Man with a chainsaw

Chain saws can be an incredibly dangerous item for even adults and experienced users, for that reason children should not operate a chain saw.

Read your owner’s manual carefully before operating, and ensure you have proper safety equipment including: eye and ear protection, gloves, closed-toed shoes, and any protective guard. Only operate in well-ventilated areas and ensure the engine has cooled completely before refuelling a gas-powered model. There are also battery-operated models and corded-electric models; use an outdoor-rated extension cord for corded units and be mindful when cutting.

Plan your job before you begin cutting and inspect the saw for any issues before use. Keeping your saw clean and in good repair will also help to prevent injuries.

With the above information in mind, in no particular order here are 50 of the safest chain saws that we consider best, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

1. WORX WG303.1 16-Inch Chain Saw

This corded electric-powered chain saw provides as much power as traditional gas models, without the harmful and smelly emissions. It’s been designed with a host of smart features including a chain that requires no tools for replacement and a built-in overtightening prevention system for perfect cuts every use.

Key features:

  • Automatically lubricates the chain
  • Safety chain stop
  • Low kickback bar

Cost: *Est. $94.11

2. Black & Decker LCS1020 20V Max Lithium Ion Chainsaw

Available with or without the battery, this battery-powered chain saw offers the convenience of a cordless gas model, but without all the harmful emissions. The tool-free tension adjustment system makes tightening a breeze, and the wrap around blade handle provides increased operator comfort.

Key features:

  • Battery stays charged up to 5x longer
  • Lightweight design for increased operator comfort
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $119.99

3. Husqvarna 460 24-Inch Rancher Chain Saw 60cc

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 20-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a forged 3-piece crankshaft to provide maximum durability in even the toughest of uses. It has been ergonomically-designed to provide increased operator comfort.

Key features:

  • Side-mounted chain tensioner
  • CARB compliant
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $509.95

4. WORX WG304.1 Chain Saw 18-Inch 4 HP 15.0 Amp

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and doesn’t produce any harmful emissions. It comes completely assembled right out of the box, so you can get to work quickly and easily. The auto-tensioning system eliminates the hassle of multiple adjustments.

Key features:

  • Built-in chain brake
  • Tool-free chain replacement
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $99.99

5. Husqvarna 450 18-Inch 50.2cc X-Torq 2-Cycle Gas Powered Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a smart start system that makes getting to work hassle-free. It boasts vibration dampening technology and an ergonomic design to provide more comfortable operation while reducing operator fatigue.

Key features:

  • Centrifugal air cleaning system reduces emissions
  • CARB compliant
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $369.95

6. XtremepowerUS 22″ 2.4HP Gasoline Gas Chainsaw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a long, 22-inch cutting bar for tackling jobs in those hard-to-reach places and comes complete with an anti-kickback chain and anti-vibration technology to help reduce operator fatigue.

Key features:

  • EPA approved
  • Electronic ignition provides easy starts
  • Chain brake handguard

Cost: *Est. $119.95

7. Husqvarna 952802154 Chainsaw Model 240

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 16-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a side-mounted chain tensioner for quick and easy adjustments. It features an X-Torq engine that helps to reduce harmful emissions and comes with a combined choke/stop control.

Key features:

  • Ergonomically-designed
  • Made in the USA
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $179.95

8. Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20-Inch 50cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 20-inch cutting bar that’s ideal for tackling jobs in those hard-to-reach places. It boasts a long lasting engine and features a long lasting air filtration system that helps cut down on harmful emissions.

Key features:

  • Vibration-reducing handle
  • Carrying case included
  • On-board locking scrench holder

Cost: *Est. $199

9. GreenWorks 20222 Corded 9-Amp Chainsaw

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts a 14-inch cutting bar and doesn’t produce any harmful emissions. The tool-less chain adjustment system allows for quick and easy adjustments on the fly and its lightweight design helps to reduce operator fatigue.

