Black + Decker LLP120
While technically an alligator lopper, the Black + Decker LLP120 performs the same function as a chainsaw, as long as you only need to cut small branches that can fit within its jaws. The shielded bar makes it ideal for anyone uncomfortable with a traditional model.
The Greenworks 20322 is equipped with an automatic lubrication system and a transparent reservoir, so you’ll know how long you have before running out of oil. Despite having a 16-inch bar and a powerful brushless motor, it is easy to maneuver.
Just as you’d expect from one of this company’s tools, the Wen 40417 is affordably priced, and performs modestly. It has a 16-inch bar with a chain that runs at speeds of up to 49 feet per second, and it is equipped with a low-noise, brushless motor.
Ego Power+ CS1401
The Ego Power+ CS1401 is a weather-resistant option that will make short work of limbs, logs, and even small trees. To increase the safety of a notoriously dangerous tool, it features a very responsive kickback brake and a thick handle.
Sun Joe ION16CS 40V
The 600-watt Sun Joe ION16CS 40V is a solid choice for cutting firewood or felling and slicing up mid-sized trees. It can saw through logs up to 12 inches thick with relative ease, and starts up effortlessly at the push of a button.
The DeWalt DCCS690M1 has a sixteen-inch-long bar with a narrow nose to reduce the likelihood of kickback. It’s well-suited for cutting small-diameter logs and its automatic oiling system keeps it running smoothly with minimal friction.
The Oregon CS300-A6 has a sharpening system built into the unit that takes just a few seconds and can be used at any time in the field. Its premium battery cells provide fade-free power, so the chain speed won’t slow down even when you’re running out of juice.
The Husqvarna 120i is equipped with an inertia-activated chain brake that reduces the chance of injury from uncontrolled kickback. Though louder than some other models, at up to 101 A-weighted decibels, it saws quickly through dense woods.
Small, but mighty, would be the best way to describe the Makita XCU02PT . Its 12-inch bar carves through most types of wood with ease while producing only 87 A-weighted decibels. It’s powered by the simultaneous use of dual 18-volt batteries for long-lasting performance.
Unlike most other models in the category, the Echo CCS-58V uses a traditional clutch plate configuration with two clamping bolts. This is considerably more secure for the bar than ratcheting mechanisms but it is at the slight expense of convenience.