Powerworks Chainsaw Review | How Does it Compare?

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Welcome to our Powerworks Chainsaw Review. You might be surprised at how good this inexpensive chainsaw is. But the question is : How does it compare to big brands like : Makita, Oregon, EGO and WORX? Keep reading and you’ll find out. Either way, I’m confident you’ll find something you like here if you’re looking for a cordless chainsaw worth your hard-earned money.


If you like me are a fan of fume-free, maintenance-free yard equipment, you’ve probably made the switch to electric or battery-powered by now. However, I understand that not all of you reading this article are convinced by tall claims of performance quoted by marketeers. Look, I’ll be real — gas is still king in terms of raw power and versatility. However, most homeowners cutting firewood and felling small trees in their backyard will never utilize even half of a 45cc gas chainsaw’s capabilities. And that is a very common engine displacement size, so what good is all that power if you’re not even using it? Is it worth the hassle you go through in order to refuel the thing or clean its filters?

Look, I have reviewed plenty of high-end gas chainsaws in the past, from companies like Stihl and Husqvarna. And during that same time, I have seen electric chainsaws evolve from little more than toys for light work to actual heavy-duty machines capable of felling, limbing, and bucking 50-foot trees. Companies like DeWalt, Makita, and Milwaukee have made serious advancements in motor technology. And the build quality of a top-end electric saw isn’t inferior to that of a top-end gas saw. You get rugged metal bodies with heavy duty motors that can handle lots of abuse, running for hours through the toughest and thickest of logs without overheating.

If you still aren’t convinced, I suggest you start out with something more affordable. Like the PowerWorks 60V cordless chainsaw, model CS60L2510PW. This is a complete kit, which means it includes a battery and charger alongside the tool. If this is your first time buying a cordless electric tool, I recommend you buy the kit instead of just the chainsaw. The 2.5Ah 60V battery you get in the package can be used with other POWERWORKS tools like their hedge trimmers, self-propelled lawn mowers, snow throwers, leaf blowers, etc. And POWERWORKS is actually one of the best brands for purchasing your first cordless tool from. They provide reliable, well-crafted products at a price everyone can afford.

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Even though the company itself is relatively new to the scene, their products speak far louder than words and I found most buyers were quite happy with their purchases. From my research, I found out that the brand is owned by Globe Tools Group which is a China-based company that specializes in battery powered equipment. They have regional branches in USA, Canada, Europe, and Russia with the global headquarters in Changzhou. The same parent organization also owns GreenWorks. Does this mean you can swap batteries between GreenWorks and Powerworks tools? No, because even though some of them might look similar, the designs for their batteries are completely different.

Are Powerworks products less desirable than products from recognized European, North American, and Japanese brands? Not at all, because most companies these days shift a majority of their manufacturing to China anyways. It’s all about quality control combined with good R&D, and Powerworks scores well in both of those categories.

They have some of the lightest, most ergonomic cordless tools supported by robust battery platforms to ensure consistent performance throughout their lifespan. Powerworks has excellent after sales service which is entirely localized in North America, with separate US and Canada headquarters. So you can easily get spare parts for your tools, which are already covered by a 4-year warranty.


POWERWORKS Chainsaw Review

60V Brushless Chainsaw / CS60L2510PW

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Includes a 4 year warranty.

Note : Can be purchased with or without a battery and charger. If you buy other Powerworks tools you can use one battery for all of them, making it more cost effective.

Features :

  • High-efficiency 60V brushless motor with electric start provides more power, torque, and longer life without the hassle of gas
  • Equipped with 16″ bar and chain for dependable performance
  • Automatic oiler easily applies oil to the chain keeping it lubricated
  • Chain brake halts the chain movement to prevent accidental kick back. Cushioned over mold grip – for comfort while you work
  • 60V 2.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery provides up to 100 cuts on 4×4 lumber
  • This battery is compatible with all Powerworks 60V and Snapper 60V tools (SP60V, SC60V, SH60V, ST60V, SB60V). Battery is NOT compatible with Greenworks 60V or any other brands not listed.