Key features:

  • Wrap around handle
  • Automatic oiling system
  • 4 year warranty

Cost: *Est $51.17

10. Husqvarna 445 18-Inch 45.7cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a specially-designed air cleaning system that helps reduce debris and harmful emissions. The visible fuel level and ergonomic design make this saw easy to use.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Quick release air filter
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $339.95

11. Remington RM1645 Versa Saw 12 Amp 16-Inch Electric Chainsaw

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts a 16-inch cutting bar and features a wrap around handle that allows you to safely make cuts from any angle. The external adjustment system makes adjustments simple and the easy-view oil window lets you to see the chain saw’s oil level quickly and easily.

Key features:

  • Comes completely assembled
  • Automatic oiling system
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $71.43

12. Black & Decker LCS1240 40-volt Cordless Chainsaw

Available with or without the battery, this cordless battery-powered chain saw boasts a 12-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a tool-free chain tensioning system that allows for quick and easy adjustments on the fly. The wrap around handle allows you to safely make cuts from any angle.

Key features:

  • Automatic oiling system
  • Lightweight design reduces operator fatigue
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $161.99

13. Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim 8 Amp 14- Inch Electric Chainsaw

This corded electric-powered chain saw offers the convenience of a cordless gas model, but without all the harmful emissions. It boasts a 14-inch cutting bar and features a lightweight and compact design that helps to increase operator comfort while in use.

Key features:

  • External chain adjustment system
  • Made in the USA
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $49

14. Black & Decker NLP1800 Alligator Lopper 18-Volt Cordless Chain Saw

This cordless battery-powered chain saw boasts an easy-to-use alligator design that allows you to quickly and easily clamp and cut in one motion. It is suitable for use on wood up to 4-inches wide and features a 6-inch cutting bar.

Key features:

  • Battery, charger, and oil bottle included
  • Metal guards instantly snap back over chain once cut is complete
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $99

15. Poulan P3314 14-Inch 33cc 2-Cycle Gas-Powered Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 14-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a primer bulb for easy starts. It features a 28-inch diameter cutting capacity and an integrated inertia-activated chain brake that stops the chain in the event of kickback.

Key features:

  • Automatic oiling system
  • Comes completely assembled
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $109

16. Husqvarna 455 Rancher 20-Inch 55-1/2cc 2-Stroke Gas-Powered Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 20-inch cutting bar and comes complete with low vibration technology to help reduce operator fatigue. It features an X-Torq engine that helps to reduce debris and harmful emissions and has been ergonomically-designed for increased operator comfort.

Key features:

  • 2 year warranty
  • Made in the USA
  • CARB compliant

Cost: *Est. $449.95

17. Black & Decker LP1000 Alligator Lopper 4.5 Amp Electric Chain Saw

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts an easy-to-use alligator design that allows you to quickly and easily clamp and cut in one motion. It is suitable for use on wood up to 4-inches wide and features a 6-inch cutting bar.

Key features:

  • Automatic chain tensioning system
  • Metal guards instantly snap back over chain once cut is complete
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $67.06

18. Remington RM5118R Rodeo 51cc 2-Cycle 18-Inch Gas Chainsaw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and comes complete with anti-vibration handles that help to reduce operator fatigue. It comes completely assembled right out of the box, so you can get to work quickly and easily.

Key features:

  • Low kickback bar
  • Storage case and oil included
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. 219.99

19. Husqvarna 460 Rancher 20-Inch 60.3cc 2-Stoke X-Torq Gas Powered Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 20-inch cutting bar that is ideal for tackling jobs in those hard-to-reach places and comes complete with a side-mounted chain tensioner for quick and easy adjustments on the fly. The ergonomic design allows for comfortable and easy operation.

Key features:

  • Quick release air filter
  • CARB compliant
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $509.95

20. Black & Decker CS1518 15-Amp Corded Chainsaw

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and features a clear, easy-view oil level window. The tool-less chain adjustment system allows for quick and easy adjustments on the fly and its lightweight design helps to reduce operator fatigue.

