A Personal Ranking Of The Best Chainsaws For The Money In 2023
A good chainsaw can make all the difference when it comes to tackling tree limbs, logs and brush, but there are a lot of options out there to choose from. Here's a personal ranking of the best affordable chainsaws you can get on Amazon right now.
FYI, Prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.
1. BLACK+DECKER Cordless Chainsaw + Extra Lithium Battery
Top-rated: 7,710 ratings
Highlight: 20 Volt MAX lithium battery for long runtime.
Helpful review: "Black & Decker is a name in tools that I know and trust for making quality products. I was happy to see that they make this battery powered chainsaw. We have a gas chainsaw but like many others have noted, starting it takes more energy than using it. I really needed something easier and faster to use. We're mainly cutting Aspen and some pine for firewood.
As soon as this came in the mail, I pulled out the battery and the charger and got it to cooking. It took about 5 hours as the booklet said to reach a full charge. During that time, I read through the instruction booklet and put the saw together. That didn't take more than a few minutes and requires absolutely no tools. I was impressed with the sturdiness of the saw. The saw is made of metal and plastic and is very light and well-balanced.
I'm not a big, strong lumberjack, I'm a great-grandmother, so I'm not all that keen on chainsaws but doing a job without the right tool is just wrong. This is the right tool for me. I was able to cut a nice pile of logs up in the 20 minutes of operating time for the battery charge. I have a picture of my pile below.
I like the weight and how easy it is to use the saw. I don't like the manual lube of the chain. It's annoying to have to push the little plunger after every cut or so to keep the chain lubed. I like that I feel safe while using the saw. It seems easy to keep it in control as it's not running anywhere near as fast as our gas chainsaw. I also like how easy it is to adjust the tension on the chain if I see it getting a little loose. I don't have to stop what I'm doing and pay attention to taking care of that.
Bottom Line: The price was right and I'm happy with my purchase. If I could do it over knowing what I know now, I would probably opt for the 40V version with the automatic chain lube and a little more power but this will work for me for now.
Day Two: I wanted to add a few thoughts after spending a second day with this little chainsaw "wannabe". Today we tacked a 50+ foot Aspen with approximately a 7 inch diameter. We won't be trying that again. The B&D cuts too slow for a job like this and in the end, the tree fell all wrong even with the right cuts. We again only had 20 minutes of cutting power and that was enough to down the tree and cut it into small enough sections to get on the sled to haul out of the woods. I used my gas powered chainsaw to finish the job of cutting it into firewood.
This is a great little tool for having around the yard for cutting up limbs and fallen trees. It's sturdy, easy to use and well-designed (except for the manual lube on the chain). It's a step up from a hedge cutter and a step down from a gas chainsaw power-wise. Consider your needs and how you will be using this before you buy it." — SueJean
Get it from Amazon now: $188.99
2. DEWALT 12-Inch Chainsaw
Top-rated: 10,625 ratings
Highlight: Compact, lightweight design for maximum user control.
Helpful review: "For reference, I'm a professional Arborist, currently working for a municipality, with over a decade's experience in Line-Clearance Arborism. So, you might say that I know a thing or three about working a chainsaw..
I'm honestly amazed.. This saw is awesome! With a thirty-five(ish) dollar upgrade (bar & chain), it'll hold its own against either the Stihl or Husqvarna battery-powered top-handles. And, it'll do so, for half the price!
On one of the large 60v flex batteries, it did hard work all day. You can actually, easily forget to add bar oil, because you're never stopping to refuel. It's THAT efficient! This is now my go-to climb-saw...hands down!
One of this saws best features is how quiet it is. Imagine this:
...you're up a tree, about to make a decent size cut with a conventional chainsaw. Before you begin your back-cut, you check on the "all-clear"; all systems Go! Shortly after you start on your back-cut, throttle open, your ground person sees "something" (let's pretend it's an out-of-control baby buggy, for dramatic effect!) that, for some reason, you can't see. The grounds person is yelling at the top of their lungs, trying to get your attention, before it's too late! Meanwhile; all you can hear is that ported & polished 201 or 338, screaming like a banshee...
It's a scary thought. And not only COULD it happen; it HAS happened! But, with an electric chainsaw, volume levels are a negligible factor.
Oh, and, as an added bonus, it doesn't reek of gas! Try driving around on a hot day with a conventional chainsaw in the car.. (sarcasm!) A headache and nausea are the BEST you can hope for! Not a problem with an electric saw.
