Last Updated: Dec 14, 2016

You are looking for a reliable chainsaw to do various cutting jobs? You have come to the right place. Here you will find reviews of the most popular electric and gas chainsaws available at present. You can count completely on my objectivity as a reviewer and on my experience too. Lets go…

Comparison & Reviews of Top Chainsaws

ModelPower SourceWeightMotor/Engine 
Echo CS-600Pgas-powered13 pounds59.8 CC Check Price
Husqvarna 455gas-powered12.8 pounds55.5 CC 2-Stroke Check Price
Jonsered CS2255gas-powered-55.5 CC 2-Stroke Check Price
Solo 656gas-powered11 pounds56 CC Check Price
Stihl MS 181gas-poweredLightweight2-Stroke Check Price
Husqvarna 240battery-powered10.4 pounds38.2 CC Check Price
Poulan PP3516AVX battery-powered11.8 pounds35 CC Check Price
WORX WG303.1corded-electric11 pounds3.5hp Check Price
OREGON Cordless ChainsawCordless battery-powered11.9 pounds40 Volt Check Price
Tanaka TCS33EDTP 12gas-powered12 pounds32.2 CC Check Price
Remington RM5118Rgas-powered25 pounds51 CC Check Price

Lets start with brief introduction of these chainsaws and discuss in detail best about each.

1. Echo CS-600P Review


Echo is a well reputed brand in the field of chainsaw manufacturing. This is famous across the world due to its simple features and specifications. It’s the slogan of the company; “Echo is known for simple, intuitive outdoor power equipment”. The performance of this device is quite amazing and satisfactory.

This device has an on/off toggle switch which helps in its smooth working. Similarly this device has a clearly visible decompression valve. The users of this device can also find a large knob on its air-cleaner cover. All these things make this device more comfortable and portable.

Most of the users of this chainsaw have opinion like this; “they just build good, honest equipment and chainsaws and we are satisfied with the performance of this chainsaw”.

The Echo CS-600P has a powerful engine that operates well with the help of a broad torque curve. This powerful engine makes it possible to cut heavy things, trees and limbs more easily.

2. Husqvarna 455 Rancher Review


The Husqvarna 455 rancher is also a powerful chainsaw that has been designed by keeping in view the needs and demand of the customers. Its powerful engine of about 55.5 CC helps a lot the chainsaw operators to cut the tough and stiff trees and limbs in to small parts easily.

With 20 inches bar length and about 17.4 pounds weight has made it more beautiful and portable and it can be easily held and kept due to both these features. The system of airflow to engine is well designed and it uses ducts that channel clear air to evacuate exhaust gases during the ushering in a separate air-fuel mixture.

Most of the users of this device have appreciated about this device due to improved and enhanced features and specifications. This saw comes fully assembled and is also backed by one year after sales warranty.

This chain-brake level of this device is also at comfort position. Many of the chainsaws operators prefer toll-free access to the filter and luckily this device also has this feature as well.

3. Jonsered CS2255 C Review


Like other devices, this chainsaw also comes equipped with different important features and specifications. This device has been designed in a way that it can perform different heavy tasks without additional fatigue and effort. This powerful device has smooth engine of 56.5 CC capacity.

This chainsaw has 18 inches bar length and this thing makes this machine more users friendly. The weight of this device is about 17.6 pounds and due to this feature it does not put extra burden on the chainsaw operators.

This chainsaw also has the hard-charging power with good balance and a slim body. The clip which is present on the air-filter cover is easy to remove and it also provides and gives good access to the top of the engine.

This chainsaw has one drawback and it is about removing this device when the users have cold or wet hands.

4. Solo 656 Review


This mechanical saw has 18 inches long bar length. This device has proved itself well during certain testing phases. This device can perform well while performing mild range activities. During the testing phase, this device magnified its impressive power-to-weight ratio.

Among some of its main attributes, the important includes the slim body, light weight and powerful engine. The access to the air filter system is easy and users can find it easily. The 18 inches long bar length makes its working smoother. This device is also helpful for cutting the tress and limbs in awkward sawing positions.

Solo 656 has only one drawback and it is about the leakage of the oil in the gap between the front of the handle and the body of the saw. As a whole, the performance of this device is on the satisfactory side.

