Best-Selling & Top Rated ChainSaws of 2018
The cordless 16″ Chainsaw Ego Power+ serves the top option for most people. We have reached such a conclusion after five days spent in New Hampshire forest with six chainsaws and a professional tree worker with impressive 14 years of experience. He used the options on the job for three extra days this summer.
The Ego gets the necessary power from a battery, so comparing it to a gas counterpart, it’s much quieter, easier to start, simpler to maintain and produces no exhaust. Considering the power, it can be compared to a 30cc – 40cc saw that is definitely a small example of the c chainsaw, but it is recommended for overall property maintenance, light firewood work and storm cleanup. Unlike other cordless saws we had a chance test, the Ego performed a little problem cutting through maple, oak and even thick pine. A durable battery provides us with more than 60 cuts through a huge block of fir – other cordless items which are this capable cost over $150. The saw is equipped with a tool-free chain tension device commonly found in top-quality gas saws. The feature adds to the general ease of use. Finally, the battery that comes with the Ego is easily compatible with string trimmers and mower of the company, both of which are also recommended.
Once the Ego is unavailable, you can try the 16″ Chainsaw DeWalt 40V Max XR, known as DCCS690H1. It features identical run time with the Ego, while it cuts also the same fast. However, it has a bit more power going through hardwood such as maple, oak, and it seldom stalled out what the Ego did rather often. This chainsaw usually costs enormous $450, that is definitely a lot, while the Ego is currently available at about $300. Besides, the DeWalt is equipped with a tool-free chain tension devise, though the saw is rendered by an awkwardly designed bar oil cap and a clumsy safety switch.
Stihl MS 181 C-BE: Our Choice of Gas Model
Having no charger and no battery the Stihl still can properly function throughout the day without pause. It is easy to start and great to work with – it just requires more maintenance.
Once you are looking for nonstop run time not caring about the loudness and extra maintenance of a gas chainsaw, the Stihl MS 181 C-BE may become an ultimate option. It’s a 31.8cc saw, thus, its performance resembles the one of our cordless selections. Besides, it has Stihl’s Easy2Start system that means you will need to make a few light pulls to start it. Among other features the item has are a tool-free chain tension device and incredible vibration control.
After numerous tests, all the sawdust mashed into mud and all the trees down, we strongly recommend the cordless 16” Chainsaw Ego Power+ as an optimal variant for light firewood work, storm cleanup and yard maintenance. It’s an impressive combination of run time, convenience, power and cost. Since it is a cordless saw, it presupposes none of the noise, gas engine exhausts or upkeep, though it doesn’t economize power, cutting as well as a top quality gas model of the same size.
From the tested saws, the battery of Ego model had the fastest cuts and the leading run time. Additionally, it is compatible with several other tools recommended. The saw managed to make considerably more cuts on a single charge than the majority of other saws we tested. The Ego contains a useful tool-free chain-tension system and oversized dials that are simple to use even with gloves; that is not the case with other saws tested. Besides, it remains one of the cheapest cordless saws with an exclusive tool-free tensioner. All these features made Lounsbury say that “The Ego is undoubtedly the best one”.
The Ego’s cordless nature translates into a fabulous level of convenience. It doesn’t emit exhaust, require gas or any fussy winterizing or engine maintenance. According to the Pro Tool Reviews by Clint DeBoer, homeowners “can appreciate the simplicity of use afforded by an item that will never require a special fuel stabilizer or a spark plug change to carry it through cold weather”.
The saw also has a simple two-part start (that presupposes pressing a safety button and pulling the trigger), that is much easier than the nicest of pull cords since it requires no choking or priming. While the Ego is working, it produces less noise than any gas saw. Due to a simple start, every time we stopped the process in order to move the log to another position or just adjust it, we shut off the machine. Having the same circumstances with a gas saw, we would never stop it, leaving it running instead, which makes noise, sips gas and stinks.
The Ego is equivalent to a 30cc saw in power and size. The item is rather small for a chainsaw, though plenty for customers in search of a handy way to prune trees, stock the woodshed or help with storm cleanup. It has a 16-inch bar that is a size, which can cut down a 30-inch tree, working from both sides, said Springer.
