A good chainsaw can make the difference between a barely chopped tree and a pickup full of firewood. With a good chainsaw, you can take down a fairly thick tree in just a few minutes if you know what you’re doing, but only with a good chainsaw.
Unfortunately, powerful chainsaws are usually quite expensive, even though professionals rarely look at the price when it comes to good enough tools to help them get the job done. This being said, we thought that it was a good idea to find at least ten best chainsaws for the money, that someone who isn’t a professional lumberjack could buy for themselves, so here it is.
10Homelite Refurbished UT10568
Equipped with a clean air filter system that keeps performance up to par for a very long time, Homelite’s Refurbished UT10568 is the perfect tool for anyone looking to get some quick firewood in a timely fashion. Powered by a 42cc 2-cycle Gas engine, this chainsaw features anti-vibe handles which cushion vibrations to ensure that no rattling will interfere with the saw or whoever uses the chainsaw. Speaking of which, this machine comes packing a 16-inch chainsaw that can cut through almost any type of wood.
This CARB compliant chainsaw has a 40cc, 2.4 hp commercial grade engine that allows its 18-inch Oregon Bar and Chain to cut through very thick wood. Its S-Start reduces the amount of pull-force required to get the engine running, while its compact anti-vibration device ensures that whoever uses the chainsaw doesn’t experience any sort of discomfort. Also, the chainsaw’s side access chain tensioner provides quick chain adjusting without using any additional tools.
Hitachi’s CS33EB16 chainsaw uses a five-point anti-vibration system which provides maximum comfort at all times. It is powered by a 32.2cc 1.6 hp commercial grade engine that is CARB compliant and pretty lightweight. This chainsaw uses a 16-inch Oregn bar and chain designed to reduce kickback while providing excellent cutting potency. It also has two bar mounting studs to keep the chain at peak cutting efficiency constantly.
Equipped with an inertia activated chain brake and an ergonomic rear handle which makes it easier to get it running, Husqvarna’s 435 chainsaw is definitely one of the safest, most maneuverable chainsaws on the market. It uses a combined choke/stop control technology, a forged three-piece crankshaft, air purge and chain tensioning among a variety of equally useful features. It is powered by a 40.9cc 2.2 hp gas-powered engine capable of 9000 rpm.
Although its engine isn’t CARB compliant, the P3314’s 33cc, 2-cycle gas powered engine does feature a gear0driven automatic oiler which makes it somehow easier to operate. It has a 14-inch steel bar with primer bulb for easy starting, and an automatic chain oiler. It also features a super clean air filter system designed to extend the air filter’s life quite a bit. This chainsaw has a 28 inches diameter cutting capacity and although it is not high-end by any means, its good-enough features and affordable price make it a good choice for anyone looking for a decent chainsaw.
This CARB compliant chainsaw from Husqvarna uses a quick-release air filter to facilitate cleaning and air filter replacement. It also features a forged three-piece crankshaft for maximum durability and tool-less chain tensioning. It is powered by a 40.9cc 2-stoke X-Torq gas powered engine which operates a 16-inch bar. We should point out that it has reduced emission levels and a much lower fuel consumption than other chainsaws in its class.
4Remington RM5118R Rodeo
Ideal for limbing, cutting firewood, or cleaning up trees, this exceptional chainsaw from Remington is designed to operate at very high standards while being very easy to manipulate. The RM5118R Rodeo is powered by a 51cc, 2-cycle engine with an 18-inch low kickback bar and chain that ensures its reliability in all weather conditions. Equipped with QuickStart technology, the Rodeo requires very little pull-force to start up. Once it did, its heavy duty case and chain oil will allow you to operate it for as long as you want, needing no cooldown time whatsoever.
3Poulan Pro PP5020AV
Equipped with an automatic chain oiler and a super clean air filter system, Poulan’s Pro PP5020AV is low-maintenance in every sense of the word. It features a DuraLife 55cc, 2 stroke gas engine which powers a 20-inch bar which is strong enough to cut through almost anything. It also features an effortless pull start system and a reduced vibration handle which like the name suggests, reduces operating fatigue.
Even though the TCS33EDTP/12 uses a 12-inch top handle saw bar, its 32.2cc commercial grade pure fire engine spins it at tremendous speeds, allowing it to cut through even the thickest of trees. It has a half throttle choke with purge primer bulb which reduces the overall pull-force required to get it running. It also has an automatic gear driven oiler and side access chain tensioning which facilitates quick and convenient chain adjustments.
1Husqvarna 460 Rancher
The engineers at Husqvarna have really outdone themselves when they’ve come up with the Rancher’s mechanical design. Powered by a 60.3cc, 2-stoke, X-Torq gas powered engine, the 460 Rancher is among the most powerful chainsaws on the market. It uses a 20-inch bar and a forged 3-piece crankshaft for maximum durability over long periods of time. This particular chainsaw is CARB compliant and uses a quick-release air filter which makes it easier to clean or to replace its air filter whenever needed. It also features technologies like Smart Start, LowVib, Air Injection, combined choke/stop control, and a few other equally useful features.
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