OVERVIEW

“Affordable and lightweight, yet powerful enough to rival a 40cc gas chainsaw. This Powerworks cordless saw is ideal for homeowners, DIYers, and small business owners. It is built well, with a rugged Oregon bar + chain. The ergonomics are excellent, with a cushioned grip and easily accessible safety switch. For the money, you can’t find a better performing cordless saw. And it comes with a 60V 2.5Ah lithium-ion battery + charger.”

Kit vs Bare Tool

The Powerworks CS60L2510PW is a kit, which means it consists of a battery and charger alongside the actual 16” chainsaw itself. If this is your first time getting an electric saw, I suggest you go for the kit instead of just the chainsaw. First off, you’re getting an excellent deal because the kit doesn’t cost much more than the bare tool. Secondly, it sets you up for future yard equipment purchases because the 60V battery is compatible with other Powerworks equipment. Like hedge trimmers, blowers, lawn mowers, etc. You can run a complete lawn and yard maintenance system with just one battery type. Finally, these 60V Powerworks batteries are compatible with Snapper 60V tools.

Snapper discontinued their 60V equipment line a couple of years ago, so owners of old equipment have been stranded with no future support for their aging tools. If you’re one of those guys, you can purchase this Powerworks chainsaw to complement your Snapper 60V hedge trimmer or lawn mower. The batteries are interchangeable.

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Automatic oiler applies oil to the chain & keeps it lubricated. (Amazon)

Funnily enough, GreenWorks 60V batteries won’t fit in this Powerworks chainsaw even though both brands are owned by the same parent company (Globe Tools Group) and share similar designs. However, with a bit of machining work done to the battery-well you can insert a GreenWorks 60V battery into a Powerworks 60V chainsaw. It’s interesting what people will do to save a few dollars. Doing this is dangerous and I do not recommend doing this. Just buy a battery. It’s simple. Problem solved.

Overview

Anyways, moving on to the actual chainsaw — is it any good? For the money, I don’t think there’s anything better. Or more powerful. This is no toy, despite its plastic chassis and lightweight design. The Powerworks PD60CS40 (that’s the model number of the bare tool) is a very capable machine, and can bring down trees over 2 feet thick. This chainsaw will chew through everything from oak to walnut without any issues. It is equipped with a quality brushless motor which not only increases power output in the form of torque and RPM, but also reduces heat generated due to friction. Most corded electric saws use brushed motors. You can learn more about the differences between brushless and brushed motors. In a nutshell, a brushless motor is more efficient. It loses less energy to friction and converts more of that battery power into rotational force.

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Brushless motors also tend to last longer, and their designs are more suited to operation for extended periods of time. That’s why you’ll find them in high-end electric tools. I was honestly surprised to see a quality brushless motor in a tool this cheap. And everyone who’s used this Powerworks chainsaw can confirm that it has plenty of torque. Torque is one of those things you can’t neglect, you need lots of it to slice through tougher wood. Sure, you can change the final gearing at the drive sprocket to artificially generate more torque from a less powerful motor. But you will lose chain speed as a result. If your foundation is a powerful motor, you can have both torque and RPM. And you need both to cut through knotted or dirty wood. Lose chain speed, and your saw will crawl through wood instead of slicing it up. Lose torque and your saw will stall in the middle of a cut as soon as it hits a knot (or if the wood is too thick).

The 60V lithium ion battery platform used by Powerworks is a proven design, it charges up from zero to full in nearly one hour. With this kit (model CS60L2510PW), you get a 2.5Ah battery that lasts 100 cuts on 4 x 4 lumber. However, not everyone’s daily routine involves cutting prepared 4 x 4 lumber under ideal conditions. To quantify that marketing figure- you have enough juice to fell, limb, and buck a 30-foot tall tree that’s about 12 inches wide at the trunk. Basically, any small to medium sized tree on your property can be turned into usable firewood chunks for the fireplace with just one battery.

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I recommend purchasing a second 60V battery if you’re going to use this chainsaw all day. That way, you can set one battery to charge while working with the other one. And if you plan to use this chainsaw for felling a bunch of trees, I recommend getting a higher capacity battery. The 60V platform is available with a variety of batteries :

Runtime scales pretty much linearly with capacity, so a 6Ah 60V battery should give you over twice the runtime of a 2.5Ah 60V battery (cutting performance will still be the same).

