsaw for heavy duty cutting jobs, a corded electric model for convenience or even a light weight cordless chainsaw with the latest lithium-ion batteries, there's sure to be a chainsaw that is right for your needs and within your budget.

For those who just want to know which chainsaw were the best or don't have time to read our whole guide. The best cordless chainsaw was the 'Bosch AKE 40-19 Cordless Chainsaw', our top cordless chainsaw for most people, was the Black + Decker GKC3630L20 Cordless Chainsaw and the best Petrol Chainsaw for most people which really impressed, was the Husqvarna 135 X-Torq Petrol Chainsaw.

Read on to see why these 3 chainsaws made our 'BEST PICKS' and see how other chainsaws compared.


OUR TOP 3 RECOMENDED CHAINSAWS

BEST CORDLESS
CHAINSAW

Black + Decker GKC3630L20

Black + Decker GKC3630L20 Cordless Chainsaw Review
  • 30cm cutting length
  • 36v 2AH lithium-ion battery
  • 3.8kg
  • 2 years warranty

BEST ELECTRIC
CHAINSAW

Bosch AKE 40-19

Bosch AKE 40-19 Chainsaw review
  • 40cm cutting length
  • Powerful 1900 watt motor
  • 4.5kg
  • 3 years warranty

BEST PETROL
CHAINSAW

Husqvarna 135 X-Torq

Best Petrol Chainsaw - Husqvara chainsaw review
  • 36cm cutting length
  • X-Torq 40.9 cc 2 Stroke Engine
  • 4.5kg
  • 2 years warranty

Below we have reviewed in detail 9 of the best chainsaws we could find which includes both electric, corded and cordless chainsaws, we have also included our chainsaw buyers guide, followed by a roundup of our best picks and a final conclusion of our finding.


CHAINSAW REVIEWS

Best Electric Chainsaw


BOSCH AKE 40-19 S CHAINSAW
REVIEW

**WINNER OF OUR BEST PICK - SUITABLE FOR MOST HOME USERS**

Bosch AKE 40-19 Chainsaw reviews
  • Powerful 1900 watt motor that produces a chain speed of 12 m/s for a high cutting performance.
  • 40cm cutting length blade with a chrome self lucracating Oregon chain
  • SDS system for tool-free changing and tensioning of the chain
  • Rapid-reaction kick-back brake which instantly stop the chain should the chainsaw kickback
  • The light weight and ergonomic design ensures its easy to us for both sawing and felling trees
  • Comes with 2 years warranty which is extended to 3 years by registering online

The Bosch AKE 40-90S Electric chainsaw is the most powerful chainsaw Bosch manufacture and is powered by a high performance 1900 watt motor that rotates the chain at an extremely high rate of 12 ms, which along with the genuine Oregon chain, produces the best cutting performance.

Its light weight and well balanced design, ensures its easy to use in any position, making it perfect for a range of jobs such as cutting firewood, pruning branches and felling small trees.

Bosch has fitted this chainsaw with their 'Bosch SDS system', this feature simply means you can fit the chain and alter the chain tensioning without any tools.

For increased safety, the chainsaw is fitted with a ultra quick kick-back brake, this means, should the chainsaw kickback when in use, the chain will instantly stop moving, it also features a safety alarm and a steel chain safety catch bolt.

The large oil reservoir has a oil level indicator to ensure you know when the oil needs topping up, the oil self lubricates the chains to reduce ware on the chain and improve cutting performance.

Verdict -  This Bosch 40-19 S cordless chainsaw is an impressive peace of kit and seems to have very few bad points I can say about iy.  The first thing you notice when you pick it up is that its surprisingly light weight, At only 4.5kg this makes it easy to use for most jobs in the garden. Its also well balanced which some how, makes it seem lighter, than it actually is.

During our research, we did find some reviews online where customers have complained about the chain coming loose quickly as well as the chain tensioning feature not working properly. We did note that that these negative reviews, were from a few years back do we are not sure if this was a problem that Bosch have since improved.

We feel some of them users could of be been tightening the chain too tight, you should make sure the chain has a little bit of movement, but not to much. As a rule, the middle of the chain should move around 3-4mm in the centre of the chain. If set correctly, I don't think the chain tensioning feature would cause you any problems.

When you get the chainsaw out of the box, you will need to put it together, its not too difficult and is fairly straight forward but the instructions, perhaps could be improved.

