The Best Electric Chainsaws For Quiet Yet Effective Cutting

Get started on all your cutting projects with our handpicked selection of electric chainsaws.
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Unlike the petrol equivalent, an electric chainsaw is quieter, easier to use, lightweight and best used for domestic outdoor maintenance tasks. Its simplicity and ease of maintenance make it an excellent choice for beginners or those who prefer hassle-free equipment.

To assist you in selecting an electric chainsaw, our handpicked selection lists top-performing models, chosen based on our first-hand experience using several to cut a range of wood in DIY and gardening settings. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Oregon CS1400 Electric Chainsaw
Best Overall: Oregon CS1400 Electric Chainsaw
Einhell GH-EC 2040 Chainsaw
Best Budget: Einhell GH-EC 2040 Chainsaw
Makita UC3541A Electric Chainsaw
Best All-Rounder: Makita UC3541A Electric Chainsaw
Mcculloch CSE2040S Corded Chainsaw
Easiest To Use: Mcculloch CSE2040S Corded Chainsaw
BLACK+DECKER CS2040 Chainsaw
Best Budget Runner-Up: BLACK+DECKER CS2040 Chainsaw
Ryobi RCS2340 Electric Chainsaw
Best Performance Runner-Up: Ryobi RCS2340 Electric Chainsaw

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Electric Chainsaws

Whether we are chopping up logs for our wood-burning stove or cutting down a tree, we’ve had plenty of experience using a variety of chainsaws in a range of applications. Models we’ve used include budget options and those that we highly rated within our roundup such as our Oregon machine shown in the photo.
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Whilst testing the electric chainsaws, we always try to test out the performance of the machine by cutting a variety of timber of all capable sizes. We also analysed its build quality and commented on how easy it was to use and set up when compared to other machines.

It’s important to note that with any chainsaw you buy, it’s highly recommended that you purchase chainsaw oil because this helps to lubricate any cutting components. Depending upon the amount of cutting you intend on doing, you may also require a chainsaw sharpener to keep the blades sharp for optimum cutting performance.

To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest electric chainsaws (for this article), we are continuously upgrading our machines to the latest offerings from the top brands in the UK. Therefore, we intend to keep this article up to date (where applicable) with our latest recommendations.

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As well as our experience of using a range of electric chainsaws, we also based our recommendations upon hours of research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the motor, build quality, power cable length, chain speed, cutting capacity, additional features, ease of operation, supplied accessories, warranty and value.

The Best Electric Chainsaws

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1. Best Overall: Oregon CS1400 Electric Chainsaw

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The Oregon CS1400 is by far the most powerful electric chainsaw in our roundup and it’s powered by a 2,400-watt motor. In terms of its performance, it provides a chain speed of 14.7 m/s and the extra torque from the 2,400-watt motor makes for superior cutting with the 40 cm bar.

As well as offering excellent cutting performance, the CS1400 also features plenty of intuitive features. Some of these features include the integrated chain tightening system, oil level window, front hand guard and so much more.

Pros
  • 40 cm low kickback guide bar and chain
  • High power 2,400 watt motor
  • Chain speed of 14.7 m/s
  • Tool-free chain tensioning
  • Integrated chain braking system
  • Automatic chain lubrication with transparent oil reservoir
  • Backed by a three year warranty
  • Relatively quiet operation
Cons
  • Quite heavy to use for extended periods (weighs 6.6 KG)

To conclude, the Oregon CS1400 is a highly-rated electric chainsaw that provides maximum power and is packed full of functionality. It’s also backed by a long three year warranty for complete peace of mind.

2. Best Budget: Einhell GH-EC 2040 Chainsaw

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By far one of the cheapest electric chainsaws that’s actually worth buying is the Einhell GH-EC 2040. Although it comes with a budget price tag, it’s built to a high standard and features an Oregon rail and chain for effortless cutting. In terms of its performance, it’s powered by a 2,000-watt electric motor that provides a chain speed of 13.5 m/s.

Pros
  • Easy tool-free chain tensioning and changing
  • Mechanical chain brake for kickback protection
  • Handles been designed with usability in mind
  • 2,000 watt motor that features robust metal gearing
  • 406mm blade length
  • Cutting length of 375mm
Cons
  • Requires assembly out of the box
  • May not be suitable for heavy duty cutting

To conclude, the Einhell GH-EC 2040 is the best budget electric chainsaw that’s built by a reputable brand and provides excellent cutting performance. The only slight drawback is that it requires a minor assembly out of the box but it’s very easy to do whilst following the provided instructions.

