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Top 10 Best Professional Chainsaw On The Market

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Whether you are a homeowner or a professional logger, you will need essential tools for your tasks. Logging requires you to have the best professional chainsaw, which will operate efficiently and give you an easy time as you work. However, this does not mean you have to be a logger to own a professional chainsaw. You can own one even if you are not a logger, for they tend to save the day in times of need.

There are different brands and models of professional chainsaws that you can choose from. However, they come with a higher price tag than the homeowner saws, as they also operate with more power and efficiency.

So, if you've been dying to have one for yourself, we have reviewed some of the best professional chainsaws. Besides that, we have also discussed the types of chainsaws and what to consider before purchasing, so to learn more about chainsaws, please keep reading!

Models of Chainsaws

a). Homeowner Chainsaw

Homeowner chainsaws have engine sizes ranging from 30 to 45 cc, with chain bars ranging from 10 to 14 inches. Compact, user-friendly, and ideal for domestic use. For residential use, the majority of individuals choose cordless chainsaws.

b). Semi-professional/Landowner Chainsaw

A professional logging chainsaw features engines ranging from 40 to 50 cc and chain bars ranging from 14 to 16 inches. These chainsaws are long-lasting and work well.

c). Professional/ Logger Chainsaw

These chainsaws have engines between 40 and 50 cc and chain bars between 14 and 16 inches. These chainsaws are durable and effective. They are also more powerful than homeowner chainsaws and semi-professional. They are the best for big firewood cutting jobs.

Top 10 Best Professional Chainsaws on the Market

1. BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Chainsaw

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Cordless Chainsaw, 10-Inch, Tool...
  • 10 inches premium oregon low kickback bar and chain
  • Tool-free blade tension system for quick adjustments
  • Oiling system for lubrication of bar and chain
  • 20V max Lithium Ion chainsaw bare tool
  • Included components: (1) Lbxr2020, (1) Lcs1620, (1) Lcs1020;...

For those people who became tired of gas or petrol-operated chainsaws, this battery-powered gadget from BLACK+DECKER can be a good substitute for them. Now the question can be raised about the brand value, especially for those unfamiliar with this product; we would like to let you know that BLACK+DECKER has a time-honored past of developing high-quality, advanced, and reasonably priced tools.

So watching the features, pros and cons, we can say this machine contains several features to provide comfort and a perfect user feeling. It is lightweight, which helps you carry it easily and use it comfortably anywhere you want. On the whole, it is a perfect piece for budget-conscious people who would like to have a chainsaw for use in the house.


  • No further petrol mixing disturbance
  • Easy to use for everyone
  • Portable
  • Small machine, but it can do multiple tasks with great power
  • Lightweight and cordless
  • Sensible price tag


  • Low battery life, hence needs regular charging

2. WORX WG303.1 Powered Chain Saw

WORX WG303.1 14.5 Amp 16" Electric Chainsaw
  • [AUTO-TENSION] Patented system prevents over-tightening and...
  • [AUTO-LUBRICATION] Keeps the chain running smooth and fast around...
  • [CHAIN BRAKE] Prevent accidental cutting with the quick-stop...
  • [FULL-WRAP HANDLE] The ergonomic front handle gives you leverage...

WORX WG303.1 Powered Chain Saw also has good features like the previously discussed model. The fully covered front handle and the rear handle are wrapped with rubber for better grip and comfortable use during work. It is also light weighted and measures 11 pounds, so you can use it for a long time without getting exhausted. 

Using chainsaws is one of the most dangerous jobs, and you will need safer tools. That is why Worx keeps your safety a priority. It features a quick chain brake which prevents accidental cutting.

However, WORX WG303.1 is a well-designed model running in the market. Consequently, we endorse this machine for home use. It is dependable, authoritative, harmless, and budget-friendly as well.