Its does not include enough chain oil

Its also worth mentioning that its only comes with 80mm of chain oil, but the chainsaw requires 200 of chainsaw oil so you need to buy some more before you can use it. I'm not sure why Bosch don't include enough oil, but we would recommend you buy some chainsaw oil with your chainsaw so you can get up and running straight away. I would also worth investing in a spare chain,

Would we recommend - This chainsaw is by far, one of the best corded electric chainsaws we have reviewed. Its obviously lacks the mobility of a cordless or petrol model due to the power cord, but felling a few trees, pruning branches or cutting firewood, this would be the perfect choice. Its got the power to rival some petrol chainsaws but without the noise and fumes.

Bosch also do a version with a slightly smaller 35cm blade which may be more suitable for someone only pruning smaller branches, its slightly cheaper. You can view this smaller model here


EINHELL GH-EX 2030 CHAINSAW
REVIEW

**BEST ELECTRIC BUDGET CHAINSAW**

Chainsaw Reviews
  • Powerful 2000 watt motor that produces a chain speed of 13.5 m/s for a faster cut
  • Genuine 40cm Oregon cutting chain and bar
  • Tool-less chain tensioning facility which eliminates the need for tools
  • Features a kickback protection through mechanical instant chain brake
  • At only 5.8kg its extremly light weight and ergonomicly designed with a soft grip handle
  • Comes with 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind

The Einhell GH-RC Electric Chainsaw is powered by 2000 watt electric motor with metal gears that rotates the chain at an impressive 13.5 ms Its also fitted with a Oregon bare and with a safety chain with chipping-teeth which reduces kickback.

Its light weight at only 5.8kg, the comfortable rubber handle make it ideal for a range of garden jobs including cutting firewood, cutting hedges and other general maintenance.

It also has a handy oil reservoir with clear sight so you can check the oil level to ensure you know when to top the chain oil up.

For increased safety its fitted with kick-back protection with a mechanical quick-stop brake feature. This ensures that 'should the chainsaw kick back' the chain stops in only 0.1 seconds.

Finally, thanks to its chain tensioning feature, you simply turn a dial to tighten the chain for increased performance, this illuminates the need for tools.

Verdict -  The Einhell GH-EC 2040 Electric Chainsaw is well balanced and has been ergonomically design for comfort. It makes light work of cutting branches up to around 15 inches thick, however I suspect it could probably cut through larger branches without too much effort. 

Would we recommend - If you have logs to cut into firewood or need to do a little pruning around the garden, then this chainsaw is perfect for just that

On paper, it matches the Bosch model we reviewed above in terms of performance and features. Overall it doesn't seem quite as well made as the Bosch chainsaw,  however, overall its a great option for someone on a smaller budget and it even comes with an impressive 2 years manufactures warranty as well as having a full spares back up service.


BLACK + DECKER CS2245-BG CORDED CHAINSAW REVIEW

**BEST FOR LARGER CUTTING TASKS WHERE A LONGER CUTTING LENGTH IS NEEDED**

Black + Decker CS2245-GB Corded Chainsaw review
  • Powerful 2200 watt high torque motor
  • High 12.5 m/s chain speed for a high cutting performance.
  • 45cm bare and chain which is perfect for larger cutting tasks
  • Patented SDS Tool - Tool-less chain tension feature makes it easy to adjust the chain tension quickly, without any tools by using the side dial
  • For added safety it uses a specially designed low kickback chain and incorporates a kickback chain brake system which instantly stops the chain in only 0,15 seconds
  • Light weight at only 7kg 
  • Comes with 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind

The Black + Decker CS2245 GB Corded Chainsaw is powered by a high torque, easy to maintain 2200 watt motor and is designed for tasks where a longer cutting blade in needed to cut through larger trunks and logs.

Its fitted with a longer 45cm cutting chain and  automatic self-lubricating oil system which automatically self lubricates the chain for a more efficient and faster cut, this also prolongs the life of the chain and reduces unnecessary ware.

Like most models, it also has a handy oil reservoir with clear sight to check oil level to ensure you know when its time to top up the oil.

To ensure it can be used with complete confidence and putting safety first, this model features a chain brake system. This means that if the chainsaw kicks back, the chain will instantly stop in as little at 0.15 seconds, its also has a built safety system,

It also incorporates a 'anti-vibration system', this feature, combined with the rubber overmould back handle and its well balanced design, ensure it comfortable to use, even over longer periods of time.