So, why no fifth star..? Two reasons. No guns (sight lines), on either side. And no real felling dogs...or even the option to add felling dogs. Come on DeWALT, get your $#!+ together!.. But, I guess we can forgive them a few oversights, as they are relatively new to the chainsaw game.
I hope you found this review helpful. And, while I might sing it's praises, rest assured that I paid the same price you will. This is my unsolicited opinion.
Good Luck & Be Safe!" — Dave Rentz
Get it from Amazon now: $187.02 & FREE Returns
3. Oregon Self-Sharpening Corded Electric Chainsaw
Top-rated: 6,935 ratings
Highlight: 18” guide bar and PowerSharp chain allow you to sharpen your chain right on the saw in 3 seconds or less.
Helpful review: "I love this chainsaw. I had two gas chainsaws and every time I would take them out to use, they wouldn't start or they ran like crap. I bought this Oregon electric chainsaw and have never looked back. Awesome product!!!
The main reason I am writing this review is to comment on all of the reviews that mention the chain falling off. These people have no idea what they are doing. I have never had the chain fall off while using this chainsaw. I suspect the chain oiler is clogged or they are not setting up the chain tension per the included instructions. If the oiler is not pumping oil on the bar, then the chain will heat up and EXPAND!!! This will cause many problems including the chain falling off the bar.
An easy way to tell if the chain oiler is working is to hold the tip of the bar close to a log that you are going to cut. Run the chainsaw at full speed and you should see oil splatter onto the wood. If you see no oil hitting the wood, then your oiler is not working. Stop and figure out why. If you continue and the chain and bar are dry, I guarantee your chain will start falling off and parts will start to melt like one of the reviewers on here.
If your chainsaw is not pumping oil then read the manual. If you still can't figure it out, contact Oregon. This is where you will see Oregon shine. Excellent support!!!" — Elwood P.
Get it from Amazon now: $123.98
4. Greenworks 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw + 4AH Battery and Charger
Top-rated: 5,744 ratings
Highlight: Delivers up to 30% more torque for the greatest cutting performance; offers up to 70% less vibration for user comfort while working.
Helpful review: "Bottom Line: This is an outstanding product and would meet the needs of homeowners, professional landscapers, and also be a useful addition for professional orchardists. Highly recommended but buy extra batteries if you want to cut for several hours.
I grew up on a walnut orchard with 4000 trees to prune and 10% to cut down and replace each year for several years. My dad only used Husqvarnas so we had several of different sizes for pruning and cutting down 40 to 80 year old walnut trees. That's my background and when I recently returned from overseas and bought 25 acres of hardwood forest in the Ozarks, I had to carefully consider what garden and forestry equipment to buy. I did a lot of research and very hesitantly took the big risk and went all in with Greenworks and bought this chainsaw, a blower/vac, lawnmower, weedeater, and pole saw. When I was younger I didn't mind maintaining and rebuilding a bunch of small gas engines but I have no desire to any more so that weighed heavily on my decision.
It's been four months now and I'm really happy and impressed with this line of garden tools. I'm especially impressed with this chainsaw. In these last four months I've been clearing about two acres of my hardwoods and have cut down probably 300 or so trees. Most were small (6-10" diameter) but I've cut down maybe 30 big ones including a couple that were 20" or so. This saw has really performed well so far and has plenty of power as long as you're a little more patient and slow than with a gas saw. The pros of not having to breath in the fumes, maintain the engine each year, deal with the extra weight, and lug around gasoline mix entirely outweighs the only disadvantages of slightly less power, needing extra batteries, and not having the cool noise of a gas chainsaw running. My recommendation from a lot of experience is that this saw ought to be the choice of any homeowner, pro landscaper, small farmer, and be an addition to the saws a professional orchardist or forester has. If I were back working my dad's walnut orchard, this would be my go-to saw for all the annual pruning and augment our husky's dropping those giant old walnuts. By the way, two additional notes:
1. The chain and bar are not some weaker version of a gas saw like some reviews have said. They're a standard Oregon product with the Greenworks name on it. You can even find the equivalent Oregon product on the Greenworks website.
