That tree in your yard that has been bugging you for years has finally come down – but it now leaves a unsightly mess behind it, and pictured next to your neighbor’s pristine lawn – it has to go. Yet chainsaws are pricey, so how can you buy the perfect model without breaking the bank?
Not all chainsaws have to be expensive to get the job done, which is why we’ve reviewed the five best budget chainsaws that are available on the market, so both your wallet and you can breath a sigh of relief.
Don’t have time to read through the entire article? Not a problem, with made a quick list of the models reviewed, so you can skim through now and come back at a better time to read the whole thing.
- Remington RM4214 Gas Chainsaw
- Oregon CS1500 Corded Chainsaw
- WORX WG303.1 Electric Chainsaw
- Sun Joe SWJ599E Electric Chainsaw
- Greenworks 20292 Electric Chainsaw
I’ve added a few different chainsaws in the review; so whether you prefer a gas or electric model, there’ll be a budget chainsaw for you somewhere within the five we’ve listed.
It doesn’t have to be a painful experience to find a chainsaw that won’t break the bank, in fact – it should be enjoyable! Let’s get started below.
Kicking off our inspection into the best budget chainsaws currently available, we have the Remington RM4214.
A gas-powered chainsaw, the Remington RM4214 is perfect for trimming small to medium-size branches, and is supported by a raft of features to ensure you get the job done.
One of those helpful features is the QuickStart technology, aimed to assist in a smooth and quick start – so no more wasting time on cords that aren’t able to start effectively. If you’re looking to adjust tension when working, then you’re able to do so easily, thanks to the well-placed side mounted tensioning system.
Reach is another aspect which the RM4213 covers, with a 16” bar included in this budget chainsaw. These aren’t the only features you can find on this gas model from Remington, and we’ve listed the specs and features in full for you below:
- Total weight of 14.72 lbs
- Product Dimensions of 18.25” x 10.78” x 11.63”
- 42CC Full Crank Engine
- QuckStart Technology
- 14” Premium Bar
- Low-Kickback chain
- Inertia Activated Chain Brake
- 5-Point Anti-Vibration System
- Side-Mounted Tensioning System
- Auto-Oiler System
- 1 x Remington RM4214 Gas Chainsaw
- 2 Cycle Oil
- 2 Year Limited Warranty
My Favorite Feature: 5-Point Anti-Vibration System
- The RM4214 provides you with a more comfortable experience without reducing power and accuracy
Kickback and vibration can be the handyman’s downfall, and we’ve all experienced vibration ruining our perfect cut, or cutting down our working time due to the fatigue factor.
With a powerful tool such as the chainsaw, how is vibration reduced without compromising on power? Well, Remington have the answer, with the RM4214 sporting a five-point anti-vibration system.
The five-point anti vibration system works by balancing the chainsaw, so each cut is effectively spread throughout the model rather than in one position. The cushioned wrap handle allows for increased control over the chainsaw, which results in a higher-quality cut.
Do you believe anti-vibration systems help with fatigue and provide better quality work? Let us know in the comments.
To wrap up our look into the best lightweight chainsaw, we have the CS1500 from Oregon. This model is a model that is perfect for any experience level, and won’t fatigue your body throughout its use.
It has a no-load chain speed of 2888 FPM and makes very minimal noise – which is much less than a gas saw, and you’ll notice this when cutting. It features an instant-start design, so there’ll be no more annoying pull cords or warm-ups needed.
What else can you find in the CS1500? We’ve listed the specs and features below.
- 15 amps
- Total weight of 12.9 lbs
- Product dimensions 18 x 37.5 x 10.5
- Auto-oiling feature
- 18” Bar and chain
- Tool-less tensioning
- PowerSharp Sharpening System
- No-load chain speed of 2888 FPM
- 1 x Oregon CS1500 Corded Chainsaw
My Favorite Feature: Ergonomic Design
- The lightweight and comfortable design makes the CS1500 less stressful on the body during cuts
Weighing only 12.9 lbs, the CS1500 corded chainsaw is amongst the top of the class when it comes to lightweight chainsaw designs. It’s designed for tough work, and it’s the ergonomic design which will aid in making quality cuts, with less time on the job spent.
The CS1500 is balanced well, with an over-molded handle for added comfort. Paired with the lightweight design, you’ll find that this is one of the most comfortable corded chainsaws you can hold.
Do you think a lightweight chainsaw would help aid in your work?
WORX have delivered an impressive range of chainsaws, and the WG303.1 is no different when it comes to quality.
Upon cutting, you’ll notice that this electric chainsaw provides a performance which is similar to gas chainsaws, which makes it perfect for those looking to use this budget chainsaw for an array of tasks.
A low kickback bar with an in-built chain brake provides a good safety assurance for your work, as well as an automatic oil lubrication to keep the cuts ongoing – and you’ll be able to see how much oil is remaining, thanks to the oil reservoir.