Verdict -  This is one of the best corded chainsaws we have seen, its well balanced when held in two hands and is very comfortable to use. This model is probably the best option for someone who may have larger logs and stumps to cut into sections, as you have that extra cutting length to get through them in one single cut, rather than trying to rotate the log which we often find our self doing.

This only electric chainsaw we would recommend with a 45cm cutting length.

Would we recommend - As mentioned above, if you have large logs to cut, this is the chainsaw for you. This would be of been our 'Best Pick', however we did feel that a slightly smaller 40cm cutting length would be a better fit for most people, however if you need a longer cutting lengthm then this Black + Decker CS-2245BG chainsaw is worth considering and you won't be disappointed.

Overall, an excellent chainsaw, 5 stars and excellent value for money for such a good chainsaw.


Best Cordless Chainsaw

BLACK + DECKER GKC3630L20 CORDLESS CHAINSAW REVIEW

**Best Cordless Chainsaw for Most Home Owners**

Black + Decker GKC3630L20 Cordless Chainsaw Review
  • Powered by a powerful 36v 2AH lithium-ion battery that gives enough power for up to 560 cuts
  • Can be recharged in only 90 minutes from flat
  • Low kickback chain with auto oil lubricating system for a better cutting performance.
  • 30cm cutting length, ideal for heavy duty cutting such as logging, felling trees, pruning and other general garden tasks
  • Tool free chain tensioning feature for fast and easy fitting and adjusting using the simple side dial.
  • Very light weight at only 3.8kg, well balanced with comfortable handle bale which makes it perfect for sawing and felling trees,
  • Comes with 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind

This 'Black + Decker GKC3630L20 Cordless Chainsaw' has a powerful, high torque motor that is powered by a 36v 2Ah lithium-ion battery that gives enough power for around 560 cuts (3.5cm cuts) 

The batteries can be used with any of the Black + Decker tools that are compatible with the 36v Lithium-ion batteries.

Fitted with a high quality 30cm low kickback cutting chain for increased safety and oil system automatically self lubricates the chain when in use for a more efficient, faster cut,

Like most models it also has a handy oil reservoir with clear sight to check oil level to ensure you know when to top the chain oil up.

The ergonomic and light weight design ensures its comfortable and easy to use, the battery is located on the side to ensure its well balanced design.

Verdict -  The Black + Decker GKC3630L20 Cordless Chainsaw is probably one of the best cordless chainsaws we have ever reviewed. So what makes it stand out from the rest?

When you pick it up for the first time, you immediately feel how surprisingly light weight and well balanced it is, quality wise, its a well-built peace of kit.

Performance wise, its makes light work of cutting dry or fresh wood with ease and is surprisingly quiet when in use. What we really like about this electric chainsaw, with a petrol model, when you put the chainsaw down to get another piece of wood or log, you can either leave it running or turn it off with the hassle of pulling the cord every time you want to start it again. However because the Black + Decker Chainsaw is electric, you simply pick it up again, squeeze the trigger and it fires up again straight away, This is my option is a big advantage it you cutting logs into firewood as you find your self constantly picking up firewood which means putting the chainsaw down.

Would we recommend - Most chainsaws can either be purchased with a battery or bare tool (this means without the battery or charger). This is handy if you all ready have power tools which are compatible with the same batteries such as the Black + Decker Cordless Strimmer, the Black + Decker Cordless Hedge Trimmer or Black + Decker Cordless Leaf Blower.

However we feel that spare batteries are handy and this Black  + Decker chainsaw comes complete with a 36v 2Ah battery for under £200. Anyone who has shopped around will realise that this is fantastic value as some cordless chainsaws will cost you more without a battery, and unless you have spare batteries, the batteries can often cost as much as the chainsaw in some cases.

Best Small Chainsaw

There is also a smaller 18v model with a 25cm cutting length for around £45 cheaper than its big brother.

Best small chainsaw. Smaller 18v 25cm Black + Decker chainsaw

If the larger Black + Decker GKC3630L20 chainsaw is a little over budget, Black + Decker also have a smaller similar model which has a 18v 2Ah battery with a slightly smaller 25cm cutting length which will give around 220 cuts out of a single charge. You can view this smaller 18v model by clicking here.

Overall the Larger Black + Decker chainsaw is the one chainsaw, we would recommend to anyone looking for a cordless model as it is great quality and is excellent value with battery and charger included.


