Chainsaw Brands: Gas & Electric
Chainsaws are the ultimate tool when it comes to felling trees and other related tasks. The time it takes to cut down a tree with a chainsaw is much less than it is with manual saws or axes. Now, you probably don’t need an introduction into what a chainsaw is. Instead, I’ll start by informing you about the advancements in chainsaw technology in recent years.
Gas operated chainsaws are still the top choice for commercial work but electric chainsaws are quickly closing the gap in usefulness. Most high-end electric chainsaws are battery operated so you can take them whenever you want. On the other hand, there are plenty of corded options as well.
Both gas and electric chainsaws have their perks. For most, gas-powered engines offer everything they need and more. However, electric-powered chainsaws are a great option for small amounts of work, especially in small and suburban yards.
Brands of Chainsaws
This list isn’t comparing one chainsaw to another; it’s not a “best of the best” list. It’s simply an organized list of all the companies that make either gas or electric-powered chainsaws. I’ve sorted the brands in alphabetical order and I’ll do my best to update this list in the future. If you know of a brand I didn’t add to this page, please let me know in the comment section below.
The Arksen brand makes a bunch of products including a 22″, 45cc gasoline-powered chainsaw with a 2-stroke engine. I know very little about this company; in fact, I just happened to find their chainsaw on a quick google search. They don’t have a website, aside from a facebook page, so it’s possible that they’re a new company.
If you live in the United States, chances are, you’ve heard of Black & Decker. They make a huge assortment of devices from power-tools to hammers, string trimmers, and, of course, chainsaws. Electric-powered chainsaws to be more specific. Black & Decker offers different options in bar length, engine size, cord and cordless.
Much like Black+Decker, DeWalt makes a lot of tools ranging from hammers and drills to leaf blowers and electric chainsaws and everything in between. They create high-quality tools that work great and last long but they’re generally more expensive than similar brands. DeWalt offers 12″ and 16″ brushless, electric chainsaws. The batteries are Lithium-Ion and range from 20V to 60V.
Earthwise is a brand from the American Lawnmower Company. They offer a nice selection of electric chainsaws; some battery-powered and one corded option. They have a 10″, 12″, and 14″ options as well as pole saws. As for the battery sizes, I believe they offer 20, 24, 40, and 58-volt lithium-ion batteries.
You’ve likely seen or heard about this company already. Echo has been around for many years now. Currently, they offer chainsaws with 12″ bars all the way up to 36″ bars with varying engine sizes. Their website shows 18 different chainsaws and they sell saw related accessories and safety gear too.
Husqvarna is a big player in the forestry world nowadays. They’re making a large impact by offering high-quality tools at unbeatable prices; their chainsaws are no exception. One cool thing about Husqvarna is that they offer just about any size gas-powered chainsaws and a growing number of electric ones as well.
The Greenworks tool company has a long list of electric chainsaws. Most of them are small, ranging from 12″ bars to 16″ bars, but they do make an 18″ option as well. They offer both corded and cordless chainsaws as well as pole saws. Greenworks is a relatively new company which seems to specialize in battery operated outdoor power equipment. Their tools are powered by batteries ranging from 24-volts all the way up to a commercial-grade 82-volt battery.
Makita made their appearance in 1915, over 100 years ago, by way of their first motor. They were established as an electric motor repair and sales company but over the years, that has transformed into a rather large brand. Today, Makita makes drills, saws, fans, vacuums, flashlights, lasers, and, of course, chainsaws. They offer mostly small to mid-sized electric chainsaws both corded and cordless.
This is another large brand which has made a name for itself in the outdoor equipment world. From lawn mowers to leaf blowers and things in-between, Poulan is a trusted brand. They offer both gas and electric chainsaws in different various sizes. As for their electric chainsaws, they have both corded and cordless.
Remington is another brand in the business of making power tools. They were founded in 1921 by a man named Arthur Mall. Nowadays, they offer multiple chainsaws powered by gas or electric. A quick visit to their website revealed at least eight different chainsaws. Three appear to be electric with only one being cordless while five have gas-powered engines.
Stihl is likely the most well-known and most sought-after chainsaw brand nowadays. They have a long history of making some of the best equipment in the world. This company was founded in 1926 by Andreas Stihl. Andreas was an innovator in early chainsaw production. The Stihl company’s headquarters is located in Waiblingen, Germany. Today, this brand manufactures some of the best chainsaws available.
As for the types and sizes, well, Stihl chainsaws come in nearly every size imaginable. From electric chainsaws for small jobs to large, gas-powered chainsaws for commercial work. Not only does Stihl make nice chainsaws but they also make other tools and power equipment like axes, lawn mowers, trimmers, and more.
I believe the Tanaka Power Equipment brand was purchased by the Hitachi Power Tools company in 2007. This company has a somewhat short, albeit good, history of innovation. Their website shows a series of different power equipment including grass and hedge trimmers, blowers, and chainsaws. They currently have five different chainsaws listed on their website (at the time of writing this), all of which have gas powered engines. They range in bar length from 12″ to 20″.
Worx is a well-known brand in the United States. They offer many great, innovative tools which are sold at reasonable prices. As for their chainsaws, Worx has both corded and cordless electric chainsaws as well as a device called “JawSaw”.