5 Best Small Chainsaws of 2018: Perfect for the Home!

Aug 23, 2018 | Reviews

So, you’ve decided to buy yourself a chainsaw. However, purchasing a chainsaw can be quite a difficult task. There are all sorts of types and brands to choose from that it can be impossible to pick just one. We’re here to help you figure out a solution to your problem as you search for that perfect chainsaw.i

Ideally, we’ll be looking at some of the best small chainsaws out there. These chainsaws will all be electric chainsaws so no gas-powered machinery in this guide. We’ll discuss what each chainsaw brings to the table, and why it is an excellent fit for you. At the end of the guide, you simply must choose the one you like best.

Top 5 Small Chainsaws

NameBar LengthPower 

Makita

14 inch

14.5 amp

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Makita

12 inch

5.0 aH

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Remington

14 inch

8 amp

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Black+Decker

12 inch

2.0 aH

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Greenworks

16 inch

4.0 aH

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Makita

Bar Length

14 Inch

Power

14.5 Amps

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Makita

Bar Length

12 Inch

Power

5.0 aH

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Remington

Bar Length

14 Inch

Power

8 Amps

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Black+Decker

Bar Length

12 Inch

Power

2.0 aH

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GreenWorks

Bar Length

16 Inch

Power

4.0 aH

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1. Best Overall

Makita Electric Chainsaw

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Up first on our list is the Makita electric chainsaw. This machine has incredible power for an electric chainsaw, and it is considered one of the best chainsaws out there. Some of the highlights for this chainsaw include easy maintenance, easy chain adjustment, and an electric chain brake. If you ask around the chainsaw community, you’ll find that this model is loved by most.

To go more into detail, the Makita is a corded electric chainsaw. This does affect its portability as you must have an electrical outlet nearby to use this machine. However, this does not take anything away from this tool. Its automatic oiler is great to have to ensure your guide bar and chain remain properly lubricated.

This chainsaw can challenge some gas-powered chainsaws when it comes to power making it very desirable. It can handle almost any project you throw at it from cutting hardwood to trimming smaller trees. Whatever project you are working on, it is likely that this model can handle it with ease. We highly recommend this chainsaw as it is great for nearly every situation.

Pros and cons

  • Extremely powerful, challenging even gas-powered chainsaws
  • Automatic oiler keeping the chain lubricated
  • Rubber grip making it easier on your hands to wield
  • Large trigger switch for easy startup
  • Limited portability
  • Expensive

2. Best Value

Makita Cordless Chain Saw Kit

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Coming up next on our list is another Makita model, but this time it is the Makita XCU02Z. Makita does it again with this incredible chainsaw. Just like the chainsaw before, it has the power that can match any gas-powered chainsaw out there on the market.

Perhaps what makes this chainsaw slightly better than the previous one is that this chainsaw is battery operated. This means that it is portable, and you can use it away from an electrical outlet if your battery is charged. However, be aware that the batteries are not included with the purchase.

This chainsaw also includes great safety features such as its front hand guard and a built-in “lock-off” lever that prevents the chain from accidentally engaging. In short, this chainsaw is great for its safety, power, and portability.

This chainsaw is also at the top of the line with its Makita counterpart. If you need a powerful chainsaw, but also want a portable one then this chainsaw will do you wonders. However, beware of the price of this saw. It’s very high, but it is also worth the extra money.

Pros and cons

  • Cordless making it portable
  • Very powerful
  • Quiet operation making little noise
  • Lightweight
  • Very expensive.

3. Best on a Budget

Remington RM1425 Electric Chainsaw

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Coming up next on our list is the Remington RM1425 electric chainsaw. This chainsaw is a good balance of power and control. Firstly, the 14″ guide bar and chain give it a good balance of reach while cutting. It’s not as powerful as the Makita models that were covered earlier in the list, but it can take care of small tasks such as simple yard work or gardening.

This saw is also a corded chainsaw which will restrict its portability. However, it is only meant for limb cutting as its name would suggest. If you attempt to push it past this limit, you risk damaging the machine. You’ll need an extension cord to be able to move more freely with this chainsaw so take that into consideration as well.