In terms of usability, the Powerworks 60V cordless chainsaw scores quite high. It has a very comfortable rear grip with a conveniently located safety switch that prevents the chain from turning unless you depress it alongside the main switch. Then, there’s the weight balance which is just perfect. It isn’t too front heavy which means less operator fatigue and wrist pain. Vibration levels are quite low compared to just about any gas saw, and it’s not as loud as a gas saw. It even has an inertial chain brake which is a safety feature that you won’t find on most lower end electric saws. I don’t know why it isn’t mandatory for all saws regardless of their power source and size to have this feature. It is the best option you have to protect yourself in the event of vertical kickback. To mitigate the risk of kickback, Powerworks uses a low-kickback bar and chain combo from Oregon on this chainsaw.

The bucking teeth are made from metal, which is further indication of the fact that this cordless saw can do some real work. It isn’t just a pruning/ garden maintenance tool, you can actually go out into the woods with this thing and fell some trees. Since you don’t have to fuel this chainsaw, the only bit of operational maintenance you need to do apart from chain tensioning is monitoring bar oil levels. Thankfully, that is made very easy with the transparent bar oil tank.

There is no tool-free chain tensioning, but it might actually be a good thing. Because the good old bar nuts and chain tensioning screw are far more rugged and reliable than a plastic knob. I have heard countless stories of people who have to keep fidgeting with their tool-free chain tensioners, especially with new chains that have a break-in period. Plus, if that tensioning knob breaks you are royally screwed out in the field. A scrench isn’t that hard to carry around if you’re looking to do some serious work. And you can actually get higher levels of tension with the conventional tensioning system.


Review : Oregon CS300 / Self-Sharpening

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Self-sharpening system means you never cut with a dull chain.

Features :

  • Instant Start : No pull cords, the CS300 starts with the pull of a trigger
  • Lithium Ion Power : Premium cell technology means constant no-fade power and longer run times
  • Clean Power: No gas means no emissions, no gas-oil mixing, and less maintenance
  • PowerSharp System : Sharpen your chain in as little as 3 seconds with the pull of a lever
  • Comfortable to Use : Lightweight and balance makes it easy to handle, with low vibration and silence between cuts.
  • Chain stays oiled using the built-in Lubri-Tec oiling system which reduces chain friction and increases the saw’s run time.
  • Brushless motor
  • 16″ (40cm) bar length
  • Automatic oiler with 4.1 oz tank capacity
  • No load chain speed 2796 fpm
  • Tool-less tensioner
  • Only 12 lbs with battery

OVERVIEW

“Simply the most well-rounded cordless chainsaw you can buy. It’s got everything- power, convenience, ergonomics, and durability. Oregon are known for making the best bars and chains in the industry, so you know you’re getting a quality product that will last for a really long time. With its self-sharpening chain and tool-free chain tensioning, all you need to carry into the field is this chainsaw. With a battery of course.”

Overview

What’s better than a lightweight, powerful cordless chainsaw? A lightweight, powerful cordless chainsaw that sharpens its own chain. Seriously, the CS300 from Oregon is one of a kind when it comes to user convenience. You just push a little red lever located above the side cover, and rev the chain at full speed. During that time, a semi-circular grindstone located next to the drive sprocket swivels into position, contacting the chain. This grindstone will sharpen all the cutters within 3 seconds. And then, it’s like having a brand-new chain fresh out of the box.

Couple this feature with the extremely powerful brushless motor, and you’ve got yourself a chainsaw that can tackle every job from tree maintenance to construction. The self-sharpening feature is one that comes in handy no matter your use-case. Even if you aren’t working at a jobsite or lumberyard, it saves you from having to buy a dedicated chain sharpening tool. And if you work in a professional environment, it saves you precious minutes that can go into cutting wood instead of sharpening the chain.