  • It is easy to start and use
  • No extra bit of sound while running
  • Easy to store in the house
  • This saw is light weighted and easy to carry
  • Efficient and comes in a fully assembled condition


  • This saw does not have any battery; it will not work during an electricity shortage
  • A larger cord is required

3. Greenworks 12-Inch 40V Cordless Chainsaw

Greenworks 40V 12" Cordless Compact Chainsaw (Great For...
  • 40V COMPACT CHAINSAW – perfect for homeowners and occasional...
  • 12" BAR AND CHAIN – Low kickback safety chain with hand guard...
  • AUTOMATIC OILER - applies oil to bar and chain when needed to...
  • TOOL-LESS TENSIONING – for easy bar and chain maintenance
  • EASY TO USE – electric start, no gas or fumes, no carburetor,...

One of the best beautiful things about Green Works G-MAX 40V 12-inch Chainsaw is its outlook. Including excellent features, it has a black and green combination, which looks pretty indeed. This professional chainsaw features a full 12-inch steel bar and chain, 3/8-inch chain pitch, automatic oiler, and tool-less chain tensioning without the outlooks. Greenworks cordless chainsaw comes with its charger, and it is easy to use.

In short, Greenworks 12-Inch 40V Cordless Chainsaw is an admirable choice because of its design, weight, quality, handling, run time and comparatively good performance like the gas chainsaws.


  • Extraordinary for light-duty works
  • Durable body built
  • Easy to operate
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging capacity and less noise during operation


  • Battery is heavy

4. Sun Joe SWJ599E 14-inch 9-Amp Tree Limb

Sun Joe SWJ599E 14-inch 9-Amp Tree Limb Master Electric...
  • [VERSATILE]: Ideal for trimming and pruning limbs and branches
  • [SAFETY SWITCH]: Protects against accidental starts
  • [AUTO-OILER]: Automatic oiler with window to gauge Oil level...
  • [WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!]: Your new chainsaw is backed by the...

Sun Joe Tree Limb Master SWJ699E 14-inch 9-AMP electric chain saw is another best option to maintain the backyard with clarity and perfectness. It features a built-in safety switch that quickly averts accidental or unintentional starting. Sun Joe is lightweight and weighs only 7.7 lbs. This Tree Lim chainsaw is also designed for supreme working ability around the garden without gasoline support.

Overall, this tiny light weighted product is good within the budget it comes with, and it can be purchased instead of gas chain saws if you are interested.


  • An excellent alternative to a gas saw
  • Intense cutting with the light weighted machine
  • User-friendly and easy carrying


  • The chain keeps lipping sometimes

5. BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX Cordless Chainsaw

BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX* Cordless Chainsaw, Tool Only, 12...
  • SMOOTH, FAST CUTS – OREGON low-kickback 12 in. bar and chain...
  • AUTOMATIC OILING SYSTEM – Supplies the bar and chain with...
  • TOOL-FREE CHAIN TENSIONING – Make fast and easy chain...
  • FULL WRAPAROUND HANDLE – Provides a comfortable and stable grip...
  • LOCK-OFF BUTTON AND FRONT HAND GUARD – Stay safe and in control...

This battery-operated chainsaw has a 40V lithium-ion battery that offers long-time workability. According to the manufacturing company, this battery will serve you five times longer than others. Not only that, but you will also feel the smooth cutting experience because of the 12-inch low kickback bar and chain. This is definitely a must-buy if you prefer professional-grade chainsaws.

Therefore, if you search for a well-branded chain saw and a right selling product, this is one of the best-planned wraparound bails handles for ease and control. This product is undoubtedly one of the best models as an electric chainsaw on the market nowadays.


