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What we discovered
If you’re wondering how battery-powered chain saws compare with gas-powered versions, or whether this type of chain saw is right for you, we can help. For this review, we chose 10 chain saws ranging in price from about $177 to $540. We’ll show you what separates the most and least expensive saws, and walk you through features you should consider if you decide to buy a cordless chain saw.
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Comparing Cordless Chain Saws
There was a noticeable improvement in performance from the two lower-priced battery powered chainsaw models to the more expensive models, but after that the differences were more subtle. The DeWalt, Echo and EGO saws were at the top of the class for cutting speed and endurance. The saws with higher amp-hour batteries tended to cut more logs before running out of juice. Also, we found that with battery-powered chain saws, it was especially important to let the saw do the work. Most of the saws will stop abruptly if you overload them by applying too much pressure. Check the comments on individual saws for more details.
Picking a favorite was difficult. In the end, we chose two saws with high amp-hour batteries that also included all our favorite features. But there were several close seconds.