So depending on what you’re doing and the volume of work, it saves both time and money. No more manually filing each tooth with the chainsaw bar in a vice. Sure, there are electric chain sharpeners you can buy. Oregon even makes professional-grade bench grinders designed specifically for sharpening chainsaw chains (like the 520-120). But for 99% of you reading this article, the built-in sharpener on the CS300 is a much more elegant and easily accessible option. Unless you own multiple chainsaws with dozens of chains lying around, in that case invest in an electric chain sharpener.

The CS300 also has a tool-free chain tensioner which means you don’t need a scrench to tighten the chain or adjust the bar alignment. This is a very convenient way to tension your chain on the fly, especially with a brand-new chain that is cold and going through hardwood. There will be plenty of stretching in those initial few cuts with a new chain, so you will have to tension it frequently. The process is made much simpler with a tool-free tensioner in which you just turn a knob. A conventional chain tensioner with a screw and bar nuts is more rugged and can achieve higher levels of tension. But it also requires you to carry a scrench and put in more effort. With the tool-free chain tensioner you don’t even need a work surface such as a stump or bench, you can hold the chainsaw in your hands and turn the knob to adjust tension.

Everything on the CS300 is designed around user convenience, even the bar oil cap is located in a spot that’s easy to access. The cap itself is large and the throat is wide enough for you to pour in the oil without requiring a funnel. There is a window built into the bar oil tank which lets you visually gauge bar oil levels with a single glance while working. Metal bucking spikes keep the saw steady while you’re going through a thick log.

Oregon has 3 different battery options for the CS300, and runtime increases in direct correlation to Ah. There is the B425E which is a 2.6Ah battery. Then, there’s the B600E which is a 4.0Ah battery. And finally, the B650E which is a 6Ah battery. All of these are 40V lithium ion batteries, designed by Oregon. All of them will work in the CS300 and depending on the capacity of your battery, runtimes will vary. Oregon measures runtime based on the number of 2 – 3 inch cuts you can make on one charge. It’s up to 250 cuts for the 2.5Ah battery, up to 400 cuts for the 4.0Ah battery, and 600 cuts for the 6.0Ah battery. It seems every single Ah on this 40V battery platform delivers 100 cuts. Higher capacity batteries also take longer to recharge, and weigh more so keep that in mind before purchasing a battery for your chainsaw.

Oregon C300 / Tech Specs :

  • Guide Bar Length : 16″ (40cm)
  • Chain Type : PowerSharp
  • Chain Pitch / Gauge 3/8″ : Low profile / .050″ gauge
  • No Load Chain Speed : 2796 FPM
  • Oil Lubrication System : Automatic
  • Oil Tank Volume : 4.1 oz (120ml)

Review : EGO Power+ CS1804

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Plenty of power for most homeowners.

Features :

  • Auto Tensioning system: tightens the chain with the twist of a dial
  • 18” Oregon Bar and Chain
  • 11,000 RPM’s: For Efficient Clean Cuts
  • Brushless Motor: Extends the life of the tool
  • Bright LED Lights: Illuminate your work area
  • 5 Year Tool Warranty, 3 Year Battery Warranty

OVERVIEW

“Powerful enough to go through 30+ inch hardwood tree trunks and light enough to carry around the property, the EGO Power+ CS1804 is a rare breed of cordless chainsaw. It has all the features you’d expect from a premium cordless saw like an inertial chain brake, metal bucking spiles, trigger lock-off switch, etc. But EGO also included a few extra features to make this the safest cordless chainsaw of them all.”

Overview

You don’t see a lot of 18-inch cordless chainsaws because that is getting into prosumer territory, meaning you aren’t just limbing and pruning anymore. You’re now looking at bucking large logs and felling trees. Sure, there are powerful 16” cordless saws which can be used for felling and bucking. In fact, the Oregon CS300 and Powerworks 60V chainsaws I just reviewed are designed exactly for that purpose. But the vast majority of 16” cordless chainsaws are cheaply designed tools for homeowners who take them out of the garage once or twice a year. And when you do see an 18-inch cordless saw, it’s usually a 16-inch saw with a longer bar slapped onto it.

