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Top 10 Chainsaws 2017

Whether or not you're tidying up your own yard or you are a professional landscaper, you're sure to find something that perfectly suits your cutting needs amongst our choice of hard-working chainsaws, rated with the aid of torque, run-time, and value.

Husqvarna 460 Rancher 20-Inch 60.3cc 2-Stoke X-Torq Gas Powered Chain Saw (CARB Compliant)WORX 16-Inch 14.5 Amp Electric Chainsaw with Auto-Tension, Chain Brake, and Automatic Oiling - WG303.1Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20-Inch 50cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw With Carrying CaseGreenWorks 20312 G-MAX 40V 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw, 4AH Battery and a Charger IncludedRemington RM5118R Rodeo 51cc 2-Cycle 18-Inch Gas ChainsawRemington RM1425 Limb N Trim 8 Amp 14- Inch Electric ChainsawWORX WG320 Max Lithium Cordless Jawsaw Chain Saw, 20-volt, Battery and Charger IncludedBlue Max 8902 14-Inch 45cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw With Free 20-Inch BarSun Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch 6.5-Amp Telescoping Electric Pole Chain Saw with Automatic Chain Lubrication SystemTIMBERPRO 62cc 20

The Chains on the Saw Go Round and Round

When I was growing up I never thought, despite its name, that there was actually a chain on a chainsaw. I thought it just had teeth all around a big blade and that the teeth moved somehow. Once I realized there was a chain involved (still a kid at this point), I thought that it was just a chain with no blades, and that it moved so fast it could cut through anything.

Then, I got to use a chainsaw, and it was made very clear to me how it worked before I was allowed to sink it into some wood.

Most of the chainsaws you'll encounter move their chain, complete with its little shark fin-like blades, the way a motorcycle moves its chain. In fact, the systems aren't all that dissimilar. There's a small, gas powered motor that creates a bit of combustion. That combustion moves a piston in a cylinder that's connected to an arm. That arm spins a mechanism through a simple clutch that determines the power delivered to the chain.

Yes, if you're wondering, somebody did make a motorcycle that runs on chainsaws.

The big difference between the motorcycle's power system and the chainsaws is the final drive. On the bike, that chain is designed to move your rear wheel and push forward a bike that can weigh anywhere between 200 and 2000 lbs. The chain on the chainsaw doesn't have to move anything unless you count its teeth. And with all that speed in the blade and all that tasty torque, the cutting is easy.

Safety Can Be Fun, I Promise


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Some people can be pretty loose about their chainsaw safety, relying on their thick boots, hard hats, and goggles to keep the worst possible injuries at bay. Me, I prefer to get my confidence from knowledge and the application of proper technique. It's why, for example, I'm not afraid to bowl in front of a date.

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of fun to be had to wield a chainsaw. Just remember that, in 1999 (oh, boy; feeling old), there were a little over 28,500 chainsaw injuries that required an average of over 100 stitches each.

The shame of it is, it's such an easy thing to manage. It's all about kickback. No, I'm not talking about the chainsaw lobby giving kickbacks to politicians who pass laws that favor their industry. I don't even think there is a chainsaw lobby, but if there was, I wouldn't mess with them.

Kickback is the phenomenon you see in the picture there when a chainsaw violently jerks back at its user. There's a magic little spot on the front end of every chainsaw that's known as the kickback zone, and if you manage that properly, your safety is all but guaranteed.

Down to the Bone


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In the late 18th century, around the early 1780s, a pair of wily Swedish doctors came up with the idea of adhering a series of small cutting surfaces to a chain. That chain was spun by a hand crank, and it was meant for the excision of diseased bone.

That's kind of funny if you think about it. All this talk about protecting the body and the first chainsaw was actually designed for cutting bone!

The Swedes didn't release their saw until around 1790, and the chainsaw itself was only really used in medical fields until the 1920s.

It was in the 20s that Stihl released mass-produced versions of electrical and gas powered chainsaws, though these were meant to be operated by two men, instead of one, with controls on one end and an additional handle at the end of the blade arm, in what we now call the kickback zone.

Advancements in the metals used for both the blade arm and the chain allowed for the creation of one man saws, and from there the majority of developments that came about were either in the chain or the motor. Saws got sharper, stronger and more durable, and now they even cut through flying sharks. Hooray!


#10.TIMBERPRO 62cc 20" Petrol Chainsaw with 2 chains, Carry Bag and Assisted Start


heat primarily with woodstove and my husband cuts all the wood himself. this saw has been great so far. an easy start is wonderful. blades are better than others we have bought for Husqvarna and Poulan saws. much more substantial. the only complaint is the carry bag didn't last too long but we really didn't expect it to. good value and good quality saw.


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#9.Sun Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch 6.5-Amp Telescoping Electric Pole Chain Saw with Automatic Chain Lubrication System


Tackle those hard-to-reach branches with ease. The Sun Joe Saw Joe SWJ800E pole chain saw takes the danger and difficulty out of trimming your overgrown trees. Stand safely on the solid ground and simply adjust Saw Joe’s telescoping pole to gain up to 15 feet of overhead reach. Powered by a 6.5-amp motor, the SWJ800E can handle the most stubborn tree limbs up to 7.5-inches thick. This pole chain saw features an 8-inch Oregon bar and chain with an auto-oiler to keep the bar and chain fully lubricated during use. Unlike gas-powered tools, Saw Joe is powered electrically, so you’ll reliably power up with the push of a button without having to deal with smoke, fumes, unpredictable starters or costly tune-ups. Plus the SWJ800E comes equipped with a built-in safety switch to prevent accidental starting. Saw Joe is CSA approved and carries a full two-year warranty.