WORX WG36E 40v CORDLESS CHAINSAW
REVIEW

**Ideal for lighter pruning jobs such as preparing firewood**

Worx WG368E 40v Cordless Chainsaw review
  • Comes complete with a powerful 18v 2Ah lithium-ion battery and charger that gives enough power for up to 80 cuts  (approx 30 minutes of consistent cutting)
  • Low vibration laser cut dual action orgeon chain which produce precise clean cuts every time
  • 30cm cutting length, ideal for pruning felling small trees, preparing firewood and general pruning jobs
  • Tool free chain tensioning feature for fast and easy fitting and adjusting using the simple side dial.
  • Very light weight at only 3.8kg making it very easy to use

This Worx WG368E Cordless Electric Chainsaw has a powerful motor that is powered by a 40v 2Ah lithium-ion battery that gives enough power for around 90 cuts or approximately  30 minutes of running time.

It comes with everything you need including the 40v lithium-ion battery and charger which incorporates a 3 stage LED system so you know how much power is n the battery and when its fully charged.

Worx have fitted this model with a high quality, dual laser cut 30cm Oregon chain for precise clean cuts. Other features include an automatic self lubricating system that lubricates the chain when in use for a more efficient, faster cut.

To ensure you can keep the oil topped up sufficiently, it also has a clear window so you can see the oil level, may seem like a little feature but its important to keep the oil topped up to keep the chainsaw running smoothly and it also prevents unnecessary wear on the chain. 

At only 3.8kg, its extremely light weight and well balanced making it very comfortable to use other longer periods of time.

Verdict -  We are a fan of Worx power tools and have all ways been a fan of their tools. This chainsaw is no different, overall the build quality is excellent and its comes through logs up to 8" - 10" without missing a beat.

This would be a great option for someone looking to do some light pruning jobs or preparing firewood. A great chainsaw and even comes with 3 years warranty,

For the cost, the Black + Decker GKC3630L20 Chainsaw is probably the better choice, however this Worx cordless chainsaw is a great alternative for someone not wanting the Black + Decker model. Both are really good chainsaws but the Black + Decker model is probably a slightly better chainsaw.


BOSCH AKE 30 LI CORDLESS CHAINSAW
REVIEW

Best Cordless Chainsaw
  • Powerful high-performance electric motor that produces a chain speed of 8 m/s for a high cutting performance.
  • 30cm cutting length blade (Oregon chain)
  • Will cut through over 100 cuts of 10cm x 10cm thick pine from one charge.
  • The Innovative Lithium-ion battery can be recharged in only 90 minutes
  • SDS system for tool-free changing and tensioning of the chain
  • Rapid-reaction kick-back brake with audible warning which instantly stop the chain should the chainsaw kickback. Also has a function brake that stop the chain as soon as you release the trigger
  • Light weight and ergonomic design with soft grip handle ensures its easy to no matter what task your doing
  • Comes with 2 years warranty which is extended to 3 years by registering online

The Bosch AKE 30 Li Cordless Chainsaw has a high torque, high-performance motor which is powered by an innovative 36v 2.8Ah Lithium-ion battery that provides more than enough power for a range of garden tasks such as felling trees, logging, preparing firewood and another other tasks you can do with the chainsaw.

At 5.4kg its incredibly light weight, compact and well balanced. this ensures its easy to use in any positionto suit the job in hand.

Like most cordless chainsaws its fitted with the 'Bosch SDS system', this feature simply means you can fit the chain and alter the chain tensioning without any tools.

For increased safety, the chainsaw is fitted with a ultra quick kick-back brake, this means should the chainsaw kickback when cutting, the chain will instantly stop moving and a audible alarm also sounds. It also has a functional brake for increased safety which instantly stops the chain when the power trigger is released.

Bosch have fitted this chainsaw with a genuine 30cm Oregon chain and its has a self-lubricating feature to ensure the chain it kept well lubricated when in use to for more precise and efficient cut every time. 

To ensure it does not run out of chainsaw oil it also have a oil view window indicator so you know when it needs topping up.

Verdict -  The is probably the best cordless chainsaw we have reviewed despite is slightly slower chain speed. If it was not for the 'higher price tag' it would be our 'Best Best', its surprisingly quiet when in use, specially when compared to petrol chainsaw.

Would we recommend - If you have the budget, then this is probably one of the best cordless chainsaws currently available.

This chainsaw will set you back over £200 just for the bare tool, this is without the battery or charger. With this in mind you can buy our 'Best Pick' which includes the battery and charger for slightly less that the Bosch without the battery and charger.

However if you need the extra performance, its worth the extra investment for this high performance model. The battery and charger with set you back another £135.