Attaching a longer bar to an existing powerhead isn’t a new concept, people and even manufacturers do it all the time to extend the capabilities of a chainsaw. However, if your chainsaw doesn’t have adequate power to run the longer bar and chain you’re essentially handicapping yourself and putting unnecessary strain on the motor. A lot of the cheaper, more obscure brands get away with it because the demographic buying their products don’t expect a long-lasting saw anyways. I mean, if you get a 18-inch cordless saw for 150 bucks would you expect it to last for more than a couple years? People get it because they just want the capabilities of a longer bar without putting in the money for a well-built product.

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EGO has been in the cordless chainsaw segment for a while now, and their ARC lithium ion batteries are known to be some of the best in the industry. They already have 14” and 16” models, namely the CS1400 and CS1600, respectively. But instead of taking their 16” cordless saw and bolting an 18” bar on it,  they decided to innovate. The 18-incher is actually equipped with a more powerful brushless motor which lets it cut through wood at a faster rate. It also has a LED work light up top with 2 brightness levels. This LED work light may not seem too impressive but if you’re out in the woods there will often be spots where you’re working in the shadow and can’t get a good visual on whatever it is that you’re cutting. Or maybe you’re cutting some wood at dusk when visibility is reduced. Either way, it helps to know where your bar and chain are in respect to what you’re cutting. That is a huge part of chainsaw safety, knowing your work environment. The LED light also doubles as a flashlight for when you’re making your way back home from the woods.

The CS1804 chainsaw kit is comprised of three elements- the CS1800 18” chainsaw, a 5.0Ah 56V ARC lithium ion battery pack, and a charger. With the 5.0Ah battery pack you can get 300 cuts on 4 x 4 lumber, which is 3 times the runtime of a Powerworks 60V cordless saw with the standard 2.5Ah battery. You might say “well the EGO Power+ costs a lot more than the Powerworks”. And while true, it doesn’t cost even close to three times as much. And you’re getting a longer bar with a more powerful motor. EGO also sells a massive 7.5Ah battery which is for serious work (if you’re cutting a giant pile of firewood or felling 60-foot trees). In my opinion, the standard 5Ah battery pack is perfect for most homeowners. The larger ones add weight, and they are pretty expensive.

The newer EGO batteries have fuel gauges which let you monitor the remaining charge level. You can also purchase one of EGO’s rapid chargers to increase charging speed. There’s the CH5500 Power+ Rapid Charger which takes a 5Ah ARC 56V battery from 0 to 100 in just 40 minutes. Then there’s the even more advanced (and expensive) CH7000 700W “Turbo Charger” which can recharge the standard 5Ah battery from zero to full in just 30 minutes. Oh, and EGO recently came out with a behemoth 10Ah battery pack (5600 watt hours) which might just be the highest capacity cordless tool battery in the entire industry.

One thing a lot of people might overlook with this chainsaw is the battery mounting position and how it affects the rear handle placement. Most cordless chainsaws have their battery packs mounted in a center-top position, ahead of the rear grip. However, the EGO Power+ CS1804 puts its battery underneath the rear grip. While it does make swapping batteries a little harder since you have to reach underneath or flip the chainsaw, that slight disadvantage is more than made up for with the improved ergonomics.

Weight balance is significantly better with the motor at the front and the equally heavy battery at the rear. It is a near 50-50 weight distribution which is excellent for reducing operator fatigue, and it lets you control the chainsaw more easily. Plus, the rear handle is now located higher up and slightly forward. Almost like a top-handle chainsaw. This isn’t a true top-handle saw, but it can be considered a hybrid between a top-handle and rear-handle chainsaw. You get the easier maneuverability of a top-handle saw without sacrificing the reach of a rear-handle saw. Basically, it’s easier to swivel the EGO Power+ 1800 around your rear grip (like a top handle saw) but you also don’t have to bend down as far while cutting branches (like with a rear handle saw).

Learn more about the EGO brand by visiting their site. They sell a wide range of power tools which makes it more cost effective as they can all share the same 56V battery.


Review : Makita XCU03PT1

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You get two batteries free. Excellent package. High quality.

