What we discovered
Comparing Cordless Chain Saws
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.
Can a battery-powered saw replace a gas model?
Battery-powered chain saws are convenient, quieter than gas-powered saws and lower maintenance. Also, if you own or purchase other outdoor power equipment that can use the same battery, it makes even more sense to own a battery-powered chain saw. We were surprised at how closely their performance matched that of gas-powered saws.
But there are a few downsides. Run-time is limited, so if you have a lot of cutting to do, you’ll have to either take a break while the battery charges or splurge on a second battery. And extra batteries are expensive ($150 to $250 each). Also, as with any rechargeable battery, the lithium-ion batteries on these saws won’t last forever, so factor the battery replacement cost into your decision.
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Batteries & chargers
All of the saws include smart chargers that sense when the battery is too hot or too cold to charge properly, and delay charging until the battery is at the ideal temperature. Listed charging times range from 30 minutes to 3-1/2 hours, but these can fluctuate a lot depending on the temperature and battery condition.
Even though the chargers are designed to prevent battery damage, be sure to read the use and care instructions for your saw’s battery and follow them carefully to make sure your battery lasts as long as possible.
Black & Decker LCS1240
Convenient bar-oil filling
Tool-free chain tensioning
A longer bar allows you to cut bigger logs, of course, but it also requires more power. The saws we tested generally had the power to match their bar length.
Plus: Chain Saw Safety
Kobalt KCS 180B-06
Room for gloves