Another thing to mention about this saw is that it does not have an automatic oiler. It is a manual one meaning you must initiate the oiling process at proper intervals while using this chainsaw. Failure to do this will result in a damaged chainsaw and chain. This is not a terrible downside, but it is worth mentioning.

If you only use chainsaws in your backyard, this is an excellent chainsaw for you. It is designed just for that, and it is very affordable as well. You’ll be able to have a quality machine without breaking the bank. We recommend this for beginners and those who look to accomplish smaller projects with their saw.

Pros and cons

  • Lightweight and efficient
  • Affordable
  • Limited in power
  • Not very portable

4. Best for Limb Trimming

Black + Decker Cordless Chainsaw

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Next, we have the Black + Decker LCS1240 chainsaw. Black and Decker has been around a while now, and for a good reason too. Their products are always hanging around the top of the line, and this quality has served many people well over the years.

The LCS1240 is a very good cordless chainsaw. This chainsaw is indeed cordless which means you can carry it out into the woods if you have your battery fully charged. A full charge can typically last you one hour which should be plenty of time for most.

When it comes to power, this model can hold its own. It can handle simple yard work, but it can also take care of smaller trees as well. Now, here’s where it begins to separate itself from the rest. It can even handle your larger trees. The only catch is that it will take you longer than if you were using a gas-powered chainsaw. However, it can do just as well as a gas-powered saw when it comes to cutting making this model an excellent choice.

The LCS1240 is a wonderful choice for those who want to have a saw that can do both. By both, we mean it can handle yardwork while also being able to tackle trees if need be. This gives the owner more variety in usage, and that’s appealing. The price is high, but if you’re willing to pay it, then you’ll get a solid saw in return.

Pros and cons

  • Very powerful and efficient
  • Portable
  • Automatic Oiler
  • Expensive
  • Shuts down if pushed too hard

5. Best Battery Powered Option

Greenworks Cordless Chainsaw

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Last on our list is the GreenWorks 20312 G-Max electric chainsaw. However, it is not the least of this group. It boasts a 16″ guide bar and chain allowing for more room to work while cutting. This saw boasts excellent power for a battery-operated saw. Speaking of the battery, it boasts a longer life than some other saws out there. While results vary, one charge of the battery should allow you to cut through an entire cord of wood. Therefore, it is easily able to tackle most projects within one charge of the battery.

Let’s move on to the next feature of it being a cordless saw as well. This gives you portability which is very handy with chainsaws. You won’t have to worry about finding an extension cord, or dealing with only being able to go so far while working. Just charge your battery and get started with your work.

Also, the oiler on this saw is automatic making maintenance much easier on you. You’ll simply have to check to see if there is oil every so often, but it will take care of the rest. As far as price goes, this model is an expensive one. Typically, it runs around $300 though it can vary on where you buy it from.

This saw is a great choice if you’re willing to shell out the extra cash for it. However, we believe it is worth the money as you as you don’t damage your machine by pushing it too hard. Its power coupled with its efficiency is enough to sell us the idea of owning one.

Pros and cons

  • Great on a budget
  • Auto-oiler
  • Clear oil tank
  • Hard to read the bar oil measurements. It also goes through bar oil quickly.

Conclusion

Electric chainsaws have risen quickly in the power tool world, and for a good reason. They are quite quiet in operation, and they don’t produce any noxious fumes that gas-powered saws do. This makes them very appealing to consumers, and a great option to consider buying into.

It all comes down to what you are looking for with a chainsaw and what you plan to do. As we stated earlier, if you only plan to do pruning and limb cutting, then buy a saw that can handle just that. In short, don’t overbuy on a chainsaw. You don’t need a saw that can fell a pine tree if you never plan to cut one down.

Once you’ve figured out what you need it for, it all comes to budget and decision. Examine your finances closely before purchasing one. There are affordable chainsaws out there that are as powerful as the more expensive ones. Always play it smart!

John McDonald

Chainsaw Expert for Electricchainsawexpert.com

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