  • Smaller in size and has modern features
  • Budget-friendly price tag
  • Runs with a battery; so no extra fuel tension
  • Powerful device and suitable for logging
  • Good battery support


  • Oil leakage sometimes

6. Greenworks 16-Inch 40V Cordless Chainsaw

Greenworks 40V 16" Brushless Cordless Chainsaw (Great...
  • 40V 16” CHAINSAW – Perfect for homeowners that need to tackle...
  • TRUBRUSHLESSTM MOTOR TECHNOLOGY – 2 x more torque. Provides...
  • CHAIN BRAKE – for added safety and reduced risk of injury
  • AUTOMATIC OILER – delivers proper chain lubrication and...
  • PRO STYLE TENSIONING – for easy bar and chain maintenance

Greenworks has taken lithium-ion equipment to a further stage with this chainsaw. This chainsaw is one of the best gas equivalent substitutes which can find out on the market. It vibrates less and has more torque than other gas chainsaws in this price segment. Therefore, this is an ideal choice if you need a cutting tool with excellent tools, a smaller amount of sound, superior effectiveness, and longevity.

Finally, after watching the features, it can measure; this machine can cut things off within light and mid-range items but not for heavy-duty. Therefore, we would like to recommend this machine for those uses regarding its features.


  • It is powerful and efficient
  • It can cut faster than the user can expect
  • Easy to set up and use
  • No gas/oil mixture required
  • Vibration-free machine
  • Good value for money


  • Chain brakes issues
  • Sometimes oil leakage

7. Oregon CS1500 18-Inch Self Sharpening Corded Chainsaw

Oregon CS1500 18-inch 15 Amp Self-Sharpening Corded...
  • Powerful performance: 15A electric chainsaw with integrated...
  • Built-in PowerSharp self-sharpening system minimizes downtime by...
  • Tensioning without tools: Allows you to adjust your chain...
  • Instant startup: Corded electric chainsaws gets to work...
  • Automatic lubrication: Automatic oiling system that provide...

If you are a professional logger, here's a tool designed for you. Oregano is among the best professional chainsaws made with thoughts of you and other professional loggers. It is a corded electric saw with a chain that sharpens itself. How great! This feature helps save your time as it lets you sharpen the chain on the saw in only 3-5 seconds.

This tool features a Lubri-Tec automatic oiling system to ensure a longer-lasting bar and chain. The oil prevents excess friction and damage hence making it last longer. It is also powerful and cuts large trees with ease.


  • Not noisy
  • Automatic oiler saves time
  • Self-sharpens
  • Requires less effort to use
  • Lightweight


  • The chain may come off easily

8. Worx WG384 40V Cordless Chainsaw with Auto-Tension

Worx 40V 14" Cordless Chainsaw Power Share with...
  • [DYNAMIC BRUSHLESS MOTOR] Designed for long-lasting power and...
  • [QUICK STOP CHAIN BRAKE] Prevents accidental cutting. This saw is...
  • [SAME BATTERY, EXPANDABLE POWER] Worx Power Share is compatible...
  • [TOOL-FREE CHAIN TIGHTENING] Automated chain tensioning makes for...
  • [AUTOMATED CHAIN LUBRICATION] So your blade always has the...

If you are looking for the best professional chainsaw, try Worx WG384. Worx is a power tool that promises and delivers. In addition, it comes with two 20V batteries that make it even more powerful.

Fortunately, the charger that comes with it has enough room to charge two batteries simultaneously, so that shouldn't be an issue. Again, this saves time as you can charge the two batteries simultaneously, and they fully charge within an hour only.

It features an automatic chain oiler and an auto-tension chain system that makes using it simple. It also has an oil indicator, making it even easier as you can quickly tell how much oil is left.

The two batteries ensure you get enough power to cut through thick trees easily. However, you also know that you cannot chop your logs blindly as this power tool also has a battery indicator. It shows that you will know how much power is left as you work.


  • It is cordless hence easy to maneuver
  • Powerful
  • Long battery life
  • Easy to use
  • Two 20V batteries


  • The chain comes off easily

9. Craftsman 42cc Full Crank Cycle Gas Chainsaw 16-Inch

CRAFTSMAN Gas Powered Chainsaw, 16-inch, 42cc, 2-Cycle...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT DURABLE POLY CHASSIS: Easy to Handle, lighter in...
  • EASYSTART TECHNOLOGY: Designed for quicker, smoother and easier...
  • ADJUSTABLE AUTO CHAIN OILER with EASY VIEW: Maintains the proper...
  • ERGONOMIC BALANCED DESIGN: 3-point anti-vibration system and a...

