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If you’ve been working with power saws for a long time, you might nod knowingly just from reading the words “60cc chainsaw.” It’s hard to equal the power, versatility, and sheer rush that comes from using a chainsaw with a high-displacement engine. There’s nothing like starting a job with the confidence that nothing can stop you until the work is done.
For the uninitiated, “cc” stands for cubic centimeters, and measures the volume of air displaced by the engine’s pistons. A higher cc translates into more cutting power. Most chainsaws marketed to homeowners sit somewhere in the 30-40 cc range. But if you’re a professional or just a private landowner in need of more power, you can easily find saws that go harder.
While 60cc saws are rare on the open market, it can still be hard to sort through the noise and figure out which one is right for you. That’s why we wrote these reviews: to give you trustworthy information you can use to buy the 60cc chainsaw that’ll bring your woodlands to heel. Let’s get started.
|Model||Price||Engine Speed||Editor Rating|
|Echo CS-590||9500 RPM||4.7/5|
|COOCHEER Ladyiok Chainsaw|
|HUYOSEN 18-Inch 2-Cycle 60cc Chainsaw||8500 RPM||4.25/5|
|X-BULL 20-Inch 58cc Chainsaw||8000 RPM||4.0/5|
One reason we wrote this list was to convince you that there’s a noticeable difference between basic 42cc chainsaw for beginners and a professional 60cc model. Nothing comes close to illustrating that difference as clearly as the Husqvarna 460 Rancher.
Featuring a 20-inch bar and a 2-cycle engine capable of reaching 9000 RPM, the 460 Rancher can cut through any wood you’re likely to encounter. We put it through its paces, slicing up tree trunks at an average of two feet in diameter, and it never once bogged down or seized up. Toward the end of the day, we tested it on a much larger tree just for giggles and dissected it with no trouble at all.
Performance is the main thing that puts Husqvarna at #1, but this saw is also fantastically easy to use. The manual is straightforward and informative. Starting it is a breeze. It’s a heavy beast, weighing almost 21 pounds, but the cushioned, ergonomic handles make it feel like it’s a lot less.
Our one complaint is that there’s no tool-free chain tensioning system — you have to use the included wrench. It’s not hard, but it’s a pain if you lose the wrench.
Our runner-up in the race for the best 60cc chainsaw is the CS-590 Timber Wolf from Echo. It’s a powerful chainsaw that compares to the Husqvarna 460 in almost every way — save for a couple of glaring flaws that drag it down.
The CS-590’s 2-stroke engine (usually) starts easily, even on freezing-cold days, thanks to a well-designed decompression valve. The factory chain will last you through months of jobs. With its ability to continue running smoothly through cut after cut, it makes an ideal firewood saw. Echo has also nailed the anti-vibration technology in this chainsaw, making it a total joy to use. The CS-590 cuts quickly and is easy to keep on a straight line.
What about those flaws? First off, the CS-590 cannot be returned and has no warranty. This wouldn’t be a problem if Echo hadn’t made some of its most important parts out of cheap materials. Specifically, the blade guard’s plastic is thin and flimsy, and we can’t condone skimping on safety.
One more drawback: the start is easy, but finicky. Temperature doesn’t affect it, but atmospheric pressure can. The engine is also incredibly easy to flood, so take care, particularly on the first start.
For homesteaders and property managers on a budget, the Coocheer Ladyiok is the best 60cc chainsaw for the money (62cc, actually, but it’s more of a bracket than a hard number). It runs at up to 8500 RPM and supplies plenty of power to the 20-inch bar while managing to be surprisingly fuel-efficient — so you’re saving money on several fronts.
As our value pick, it’s of course extremely easy to afford, but the real value comes from how much this chainsaw manages to offer for a small amount of money. Its pre-installed chain lasts a long time, helped by an efficient auto-oiler, and an air filter that removes foreign contaminants.
While using the Coocheer Ladyiok, we were struck by how friendly it felt. Gripping the handle was comfortable, and re-tightening the chain was intuitive. It’s also awesome that it ships with an extra spark plug, a spare chain, and a replacement starting rope.
Unfortunately, the reason there’s an extra spark plug is that this chainsaw blows through spark plugs almost as quickly as it cuts through wood. The oiler is also prone to leaking. Finally, while the blade is high-quality, we can’t say the same for the plastic construction.
Another low-priced 60cc chainsaw, the Huyosen 18-inch is worth checking out if you’re strapped for cash and can’t get ahold of a Coocheer Ladyiok.
It’s got a couple of strong selling points outside of the low price. The packaging quality is stellar, avoiding a common problem with cheap power tools. At 18 inches, the bar is shorter than the majority of gas-powered chainsaws, which can be great if you’re working in a tighter space. It also maintains consistent power for a long time, holding up through tough workdays.
That would be better if the power level was higher, but sadly, the Huyosen 60cc is all bark and no bite. It’s definitely loud, but it doesn’t cut very fast. Compounding the problem, the teeth on the factory chain take very little time to blunt.