5. Stihl MS 181 Farm Boss


Like other devices that are already available in the market, this chainsaw has also been blessed with different important and latest features. This product is number one selling of Stihl across the world. It has been designed and manufactured in a way that it meets the needs and demands of the almost all chainsaw operators.

The most important thing about this device is that its manufacturer makes its own bar and chain, engine and most of the other components. The air filter system of this device is quite amazing.

Many saws that are already available in the market follow the airflow pattern that takes out the worst of the debris before it gets anywhere near the air filter. The engine of Stihl MS-181 is also very powerful that makes it possible to cut hard trees and limbs into small parts easily.

6. Husqvarna 240e Review


This chainsaw is also included among the best sold chainsaws across the world. Like other devices that are available in the market, this device too has many important and latest features. Its starting process is quite easy and the chainsaws operators can use this smoothly and easily.

Due to less weight and strong grip to hold, this Husqvarna chainsaw puts no extra burden on the chainsaws operators. Its starter handle is larger enough for a glove hand. This is a reasonably fast saw with good vibration isolation at the handles.

7. Poulan PP3516AVX Review


The Poulan PP3516AVX is also considered as a powerful chainsaw and it has also been included in the list most frequently selling brand of the world. This chainsaw offers a lot of cutting speed and at the same time it is quite inexpensive. Its tool-free chain-tensioning device is the easiest to use.

8. WORX WG303.1


This electric chainsaw is corded and this makes it suitable especially for use in the backyard. Thanks to its powerful 14.5-amp motor and 16-inch bar, it can handle light to medium cutting jobs including clean-up after a storm.

The light weight, compact size and the full-wrap front handle with ergonomic design all make the tool very easy and effective to use. You can achieve great precision with little effort and without compromising on comfort.

The auto-tensioning system of WORX WG303.1 is one of its most impressive features. The chain tension is adjusted and maintained automatically so that you can focus solely on your cutting job without any distractions. The automatic oiler lubricates the chain and bar perfectly without you doing anything.

Of course, you just have to fill it from time to time. With the reliably working safety chain brake, the risk of kickback accidents is reduced to the minimum.

9. OREGON Cordless 40 Volt MAX CS250-A6


This electric chainsaw has cordless operation and this makes it perfectly mobile. You can take it with you when you go hiking or mountain biking in addition to using it your back yard. It comes with a 4.0Ah 40V MAX Lithium Ion battery which delivers power to the motor continuously and can stay charged for a long time between cutting sessions.

The tool is equipped with a 14-inch bar which makes it suitable for light cutting jobs and for removing wood limbs.

With its weight of 9.3 pounds, the OREGON Cordless 40 Volt MAX CS250-A6 chainsaw is actually quite light and easy to transport and to use. The handles are very well designed and give you perfect grip. One of the most notable features of this model is the PowerSharp system which works to sharpen the chain automatically while you are working.

The knob for chain tension adjustment is very easy to use and helps you get things right quickly.

10. Tanaka TCS33EDTP/12


This gas-powered chainsaw has top handle design so doing cutting jobs with it may feel a bit strange at first for someone who is used to the classis design. With its 12-inch bar, the model is just right for trimming, pruning and removing tree limbs which get in the way.

It is equipped with PureFire two-stroke engine which has lower fuel consumption and reduced exhaust fume emissions. You can expect quick and effortless start with this model.

The Oregon bar and chain of Tanaka TCS33EDTP/12 are boast with great strength and durability. The chain, in particular, is quite sharp so you can expect to cut branches very quickly. The anti-vibration feature also help you do a good job without wasting time as it allows for firm and comfortable grip.

The automatic oiler takes care of the lubrication. The only thing which you have to do is to fill it. This gas chainsaw is compact, but very powerful and sturdy at the same time.

11. Remington RM5118R


With this 2-cycle gas engine and 18-inch bar, this chainsaw is a true beast. It is suitable even for the biggest tree cutting jobs including clean-ups and firewood cutting in the forest. The bar has low-kickback design for making the work as safe as possible.

The large bucking spikes allow for greater control and precision. These are really important things to have when you are cutting trees of various sizes. The die-cast chassis makes the tool particularly tough as well as reliable.

