Best Professional Chainsaws 2019 – Reviews, Top Picks & Guide

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a chainsaw being used by a professionalIf you are looking for a chainsaw to get the job done, you’re likely wondering what you need to be looking for in a chainsaw and what’s available on the market today. To buy the best professional chainsaw you need to test out different models. The problem is that this is costly and time-consuming.

So, we’ve done the job for you and we’ve compiled a list of the best chainsaws when it comes to both quality and value for money. Let’s look at the different chainsaws available to purchase today and rate them based on their features, durability, and their ability to give you the results you’re looking for with our professional chainsaw reviews.

To provide you with a list of the top 5 best professional chainsaws for 2019 we’ve taken the time to test out several of the top models on the market. We tested them with numerous materials and in a variety of situations, so we could understand exactly what the pros and cons of each chainsaw are.


An Overview of our Favorite Picks in 2019

ModelPriceWarrantyEditor Rating
Husqvarna 460 Rancher
Husqvarna 460 Rancher
(Best Overall)

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30 Days4.9/5
DeWalt DCCS670X1
DeWalt DCCS670X1

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3 Years4.7/5
Oregon 570995 CS1500
Oregon 570995 CS1500
(Best Value)

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3 Years4.6/5
Makita XCU02PTX
Makita XCU02PTX

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30 Days4.3/5
Zombi ZCS5817
Zombi ZCS5817

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5 Years4.2/5

10 Best Professional Chainsaws – Reviews

1. Husqvarna 460 Rancher Chainsaw – Best Overall

Husqvarna 460 Rancher

The Husqvarna 460 Rancher comes highly recommended by novices and professionals alike, and for good reason. You can find an incredible number of accessories, depending on the package you decide to buy. There’s a good replacement warranty for all the parts that come from Husqvarna.

What stands out for us is the signature HAVS technology. This means that the chainsaw’s revving automatically stops if there’s any indication that an injury has occurred. And that applies if the saw hits any solid items, such as hard objects stuck within a log. That protects both you and the chainsaw.

The chainsaw also has versatility when it comes to the choice of fuel. It works with octane, ethanol, and Aspen, to offer just a few examples.

Finally, we were impressed by the X Torque addition. This is a type of technology that helps the chainsaw to provide a powerful performance with only the bare minimum amount of fuel needed.

Pros
  • One of the most powerful chainsaws around.
  • Technology aimed at both safety and performance.
  • Can work with multiple types of fuel.
Cons
  • Large bar size that reduces maneuverability.

2. DeWalt DCCS670X1 Professional Chainsaw

DeWalt DCCS670X1

The DeWalt DCCS670X1 is a close second on our list. This is the practical, strong chainsaw everyone needs to own. It gets the job done without any of the added features. And that’s the only reason why it isn’t at the top of this list. It’s only slightly less versatile.

What sets the DeWalt apart is the DeWalt FlexVolt technology. It maintains the battery at its optimal state, so that performance isn’t interrupted, and it drains only a small amount of battery life.

Safety is also a top priority because it has an automatic chain brake safety mechanism. Another part of the safety package is a safety guard on the front handle, so those splinters won’t be a problem again.

And you can’t ask for anything better than the 60V battery output. It’s as much power as you’re likely to need.

Pros
  • High level of safety.
  • Maintains optimal performance at all times.
  • Strong and powerful.
Cons
  • Hard to change the chain oil.
  • A lack of an added protective casing.

3. Oregon CS1500 Professional Chainsaw – Best Value

Oregon 570995 CS1500

The Oregon 570995 CS1500 is one of the most interesting chainsaws we’ve come across because it has a self-sharpening chain. Just hold the lever and a sharpening stone inside the chainsaw will sharpen the chain in just a few seconds. This will prolong the life of your chain and ensures that you never have to compromise on results.

And that’s why this is our favorite chainsaw for getting value for money.

But why wouldn’t we put a chainsaw with such a cool feature at number one?

Simple. It does come with some downsides. The chainsaw’s auto-oiling system is frustrating for users. And this is one of the heaviest chainsaws of the ones we tested. If you’re a novice, this chainsaw can be difficult to handle.

But it does come with a strong 15-amp motor, which allows you to get the maximum power out of a power outlet. That’s also the beauty of this chainsaw. All you need is an outlet. You don’t need to worry about gas or any other external fuel sources.

It doesn’t require much maintenance to manage, which makes it ideal if you’re looking for a chainsaw that you can pick up and use in a matter of seconds.

Pros
  • Easy to get started with.
  • Comes with a self-sharpening chain.
  • Strong motor offering maximum power.
Cons
  • Frustrating auto-oiling system.
  • Difficult to handle because it’s so heavy.

4. Makita XCU02PTX Chainsaw

Makita XCU02PTX

The Makita XCU02PTX is one of the most affordable chainsaws on the market today. We couldn’t place it in our ‘Best Value for Money’ slot simply because it lacks certain features. It’s a relatively simple chainsaw that gets the job done and little else. It’s a great basic chainsaw to add to your collection.