The biggest reason we can’t recommend this any higher than #4 is that, despite all its good points, the marketing seems to be insisting that it’s also an electric chainsaw. Don’t let all the copy about an “8-amp motor” or a “push-button start” confuse you – this is a gas-powered chainsaw, and we have no clue why Huyosen wants you to believe otherwise.
To finish out the list, we’ve got this 20-inch, 58cc chainsaw from X-Bull, a new brand which is about as close to generic as chainsaws can get. We were cautiously excited about it right off the bat, partly because it’s one of the first high-powered gas chainsaws to take reducing engine emissions seriously.
As big fans of not breathing in toxic fumes, we couldn’t wait to try X-Bull out. We ran into problems with the setup instructions, which are basically useless: we were able to figure them out, but people who don’t review saws for a living won’t be so lucky. After that, the pull-rope got stuck, and we had to remove part of the casing to unbind it.
Once we actually managed to cut something, X-Bull performed impressively, cutting quickly through all the lumber we used it on. However, the “low-emission” engine turned out to be a sick joke — this chainsaw smokes more than a great-aunt.
The bottom line: it cuts well, and it’s cheap, but we don’t know enough yet about how these saws perform long-term. We do like the balance, though, and the auto-oiler is trouble-free, so we’ll be watching to see what X-Bull does next.
We’re always surprised when a chainsaw is the weapon of choice for the murderer in a horror movie. Chainsaws are so loud that any intended victim will hear them coming from a mile away. And what’s the killer going to do when he runs out of gas? Sure, he could be using an electric chainsaw, but he’d still have to recharge it — plus that’s just not very intimidating.
What were we talking about? Oh, right: how to shop for a 60cc chainsaw. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
We mentioned the meaning of “cc” early on, but we’d like to get a little deeper into it here. You might remember that “cc” stands for cubic centimeters of displacement.
The purpose of a chainsaw’s engine is to burn a fuel-oil mixture and use the energy released to power a rotating belt of small saw blades. Once you start the engine, the fuel is ignited by a spark plug. The resulting force pushes a piston back and forth, a translational motion that converts into the rotational motion that the chain needs in order to move.
That’s a brazen oversimplification. There’s really only one thing you need to take away from it: all the energy that moves your chainsaw’s blade comes from the back-and-forth (“two-stroke”) motion of a piston. From there, you can grasp that the more space the piston has to move, the more power it will be able to build up.
That, in turn, is why displacement is so important. A higher cc measure informs literally everything about a chainsaw, including:
You know: all the important stuff.
If you aren’t sure how much power you need, run through the pros and cons of a high-powered chainsaw.
Higher-displacement gas chainsaws are for people who have a lot of work to do. That can mean cutting through a few huge trees, a large thicket of smaller ones or a lot of biomass spread out across a wide area.
If you mainly use a chainsaw for pruning shrubs, clearing small branches for trails, or getting rid of hazardous limbs, 60cc is much more power than you need. In fact, you might be better off with a gas-powered pole saw, many of which have 2-in-1 capabilities that include a small chainsaw.
|Use Chainsaw||Don't Use Chainsaw|
|Cutting off tree limbs||Cutting grass|
|Chopping logs||Digging holes|
|Clearing heavy brush||Custom DIY woodwork|
|Ice fishing||Miter cuts|
Here’s how to comparison-shop with confidence for a 60cc chainsaw.
Component Quality: Chainsaws are intricate machines. If they aren’t built from components that hold together, they can’t perform. When you use a cheap chainsaw, you’ll feel it: cuts start out awkward and grow laborious the longer you work. It’ll also degrade much faster, costing you money as you replace first the parts and then the entire saw.
Handling/Ease Of Use: You can have the best components of the greatest quality, but if the chainsaw doesn’t handle well, it’s all for naught. This isn’t just a convenience issue – it’s a safety issue. If you can’t control a chainsaw, or if you get tired and sloppy while using it, you’re one step away from grievous bodily harm.
Our reviews are based on real-world experience. We’d never recommend something we haven’t used. It’s because we’ve spent so much time cutting with Husqvarna tools that we like them so much.
The Husqvarna 460 Rancher didn’t disappoint, sailing to victory in our search for the best 60cc chainsaw. It’s user-friendly, fuel-efficient, and balanced, and it cuts like a dream. Although it’s a bit heavy, and re-tightening the chain can cause some trouble, we have no qualms about giving the 460 Rancher our highest recommendation.
The Echo CS-590 makes for a strong runner-up. It’s also a fantastic cutter and can run just about forever without complaining. If it weren’t for the thin blade guard, sometimes-obnoxious start, and lack of a warranty, it might have taken the #1 spot.
Now that you’ve read to the end, you’re ready to go out and buy the 60cc chainsaw that will change your yard and your life. Good luck — we’ll see you on the back forty!