2. I have in no way received any benefit from Greenworks for this review. I've never even corresponded with them. I rarely write reviews but when a really great product comes along that is functional, more convenient, and more environmentally-friendly to boot then I'm all for it. Again, it's only been four months and if all these things blow up or break in the future, I'll update my review." — JG
Get it from Amazon now: $389.99 & FREE Returns
5. WORX 14-Inch Electric Chainsaw
Top-rated: 5,549 ratings
Highlight: With the auto-tension chain system keeping it tight, and the easy prime oil-pump making it simple to keep the chain lubricated, there is far less maintenance involved to keep this cutting tool in tip-top-shape. Plus, those systems extend the life of the bar, chain and motor.
Helpful review: "Ok Amazon. I often do positive reviews but this might be one of my most important purchases. My husband has a huge chainsaw but I needed something for myself that is lightweight - no way I am using the Farm Boss. We have an old-growth Appalachian forest and it is starting to die off in many areas. Lucky us. I am a small but mighty lady so the weight is important but endurance is even more important because I needed something that would last longer than a wireless but less cumbersome than a gas powered.
I have two one-hundred foot extension cords and they are just about long enough for most projects. I have had to cut shrubs, dead pines, yearling "volunteers," saplings, heavy hardwoods, sap galore, and even chop fallen 80 ft pines. No joke, this little guys is amazing and worth every penny. Oh yeah, I even left it out in a storm and still works. Still cuts wood like a champ! My only problem was that it leaked oil, but honestly for this price it didn't matter. Still 5 stars in my book and there is likely a gasket i could buy for it.
I have had it jam a few times in an 8 inch tree trunks which is a little over the recommended circumference. It came out fine with hubby's help. More has been done on our property with this electric chainsaw than my husband's fancy Farm Boss chainsaw. I would purchase again in a heartbeat. I will probably wear it down at some point but it just keeps going. I bought it a month ago and it keeps going. If it dies tomorrow it will have been worth it." — Mountain Gal
Get it from Amazon now: $69.99 & FREE Returns
6. Greenworks 12-Inch Cordless Chainsaw + 2.0Ah Battery and Charger
Top-rated: 4,160 ratings
Highlight: Automatic oiler applies oil to bar and chain when needed to ensure durability and optimal use (with a translucent oil tank for clear view of oil level).
Helpful review: "At age 68, mixing gas, pumping primer bulbs and pulling starter cords, till I almost fall over dizzy, to drop a broken branch. NOT! I have NOT used my 2 Poulan 16in. &14in. bar chainsaws since I bought this. Battery life is the equivalent of a tank of gas on either of the Poulan's. There have been day's I've run both Poulan's alternately while taking down 40-50 foot high trees as big around as I. So, don't take this to a Kansas Tornado aftermath.. BUT - take it with the ATV and a 3x4' garden cart into the woods to get 400 pounds of firewood. You'll fill the cart easy. 4-6in x16 inch logs don't need splitting for the wood stove.. I also own the 8in. pole mounted 40V cordless chain saw, so I have 2 batteries.. I rate that 5 stars too.. Cuts Christmas trees right off at the ground level. Final thought - I would take this up into a tree if I have to take a limb off while tree climbing over a rope pull any day!
UPDATE- 1month shy of 70 years old. Everyone knows Kansas spring this year. Lots or rain - new record for May- flash flooding and tornado's. I have a creek that flash flooded and some 18 inch diameter 40 foot tall trees came down. I was able to cut limbs off then drag the trunk with my tractor. They damaged 85 feet of barbed wire fence. Well I spied another 40 footer dead and looking to fall on the barbed wire fence again. Need to remove.. I put my arms around the trunk and could not touch fingers.. Well I have 1 saw and 2 batteries.. Started cutting one side of the tree.. then made a cut 3 inches higher on the other side. I didn't have a wedge so I stopped.
Clearly it was ready to fall. I nursed up my tractor and placed the front bucket on the tree at about 9 feet and pushed a little...It went down right where I wanted it. Since I have a bad shoulder, and can't start those 2 gas saws...I put them on Marketplace yesterday. 8am today sold them for $60.. I just can't pull start- chain saws, weed eaters or lawn mower anymore. Yesterday I ordered the 16in. lawnmower that uses the same battery. I have a garden tractor but there are spots my 46" cutting deck can't get mainly ditch by the road. So no gas chain saws, no gas weed eaters, no gas push mower. no more icy-hot on the shoulder.. all electric now...As an electrical engineer retired why run to the gas station for juice when you can get it from the wall? or off my solar panels. Recommendation BUY..." — Lawrence Macionski
Get it from Amazon now: $179.99 & FREE Returns
7. WEN 16" Electric Chainsaw
Top-rated: 2,673 ratings