You can view the latest price of the battery and charger here, just ensure you get the 36v 2.6Ah Lithium-ion battery. The price of the actual chainsaw can be found by clicking the button below.

I personally I think its a little over priced, however like all things, you generally get what you paid, superb quality, just expensive.


Best Petrol Chainsaw

HUSQVARNA 135 X-TORQ PETROL CHAINSAW REVIEW

**Our Best Rated Petrol Chainsaw For The Home User**

Best Petrol Chainsaw - Husqvara chainsaw review
  • Powerful X-Torq 40.9 cc 2  Stroke Engine that provides up to 18% more torque and lowers fuel consumption and emissions
  • 36cm (14") bar and safety chain for optimum cutting performance.
  • Side mounted chain tensioner for faster and easier chain tensioning (NOT TOOLESS)
  • Automatic self-lubricating chain oil system for  better cutting performance as well as extending the life of the chain
  • Air injection - Centrifugal air cleaning system for reduced wear and longer operating times between cleaning filters which are designed to easily clip off
  • Auto stop which resets the chain when the chainsaw is turned off for a faster restart
  • Light weight design, ergonomic trigger and assymetrical handle for increased comfort
  • Comes with 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind

The HUSQVARANA 135 X-TORQ Petrol Chainsaw is a small, yet extremely powerful, petrol chainsaw, designed with home domestic use in mind. Its perfect for completing tasks such as felling small trees, logging, pruning and preparing firewood.

Powered by a very reliable, easy to start, 40.9cc 4 stroke engine, its fitted with a 36cm (14 inch) bar and safety chain which produces exceptional cutting performance.

The powerful 'X-Torque Engine', increases torque by up to 18% for a better cutting performance, while emitting 75% less emissions, and reducing fuel consumption by up to 20%, which makes it more economical to run. 

The chainsaw is fitted with a side mounted chain tensioner which makes it easier and faster to tension the chain with little effort.

For convenience, the 135 X-Torq also features a 'Auto Return Stop', this features resets the chain to the proper position when turned off, making it quicker to restart. It also features a quick clip air filter cover, making cleaning the air filter much easier and quicker which saves you time.

Verdict - The Husqvarna 135 X-TORQ is probably the best petrol multi-purpose chainsaw we have ever tested, we have used Stihl chainsaws around the nursery for many years and can honestly say that this Husqvarna 135 chainsaw is my preferred choice out out of the two.

The first positive note is that the air filters never seem to get clogged up because of the centrifugal air cleaning system, the dust is directed away from the filter and it does a really good job at keeping the filter clean. After mixing 100ml of 2 stroke oil to 5 litres of petrol and filling it up, it started first time, its surprisingly easy to pull the cord when compared to some models we have used.

Would we recommend - How could we not recommend this chainsaw, if your after the best petrol chainsaw for home use,, whether it be for felling small trees, logging or simply preparing firewood, we would not hesitate to recommend the Husqvarna 135 petrol chainsaw. Its a little more expensive than some of the other chainsaws available. but its worth every extra penny.

If looked after correctly, cleaned and maintained after every use, i'm sure this chainsaw would last you a life time. If its within your budget, this is a excellent chainsaw you won't regret buying.


MCCULLOCH CS 360T PETROL CHAINSAW
REVIEW

**BEST VALUE PETROL CHAINSAW**

McCulloch CS 360T Petrol Chainsaw Review - Best budget petrol chainsaw
  • Powerful 36cc 2 stroke engine with McCulloch OxyPower engine technology which ensures more power, 70 per cent less emissions and 20 per cent lower fuel consumption.
  • 36cm (14") bar and chain with chain brake for your safety
  • Toolless chain tensioner so you can easily adjust the chain tension for optimum performance quickly and easily with no tools.
  • Automatic self-lubricating chain oil system for better cutting performance and extending the life of the chain
  • Centrifugal air cleaning system for reduced wear and longer operating times between cleaning filters 
  • Comes with 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind

This McCulloch CS 360T Petrol Chainsaw has been specially designed with the home user in mind. whether your felling smaller trees. pruning branches or preparing firewood, this chainsaw is designed to get the job done

Its powered by a reliable 36cc 2 stroke 'Oxy power' engine, which produces more power, emits lower emissions, and has lower fuel consumption. Thanks to its 'soft start' which reduces the resistance in the starter cord by up to 40 per cent and the 'purge' feature, its very easy to start. It has combined choke and off control for a fast starting and it also reduces the risk of engine flooding, a common problem with petrol chainsaws. The light weight design and soft grip handles ensure its comfortable to use even over longer periods of time.

its fitted with a 36cm (14 inch) bar and safety chain  with  automatic chain lubrication which produces exceptional cutting performance and reduces excessive ware on the chain.