Key features:

  • Integrated chain brake feature
  • Automatic oiling system
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $80.74

21. Husqvarna 440E 16-Inch 40.9cc 2-Stroke X-Torq Gas Powered Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 16-inch cutting arm and features a tool-less chain adjustment system for quick and easy adjustments on the fly. It features an X-Torq engine that helps to reduce harmful emissions and comes with a combined choke/stop control.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • CARB compliant
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $289.99

22. GreenWorks 20312 DigiPro G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw

Available with or without the battery, this battery-powered chain saw offers the convenience of a cordless gas model, but without all the harmful emissions. It boasts a 16-inch cutting bar and can complete up to 100 cuts on a single charge.

Key features:

  • Brushless motor offers reduced vibration for increased operator comfort
  • Chain brake and low kickback chain
  • Storage case, battery, and charger included

Cost: *Est. $219.99

23. Makita XCU02Z 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Cordless Chain Saw

This battery-powered chain saw offers the convenience of a cordless gas model, but without all the harmful emissions. It boasts a 16-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a tool-less chain adjustment system for quick and easy adjustments on the fly.

Key features:

  • Bare tool only, battery required
  • Integrated front hand guard
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $199

24. GreenWorks GCS80420 80V 18-Inch Cordless Chainsaw

Available with or without the battery (and in an optional lawn mower package for complete yard maintenance), this cordless battery-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and rapid charge system to get you up and running in just 30 minutes, with 60 minutes of use off a single charge.

Key features:

  • Lightweight, ergonomic design
  • No maintenance system
  • Noise- and vibration-reduction systems

Cost: *Est. $299.99

25. OREGON CS1500 Self-Sharpening Electric Chain Saw

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar with integrated reduced-kickback guide bar and chain. It features a unique, self-sharpening system and tool-less chain tensioning system for quick and easy adjustments on the fly.

Key features:

  • Lightweight, ergonomic design
  • Integrated chain brake
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $113.92

26. GreenWorks 20332 14.5 Amp Corded Chainsaw

This corded electric-powered chain saw provides as much power as traditional gas models, without the harmful and smelly emissions. It boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a tool-less chain tensioning system for quick and easy adjustments on the fly.

Key features:

  • Automatic oiling system
  • Wrap around handle for cuts at any angle
  • 4 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $89.99

27. EGO 56V Li-Ion 14″ Chain Saw 2.0Ah Kit

Available with or without the battery, this battery-powered chain saw boasts a 14-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a battery and charger that provides up to 100 cuts on a single charge. The brushless motor allows for longer operating time and delivers the power of a gas model without the harmful emissions.

Key features:

  • Integrated chain kickback brake
  • Durable, weather-resistant design
  • 5 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $249

28. Makita UC4051A Electric Chain Saw

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts a 16-inch cutting blade and offers a tool-less chain tensioning system for quick and easy adjustments on the fly. The handles boast an ergonomic design and rubberized grips for increased operator comfort and reduced fatigue.

Key features:

  • Integrated current limiter
  • Automatic oiling system
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $249.99

29. GreenWorks 20292 G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 12-Inch Cordless Chainsaw

Available with or without the battery, this unit boasts a 12-inch cutting bar and features a tool-less chain adjustment system for quick and easy adjustments on the fly. The automatic oiling system helps to ensure durability and extend the life of the chain.

Key features:

  • Bare tool only, battery required
  • Easy-view oil level
  • Provides up to 75 cuts on a single charge

Cost: *Est. $67.99

30. Poulan Pro 967185102 PP4218A 42cc Assembled Chainsaw with Case

This gas-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and comes complete with an effortless pull starting system for easy operation. The integrated super clean air filtration system helps to reduce debris and harmful emissions.

Key features:

  • Includes carrying case, gloves, file, and extra chain
  • Automatic oiling system
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $204.99

31. Tanaka TCS33EDTP/14 32.2cc 14-Inch Top Handle Chain Saw with Pure Fire Engine

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 14-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a fuel-efficient engine that provides easy startups. The side-mounted chain tensioner system makes for quick and easy adjustments on the fly.