What else is there to love about the WG303.1? We’ve included the entire list of features which make this one of our favorite budget chainsaws, and you can see this for yourself in the list below:
- 14.5 Amp Motor
- 3.5 HP
- 11 lbs Total Weight
- Product dimensions of 14.57” x 19.69” x 8.07”
- Auto-tensioning System
- 16” Bar
- Automatic Oiler
- 6.57 Ounce Oil Reservoir
- Inclusive Oil Level Indicator
- Chain Brake
- Rubber Over-Molded Rear Handle
- Full-Wrap Front Handle
- 1 x WORX WG303.1 Powered Chainsaw
- 3 Year Limited Warranty
My Favorite Feature: Patented Auto-Tensioning System
- One adjustment keeps the same tension for hundreds of cuts
We’ve all been there – the inconvenience of adjusting the tension of your chainsaw, and having the difficulty in finding that correct tension, only to see it re-adjust a few cuts later. It can be extremely annoying, and also quite unsafe doing so repetitively.
WORX have identified this, and have rectified it with their patented, auto-tensioning system. This works by preventing overtightening, and the best thing? The WG303.1 will stay the same tension for hundreds of uses – even if you’re leaving it unused for a few weeks or months.
Not a bad feature for a budget chainsaw, is it?
Sun Joe is known for the variety of power tools within the garden range, so if you’re a DIYer or someone who has a large yard they like to keep in check, chances are – you’re familiar with Sun Joe. If not, the SWJ599E electric chainsaw could be your first of many Sun Joe tools.
The SWJ599E makes shrubs and limbs easy work, with the cutting ability to slice through brushes up to 13.5” thick. You won’t have to worry about fatigue, as the SWJ599E weighs a light 7.7 lbs – one of the lightest budget chainsaws you can possibly find.
The lightweight design doesn’t detract from the power, though. With a 9 Amp motor, you can find peace in knowing that this 14” budget chainsaw will be able to get the job done without struggling.
Want to know all the features you can find in the SWJ599E, as well as the specifications? No problem, we have you covered – read on below.
- 9 Amp Motor
- Dimensions of 32.3” x 9.05” x 7.87”
- 7.7 lbs total weight
- 14” Bar & Chain
- 4 fl oz oil tank capacity
- Push to start
- Self-lubricating bar
- 1 x Sun Joe SWJ599E Electric Chainsaw
- 1 x Plastic Blade Storage Cover
- Inclusion 3
My Favorite Feature: Built-In Safety Switch
- Prevent dangerous accidents from occurring with the built in safety switch
When you’ve been on the job for a while, or are a little rusty – it can be easy to forget the most important part of using your chainsaw – safety. These are dangerous machines if used incorrectly, and it can take a moment to turn into disaster.
This is why the SWJ599E is fitted with a safety switch, to stop those accidental starts from occurring. This makes it safer to use from start up, and can minimize any nasty accidents from occurring – which is the last thing you want whilst cutting, right?
What’s your favorite feature so far that you’ve found on this budget chainsaw from Sun Joe? Let us know in the comments below.
Rounding off our review into the five best budget chainsaws found on the market, we have the 20292 from Greenworks.
A handy budget chainsaw, the 20292 is one of two Greenworks models in the series, as well as the 14” chainsaw, with a similar design.
Unlike its 14” sibling, this Greenworks budget chainsaw doesn’t have a brushless motor, yet that doesn’t mean it can’t take to the small and medium jobs you have in store for it. The 12” Oregon bar and chain is perfectly sized, which makes the 20292 incredibly efficient when it comes to cutting through limbs with ease.
The 40V Li-Ion battery system is a feature that is also impressive – and more on that later. What other features can you find on this budget chainsaw from Greenworks? We’ve listed them below, as well as the important specifications:
- 40V Li-Ion Battery System
- 6 lbs total weight
- Dimensions of 26.4” x 8.1” x 11”
- 75 cuts per charge
- ⅜” chain pitch
- 12” Oregon bar and chain
- Push/Pull start
- Transparent oil tank
- Tool-less chain tensioning
- Brushed motor
- 1 x Greenworks 20292 Electric Budget Chainsaw
- 4 Year Limited Warranty
My Favorite Feature: 40V Lithium Ion Battery
- Effortless power that can complete any yard system you may have
Batteries are the backbone of the electric chainsaw – that’s something we can all agree on, right?
The 40V Lithium Ion battery found on the 20292 is the core component of this model, allowing it to effortlessly power through a majority of jobs around the yard – even in some professional settings.
One of the best aspects about the battery, is that it’s compatible with Greenwork’s ever-growing battery sharing system, meaning you can save money across all your tools – which is useful if you have many.
If you don’t think good things come in small packages; you’ll change your view after using the 20292. Let us know if you agree with this by leaving a comment in the section below.
We’ve stacked up five of the best budget-friendly chainsaws against each other, but the question remains.. Which model comes out on top? It’s a difficult decision to make, but I can’t go past the RM4214 from Remington.
Not only is the RM4214 filled with features you can find on a model you’d pay top-dollar for, but it’s also a powerful chainsaw when considering your budget, paired with a 2 year limited warranty and a manageable weight of 14.72 lbs.
Of course, you may not agree, and that’s fine! I’d love to hear why, though – leave us a comment with your thoughts, I’d be happy to read them.