This chainsaw is also fitted with a toolless chain tensioner feature which makes it much easier and faster to tension the chain without the need for any tools, it also makes it possible to add a new bar or chain without any tools.

Verdict - Overall this is an excellent chainsaw that will cut through everything you put in front of it, however we could not help but notice that it seems to have been built with some Husqvarna labeled parts. After further research we soon realised that McCulloch is owned by Husqvarna Group. 

Most Husqvarna chainsaws are built for professional use, with the exception of the 'Husqvarna 135 X-Torq chainsaw', which happens to be our 'Best Petrol Chainsaw For Home Users',

The difference here is the McCulloch chainsaw is specially designed for home use, but still uses some of the same quality parts found on Husqvarna models which is why its been manufactured to such a high quality, At a little under £130, its probably the best priced chainsaw in this price range,  any cheaper and your in the range of cheaply made Chinese imports and this is where the performance and quality just cannot compare.

Would we recommend - If your after a good petrol chainsaw but the Husqvarna is not within you budget, then the McCullough chainsaw is a great alternative and worth considering.

It also comes completely assembled with the chainbar and chain attached, all you need to do is check the chain tension, add the 2 stroke fuel and oil mixture, then top up the chain oil, 5-6 pumps on the primer bulb and its ready to start.


MAKITA EA3201S PETROL CHAINSAW
REVIEW

**ALSO GREAT**

Makita petrol chainsaw review
  • Powerful 32cc 2 stroke engine with catalytic muffler and anti-vibration mounts
  • 35cm bar and chain with chain brake for safety
  • Toolless chain tensioner so you can quickly and easily adjust the chain tension.
  • Automatic self-lubricating chain oil system for better cutting performance and extending the life of the chain
  • On/off choke combination switch with automatic half throttle lock
  • Comes with 3 years warranty for extra peace of mind

The Makita EA3201S Petrol Chainsaw, is a compact, light weight chainsaw  which has been designed to be a entry level chainsaw which is easy to use.

This Makita petrol chainsaw has a reliable 32cc 2 stroke engine which powers a 35cm bar and chain with automatic chain lubrication to ensure exceptional cutting performance and reduces excessive ware on the chain.

Others features which make this chainsaw a great entry level model include the anti-vibration mounts which help reduce fatigue when using for longer periods of time, 

The touch and stop switch is engaged with only a light touch which automatically shuts down the engine and returns the switch to the start position,  not only does this eliminate the chance of flooding of the carburettor, it also makes restarting the chainsaw quicker.

It also incorporates on/off choke combination with automatic half throttle lock and intelligent ignition coil which stable idling increases output power at suitable RPM range with engine overrun protection.

For easy re-starting of the chainsaw, it uses accumulated electric energy, using an innovative charge system, this combined with the spring-assisted recoil starter, drastically reduces the pull force required to start the engine.

Verdict - Another good, all round, mid-range chainsaw ideal for home users, you can tell this model has been designed for the home user in mind with its simple and easy to use light weight design.

The chain tensioner seems well designed and easy to use, its simply a giant folding wingnut design, we also like the air filter housing design, however this is not toolless like the chain so you do need to get your tools out to clean the filter.

Overall its works great, starts first time from warm, every time, if cold it does take a few pumps of the bulb type primer and a few pulls of the cord. Its also fairly lightweight, not too noisy and surprisingly comfortable to use.

Would we recommend - Again, this is an excellent chainsaw and would be ideal for jobs such as felling small trees, general pruning, preparing fire wood, would maybe make a good second chainsaw to go along side a larger model.

Overall, gets the jobs done and Makita have done a great job with this chainsaw. It does come with 3 years warranty, but ensure you register online within 30 days to get the full 3 years.

Powered Chainsaw Lopper

A safer, inovative alternative, to using a chainsaw

As with all garden tools, there are more and more innovative garden products coming onto the market all the time, and chainsaws are no different. There is a couple of brilliantly designed chainsaw alternatives which are new to the market. They work in a similar way to a chainsaw using a chain to cut though the wood but they are much safer to use. The two models that we have looked at are the Worx Jawsaw and the Black + Decker Alligator Powered Lopper, both are electric which means they are very low maintenance, quiet and extremely easy to use.