Features :

  • No gas, emissions, oil mixing or pull starts with reduced maintenance and low noise levels
  • Makita-built Outer Rotor BL Brushless Motor direct-drive system delivers power of a 32cc gas chain saw
  • Two 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion batteries deliver power and performance without leaving the 18V LXT® platform
  • Up to 380 cuts in 4 x 4 cedar with four 18V LXT 5.0Ah batteries
  • “Tool-less” chain adjustment for convenient operation and maintenance
  • Variable speed trigger and high chain speed (0-3,940 FPM) for improved cutting performance
  • Adjustable automatic chain lubrication with large oil reservoir
  • Large oil filling port with view window allows operator to easily add and check bar oil level
  • Built-in L.E.D. on/off switch with auto power-off function; automatically shuts the saw off when operation is delayed for extended battery life
  • Rubberized soft grip top handle is engineered for the user to more easily apply even cutting pressure
  • Features Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) which is engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions
  • Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
  • 3-year limited warranty on tool, battery and charger
  • Only use genuine Makita batteries and chargers

OVERVIEW

“Extremely well-built with lots of chain speed which makes it significantly easier on the operator who doesn’t have to press down as hard while cutting. The XCU03PT1 is also one of the most consistent cordless chainsaws because it doesn’t lose performance over time as the battery drains down, and it charges up pretty fast. Definitely worth the price.”

Overview

Makita is an old name, with origins in Japan. They started out in the early 20th century as a motor sales and repair company, eventually transitioning to a tool maker. Makita was one of the first major players in the cordless tool revolution that began in the 1960s, with their 6500D drill which came out in 1969. With nearly half a century of experience designing and manufacturing cordless tools, this is a brand you can trust. They make tools for homeowners, DIYers, arborists, and construction workers.

The XCU03PT1 is built from the same roots as pro-grade Makita tools, and it’s one of the sturdiest cordless chainsaws I’ve ever seen. The studs holding the bar are made from thick stainless steel, and the chain catcher is steel too. The bucking spikes are also made from steel, and the interior of the side cover is lined with metal for reinforcement. The drive sprocket is made from metal and has 6 teeth. It spins at over 10k RPM, which is well above most other cordless chainsaws. Higher chain speeds allow the Makita XCU03PT1 to slice through softer wood like pine at the same speed as a gas saw. In fact, Makita’s claims of the XCU03PT1 being comparable to a 32cc gas saw in power aren’t exaggerated at all.

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Exceptional build quality. It’s a Makita!

One area where this saw falls behind more torque-focused models such as the Milwaukee M18 Fuel is in hardwood cutting speed. Due to its exceptionally high RPM, the XCU03PT1 has to sacrifice some torque which means it will take longer to cut through thick hardwood logs. But if you primarily work with softer woods and logs under 10”, this is an excellent saw. The XCU03PT1 is available in various configurations- tool only, tool + batteries, tool + bar & chain oil, etc. I recommend you buy the kit with 4 batteries and a charger. And pay slightly more for the bar oil kit so your chainsaw is ready to go right out of the box. If you have owned chainsaws previously, you might have bar oil laying around in which case you can skip the kit with the included oil. But please don’t put vegetable oil in your chainsaw, that’s a really bad idea. Chainsaw oil is specifically designed to be sticky and capable of tolerating higher temperatures. 

With the 4 battery kit, you ensure that a pair of 18V batteries are always charged and ready to go inside your chainsaw. The kit also includes a dual port charger so you can charge 2 18V batteries at the same time. The included batteries are 5.0Ah, and with 2 of them installed you can expect a run time of around 15 to 20 minutes. Each battery has an internal microprocessor and circuit board that constantly monitors charge levels, discharge rate, temperature, etc. to optimize life span and prevent overheating. These are some of the most reliable and advanced lithium ion battery packs out there, and you’re getting 4 of them included within the kit. So save yourself some money and a lot of headache, get the kit with 4 batteries. Unless you already have a bunch of 18V LXT batteries lying around from previous Makita tools.

