The Best Chainsaw Chains Available For Sharp & Precise Cuts To Cut Lumber

Whether you’re experienced using a chainsaw, or it’s your first time and you’re looking for as much information as possible to get started, finding the best chainsaw chain for your model is one of the most important factors in the trade.

The difference between a good and bad chainsaw chain can make or break your work, which is why it’s important to find the best chainsaw chains for your projects. With so many to choose from, how can you be certain that the best chainsaw chains are most suitable for you?

That’s why we’ve created this guide, to make it easier for you to get the job done effectively.

Short for time and can’t read the whole guide at this time? Not to worry; we’ve listed the best chainsaw chains reviewed below:

My Recommendations

There are a lot of good chainsaw chains that can be found on the market, yet we know you only want the best chainsaw chain for your work. That’s why we’ve gone through all the difficult work for you, and compiled a list of the five best chainsaw chain models.

You’ll find four Oregon models and one Trilink in our review, as well as their specifications, features – and our favorite feature from each. Remember, these are recommendations; so if you have different thoughts, leave us a comment 

Oregon S56 Saw Chain 

To kick things off, we’ll begin with the Oregon S56 Chainsaw Chain.

Oregon is renowned for producing the highest quality components when it comes to chainsaws, and the S56 chainsaw chain is no exception. This chain is one of the best in the class, and you’ll understand why as we discuss its features.

It’s built for all occasions, so there’s no discrimination against the casual user or the seasoned professional. The LubriTech Oiling System will provide you with constant lubrication, adding more years to your chainsaw and enhanced performance.

The S56 features chrome-plated cutters, so the chain will stay sharper, for longer. These are made of industrial-grade, hard chrome, which delivers a harder surface, and increasing wear resistance.

These are just some of the features of the S56. We’ve listed the entire range of specs and features below: 

  • Fits nearly all 16” chainsaw models
  • LubriTech Oiling System
  • Chrome Plated Cutters
  • Hardened Rivets
  • Four-Way Symmetrical Tie Straps
  • Low Vibration

What’s Included?

  • 1 x Oregon S56 Chainsaw Chain

My Favorite Feature: Low Vibration Spaces

  • Increased comfort with reduced vibration by up to 25% 

Chainsaws are powerful tools, and with this power comes vibration – an inconvenient byproduct of your tool. The S56 aims to reduce vibration by up to 25%, thanks to its intelligent design.

A small space is added between the guide bar and saw chain. This absorbs the shock, spreading the energy of the chainsaw throughout – so it never reaches the guide bar, resulting in better comfort for you, without impacting the quality of your work.

What do you think of the low vibration spaced feature designed in the S56?

Oregon S52 Chainsaw Chain

Fitting numerous models for chainsaws with 14” bars, the S52 is a chain that is capable of tackling a majority of jobs you can throw at it. How does it do so, you wonder? Good question, we’ve got that covered for you.

Firstly, it’s by minimizing vibration. With the same technology as the S56 from Oregon, the S52 will absorb the energy created from your chainsaw, thanks to small spaces between the saw chain and guide bar.

This chain has 52 links, and is compatible with a majority of well-known chainsaw manufacturers, provides high-quality performance for tasks such as home yard jobs and cutting through damaged trees.

Industrial chrome forms an outer layer for a harder surface, so the chain can stay sharper for the future.

Of course, there are other features you can find on the S52 – and we’ve listed these and the specs of this chainsaw chain below:

  • Perfect for 14” models
  • Gauge: .050”
  • Drive Link Count: 52
  • Pitch: ⅜ 
  • Automatic Oiling
  • Heat-treated Industrial Chrome
  • Low Vibration, up to 25%
  • Hardened Rivets

What’s Included?

  • 1 x Oregon S52 Chainsaw Chain

My Favorite Feature: LubriTech Oiling System

  • Delivers optimal lubrication for your saw chain, where it’s most needed

You don’t want to purchase a new chainsaw only to replace it shortly after – and sadly, this is common with many models that are made with low-quality components.

The LubriTech Oiling System aims to provide lubrication where it’s needed on your saw chain. This increases the longevity of your saw chain, and in turn – your chainsaw. The smart technology within the S52 is why this is one of the best chainsaw chains on the market.

Do you think the LubriTech Oiling System would help your chainsaw’s lifespan? Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on this technology.

Oregon R34 Saw Chain

You may notice a trend in our guide so far – all the chainsaw chains are from Oregon. This should come as no surprise if you’re experienced with chainsaws, however, if you’re new to the hobby, there’s a good reason for this.

Oregon is the leading manufacturer in saw chains, with their origins dating back to 1947. This is 73 years of experience culminating in their designs, and this quality and knowledge are noticeable in the R34.

An 8” chain, this UL classified chain is made using advanced technology, with hardened rivets that are weather-resistant and strength improving. This means you won’t have to adjust the chain tensioning as often, and the constant lubrication due to the LubriTech Oiling System aims to protect your saw chain’s lifespan.