Key features:

  • Choice of bar sizes
  • Automatic oiling system
  • 7 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $247.99

32. Sun Joe SWJ701E 18-Inch 14 Amp Electric Chain Saw

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and provides the power of a gas-powered unit without the harmful emissions. It features an integrated hand guard with kickback brake function to provide additional safety while in operation.

Key features:

  • Choice of bar sizes
  • Comes completely assembled
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design

Cost: *Est. $78.48

33. Husqvarna 967166101 450 2-Cycle Fully Assembled Gas Chainsaw, 50cc

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 20-inch cutting bar that is perfect for tackling jobs in those tough-to-reach places and comes complete with a side-mounted chain tensioning system. It features an X-Torq engine that helps to reduce harmful emissions and comes with a combined choke/stop control.

Key features:

  • Comes fully assembled
  • Made in the USA
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $329.99

34. Hitachi CS33EB16 2-Stroke Gas-Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts an 16-inch cutting Oregon bar and chain. The bar and chain set is designed to reduce kickback and cut efficiently. It’s ideal for felling small- to medium-sized trees and great for cutting firewood.

Key features:

  • 1.6-horsepower commercial-grade engine
  • Bar and chain protective cover included
  • 7 year consumer warranty

Cost: *Est. $186.89

35. Black & Decker LCS1020B 10-Inch Lithium Ion Chainsaw, 20-volt

Available with or without the battery, this chain saw offers the convenience of a cordless gas model, but without all the harmful emissions. The tool-free tension adjustment system makes tightening a breeze, and the wrap around blade handle provides increased operator comfort.

Key features:

  • Bare tool only, battery required
  • Lightweight design for increased operator comfort
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $84.99

36. Hitachi CS33EDTP 2-Stroke Gas Powered Top Handle Chain Saw

Available in a choice of three different cutting bar sizes, this gas-powered chain saw boasts a commercial grade, low-emissions engine and features an advanced anti-vibration system that helps to increase user comfort while reducing operator fatigue.

Key features:

  • CARB compliant
  • Built-in lanyard ring
  • 7 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $224.71

37. Black & Decker LCS1240B 12-Inch Lithium Ion Chainsaw, 40-volt

Available with or without the battery, this cordless chain saw boasts a 12-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a tool-free chain tensioning system that allows for quick and easy adjustments on the fly. The wrap around handle allows you to safely make cuts from any angle.

Key features:

  • Bare tool only, battery required
  • Lightweight design reduces operator fatigue
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $98.07

38. Homelite ZR10568 38cc 16 in. Gas Chainsaw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 16-inch cutting bar and comes complete with an automatic oiling system to keep the chain and bar lubricated for longer life. It also features an integrated inertia-activated chain brake that stops the chain in the event of kickback.

Key features:

  • Comes completely assembled
  • Point vibration isolation handle helps reduce operator fatigue
  • Wrench, scabbard, and deluxe case included

Cost: *Est. $101.99

39. Poulan P4018WT Wild Thing 18-Inch 40cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered Easy Start Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and comes complete with an integrated primer bulb and automatic oiling system to provide years of reliable starts and long lasting operation. The air filtration system helps cut down on harmful emissions while prolonging the life of the filter.

Key features:

  • Comes completely assembled
  • Carrying case included
  • CARB compliant

Cost: *Est. $212.98

40. Black & Decker CS1216 12-Amp Corded Chainsaw

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts a 16-inch cutting blade and provides all the power of a gas-powered unit, without the harmful emissions. The tool-less chain adjustment system allows for quick and easy adjustments on the fly and its lightweight design helps to reduce operator fatigue.

