The CS30016 is perfect for a homeowner that wants an electric chainsaw for light/medium residential use who does not have neighboring houses close by. The saw is really loud for an electric chainsaw. Many folks that visit our site looking for an electric saw live in neighborhoods where they do not want to cause a big stir whenever they use a chainsaw. This saw will certainly cause a stir. It is not as loud as a gas-powered chainsaw, but it is probably the loudest electric saw available.
Otherwise, the Earthwise CS30016 could not be much better at this price point, available for less than $70 on Amazon. The 12amp motor is surprisingly powerful, and could even stand its ground with some gas-powered residential use chainsaws in this size class. The saw has a 16” bar length, making it capable of handling almost any job a homeowner can throw its way. Despite its exceptional power and 16” bar length, the saw is still relatively light weighing in at a hair over 12lbs.
The saw does have a couple of cool add-on features that increase its value. First, the tool-less chain tensioning feature allows one to adjust the chain tension without being required to disassemble the machine or turn a wrench endlessly. Also, the motor, bar and chain are automatically oiled via the saw’s auto-oiling technology.
Of course, as with all corded electric chainsaws, you will be limited with respect to portability. If you intend to work in an area you will not have access to electrical power, or are needing to clear limbs up high in a tree or other elevated area, you would be better served by going with a gas-powered chainsaw instead.
- Motor: 12amp
- Bar Length: 16”
- Weight: 12lbs
- Tool-less Chain Tensioning
- Oil-Level Window