What else would you be able to find on the R34 chain from Oregon? We’ve listed these below:

  • Perfect for 8” chains
  • UL classified low-kickback
  • LubriTech Oiling System
  • Low Vibration 
  • Chrome Plated Cutters
  • Hardened Rivets
  • Weather-resistant

What’s Included?

  • 1 x Oregon R34 chainsaw chain

My Favorite Feature: Chrome Plated Cutters

  • Chrome-plated surface will keep the chain sharper for longer periods of time

Dull chains are an inconvenience, affecting the quality of your work and hitting your back pocket as you look to replace them.

Having a consistently sharp chain is important for a chainsaw, and the R34 will be able to provide this for you.

The R34 is kept sharp thanks to an industrial, hard chrome that is electroplated onto the chain.  This delivers a surface that is harder, and also increases the wear resistance, as well as being weather resistant.

If increasing the longevity of your chain is important to you, then the R34 might be one of the best chainsaw chains for you to look into next. What do you think of this chain? Let us know your thoughts in the comment below.

Trilink CL15062X2TL2 18” Saw Chain

The only chain that isn’t an Oregon model we’ll be reviewing today is the CL15062X2TL2 from Trilink.

An 18” chainsaw chain, the CL15062X2TL2 is plated with chrome, aiding in smoother cutting, and enhancing its durability. A low kickback design is particularly useful when it comes to increasing the safety when in use – meeting the ANSI standards.

The CL15062X2TL2 can fit many models of chainsaw, a great bonus for its versatility. It includes centri-lube self-lubricating drive links, built to enhance the chain life, whilst also reducing stretching.

Want to know the whole list of specs and features found on the CL15062X2TL2? Don’t worry, we have you covered below:

  • 18” chain
  • 62 drive links
  • Pitch: ⅜”
  • Gauge: .050”
  • Low kick-back
  • Chrome cutters
  • UL certified, meeting ANSI standards
  • Self-lubricating chain links

What’s Included?

  • 2 x CL15062X2TL2 chainsaw chains

My Favorite Feature: Self-Lubricating Chain Links

  • CL15062X2TL2 self-lubricates, keeping the chain in top condition for the future

Similar to the other models of chainsaw chains we have reviewed today, the CL15062X2TL2 features self-lubricating technology.

This is incredibly useful, particularly if you’re worried about the longevity. By self-lubricating, the CL15062X2TL2 will aim to keep itself in perfect condition, so you’ll be able to use this for years to come.

This self-lubricating feature also reduces stretch, which is a feature of chains that is inconvenient for users, so there are no questions surrounding its durability. As well as this, the self-lubricating chain links aid in rust-resisting, giving the CL15062X2TL2 another tick of approval.

What are your thoughts on the CL15062X2TL2 model? Let us know below in the comments.

Oregon D72 Chainsaw Chain

Wrapping up our guide of the best chainsaw chains today, we have the final Oregon model – the D72. The D72 is perfect for 20” bars, and can fit a number of chainsaw models, which is useful if you have multiple chainsaw models to choose from.

The D72 is certified by UL, so it complies with ANSI standards regarding low-kickback chains – so you can be assured that this is safe to use. Low-vibration technology, similar to the other Oregon chains we have reviewed, will reduce vibration by up to 25%.

It also features the LubriTech oiling System, so the D72 will last longer than many other models on the market – also giving you less downtime. Not a bad feature to have, is it?

Of course, the specs and features don’t end there. We’ve covered these all below for your convenience:

  • 20” chain
  • Gauge: 0.50”
  • 72 chain links
  • UL certified to ANSI standards
  • LubriTech Oiling System
  • Up to 25% lower vibration
  • Industrial, chrome-plated cutters
  • Fits a variety of chainsaw models
  • Weather-resistant
  • Rust Resistant

What’s Included?

  • 1 x Oregon D72 chainsaw chain

My Favorite Feature: Hardened Rivets

  • A load-bearing surface of the highest quality, the Oregon D72 is durable and reduces wear

It’s not ideal to constantly pay for replacing your chain, and this is one of the reasons as to why the Oregon D72 is one of the best chainsaw chains you can find in your hardware store.

Oregon aims to make the D72 as durable as possible, giving a saw chain that will work for as long as possible. This is achieved by the rivets,  which are induction-hardened and quenched upon manufacturing.

This step in the manufacturing process makes the D72 a higher quality saw chain, providing it with a load-bearing surface that increases the strength and also resists being worn down over time,

What does this mean for you? It means that chain stretch is no longer a problem, and you won’t have to constantly adjust the tension of the chain.

Do you think the D72 is perfect for your 20” models? Let us know your thoughts below!

The Final Verdict

So we’ve looked into the best chainsaw chains on the market in our review today, and – what’s the final verdict?

Well, they’re all great saw chains that are perfect for a variety of chainsaws, but our favorite is the Oregon S56.

Why is this, you ask?

Well, the S56 is perfect for your 16” bar, and is affordably priced, capable of handling the toughest of jobs and sporting a number of useful features to increase its durability, and assist you in tackling your jobs most effectively.

Of course, these are our thoughts, and we’d love to hear yours! Leave your thoughts below on what your favorite features of these models are – we’d love to hear them.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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