Craftsman makes some of the best professional chainsaws and delivers excellent results. Its engine power also makes it a highly efficient tool and propels the 16-inch bar and chain quickly, allowing you to cut medium-sized tree branches easily. It would, however, be most beneficial for small tree branches and other logging chores around the house.

Although it is not suitable for large tree trunks, it is a power tool that every professional would appreciate owning.

This all-around professional chainsaw boasts a sturdy polymer plastic chassis that makes slicing through those logs a breeze. We particularly like the well-balanced body, which reduces vibrations, as well as the comfy anti-vibration handle. The combination of all of these contributes to improved control.

This monster is generally user-friendly, and it would be ideal for minor logging operations or for a homeowner who wants to keep their yard tidy.


  • Handles are comfortable
  • Starts up easily and quickly
  • Low kickback


  • Slightly heavier than other models
  • Softcover is not sturdy enough

10. MAXLANDER Cordless Chainsaw 10-Inch

MAXLANDER 10-Inch Battery Operated Chainsaw, 20V...
  • 【High Performance】 MAXLANDER Powerful Cordless Electric...
  • 【Tool-Free Chain Tensioning】The automatic, tool-free chain...
  • 【Auto Oiling System】Oiling system lubricates itself to...
  • 【High Safety& Triple Protection】The quick stop chain brake...
  • 【Ergonomic Design& Powerful Engine 】This cordless chainsaw...

This Maxlander cordless chainsaw also made it to the best professional chainsaws list. It is high-performance with a 10-inch bar and chain with high speed. In addition, this power tool comes with a quick charger that charges the 2.0 Ah battery within an hour.

The quick stop chain brake makes it easier to use, safeguard your safety, and protect against unintentional starts. You can quickly turn on the portable battery chainsaw by pulling back the chain kickback brake baffle, pushing forward the lock-off button, and simultaneously pressing the trigger switch. Using this professional chainsaw is safer with this triple protection.

This cordless chainsaw features a powerful engine and a professional gear arrangement that delivers maximum cutting power. It includes a nice rubber handle that makes carrying it very easy, and it is also non-slip and shock-absorbing, which makes it safer.

Another essential feature is the oil level indicator showing how much oil is left.


  • Safety features
  • Ergonomic handle for easy use
  • Powerful engine for maximum cutting power
  • Safety features


  • Not very easy to assemble

How Do You Choose the Best Chainsaw: (Buying Guide)

Chainsaws come with mainly designed bar and chain arrangements that have been developed as tools for different places like chainsaw art and chainsaw mills. However, its use doesn't end up here, and specific chainsaws are used for cutting concrete things like bricks. On the other hand, sometimes Chainsaws are used to cut a large ice piece, such as making ice sculptures, and in Finland, swimming chainsaws for winter. 

For dense farm duties, a chainsaw is used for cutting and shaping. Professionals do the design carefully planned, and also they know for how long they have to cut the tree or the harvest for completing their job.

On the other hand, regular people don't have that idea because we are not professional. So you have to consider some things when buying the best chainsaw, which is as follows.

a). The Power Source

It is essential to know about your chainsaw's power source, whether electric, cordless or gas-powered, because each type of chainsaw has some benefits and limitations. Conditional on your work form, it is essential to know what power source you will need for your chainsaw. 

b). Engine

It can be for home use or for professional, but the thing you have to look down on is the chainsaw's engine power. Depending on your workload, you have to decide on the machine. If you need to cut down small things or light works need to be done, you should consider a tool with mid-range power. However, for high working capacity or heavy jobs, for instance, cutting logs thicker than 20 inches or chopping trees, you should opt for a 55 to 70cc engine.

c). Bar length

Holding a comfortable bar is very important for a chainsaw. First, you must know about the wood you cut off with the saw, measure its width, and decide the chainsaw's bar length. Generally, a lengthier bar takes fewer attempts to cut, but on the other hand, the more extended bar takes a longer time to cut than a smaller bar. Therefore it is better to have a 1 to 2 inches longer bar than what you aim to cut most; if the time is the central part, choose your chainsaw wisely because longer bars will consume more of your time.

