Electric chainsaws are a convenient way to trim smaller size trees and branches in your yard. A variety of safety and comfort features make them ideal for many projects.
Choosing Your Saw
The cutting capabilities of electric chainsaws can vary. Consider the type of job you’ll be doing and the size of the tree or limb you’ll be cutting. A small electric chainsaw might be perfect for quickly cutting down a few saplings. The most powerful electric chainsaws can cut through diameters of two feet or more. Look for a pole saw, or pruner chainsaw, to cut higher branches safely while keeping your feet on the ground.
Modern Features for Smooth Cutting
Many of today’s corded electric chainsaws are just as powerful as smaller gas-powered options. They’re easy to start and generally lighter and quieter than a gas model.
Look for an electric saw that has safety features like a chain brake and kick-back protection. A number of models, such as those offered by Homelite and Makita, also include an automatic bar and chain oiler to keep it lubricated.
A tool-free or automatic chain-tensioning system will help maintain proper tension while cutting. If you think you’ll be working for extended periods, look for a chainsaw with an anti-vibration handle to reduce user fatigue. Check out our tips for selecting a chainsaw, if you’re not sure where to start.
Whichever type of saw you choose, keep in mind that electric chainsaws do have to be plugged in. You’ll need to be working within 100 feet of a power outlet and will likely need an extension cord, as well. To learn more about chainsaws, check out our guide.