They are designed for easy pruning and sawing of smaller branches and logs up to 10cm, some gardeners simply don't feel comfortable using a chainsaw, so with this in mind, these are a great alternative.

WORX WG307E JAWSAW CHAINSAW
REVIEW

**Brilliant for light pruning and cutting of smaller logs **

Best Chainsaw alternative - Worx Allgator saw
  • One of the safest chainsaws available, safely cuts through branches up to 10cm
  • Prevents dangerous kickback
  • Designed so it can be directly operated on the ground without damaging the saw
  • Optional 12ft pole for pruning tall branches safely
  • Auto-tension system maintains the correct tension and new chains can be changed within second, no tools needed

The 'Worx WG307E Jawsaw Chainsaw' is a great alternative to the traditional chainsaw and is perfect for lighter jobs such as pruning branches, cutting logs up to 10cm or any general tree maintenance work.

Its powered by a 600 watt motor to ensure it has plenty of power for tackling even the toughest branches. 

You want find a safer chainsaw, it works by gripping the branch with its teeth which gives it a firm hold before the chainsaw action passes through the branch.  This also prevents kickback which is notorious with chainsaws, for added safety it also has two, a left and right lock switch to stop any accidental starts. 

To operate, you simply pull the trigger and push down on the handle and the saw will grip the branch and cut right the way through the branch  automatically with the chainsaw blade.

Would we recommend - This is an amazing peace of kit, if you only have small branches and logs up to around 10cm across, then this is a much safer option, not to mention very easy to use and with the extension pole (which you have to purchase separately), you can reach up to 12 foot in the air which is great for pruning branches.

The model we looked at was the corded version which works very well, however Worx also do a cordless version with a 20v 2Ah battery, however i'm not sure what the battery life would be like.

Chain safety

Chainsaws are dangerous tools, but only if used incorrectly. Modern chainsaws have many built in safety features which include 'Chain Brake Systems', which instantly cut the chainsaw out and stop the chain in as little as 0.15 seconds, should the chainsaw kick back.

Did you know, "most chainsaw accidents usually have towards the end of a job", this is usually caused from tiredness, so this stands to reason, 'never use a chainsaw when you're tired', have a rest and start again, its simply not worth the risk.

Learn how to use a chainsaw safety (Take a course or read a specialist chainsaw book)

All ways follow the manufactures instructions,if you have never used a chainsaw before, consider taking a course or at the very least asking someone who has used one to show you how to use one safely. There are also some excellent books available, such as the 'Homeowners Complete guide to the chainsaw', which goes through every aspect of using a chainsaw safety. This book also have amazing reviews on Amazon.

All ways wear suitable protective clothing

When using a chainsaw, all ways make sure you wear proper safety gear, some people think that because you have a lower powered domestic chainsaw, jeans and T-shirt will do. This is certainly not the case, all chainsaws are dangerous and its not worth the risk.

We recommend you all ways wear safety trousers, anti-vibration gloves and a safety helmet with visor. You can buy chainsaw safety clothing kits that include everything you need on Amazon.co.uk - See safety kits on Amazon.co.uk, which are often cheaper and will save you a few pounds.

How to choose the best chainsaw which is right for you

As we have all ready mentioned, there is no single chainsaw, that is right for everyone. Below are some points to take into consideration when buying a chainsaw.

  • Budget - The first point to take into consideration and put a lot of though into is: 'what is your budget?'. We would never recommend going for the cheapest chainsaw available, there are some good budget models available but their not all suitable for everyone. Once you have a budget in mind, you can then think about which chainsaw may be suitable for you that are within your chosen budget, 
  • What you plan on cutting - The next point, is probably the most important point to take into consideration. 'what type of work are you likely to use the chainsaw for now, and in the future', Do you have large tree trunks to cut up into sections to turn into firewood, do you just need it to prune back a few branches, or perhaps you want to fell a few small trees or prune back some large shrubs. 
  • Weight - Many people overlook how much a chainsaw weighs, however this can be a mistake you may regret, If you plan on pruning back lots of branches, you find yourself holding the chainsaw in a more outwards position, with this in mind, a heavy  petrol chainsaw can soon become tiring to use over a long period of time.