As for power, we learnt that the Ego is more than just adequate for intended use. During our controlled test, the machine made 62 cuts through a huge block of Douglas fir and completed the task only in eight seconds each. DeWalt is another saw, which matched this. However, it is considerably more costly. The other cordless chainsaws coped with only 40 cuts each and made them within 11 up to 30 seconds. There, in the forest, the Ego made over 17 cuts through a thick pine on a one charge that is an ultimately great task for a saw of this size. Despite 17 cuts might not sound like much, it’s a difficult task and the Ego’s battery was dead by the time, just like ours, so we had to make a break that allowed us to partially recharge the battery.
After all, we consider the life of Ego’s battery is more than enough for general work around the house. There shouldn’t be any issues cutting down a small tree, cutting to log lengths and limbing it on a single charge. It takes around 90 minutes to fully charge the battery, though, obviously, less to charge it partially.
The Ego is equipped with a useful tool-free chain tension device that is highly important since, according to Springer, a chain “can require adjustment several times an hour”. The tensioning dial, as well as the unlocking dial are oversized and convenient to maneuver even with thick gloves on. The tensioners of the gas Stihl and cordless DeWalt were more difficult to use wearing gloves, and that became a kind of a nuisance. The cap of the bar oil reservoir of the Ego is also textured and large, so it can be easily put on and taken off with gloves. The current Ego price is around $300; that is definitely a competitive cost for a quality cordless chainsaw with an exclusive tool-free chain tensioner.
Additionally, Ego makes multiple other highly recommended outdoor power tools, including string trimmer and mower. So you have a chance to buy one item with a battery and get others as bare tools (no charger or battery). Such a method provides significant per-tool savings, since the chainsaw currently costs only around $220 for a bare tool. Once you pursue this route of action, you should consider getting an item with a 5.0Ah battery, like a chainsaw or mower. The string trimmer, though, comes with a 2.5Ah battery that offers just half the run time of its more powerful alternative. The function will be frustrating with other high-drain tools, such as the chainsaw and mower.
We questioned Ego for the battery longevity, and the company provided us with results of internal tests, showing that the tool gets over 2,000 cycles. Sure, it is under flawless lab conditions, thus, the real number will differ a bit. However, even cutting the results in half and thinking that the real-circumstance result is about 1,000 cycles would mean you can charge the battery once a week, and it will serve you for over 19 years.
Ego is a comparatively new company, and we should still find substantial complaints about the battery failure. Basically, we have got one of their batteries in early 2014, and it keeps working fine without reduced capability. The batteries feature a three-year warranty.
The Ego received appraising comments from numerous reputable reviewers. There are no Consumer Reports about the 16-inch model so far, but the publication has its older 14-inch counterpart, as it’s the top pick in the category of cordless saws, giving it ultimately high marks for ease of use and safety. It is notable that the 14-inch variant features an identical body with the 16-inch, though, is bundled with a less powerful battery (2.0Ah) and smaller bar, whereas the 16-inch version saw comes with a stronger battery (5.0Ah).
In case the Ego isn’t currently available, we would like to recommend the 16″ Chainsaw DeWalt 40V Max XR (DCCS690H1). It delivers similar cutting speed and run time as the Ego, though it does not stall out the same way in denser wood. Besides, we liked the way the chain got up to the top speed comparatively faster than other models available. On the other hand, the cap of the bar oil is badly designed, the safety switch is difficult to use and it runs out of bar oil even before the battery dies, which makes the user keep checking the oil level during the work. Moreover, it is an expensive saw, with about $150 difference with the Ego.
Powerful but Costly: Runner up Model
The 16″ Chainsaw DeWalt 40V Max XR has a very similar run time to other picks, and it feels a bit more powerful. However, its price is typically about $150 higher.
Both the Ego and DeWalt are great tools that may deal with the fir beam, large pine and other thick materials. With smaller-diameter trees and lighter cuts, such as tree limbs, both saws felt equal, though during more aggressive work the DeWalt stalled less frequently.