Chainsaws are very versatile tools and can be used for everything from chopping up firewood for winter, to cutting firebreaks to slow down wildfires. They are also often used for carving ice sculptures and special types of chainsaw have been invented for cutting concrete. The first ‘chainsaw proper’ with an endless chain of cutting teeth is accredited to Samuel J. Bens of San Francisco in 1905, who created it to cut down redwood trees.
There have been a lot of innovations since then but the basic idea behind the practicality of this tool remains the same. These days you can choose between petrol powered chainsaws and electric powered models and each has their pros and cons. For example, petrol chainsaws are more powerful but are noisier and harder to maintain. Electric chainsaws are quieter and don’t give off fumes but are limited by either battery capacity or a power cable.
Read on to see our reviews for the 5 best chainsaws available in the UK at the present time. We’ll try to update this and our other pages as time goes by and better products become available.
1. Einhell GH-EC 2040 2000 W Tool Less Electric Chainsaw
Powered by a 2000W electric engine, this chainsaw is perfect for cutting firewood and felling small trees. At only 5 kilograms it is fairly lightweight and won’t be making your arms ache too much. The high quality Oregon 400mm blade and chain works excellently and give good clean cuts. Chain tensioning can be done by using the pivoted lever and this negates the need for tools. This is excellent for prolonging the life of your chain as the adjustments can be done when the blade is warm and cold to stop it warping. Keeping the chain lubricated is super important with any chainsaw and Einhell have made filling this one a simple task with a large filler opening and they have also included an oil level display that is easy to see. This tool is durable and has a low-wear metal gearbox for the chai motor. The instant chain brake works really well and stops the blade immediately if the tool rears up.
- Powerful yet quiet with a 2000W electric motor
- high quality Oregon 400mm blade and chain works excellently and gives good clean cuts
- No tool chain tensioning can be done by using the pivoted lever
- Large filler opening
- Easy to see oil level display
- Low-wear metal gearbox for longevity
- Instant chain brake is a great safety feature
2. TECCPO Chain Saw, 2400W
The 2400 watt electric motor in this chainsaw produces chain speeds of 15m/s and offers top notch cutting performance. This chainsaw has a 40cm Oregon low-kickback bar and chain that are both high quality. With an ergonomic design and soft grip, this is a comfortable chainsaw to use and this is amplified by the product’s lightweight and low vibration. Like our previous review it has a tool free tensioning system for fast adjustments on the go. It is fitted with a 150ml oil tank that has an automatic pumping system for chain lubrication purposes. There is also an oil level display window so you know when to top up. The safety features on this chainsaw include dual safety switches and a manual mechanical brake.
- Powerful 2400 watt electric motor makes light work of firewood
- High quality Oregon chain and low-kickback bar
- Ergonomic grip and soft handle
- Low vibration
- Tool free tensioning system for quick adjustments
- 150ml oil tank with auto-pump system
- Oil level display window
3. P1PE P6220C 2-Stroke Petrol Chainsaw
This chainsaw from P1PE runs off a 62cc, air cooled, 2 stroke engine made by famous car makers Hyundai. It offers more power than both Einhell and TECCOPO models above, and can be used for cutting down large trees. It has a 20 inch long bar and comes with 2 cutting chains, making this chainsaw good value for money. The anti-kickback braking system works as it should, as does the automatic chain lubricator. The chain tensioner is located on the side of the chainsaw and can be adjusted with a screwdriver. Other features include a soft pull easy start system, and technology designed to reduce vibration in the hands.
- 62cc two stroke Hyundai engine gives you plenty of cutting power
- 20 inch long bar
- Comes with 2 cutting chains
- Anti-kickback brake
- Automatic chain lubricator
- Anti-vibration technology
4. ParkerBrand 62CC 20
For just under a hundred pounds, you can get yourself one of these well priced, powerful chainsaws from ParkerBrand. It is powered by an award winning 62cc, air cooled, 2 stroke engine that produces 3.5 horsepower and offers excellent performance. It has a 20 inch bar and comes with 2 chains and a free carry bag. The lubrication system is automatic and the chain brake works fast when needed. Chain adjustment is done via the side mounted tensioner which is easy to get too. An anti-vibration system has been integrated into the chainsaw and along with the ergonomic design, makes it comfortable to use.
- 62cc, 2 stroke engine capable of 3.5 horsepower
- 20 inch bar and 2 chains
- Free carry bag
- Automatic lubrication system
- Side mounted chain tensioner
- Fast acting chain brake
5. Makita DUC353Z Cordless Chainsaw
Unlike our other electric chainsaws, this model from Makita is cordless, giving you more range and freedom of movement. Two 18V lithium Ion batteries (not included) supply the 36V DC motor. This brushless motor has been designed to be up to 50 percent more efficient than some of its competitors while still delivering surprising cutting power. Weighing under 5 kilograms, this product is easy to handle for extended periods and the tool free tensioning system works like a charm. There is a large oil reservoir that supplies the automatic lubrication system and a window where you can see the oil level. The Makita DUC353Z has both a kickback brake and an electrical brake for user safety, and variable/constant speed controls.
- Cordless electric chainsaw
- Good performance
- Lightweight and gives you freedom of movement
- Easy to use thanks to tool free tensioning and other features
- Automatic lubrication system and oil level window
- Kickback brake and electric brake
- Variable and constant speed controls
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