Electric Chainsaw Guide
When considering the purchase of a chainsaw the first port of call is usually to considered a gas powered tool. However, for the vast majority gas chainsaws are heavy, high maintenance and downright dangerous.
For these reasons many of us just don't have any need for the expense or power of a gas chainsaw. If you only intend to use your chainsaw occasionally and for jobs around the yard then an electric chainsaw is likely to be more suitable.
Let's take a quick look at the major advantages and disadvantages of electric models:
The biggest disadvantage of an electric saw is that it has less power which increases sawing time. Not an issue if you are only using the tool occasionally for light yard work.
They are not designed to cut and buck large trees - It goes without saying that if you are regular felling trees a gas chainsaw will be required.
Electrics are tethered to a power cord - although cordless electric models are becoming increasingly available.
Electrics are lighter in weight and much easier to work with.
Electric chainsaws require very little maintenance and are cheaper to buy and run then there gas powered brethren.
Electrics are perfect for small trees and "pruning/trim" work
Electrics may not be perceived as dangerous as gas chainsaws but just because there is less power doesn't mean you need to be any less careful during operation. Always treat any chainsaw with the greatest of respect.
As with any product the quality, durability, reliability can vary from one manufacturer to the next but the following electric chainsaws are highly rated by many publications.
Best Low Cost
Remington Electric Chainsaws- Some people consider Remington to manufacture the best low cost saws on the market. Prices are very competitive and inexpensive at approximately - $50 to $120.
McCulloch Electric Chainsaws- Good all rounder from one of the leading brands. More than capable of cutting down small size trees and pruning limbs. Prices typically range between $70 to $110.
Craftsman Electric Chainsaws- These saws have received many favourable reviews and are one of the best selling brands for electric models. Again prices are very competitive at between $50 to $120.
Best Top Range
Makita Electric Chainsaws - A market leader for cordless tools Makita produce some very powerful electric corded chainsaws. Again, reviews are very positive and you can purchase a top model for between $150 to $200.
Milwaukee Electric Chainsaws- Can be a bit hard to find but are acclaimed for producing the best electric chainsaw money can buy. Whilst they may not be cheap they are of very high quality Typical prices range from $280 to a whopping $550.
Makita Cordless Chainsaw- If you want the convenience of gas without the hassle then Makita produce an excellent cordless model given freedom from the dreaded cord. However, the bars are quire short being limited to just 5" to 7" but they are worth checking out. Prices start around $200 and rise to $350.
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