Best Electric Chainsaws

Chainsaws are powerful and hearty tools to help cut trees and maintain gardens. How do electric chainsaws rank in terms of maintenance, operating area and power compared to petrol chainsaws? Keep reading to learn more. Read more…

8 listings
Ozito ECS-355
4.2 from 10 reviews

Suitable for felling medium-sized trees and cutting logs, this powerful chainsaw has a chain tensioning dial, automatic chain brake and automatic oiler to provide constant lubrication and easy handling.

  • Tool-free chain tensioning

  • 356mm Oregon bar & chain

  • Chain brake

  • Build Quality
    3.8 (4)
  • Value for Money
    4.3 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    4.8 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.8 (4)
  • Safety
    4.3 (4)
Ryobi RCS2340
3.5 from 14 reviews

Get better results with less effort with the Ryobi 2,300W 40cm chainsaw. The weight distribution of the saw makes work comfortable and balanced. For added safety, the bar and chain are both lubricated automatically.

  • Electrical and mechanical chain brake

  • Anti-vibration system

  • Powerful 2300 W high torque motor

  • Chain tensioning feature not efficient

  • Build Quality
    4.2 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (11)
  • Safety
    3.6 (10)
Black & Decker Alligator Lopper

Black & Decker Alligator Lopper

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4.7 from 9 reviews

Cutting branches and logs is now effortless with the electric Alligator garden lopper which cuts wood up to 4 inches thick in one easy motion.

  • Safer than a typical chainsaw

  • Lightweight and powerful

  • Easy oil application

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
  • Bar Length10 cm
  • FeaturesChain Brake and Automatic Chain Oiling / Lubrication
  • Power (kW)0.55 kW
  • Uses Pruning
Rockwell RG8301
4.7 from 3 reviews

This handy chainsaw is suitable for small to medium job. It features automatic chain lubrication to maximise cutting performance and the life of the tool and a chain brake for added safety

Ozito Power X Change 18V Chainsaw

The PXC 18V chainsaw is ideal for trimming branches, felling small trees and cutting small logs. It includes an automatic chain brake and chaining oil feature.

Ozito ECS-406A
4.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: This chainsaw is a great buy at approx. $100. Have used it to cut through tree trunks up to 200mm in diam. including gum and acacia without issue but let the saw do the work without using too much

Dewalt 18v XR Brushless DCM565M1-XE

Latest review: I purchased this Dewalt electric chainsaw about 6 months ago and it is the smaller of the electric chainsaw siblings that DeWalt produce for the Australian market. In the last 10 years the technical

Price (RRP) $120.50

Black & Decker RS890K
4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Great saw for cutting wood, plastic and metal. Kit comes with saw, hard plastic case and three blades. Easily cuts tree limbs as long as they are stable. Safe to use and easy to change blades. A good

Man cutting log with an electric chainsaw

Electric chainsaws vs petrol chainsaws

Electric chainsaws get their power from a plug socket and must be connected to a power cable in order to operate. This means they’re not very mobile or suitable for work in the forest. But on the plus side, they offer easier handling than traditional petrol chainsaws and tend to be quieter.

Electric chainsaws also don’t require as much maintenance or set-up and are most effective when used for light cutting and trimming. In these instances, a guide bar of up to 40cm (16") would be best suited.

In terms of safety, they are a good choice for operators since, unlike gas saws, they only run while cutting. However, caution must be taken when handling machines with cords since they are always a potential tripping hazard. Make sure you're properly equipped with head, eye and ear protection, and have a pair of gloves to operate your saw.

The main drawback of an electric chainsaw is its limited mobility, so it’s useful to keep that extension cord handy if you want to be able to extend your work area. Also, they don’t have as much power as a petrol-driven chainsaw, but if you just require general trimming in the garden, then a corded electric is the way to go since they can operate longer than both battery-powered and gas-powered chainsaws.

The cordless version of an electric chainsaw is known as a battery chainsaw and comes with its own set of pros and cons.

Pros and cons of an electric chainsaw

As with any type of chainsaw, there are pros and cons to using them. Electric chainsaws don't require recharging or refuelling and they are an economical choice for many. On the downside, they may not be suitable for those who require work in forests or heavy-duty cutting.

Pros

  • Can operate for longer than other chainsaws
  • Requires less maintenance than gas chainsaw
  • Cheaper than battery-powered chainsaws

Cons

  • Weakest type of chainsaws
  • Cord safety concerns

Other types of garden saws

Pole saws

Man using a pole saw

A pole saw is a small saw mounted on the end of an extension pole. It can either be powered or non-powered and is usually used for tree trimming, with the non-powered model being used for pruning.

The extension cord allows the user to be able to reach tricky out-of-the-way spots and they’re available in all three petrol-powered, battery and corded models of chainsaws. Some pole saws can even convert to standard chainsaws, making them a versatile and useful tool for any gardener.

They eliminate the need for ladders and stools, providing a safer and more convenient way to chop tall branches.

Chainsaw loppers

Combining loppers and chainsaws provides users with a very useful and versatile garden tool. A good example of this is the Black & Decker Alligator Lopper. It can be used for branch cutting, pruning and other light cutting tasks.

It works by having a rotating chain in the middle surrounded by metal ‘jaws’ which act as pruners and help to keep you safe by covering the chainsaw and protecting your hands. The jaws on the enclosure also help grip the material you're cutting. Since they’re smaller and safer than a typical chainsaw, they’re a great maneuverable tool to have in the garden.

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