Types of chainsaws available - Petrol powered - Corded electric - Cordless electric

Petrol chainsaws are probably the most popular, closely followed by corded electric models, however thanks to improvements in technology. there are some superb innovative cordless electric chainsaws now on the market, this is also partly, thanks to new lithium-ion batteries (the same type found in mobile phones), they have good running times from a full charge and can be quickly recharged in as little as 60 minutes. This wasn't possible with the old Ni-cad batteries.

Below we go briefly over the 3 types of chainsaws

  • Petrol chainsaws - probably the most popular chainsaw on the market, they are obviously very mobile in terms of being able to refill the fuel within a few minutes, so you can get back to your job quickly. This means you you take them anywhere no matter how remote the location,

    Other positive points include - not being restricted by the length of a power cord or being limited to the running time of rechargeable batteries.

    Disadvantages- A couple of negative points to take into account include - Petrol chainsaws are usually much heavier and can be tiring to use over longer periods of time, this is where electric, both cordless and corded come into their own.

    Petrol models also require the most maintenance which includes cleaning and changing spark plugs, filters, as well as mixing the oil and petrol correctly as they are usually 2 stroke engines. As you would expect they are also noisy when in use, this means you may have to think about your neighbors when using one to avoid any problems over excessive noise.
  • Corded Electric Chainsaws - These chainsaws are very popular with home owners due to their very low maintenance design and ease of use. Simply plug in and your ready to use (no fueling to worry about) and they are also quiet when in operation, specially when compared to petrol models. If you think they may not have enough power, think again, there are now some excellent powerful electric models suitable for more heavy duty cutting.

    Disadvantages - There are only two real disadvantages to corded chainsaws, both of which may not be a problem for most home users. The first is obviously the cord, this restricts the mobility of where you can use it as you need to be near a power source. Most have around a 4 meter power cord, usually enough for anyone cutting up logs in the garden. The maximum of reach of course, can be extended by using a extension lead, just make your you use correct extension lead that can cope with the power.
  • Cordless Electric Models - Thanks to recent advances in battery technology, mainly the use of lithium-ion batteries, there are now some excellent cordless models available. They are usually more expensive than there corded relatives, but prices do start at around £80. The best cordless chainsaws will set you back around £180m to over £250. You can now get some heavy duty models ideal for logging, felling trees, pruning and preparing fire wood,

    Some models can akso be fully charged in only 60 minutes and offer good running times, more than enough time most users. Just like there corded counterparts, they are also extremely quiet and very easy to maintain.

    Disadvantages - Cordless chainsaws have come on tremendously in recent years, its hard to find any significant negative points worth mentioning. One point to take into consideration is charging the batteries. Once the batteries run flat you have to wait until you have recharged the battery before you can use it again, unless of course, you have a spare battery, but be warned, spare batteries can cost over £60 each. Its worth mentioning that you can often use the same batteries from your other cordless tools if they are comparable. With this in mind, you simply could not expect to so a days cutting, this is where petrol and corded chainsaws come into there own. However if you only want to do a hour or two of pruning or cutting logs, cordless models are perfect, specially if you invest in a spare battery.

Finals thoughts and conclusion

As you may have noticed there is lots of choice when choosing a chainsaw in every budget and whats right for you, might not be the best choice for someone else. 

First you need to consider your own needs and budget to decide which chainsaw is best for you. First consider your budget and then decide if petrol, corded electric or cordless electric is best for you. The low maintenance and quiet operation of electric models makes them a very popular choice, however sometimes they can lack the mobility and power of petrol models. 

Our Top 3 Recommended Chainsaws For Most Home Owners

Our 'Top 3 Recommended Chainsaws' are what we could consider to be the best choice for most home users, good all round models suitable for a range of jobs in the garden such as pruning trees, logging, preparing firewood and maybe felling a few trees etc.  

BEST CORDLESS CHAINSAW

Black + Decker GKC3630L20

Black + Decker GKC3630L20 Cordless Chainsaw Review
  • 30cm cutting length
  • 36v 2AH lithium-ion battery
  • 3.8kg
  • 2 years warranty

BEST ELECTRIC
CHAINSAW

Bosch AKE 40-19

Bosch AKE 40-19 Chainsaw review
  • 40cm cutting length
  • Powerful 1900 watt motor
  • 4.5kg
  • 3 years warranty

BEST PETROL
CHAINSAW

Husqvarna 135 X-Torq

Best Petrol Chainsaw - Husqvara chainsaw review
  • 36cm cutting length
  • X-Torq 40.9 cc 2 Stroke Engine
  • 4.5kg
  • 2 years warranty

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