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The Best Battery-Powered Chainsaws

These battery-powered chainsaws are light, quiet, fast cutting—and perfect for pruning and other yard jobs.

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Trevor Raab
Most Smooth
Craftsman V60 Cordless Chainsaw

Volts: 60
Number of discs cut:

We were very pleasantly surprised by this unusual looking saw from Craftsman, the only one with a bottom-mount battery. Lack of vibration improves saw durability and lessens your fatigue, so we were pleased with this spunky cutter’s ability to move rapidly and smoothly cut after cut, until its battery died. We liked its tool-free chain tightening, but disliked the inability to see the battery gauge, which is not clearly visible below the handle.

  • Inexpensive

  • Cut relatively few test discs
EGO Power+ 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Chainsaw

Volts: 56

The CS1604 saw is impressively quiet and boasts a large dial to tighten the chain. It can zoom through even large-diameter hardwood logs, and it comes with a five-year warranty. A couple of words of warning regarding user-friendliness: The filler neck for bar oil is narrow and easy to overfill, and the cap isn’t tethered to keep it from getting lost or rolling around in the dirt.

  • Fast

  • Filler neck for bar oil is easy to overfill

Volts: 60
Number of discs cut: 43

DeWalt fans will not be disappointed with this saw. It’s a powerful cutter, and the cookie count doesn’t convey how enthusiastically it goes about its work, thanks to the great big motor and an equally massive battery to provide the needed current. It’s an easy saw to use, with excellent battery access and visibility. The tool-free chain tightening further improves our opinion of it. Our only dislike is the thumb-activated safety switch, which is too stiff.

  • Sturdy

  • Slightly stiff safety switch
Most Slim
Makita 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Chainsaw

Volts: 36
Number of discs cut:

With this Makita, you get a compact saw that exhibits outstanding fit and finish, much like the company’s power tools. Consider that at its widest point, the saw is only 5.5 inches wide. Sure, others produced more cookies, but they’re more than two inches wider; bulk and weight add up the longer you use any power tool. We also like the Makita’s crisp chain brake, its sensibly located power switch at the front of the handle, and a bright, well-located battery gauge that you can read even in harsh sunlight. If you’re already invested in the company’s well-regarded 18-volt power tool platform, this saw would make a sensible addition to it. 

  • Slim

  • Makes fewer cuts on one charge
Best for Beginners
Greenworks 20312 40-Volt Chainsaw with Battery

Volts: 36
Number of discs cut: 37

We tested the 80-volt 18-inch Greenworks Pro and it is well balanced and handles easily. This 40-volt, 16-inch version should also be a good choice for inexperienced wood cutters who have small cleanup jobs around the yard. This is a minor gripe, but the bar retention nuts are not held to the chain sprocket cover. Also, the filler neck for bar oil is well placed, but its angle and small diameter make it a bit difficult to add oil.

  • Powerful

  • A bit bulky
Best for Contractors
Milwaukee 2727-20 M18 FUEL Chainsaw

Volts: 18
Number of discs cut: 41

Contractors who are fully on board with Milwaukee’s 18-volt platform will appreciate this stubbornly powerful tool that runs on the same batteries as its drills and other saws. It cuts viciously, and we pushed it as hard as we could. You get a saw that speeds through the log, cut after cut until its battery is done. And you also get a little more convenience than the other guys. The big red machine is equipped with onboard storage for its scrench (screwdriver-wrench). The tool clips into a compartment on the bottom. The downside is that if you really try to produce firewood with this saw, you’ll quickly wear the bar out. We did, and that’s exactly what we found. But maybe that’s okay. We produced a shed full of wood in the process.

  • Effective mid-price cutting performance

  • Bar not rugged enough for firewood production
Budget Option
HART 40-Volt Cordless Brushless 14-inch Chainsaw Kit

Volts: 40
Number of discs
: 46

If you’re a Walmart shopper and you’ve plugged into the store’s line of power tools under the Hart brand, you’ll probably be happy with this product. You wouldn’t select this for firewood, unless it’s to feed the fire pit in the backyard. For that and dealing with the occasional downed branch, it’s more than enough saw. It cut its 46 discs without fuss or hesitating, cleanly churning through one after the other, and then it was done. Our complaints are few. Its bar cover is held with two flange nuts, neither is captive, so be sure you don’t lose them in the leaves. The saw’s flat-bottom design is interrupted by a housing screw, which is baffling. Finally, the hand-wrist guard is clumsy; it interrupts the sight line down the bar in some positions.

  • Affordable

  • Clumsy wrist/hand guard
Sharpens Easily
Oregon Max 16-inch Self-Sharpening Chainsaw

Volts: 40 

This was our only self-sharpening saw. To use this feature, called PowerSharp, you run the saw and simultaneously pull the red sharpening lever. It’s easy and incredibly fast, producing a razor-sharp chain in seconds. All of the saw’s other features were likewise designed for speed and ease, from oil filling to chain tightening.

  • Self-sharpening

  • Not particularly fast
CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Chainsaw

Volts: 20

One way to look at this little 20-volt saw is that it’s the kid brother to the 60-volt Craftsman above. It appears that the brand intended it as much for carpentry and fence building as it did for yard cleanup since it equipped the saw with a pair of bubble levels (picture topping posts level to the ground, for example). The saw is small (it has a 12-inch bar) and light, weighing just 10 pounds with its four-amp-hour battery. We didn’t do any carpentry with it, and you’re not going to use this saw for firewood production, but we did some general yard cleanup on fallen branches and found that it has enough oomph to get the job done.

  • Small and light

  • Suitable only for small jobs
Best Value
Echo CCS-58V 16" Cordless Chainsaw

Volts: 58
Number of discs cut:

Anyone who has followed our tool reviews knows that we’re fans of Echo outdoor power equipment, especially the company’s string trimmers and chainsaws, which are simple to use and very effective. So it is with this saw. If you’re moving over from a gas model to a cordless, this would be a good choice. Yes, it’s heavy like a gas-engine chainsaw. And its length, width, and balance will feel familiar to gas-engine users. Its cut performance is very good and mimics engine-driven saws. Our only complaint is a small one. We are mystified why the company put such a puny timber spike on the saw. And it’s plastic. Even on these saws, a sharp metal timber spike is a necessity to dig into the log and form a pivot point.

  • Seamless transition if you’re moving from gas to cordless

  • Puny plastic bumper spike
Best for Suburbs
Snapper 1697196 48V

Volts: 82

The 14" Snapper is enough saw for basic suburban cutting. Use it to cut up fallen branches, do a little pruning, or stack up a few burn candidates for the firepit. If you’ve invested in the brand’s 48-volt line of outdoor power tools, it would make sense for you to also add this saw to your shed.

  • Cuts well

  • Some vibration
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