The latest generation of cordless power tools have made it possible to perform a lot of tasks that would normally require a full-size gas chainsaw, such as clearing up branches and cutting up firewood, without the noise and fumes of a gas-powered tool.
However, battery-powered tools have one big limitation when it comes to some jobs—they’re often not powerful enough for more demanding tasks.
For instance, you can’t fell a tree with a battery-powered chainsaw and you can’t cut through a 4-inch tree branch with one. That’s where mini chainsaws come in.
We’ve spent countless hours testing a wide variety of tools and we know what works and what doesn’t. We also know that most of our readers have a very specific idea of what they’re looking for in a tool and often have a limited budget to work with.
That’s why we love today’s market of compact, lightweight, and less-expensive chainsaws. They’re compact, lightweight, and less-expensive than their full-size counterparts, but they can still handle a variety of tasks.
Read on for our selection of the best mini chainsaws.
Our Editor’s Best Mini Chainsaws Reviews
BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Cordless Chainsaw Kit, 10-Inch (LCS1020)
The DeWalt DW745 is a 10-inch compact job site table saw that features a powerful 15-amp motor to make easy work of tough cuts. It has a tool-free blade tensioning system for improved ease of use and quick adjustments, and a lightweight design for ease of maneuverability and reduced fatigue. Additionally, it has an improved oiling system with a clear window to gauge oil level.
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Greenworks 40V 12-Inch Cordless Chainsaw, 2.0Ah Battery and Charger Included
This electric chainsaw is perfect for homeowners and occasional users. It has a 12″ bar and chain, and an automatic oiler that applies oil to the bar and chain when needed. It also has tool-less tensioning for easy bar and chain maintenance.
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WORX WG322 20V Power Share 10″ Cordless Chainsaw with Auto-Tension
The PowerShare cordless chain saw is a fast, lightweight, and powerful tool that is easy to use. The saw has an automatic chain tensioning system that keeps the chain tight, and an automatic lubrication system that keeps the chain well-oiled. The saw also has a fast chain speed of 12.5 feet per second.
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BLACK+DECKER Lopper Chain Saw, 4.5-Amp (LP1000)
The Alligator Lopper has a 4.5-amp motor for innovative clamping jaws that grab and cut in one easy motion. It also has a heavy-duty cutting bar and chain that deliver fast cutting of thick branches and logs that are too big for a 4-inch cut.
The bar length is 6 inches and the weight is 6.5 pounds. The included components are an oil bottle and wrench. The power source is electric.
Greenworks 24V 12-inch Brushless Chainsaw, Tool Only
The Greenworks 24V Lithium-Ion battery provides 20% more power and 35% more run-time than a regular battery, and delivers fade-free power with no memory loss after charging. The highly efficient 24V brushless motor provides more torque, quiet operation, and longer life.
The 12 in. bar and chain (low kickback) is perfect for homeowners and occasional users. The auto-oiler mechanism ensures the chain stays lubricated, and the oil level indicator window allows you to gauge oil usage. The tool-less chain tensioning is quick and easy to adjust.
【UPGRADE 2022】Mini Chainsaw, 6-Inch Brushless Cordless Chainsaw with Oil System, Electric Chainsaw Powered by 2Pcs 21V 2.0Ah Batteries, Mini Chainsaw Cordless For Wood Cutting, Camping, Pruning
This is a mini chainsaw that is upgraded and has a longer lifespan. It is also equipped with a convenient lubrication system and a reliable battery system. It is one hand operated and has multiple safety features. It comes with a 12-month warranty.
Greenworks 40V 12inch Chainsaw, 2.0 Battery & Charger Included, 2000219
This is a 12″ electric chainsaw that starts without a cord, gas, or oil. It requires no maintenance and can power over 40 different tools. It also produces 10 times less noise and vibration than a gas chainsaw.
Sun Joe 24V-HCS-LTE-P1 24-Volt iON+ Cordless Mini Chainsaw, Handheld Pruning Saw Kit, 5-Inch, w/ 2.0-Ah Battery and Charger, Green
The iON PLUS 24-VOLT SYSTEM is a battery-powered pruning saw that includes a 2.0 Ah lithium-ion battery and charger. The battery recharges in just 5 hours, and the saw has a brushless motor that runs cooler, quieter, and longer than traditional motors.
The saw also has a 5″ compact bar and chain, and is ideal for pruning green, growing branches and woody stems up to 4½” thick. The saw has a built-in safety feature that includes a riving knife to prevent kick-back, a knuckle-guard handle, and a safety switch to prevent accidental starts.
The saw also has a refillable oil bottle with a capacity of 0.7 fl oz, and is lightweight and compact at just 5½ lbs. The saw is SGS listed and has a 2-year warranty.