The automatic oiler keeps the bar and chain of Remington RM5118R perfectly well lubricated at all times helping to reduce friction and wearing. The tool is equipped with front and back anti-vibration handles which give you greater comfort while working. You can expect to have firm grip of the chainsaw at all times. This tool comes fully assembled and includes oil. A heavy-duty case is also included in the package.

Uses of Chainsaw

There are different types of chainsaw that are designed according to the usage of this chainsaw. This chainsaw is used in different types of activities including the tree felling, limbing, bucking, pruning. This device is mainly used by expert persons normally referred as tree surgeons.

They use this chainsaw in order to fell trees and to remove branches and foliage. In addition to this, this device is also sued by tree surgeons to fell snags and to help in cutting firebreaks in wildland fire. Moreover, this chainsaw is also used in harvesting the firewood.

In different parts of the world, there are specialized chainsaw specialists who use this device for cutting concrete. In some parts of the world, the chainsaws are also used fro cutting the ice and this happens more commonly in Finland.

Design and Shape of Chainsaws

The chainsaws normally consist of following parts:

Engine – The engine in almost all chainsaws is of two stroke natures and is run by using gasoline.

Drive Mechanism – This is second part of the chainsaws which is typically a centrifugal clutch.

Cutting Chain – The cutting chain is considered as an important part of this chainsaw. Each segment of this chain provides sharp cutting teeth. Each tooth is made of chromium plated steel. The left handed and right handed teeth are alternated in the chain.

These are considered the essential parts of the chainsaws. But during last three or fours, significant improvements have been made in order to make the chainsaw device as more secure. There inventions have saved many lives and in addition to this these improvements in this device have also saved the individuals from different injuries.

Some of the important improvements in this device include the chainbrake systems, better chain design and anti-vibration systems. During past recent years the chainsaw carving has become more popular and now the chainsaw manufacturers are focusing on making short, narrow tipped bars for carving.

Precautionary Measures to Use the Chainsaw

The use of this chainsaw requires proper care and attention and slight negligence during using this machines can lead to serious injuries. There are different user guides that are available for using this device. But despite different safety features, injuries are still arising from using this machine.

These injuries may arise due to the different factors including the large forces involved in the work, fast movement of this device and due to the vibration and noise of the machinery.

There are different types of research studies that have clearly shown the fact that the use of hand held machines including the chainsaw may cause vibrate white finger, tinnitus or industrial deafness problems.

In short, we can that there are different types of risks which are associated with the use of this machine. Therefore in order to avoid the above mentioned injuries and risks, protective clothing must be used while using this machine. The protective clothing may include the chainsaw boots, chainsaw trousers and hearing protectors.

In some parts of the world, proper license and training is required in order to run this machine. In some cases, the injuries may also arise due to poor maintenance of this machine or while attempting to cut the inappropriate material.

Another important risk which is associated while using this machine is that the operator of this chainsaw is exposed to harmful and dangerous carbon monoxide gas and in order to protect from this gas the operators should use chainsaw masks.

More on it…

A chainsaw or chain saw is basically a portable machine in the form of a saw which is used for different purposes. This chainsaw is mainly powered by different ways and it is run by using electricity, compressed air, hydraulic power and most commonly and frequently by a two stoke engine.

There are different companies in the world that are manufacturing different models of chainsaw. All the models of these mechanical chainsaws vary from each other depending upon the working capabilities and the capacity of the engine.

They are manufactured in different parts of the world and during last five to six years, the use of chainsaw has been increased considerably.

The use of chainsaws has been increased considerably over the past three to five years. There are different companies in the world that are providing different models of chainsaws. All the models of the chainsaws have been blessed with different important and latest features.

When there comes the question of cutting hard trees or limbs and cutting them into firewood then there is only single solution and this solution is to get help from chainsaws. This chainsaw has been designed in a way that it can perform hard tasks easily and smoothly.

This machine is basically loud, oily and has some sort of smell. This machine helps a lot the chainsaw operators as it has created ease for them. With the help of this machine, the chainsaw operators can perform heavy duty work in the shortest period of time.

As we mentioned earlier that there are different companies in the world that introduced different models of chainsaws and all these models of chainsaws have been blessed with different important features. They vary from each other depending upon the specification and features.

Today, these machines have become easy to use and operate. In the same these machines are well-mannered now and their maintenance bears no headaches. We have selected the point of discussion to describe you about some leading chainsaws that have been used frequently across the world by chainsaws operators.