The handles of the Makita have a special sweat proof grip for those long cutting sessions. It’s also easy to handle as it’s lightweight compared to some of the other chainsaws on our list.

The battery consumption is managed and controlled by the step-down voltage transition, so you can cut for longer.

One of the most annoying parts about using this chainsaw for us was a fast safety disarm feature. It has the right idea in theory, but unfortunately, if you turn the chainsaw on and don’t make contact with the material in time it automatically switches itself off. Frustrating to say the least!

Pros
  • An affordable chainsaw.
  • Sweat-proof grip.
  • Managed battery consumption to increase its lifespan.
Cons
  • Annoying safety disarm feature.
  • Doesn’t come with any other special features.

5. Zombi 16-Inch Professional Chainsaw

Zombi ZCS5817

Packing a stout 58 volts, this Zombi chainsaw is a killer of undead branches. It may not be the best out there, but it still performs better than a majority of the chainsaws on the market. The brushless motor provides efficient power reliably. The anti-kickback bar and chain make sure you don’t see the saw flying back at your face unexpectedly.

At 16 pounds (plus the weight of the battery), this is a pretty hefty tool, our first drawback. We also had some problems with the tensioner hitting the chain. Later, we discovered that it was because the screws holding the tensioner had stripped out the plastic and allowed it to move. Luckily, this saw is covered by a five-year warranty. However, this is a poor design choice, and another reason why this saw doesn’t make it into the top spots of this list.

Pros
  • Brushless motor
  • Anti-kickback bar and chain
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Tensioner screws strip and allow plastic to hit chain

6. Greenworks 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw

Greenworks 16-Inch

Combining the convenience of battery power plus the efficiency of brushless motors, this chainsaw from Greenworks can make 100 cuts on 4×4 lumber on a single charge. It’s pretty light at 10.4 pounds, though the battery adds some additional weight. While this saw is quite efficient, our battery had a problem fresh from the factory. The charge indicator light didn’t work, so we never knew how much power was left. Greenworks could benefit from stronger quality control on this tool.

The electronic chain brake helps to stop accidental kickbacks, a safety feature that we appreciated during use. It also features an automatic oiler that reduces heat and friction, improving the service life of the saw. Although this is a great feature, on this particular model it seems to result in the saw leaking oil. After leaving it in the garage a few days it had accumulated a small puddle, something we were disappointed to see.

Pros
  • 100 cuts on one charge
  • Brushless motors
Cons
  • Battery charge indicator didn’t work
  • Leaks oil

7. BLACK+DECKER 18-Inch Chainsaw

BLACKDECKER Electric Chainsaw

With the powerful 15-amp motor turning this 18-inch BLACK+DECKER chainsaw, cutting through wood of any type and size should be a breeze. At 12 pounds, it’s right about average in weight. This model is fully electric, so no difficulty getting it started, but you’ll carry an extension cord everywhere. Thanks to the automatic oiling system, you’ll never need to prime this saw. Because of the anti-kickback chain and bar, this saw has a reduced chance of injury from kickback, a dangerous but common issue with chainsaw use.

Despite the great features of this saw, it has a serious drawback that keeps it lower on this list. It’s just not very reliable. Ours died after just a few days of light use. Luckily, it’s covered by a two-year warranty. Regrettably, this seems to be a semi-common problem with this model. Great chainsaw with useful features, just not the most reliable. Also, this saw needed assembly upon arrival, another slight drawback.

Pros
  • Reduced chance of kickback
  • Automatic oiling system
Cons
  • Not very reliable
  • Needs assembly

8. WORX WG384 Cordless Chainsaw

WORX WG384

This WORX chainsaw uses two 20V batteries to power its brushless motors. This is a different method than employed by many other manufacturers who produce 40V batteries instead. Luckily, the charger that comes with it also has room to charge two batteries at once, so it shouldn’t be an inconvenience. The saw is quite powerful and cut through an 8-inch tree with ease.

The automatic chain oiler and auto-tension chain system make this little chainsaw easy to use. That said, the chain tensioner isn’t anything to write home about. Our chain required nearly continuous tightening, and a few times it came off completely. Additionally, its short length of only 14 inches may not be adequate if you need to cut through thick logs. At 11 pounds, it should be one of the lighter chainsaws, but once you include both batteries, it’s closer to 15 pounds.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Cordless
Cons
  • Uses two batteries
  • Chain tensioner needed constant adjusting
  • Chain may come off

9. Remington RM4620 Gas Chainsaw

Remington RM4620

Equipped with a 46-cc 2-cycle gas engine, the Remington RM4620 Outlaw is a portable and powerful beast. The five-point anti-vibration system makes it very comfortable during use. Thanks to the spring-assisted quick-start mechanism, pull starts should be no problem, a common annoyance with gas-powered chain saws. That said, it was still quite a pain to cold start this saw. The quick start was great when the saw was warm, but not before she was warmed up.

