Why buy an electric chainsaw?
Well, because we have something to cut – legal, let’s hope (yes, we have seen too many gore movies, hehe). And talking about cutting, we are going to look for the best electric chainsaw value for our case.
The first thing we must comment is that we have focused the topic on electric chainsaws for general use. In other comparisons we have already talked about gasoline ones, or those specific to other uses, such as pruning.
Although there are also electric chainsaws in another post, we will deal with those that work with batteries, since the type of work that can be carried out with one or the other is quite different.
And, above all, remember that it is a machine that can give you a great service, but which must be treated with respect. Use it with care and keeping all the rules of security and common sense, cause we want you to keep all your fingers in place. Always use the basic safety elements: helmet, glasses, gloves, safety shoes, ear protection…
Unlike other types of tools, chainsaws require more frequent care and maintenance. Here you will find some essential concepts, but always remember to read the specific instructions of the equipment you buy, both for your safety and for the duration of your machine. Greasing with proper oil and maintaining chain tension and sharpness are essential.
Why an electric chainsaw?
Electric chainsaws have a series of virtues and defects that must be clearly understood before starting, to assess whether they are the best option in our case or not.
Its main advantages are that they tend to be lighter than gasoline ones, they vibrate less, they require less knowledge and maintenance (here you can see what it is), they have no starting problems and they are cheaper.
On the other hand, we always have to be connected to the light with a cable (the wireless ones are another world), which implies having a socket or generator nearby and also enough cable. Another problem with the cable is that it involves being more careful when moving, so as not to trip over it and fall or not to accidentally cut it. They also tend to be less powerful than their gasoline sisters.
These characteristics make electric chainsaws suitable for those jobs in which we do not have to move much and are not very intensive. Perhaps they are more designed for occasional use such as the home garden or to cut elements in closed spaces, where the fact that they do not emit gases is a great point in their favor.
Which one is the best?
We are in front of a machine with a very competitive price and reasonable quality, which will give us great joy if we do not abuse it, although it has reasonable power for most jobs.
Well-defined ergonomics are appreciated when you use it, and which make work restful.
As negative notes, the chain that it icludes is not of excessive quality, so its duration and quality of cut does not stand out. If it is changed by a recognized brand, it improves its use.
Another point to be careful with is lubrication. If the proper oil is not used, it tends to have sealing problems that cause it to stain oil when stored.
A groundbreaking price, well below its competitors, and extremely light. Obviously this is also reflected in some characteristics, such as its lack of a tensioning system without tools.
This machine is ideal for those cases where you only have to use it occasionally, and without heavy workloads.
As a curiosity, the pulsation greasing system prevents the machine from having oil leaks, but if the user is not careful and gets into the habit of tapping the button, it greatly shortens the life of the chain and the quality of the cut.
Oregon is a well-known brand, but perhaps more as a brand of chains and swords in higher categories than as a chainsaw brand.
The quality of its products also appears in this model, but it reminds us of it in its price.
Its power almost reminds us more of a gasoline model than an electric one, and is appreciated when we use it for a long time. Although sometimes that feeling of solidity can make us abuse it and use it excessively. Always remember that it is an electric chainsaw focused on the garden.
Special mention of the self-sharpening system that it incorporates. It saves us from having to disassemble and sharpen the chain by hand or machine. It is very comfortable, since we can do it at the moment of work without having to interrupt it. Of course, we must remember that each time we sharpen it we reduce the life of the chain; being so easy, it is very tempting.
We are in front of a very balanced machine, as it is often the case with this manufacturer. Good ergonomics, a more than correct weight and a very tight value for money.
We especially liked how easy everything is on this machine, such as checking the oil level, tightening the chain…
Being its main market the domestic one, it more than complies when it is made to work, although its original chain is not of excessive quality. The short lenght of the sword limits it for some tasks, since it has almost a pruning measure.
Top seller in the Black + Decker range of electric chainsaws. As always in this brand, we find a product with a good value for money focused on domestic use to be competitive.
Pleasant ergonomics, with good visibility of the oil level, and sufficient power for the type of work being focused on.
One of its few negative things is its weight, which means that if we use it for a long time it does not go unnoticed, especially if compared with its competitors.
Electric chainsaw comparison chart
|Model||Bar length||Weight||Oil level||Tensioned without tools||Price|
|WORX WG303.1||16 p.||11 p.||Yes||Yes||See on Amazon|
|Remington RM1425||12 p.||6 p.||No||No||See on Amazon|
|Oregon CS1500||18 p.||12.6 p.||Yes||No||See on Amazon|
|Greenworks 20222||14 p.||8 p.||Yes||Yes||See on Amazon|
|Black+Decker CS1518||18 p.||12 p.||Yes||Yes||See on Amazon|