Key features:

  • Automatic oiling system
  • Easy-view oil level window
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $64.59

41. Earthwise 14 Inch Corded 8 Amp Chainsaw

This corded electric-powered chain saw boasts a 14-inch cutting blade and is ideal for smaller jobs and hobby applications. The tool-less chain adjustment system allows for quick and easy adjustments on the fly and its lightweight design helps to reduce operator fatigue.

Key features:

  • Automatic oiling system
  • Plastic blade cover included
  • Integrated cord retention hook

Cost: *Est. $33.68

42. GreenWorks 20362 G-24 10-Inch Cordless Chainsaw

Available with or without the battery, this battery-powered chain saw offers the convenience of a cordless gas model, but without all the harmful emissions. It boasts a 10-inch cutting bar and the tool-less tension adjustment system allows you to make adjustments on the fly.

Key features:

  • Battery and charger included
  • Automatic oiling system
  • 4 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $107.99

43. Remington RM4214 Rebel 14-inch Gas Chainsaw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 14-inch cutting bar and features a quick start pull system for easier starts. The integrated anti-vibration technology helps to provide comfortable operation while reducing operator fatigue. Its compact design is ideal for jobs in hard-to-reach areas.

Key features:

  • Cushioned handle
  • Ergonomic, lightweight design
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $119.99

44. Poulan Pro 967185105 PP4218A 42cc Fully Assembled Chainsaw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and features anti-vibration technology to help increase comfort while reducing operator fatigue. It’s been made in the USA and features an effortless start system and built-in air filtration system to help reduce harmful emissions.

Key features:

  • Comes completely assembled
  • Automatic oiling system
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $159.97

45. Giantex 22″ 52cc EPA Cutting Chainsaw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 22-inch cutting bar that’s ideal for tackling big jobs in all those hard-to-reach places and comes complete with and an integrated chain brake system that stops the chain in the event of kickback.

Key features:

  • Air-cooled engine
  • Easy to start
  • Wrap around handle for cuts at all angles

Cost: *Est. $109.99

46. Tanaka TCS33EDTP/12 32.2cc 12-Inch Top Handle Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 12-inch cutting bar that’s great for tackling smaller jobs and for use in hard-to-reach places. The built-in automatic oiling system provides dependable use and long lasting chain life, while the side access chain tensioning system allows for quick and easy adjustments on the fly.

Key features:

  • Choice of bar sizes
  • Fuel-efficient design
  • 7 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $229.99

47. Makita EA5000P53G 50cc Professional Chain Saw for Lawn

This gas-powered chain saw boasts a 20-inch cutting bar and comes complete with an easy start system for easier, more consistent starts and includes a chain cover and universal wrench. The compact, ergonomic design provides for increased operator comfort while helping to reduce fatigue.

Key features:

  • Fuel-efficient design
  • Made in the USA
  • EPA approved

Cost: *Est. $499

48. DEWALT DCCS690M1 40V 4AH Lithium Ion XR Brushless Chainsaw

Available in a choice of two different battery sizes, this battery-powered chain saw boasts a 16-inch cutting bar and features a tool-less chain adjustment system that allows for quick and easy adjustments on the fly.

Key features:

  • Automatic oiling system
  • Chain brake provides kickback protection
  • Variable speed trigger for increased operator control

Cost: *Est. $349

49. OREGON CORDLESS 40 Volt MAX CS300-A6 Chain Saw Kit

Available in a choice of three different configurations, this cordless battery-powered chain saw can hold a charge for months at a time and can cut up to 400 branches off a single charge. The instant start system makes getting up and running a breeze and it sharpens in as little as three seconds.

Key features:

  • Battery included
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $374.66

50. Tanaka TCS40EA18 18-Inch 40cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw

This gas-powered chain saw boasts an 18-inch cutting bar and comes complete with a fuel-efficient engine that boasts easy startups. The side-mounted chain tensioner system makes for quick and easy adjustments on the fly and the inertia-activated chain brake stops the chain in the event of kickback.

Key features:

  • Compact, lightweight, anti-vibration design
  • CARB compliant
  • 7 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $259.99

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