A saw that enables quick bar adjustments is worth considering. When it comes to removing little brush, 20-inch bars are cumbersome, but they can be efficient for felling trees. Again, this is something that many top brands will accept.

d). Comfort

Nothing will be fruitful if you do not have the energy to cut things down with comfort. So, choose your chainsaw according to your task, capability, strength, and position.

e). Chain Oiling

Chain oiling will now be automatic on most professional chainsaws. Some systems, on the other hand, are superior to others.

The most basic is merely automatic, and you can't change it. Those work fine and continuously dispense oil onto the chain. The problem is that you may find yourself using more or less oil depending on the conditions – particularly air temperature and humidity.

Better systems have adjustable automatic oilers that allow you to fine-tune the setting to ensure the proper amount of chain oil on hand at all times. The automatic chain oiler also makes it easy to use.

f). Weight

Since you'll be carrying the chainsaw while using it, the weight is a significant consideration. Typically, there is a trade-off between motor power and chainsaw size, as larger chainsaws are heavier. However, there are exceptions where a chainsaw has a lot of power for its size.

We estimate 13 pounds to be suitable for a 50cc professional chainsaw. Anything below that, assuming a 50cc+ motor, is considered light, and anything above that is considered heavy. Because they cannot employ more expensive materials and manufacture to keep the weight down, the more cheap saws tend to be 15lbs or more. If necessary, a wheelbarrow or trolley can transport it to the job site.

g). Ease of Cutting

Chainsaws that are difficult to start are the most frustrating aspects of owning a chainsaw. However, it also distinguishes a good chainsaw from a bad one.

Manufacturers have gone to great lengths to make their machines simple to start, including adding spring assist starters to decompression switches. Both of these gadgets appear to be effective, but the key is to prevent choking your chainsaws and gumming up the carburetor.

This is prevalent on low-cost chainsaws, and many higher-end models, such as Stihl and Husqvarna, make it difficult. Enhanced air filtering systems have also been integrated into those high-quality brands, extending engine life and reliability even further.

The most popular is centrifugal air pre-filtration, which removes particles before reaching the filter. We believe it makes a significant impact and puts the best saws ahead of the pack.

h). CARB Compliance

Emissions compliance is a significant consideration wherever you work. Residents of California should be aware of CARB compliance, but you should also check any other requirements that apply in your area. On the other hand, an electric chainsaw will always comply with CARB, albeit with less power.

i). Maintenance

It's only logical that a tool used to fell enormous trees and saw through lumber would be subjected to a lot of abuse. This wear and tear, if left uncontrolled, can limit the life of even the best chainsaw; this is where upkeep comes in. Your new professional powerhouse will run like new if you maintain it properly.

However, you don't intend to spend extra time servicing your tool. On the other hand, professional chainsaws are designed with productivity in mind. Therefore, they can be rapidly and simply disassembled and reassembled. This means you may replace the worn or damaged part, reassemble the tool, and continue working.

That's why it's crucial to be sure the model you choose is built to be easy to maintain and repair. For example, it's only natural for a tool that's used to cut down enormous trees to have a sharp edge.

j). Safety Features

Chainsaws are potentially dangerous power tools. As a result, you need to select one with the necessary safety measures. A chain brake, chain stopper, and catcher should be included in the chainsaw in case of a kickback.

Benefits of a Professional Chainsaw

If you have yet to decide if you need a professional chain saw, you may need to see some benefits of these tools. But, let's first have a look at some reasons why you need one.

a). Needs Less Energy

Using a chainsaw will not require you to apply a lot of force; this means that you will not get exhausted when using a professional chainsaw. No matter how many logs you need to chop, you will not feel as tired as you would if you used a different type that demands more force.

b). Powerful

Professional chainsaws feature a high power output, so they can take on any challenging project you throw at them. If you need to cut down enormous trees, these are the tools to use.

c). They Run for Long

Pro chainsaws are powerful equipment, but they can also run for extended periods. As a result, you can use them for long-term initiatives. In addition, you won't have to worry about the battery dying or the device malfunctioning, thanks to the extended run duration.