Easily slice through 12″ branches / Get rid of your gas chainsaw

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Batteries will last you 1 to 4 hours, depending on how much you cut. (Amazon)

In terms of ergonomics and usability, the XCU03PT1 is one of the best chainsaws you can get. It has soft rubberized handles and centrally mounted batteries for weight balance. The batteries are aligned vertically and sit towards the base of the chainsaw, which lowers the center of gravity. Some other cordless models like the Oregon CS300 have their battery pack sitting above the chassis which makes the chainsaw more likely to rotate around your grip if you aren’t paying attention. With the Makita, all you have to do is maintain a positive grip and the rest of the work will be done by the saw. You don’t have to apply much downward force either, since the high chain speed means it will automatically pull itself down into beams and logs.

Finally, the XCU03PT1 might have the best safety/ lock-off switch implementation I have yet seen on an electric saw. Instead of putting a thumb safety above the trigger, Makita simply put a lever on top of the rear grip that you’re bound to depress anytime you actually grip the saw. This way it doesn’t get in the way of your cutting, while simultaneously preventing accidental startups.


Review : WORX WG384 40V Power Share

WORX has perfected the affordable cordless chainsaw.

Features :

  • DYNAMIC BRUSHLESS MOTOR Designed for long-lasting power and performance so you can tackle any job this season, and for years to come
  • QUICK STOP CHAIN BRAKE Prevents accidental cutting. This saw is fast and powerful, and you’re always in control
  • SAME BATTERY, EXPANDABLE POWER Worx Power Share is compatible with all Worx 20v and 40v tools, outdoor power and lifestyle products
  • TOOL-FREE CHAIN TIGHTENING Automated chain tensioning makes for more efficient, quick cuts. You’ll always have the right tension and torque for each job, automatically
  • AUTOMATED CHAIN LUBRICATION So your blade always has the optimum amount of oil. Slice through logs with a smooth-running chain. Extends the life of the tool, the blade, and the chain
  • TWICE THE POWER Two 20V PowerShare batteries give you 40V of power to tackle any project in your yard and beyond
  • BATTERY LEVEL INDICATOR So you know precisely how much charge is left, and approximately how many logs you can chop up before making a pit stop back at the shed
  • INCLUDES 2x20V 14” Chainsaw, Chain, (2) 20V 2.0Ah Batteries, Chain Bar, Blade Protection Cover, 20V Dual Charger

OVERVIEW

“Simple, cheap, and reliable cordless chainsaw for light yardwork and DIY projects. The WORX WG384 is not meant for professional tree care services, jobsites, or heavy duty logging. However, it is just perfect for homeowners who want a cheap, lightweight, and easy to operate saw that has the power of a small 30cc gas saw without any of the fumes or noise.”

Overview

At first glance it may seem like a cheap reproduction of the Makita XCU03PT1, but WORX is actually working with a completely different design here. It uses dual batteries, but these are 20V lithium ion packs designed in-house by WORX. The Power Share technology lets you use the exact same battery in both 20V and 40V WORX tools. Sort of like what Makita does with their 18V LXT line of batteries.

Other than the dual-battery setup, everything from the ergonomics to the controls are different on the WORX. It has a traditional thumb safety switch and basic tool-free chain tensioner. The Makita XCU03PT1 has a more robust tool-free chain tensioner with metal inserts for durability. But since this is a much cheaper saw you can’t really expect that level of build quality.

You’ll be impressed — It does exactly what you expect / Well-Made

Dual battery charger will charge batteries in 1 hour. (Amazon)

The bar and chain are supplied by Oregon. A brushless motor is used in the WG384 to improve endurance and efficiency. The chainsaw has a LED indicator built into the top of the frame. This indicator has bars that light up to show how much net battery power you’ve got with both battery packs combined. It won’t operate on a single battery since the motor needs a 40V DC supply. So you must have two 20V battery packs installed. The kit comes with two 20V batteries and a dual port rapid charger which charges both batteries from zero to full in 1 hour.

You get the usual features- automatic chain oiler, transparent bar oil tank, and an inertial chain brake. One thing I really like about this WORX saw is how narrow and lightweight it is. If you’re walking through thick brush or trying to break down a fallen tree that’s blocking the road, this is the perfect saw since it won’t get stuck between branches. It has a 14” bar which is the optimal length for pruning and limbing. Since it’s one of the lightest cordless chainsaws, you can easily hold it and walk around without feeling tired.

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