Although it features an auto oiling mechanism, the one on our chainsaw got clogged and stopped oiling the chain. This resulted in the saw overheating and shutting off. Also, the torque at full throttle leaves something to be desired, slowing down noticeably on thicker logs. Despite this being a 20-inch saw, it was outperformed by some of the smaller saws that ranked higher on this list.

Pros
  • Powerful gas engine
  • Quick start mechanism
Cons
  • Difficult to start when cold
  • Not the best torque at full throttle
  • Auto oiler got clogged
  • Saw can overheat

10. Husqvarna 120 Mark II Gas Chain Saw

Husqvarna 120 Mark II

Husqvarna is a well-known and respected name in power tools. While the 120 Mark II is a capable saw that outworks many of its competitors, it doesn’t quite live up to the Husqvarna reputation, which is why it’s earned the last place on this list. To start, this saw is powerful and had no problem cutting through a 10-inch tree. It’s also got important safety features such as the built-in safety brake which helps reduce kickback. At 9.3 pounds, it’s very light, which is probably its best feature.

Despite claiming to start up easily, this saw doesn’t like to start when it’s cold. Expect to be yanking on the cord repeatedly. It doesn’t want to stay primed at all, and once you finally get it started, it wants to die. Once warmed up it runs fine, but it’s not exactly pleasurable getting there. From the factory, the carburetor needed adjusting just to make it run properly.

Pros
  • Powerful gas engine
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Difficult to start
  • Doesn’t stay primed
  • Takes a long time to warm up
  • Carburetor needed adjusting

Buying Guide

Buying a chainsaw is always difficult because there are so many aspects to take into account. If you’ve never bought a chainsaw before, or your previous purchase didn’t meet your expectations, we’re going to introduce you to the main things you need to look at if you’re about to start shopping for a new professional chainsaw.

It’s All in the Power

A 12-15-amp motor is all you really need to get the most out of your chainsaw. This will allow you to cut even the toughest pieces of lumber.  Anything under this will restrict you when cutting certain materials, thus warranting a different type of chainsaw anyway.

Take note, though, the motors and the chain should be able to handle the power of the motor. Certain low-quality chainsaws may have big motors, but an inherent weakness elsewhere means more breakage and more problems.

How Tough is the Chainsaw?

Don’t settle for anything less when it comes to the toughness of your chainsaw. When we say this, we mean that the casing of your chainsaw should be able to withstand some punishment.

Dealing with such a dangerous tool means that the casing shouldn’t crack or break, even after prolonged periods. That’s why we always recommend only buying from a retailer that provides a full long-term warranty on their chainsaws. It’s simply a risk you shouldn’t take.

Does it Come with Safety Features?

As we mentioned, chainsaws are some of the most dangerous tools around. The latest chainsaws always come with additional features to minimize the risk of a serious accident.

For example, most premium chainsaws have safety timers. If the chainsaw isn’t in contact with wood for a certain period, it switches itself off.

Other types of chainsaws will automatically shut down if there’s a problem with the battery to stop any overheating.

How Easy is it to Handle?

Ergonomics are always important when handling a chainsaw. Make sure the chainsaw isn’t too heavy. Ideally, you should attempt to handle the chainsaw in question before committing to a purchase. Only you know how much weight you’re comfortable with.

It’s also important to check for grips. Your wrists and hands shouldn’t be twisted into unnatural positions. Furthermore, grips should defend against sweat so you don’t accidentally drop anything.

Always be aware of how close the blade is to your body. Some chainsaws are designed to make sure that it’s nearly impossible for you accidentally cut yourself, regardless of the way you twist and turn.

Will the Case Protect Your Family?

An often-forgotten part of buying a chainsaw is the case that it comes in. You must have a place to store your chainsaw, so a novice can’t get their hands on it. Imagine if your child accidentally flicked a switch when you weren’t in the house and the chainsaw began to cut.

A strong case with a lock on it is essential. Thankfully, most manufacturers understand this need for safety and provide solid storage options for their chainsaws.

Is it Value for Money?

Think about what you want to use your chainsaw for and what you intend on doing with it in the future. Professionals that use their chainsaws regularly may want to investigate a chainsaw that has a self-sharpening tool within the chainsaw itself. This feature is more common than you might think, and it keeps the chain working for longer.

Features like this reduce the amount of maintenance you have to worry about and keeps your chainsaw running for even more projects.

Conclusion

These are our reviews of professional chainsaws on the market today and we’ve come to our conclusion. Our favorite chainsaw is the Husqvarna 460 Rancher for its power and its versatility. It utilizes the latest technology to excel in performance without compromising on safety. And it can take multiple types of fuel, so you can cut anytime.

A close second is the DeWalt DCCS670X1 for its high level of performance. It doesn’t have the same features as the Rancher, but any professional would be glad to have one of these.

Finally, our value for money pick is the Oregon 570995 CS1500. This chainsaw does the job and does it without the high price tag. It’s strong, safe, and includes a self-sharpening chain.

These are the three chainsaws you should choose from. Look at your projects, what you want in a chainsaw, and review our buying guide. You’ll be able to make an intelligent decision and get the results you expect.

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