What are the Types of Chainsaws?

We must see the types of chainsaws available as this will help you make an informed decision when purchasing the best professional chainsaw. So, let's have a look.

a). Battery-Powered Chainsaw/Cordless Chainsaw

A rechargeable power source – commonly a lithium-ion battery – powers the lightest type of powered saw. If it's been a while since you've used a battery-powered chainsaw, remember to charge the battery a few hours before you need to start cutting.

A rechargeable chainsaw's battery life varies according to the brand. It also depends on how much you use it at one time, but you won't be able to stay out in the field for more than a day before needing to return home to recharge. Because battery-powered chainsaws have less power, they're perfect for clearing brush in spots where an extension cord won't reach.

b). Gas Chainsaws

The most powerful chainsaws are gas-powered chainsaws, which both professionals and homeowners utilize. People new to landscaping may be most familiar with this type of chainsaw. These chainsaws run on a gas-powered two-stroke engine that requires lubrication like a car's. Priming the gas tank and pulling the starter rope are required to start them.

Gas-powered chainsaws are by far the most potent option for most individuals, capable of cutting through practically any amount of wood. However, there are some drawbacks: these saws are large, stinky, and loud. In addition, to use one safely, you'll need ear protection and upper-body strength.

A gas chainsaw is cordless, and you can take it anywhere with you. Unfortunately, gas chainsaws can only operate for as long as gas is in the tank. However, bringing an extra gas can is sometimes easier than bringing a replacement lithium-ion battery.

c). Corded Electric Chainsaw

Corded electric chainsaws also need electricity, but they may run at a higher amperage because they're plugged in. This makes them a lot more powerful, but it also means they can't go very far away from the outlet.

These electric saws are best used for jobs close to the house. You can probably run an extension cord anyplace you need it on a one-acre property. You'll need to bring a generator if you want to work further away. You might as well go cordless at that point and use a battery instead.

d). Pneumatic Chainsaws

This is another form of chainsaw that can be even more powerful than a gas chainsaw and does not feature as many moving parts. We've saved them for last because pneumatic chainsaws are far more prevalent in industrial settings - landscaping operations are unlikely to necessitate one. Typically, these saws are acquired directly from the manufacturer.

Pneumatic chainsaws use highly compressed air pockets to generate power. They can generate enough power to cut metal and concrete straight, making them handy for construction operations. In addition, they produce no emissions, unlike gas chainsaws. Some feature water or oil delivery devices to maintain the blade from overheating.

They are heavy-duty chainsaws and not suitable for beginners.

e). Manual Chainsaws

Manual chainsaws are also known as pocket chainsaws, which isn't a slang term because you can carry one in your pocket.

A pocket chainsaw is made out of a chain with bladed teeth attached to one end and a handle on the other. Wrap one around whatever you're trying to cut through, then pull it back and forth fast. It's as laborious as it sounds and takes an eternity, but it's also pollution-free, practically silent, and highly portable.

You may buy an excellent manual chainsaw at a store, but it's also simple to make one yourself. You're ready to go once you've attached a grip to either end of a chainsaw chain.

Final Verdict

Every machine has some advantages and disadvantages in one line, but we have to decide our requirements and decide which one is better. The same thing goes with chainsaw picking. I hope today's article helped you know about some good and trending chainsaws on the local market. Before we go, we will suggest using some safety gear. While using a chainsaw, please wear safety clothes like jackets and pants, wear glasses because particles can go into your eyes, try to wear a helmet and gloves as much as possible to help prevent accidents. So, now it's your choice to decide which one is a better chainsaw for your use; pick it up.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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