3. Best All-Rounder: Makita UC3541A Electric Chainsaw

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The Makita brand offers a number of electric chainsaws but the UC3541A model is their most popular machine due to its affordable price tag and lightweight design. As it’s the brand’s budget option, it only uses a 1,800-watt motor but this smaller motor still provides a chain speed of 14.5 m/s with a cutting capacity of 35 cm.

Pros
  • 1,800 watt electric motor
  • Chain speed of 14.5 m/s
  • Tool-less blade adjustments
  • Automatic chain oil pump
  • Metal spike bumper
  • 10 metre power cable
  • Supplied with a cover and instructions
Cons

    For tackling small to medium logs and other household applications, the Makita UC3541A is a great option to consider. It’s easy to use, lightweight, affordable and backed by the reputable Makita brand for complete peace of mind.

    4. Easiest To Use: Mcculloch CSE2040S Corded Chainsaw

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    The Mcculloch CSE2040S is another great option to consider because it features a 2,000-watt motor and plenty of intuitive features. It’s also been designed with usability in mind and features a soft start and an ergonomic grip. In terms of its cutting performance, the motor provides a chain speed of 13.5 m/s with a cutting capacity of 40 cm.

    Pros
    • Soft start 2,000 watt electric motor
    • Chain speed of 13.5 m/s
    • Tool-less chain tensioning
    • Oil level window
    • Ergonomic grip that makes it far easier to use
    Cons
    • Relatively expensive when compared to other electric chainsaws

    Overall, the Mcculloch CSE2040S is an excellent all-round option that really does tick all the boxes. It offers excellent value, cuts great, has a lightweight design and is safe to use with a visible chain break indicator and cable clip.

    5. Best Budget Runner-Up: BLACK+DECKER CS2040 Chainsaw

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    BLACK+DECKER are well-known for their power tools and the CS2040 model is their flagship electric chainsaw. It uses a 2,000-watt motor to provide excellent cutting performance through a 40 cm sword length and chain speed of 16 m/s.

    As with many of the alternatives, this electric chainsaw also features an SDS system that allows for free blade tensioning that’s easy to adjust to best suit your requirements.

    Pros
    • 2,000 watt electric motor
    • Low kick-back chain
    • Integrated auto oiling system
    • Tool-less chain tensioning
    • Anti-vibration system
    Cons
    • Not as high quality when compared to other branded chainsaws

    Overall, the BLACK+DECKER CS2040 is an affordable yet high-quality electric chainsaw that won’t disappoint. It ticks all the boxes in terms of performance and it offers relatively good value for the money when compared to similar performing chainsaws.

    6. Best Performance Runner-Up: Ryobi RCS2340 Electric Chainsaw

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    The Ryobi RCS2340 is another high-performing electric chainsaw that features a 40 cm bar for cutting through thick wood. In terms of its power delivery, it uses a 2,300-watt motor that produces an impressive chain speed of 16 m/s.

    In order to handle all the instant power, there is an integrated rapid response mechanical chain brake system that provides smoother control of the chainsaw. This is a great feature to have considering the speed of the chain.

    Pros
    • High performance 2,300 watt motor
    • 16 m/s chain speed
    • Automatic chain and bar lubrication
    • Desirable debris deflector
    • Tool-less chain tension system
    • Anti-vibration system to reduce fatigue
    Cons
    • Quite heavy, which can make it uncomfortable to use for extended periods

    Overall, the Ryobi RCS2340 is a very powerful chainsaw that cuts through a range of thick wood with ease. It’s also one of the best options within its price range that also requires minimal maintenance.

    Conclusion

    If you don’t intend to chop large logs, an electric chainsaw is by far the better option when compared to a petrol chainsaw. Although the power cable of an electric chainsaw may restrict your movement, a suitable extension lead will allow you to move freely. However, depending on your budget, you may wish to purchase a cordless chainsaw instead because it provides similar performance but it has the benefit of not being restricted by a power cable.

    All of our recommendations above are suitable for all budgets and are capable of cutting through small to medium logs with ease. However, to avoid disappointment, we advise that you purchase a bottle of chainsaw oil alongside your machine because you’ll need to keep all of the cutting components lubricated for the best cutting performance.

    If you require further information regarding any of our electric chainsaw recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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