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#8.Blue Max 8902 14-Inch 45cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw With Free 20-Inch Bar


The extra bar is located at the bottom of the case where the engine sites and is packed in a cubby. The Blue Max Combination Chainsaw and Protective Case Delivers the Power of Two in One. Get double the power in one machine with the 2-in-1 combination chainsaw and protective case. This design combines a 14-inch and 20-inch bar and chain to deliver the power and performance of two chainsaws in one. The 45cc Blue Max engine is one of the best in the industry and can run at an impressive 2,800 RPM with no load. Quick start ignition system fires up the chainsaw with the least pulls and can crank it up effortlessly even in sub-zero temperatures. The 2-in-1 combination chainsaw and protective case are built to help you work faster and more efficiently. It features 30% more chain teeth than usual to cut down your cutting time.


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#7.WORX WG320 Max Lithium Cordless Jawsaw Chain Saw, 20-volt, Battery and Charger Included


The WORX WG320 cordless lithium powered JawSaw does a little bit of everything. Need to prune limbs; clear storm debris; or cut kindling for firewood? The JawSaw has a unique design that lets you make cuts directly on the ground without kickback or damaging the chain. The JawSaw is the safe and easy way to tackle debris clean up without gas, cords, or dangerous kickback. It is the perfect go-to tool for gardeners, handymen, and anyone else who performs limb and brush clearing.


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#6.Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim 8 Amp 14- Inch Electric Chainsaw


Designed to cut small limbs and saplings, the Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim electric chainsaw provides rugged construction and user-friendly features. The Limb N Trim is equipped with an 8 AMP motor and has a 14-inch low-kickback bar and chain. It comes with a push-button oiler and an external adjustment system for reliable chain tensioning. Unlike gas-powered tools, this electric chainsaw does not require gasoline, and it’s easier to start. Whatever your task, this machine can adapt and help you get the job done. It also comes fully assembled and is backed by a 2-year limited warranty.


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#5.Remington RM5118R Rodeo 51cc 2-Cycle 18-Inch Gas Chainsaw


Whether you're trimming tree limbs, cutting firewood or clearing debris after a storm, no cutting task is too tough for the Rodeo chainsaw's powerful 51cc engine. The 18-inch low-kickback bar and chain, pro-grade crankcase and sprocket help you cut through even hefty trunks with ease. The Rodeo uses a QuickStart technology that makes pull starting the gas powered engine simpler and the anti-vibration handle keeps you comfortable during any cutting task. The Rodeo comes with an adjustable automatic oiler that provides constant lubrication for consistent use and the electronic ignition provides a reliable start in all conditions This Remington RM5118R Rodeo Chainsaw comes fully assembled and is backed by a 2-year limited warranty.


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#4.GreenWorks 20312 G-MAX 40V 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw, 4AH Battery and a Charger Included


We are taking our Lithium-Ion technology to the next level and giving you the gas comparable alternative chainsaw solution you have been looking for with up to 30% more torque and up to 70% less vibration than gas powered chainsaws. GreenWorks NEW G-MAX 16-inch DigiPro Chainsaw is powered with our innovative brushless technology allowing for longer life, greater efficiency and less noise with more torque--making this the first battery-powered chainsaw that can replace your gas. The perfect chainsaw for users of all experience, whether it is your first time or a veteran this chainsaw features a heavy duty Oregon bar and chain, .0375 chain pitch, chain brake, metal bucking spikes and an automatic oiler to make this easy to use while providing the high performance needed to get your yard work done quickly and efficiently. Once you have tried our NEW DigiPro Chainsaw you will not want to go back to mixing gas and oil. Our NEW DigiPro Brushless System will offer gas-comparable performance lawn tools for the serious lawn care enthusiast.


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#3.Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20-Inch 50cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw With Carrying Case


Poulan Pro chainsaws provide the latest and greatest features at industry leading prices. "Nothing cuts like a Pro" The Poulan Pro PP5020AV features an effortless pull start system and reduced vibration handle to reduce operator fatigue, 50cc DuraLife engine, Dual Post, Purge and Spring Assist, Aluminum -inch professional-inch style clutch cover, SuperClean air filter system, automatic chain oiler, tool-less access to air filter and spark plug, on-board locking scrench holder and is packaged with a carrying case. This has the most power (50cc) for any consumer chainsaw on the market.


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#2.WORX 16-Inch 14.5 Amp Electric Chainsaw with Auto-Tension, Chain Brake, and Automatic Oiling - WG303.1


The WORX 16-Inch 3.5 HP 14.5 Amp chainsaw is a cut above the rest. The WORX exclusive, patented tool-free chain replacement and auto-tensioning system eliminate the headaches faced with most other chain saws. You don't need to be a lumberjack to operate a chainsaw. The auto-tension system includes a single, oversized knob that secures the bar and chain and maintains proper tension during operation-automatically. The WORX auto-tensioning system also works to extend bar and chain life by eliminating any chance of over-tightening. What's more, all-metal dogs at the base of the long, 16-inch bar help add stability during cutting, while an easy-to-lubricate sprocket on the bar nose helps preserve the life of the tool.


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#1.Husqvarna 460 Rancher 20-Inch 60.3cc 2-Stoke X-Torq Gas Powered Chain Saw (CARB Compliant)


There are plenty of reviews for this saw, so I'll just add some simple advice. Use the recommended oil pump setting, perform the daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance. Start by practicing maintenance before using the saw. Eventually, you may want to replace your clutch spur (Stihl recommends doing this with the replacement of 2 chains) so you may consider a few dollars for a cylinder lock tool to pop off the clutch spur. This is to the best way to reset the brake band in the open position in case you accidentally remove the clutch cover in the locked brake position. I also help in cleaning band since it seems easier to clean it with the locked position. Get some carb eater spray cleaner to clean the clutch.


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