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Chainsaw Rating Sources

Total of 15 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
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Chain Saws Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 25 chainsaws -- gas, plug-in, battery-powered and power loppers -- and also lists four similar models. Each is evaluated for criteria such as cutting speed, safety, ease of use and handling, and several chainsaws receive Best Buy or Recommended designations.
2. TheFamilyHandyman.com
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Chainsaw Reviews
by Editors of TheFamilyHandyman.com
Our AssessmentThese DIY experts describe the most important features of a chainsaw, then review multiple models for medium-duty use, heavy-duty use or a tight budget. Each write-up is short but well balanced, with brief comparisons to other chainsaws in the same category. Editors list clear favorites.
3. Tools of the Trade
March- April 2007
Electric Chainsaws
by Michael Springer
Our AssessmentSpringer puts nine of the most powerful electric chainsaws through objective tests that include cutting two sizes of square timbers, and explains how each feature affects this type of saw's safety, maintenance, performance and ease of use. Each model is evaluated for balance and grip torque, and chain brakes are tested to see whether they activate easily by inertia. This is the most informative review we found.
Is a Quiet Chainsaw an Oxymoron?
by Editors of Noise Pollution Clearinghouse
Our AssessmentThis national nonprofit provides a good overview of which electric chainsaws are best suited to different uses and budget requirements. Fifteen electric saws are ranked based on tests conducted by a team that includes a professional logger and an acoustical expert. In the end, editors recommend the Husqvarna 316E and Makita UC 4000 as "exceptional cut quality saws" that are also quiet. We'd rate this review source higher if it were more recent.
5. Northern Tool and Equipment
As of July 2013
Chain Saws
by Contributors to Northern Tool + Equipment
Our AssessmentThis is a great source for chainsaw reviews, with some models receiving hundreds of comments from site visitors. Standouts get 4 stars out of 5 or better after at least 45 user posts. We also include the Oregon Bench-Mount Chain Grinder Model 511AX, which gets 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 10 owners. Chainsaw sharpeners are listed in their own category.
6. ChainsawsDirect.com
As of July 2013
Chain Saw Sharpeners
by Contributors to ChainsawsDirect.com
Our AssessmentAs the name suggests, this site specializes in chainsaws and their accessories. However, just one sharpener receives a helpful amount of feedback: the Oregon 16" Powersharp Starter Kit
7. ChainsawsDirect.com
As of July 2013
Consumer Gas Chainsaws
by Contributors to ChainsawsDirect.com
Our AssessmentGas chainsaws prove to be the most popular models at this specialist online retailer. User comments vary in length and quality, and standout models get 4.5 stars out of 5 or better after at least 14 reviews.
8. ChainsawsDirect.com
As of July 2013
Electric Chainsaws
by Contributors to ChainsawsDirect.com
Our AssessmentSome of the chainsaws sold here amass dozens of user reviews. Electric models attract fewer comments than gas chainsaws, and saws worthy of consideration get 4.5 stars out of 5 or better after at least 10 owner posts.
9. Amazon.com
As of July 2013
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells hundreds of gas, electric and cordless chainsaws, and shares a wealth of user feedback. Standout models get 4.5 stars out of 5 or better after at least 30 owner reviews. For chainsaw sharpeners, we select those models with a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 or better after at least 10 user comments.
10. Sears.com
As of July 2013
All Chain Saws
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentBecause Craftsman chainsaws are sold only at Sears, this is one of the few places you can access consumer feedback for that brand. Sears also sells several major brands. Noteworthy models get an overall rating of at least 4 stars out of 5 after 20 or more user reviews.
11. Lowes.com
As of July 2013
Chain Saws
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com sells gas and corded electric chainsaws. Its No. 1 model is the Worx JawSaw WG307, which gets 4.6 stars out of 5 from more than 50 reviewers. Other standout saws get better than 4 stars out of 5 from at least 15 users.
12. HomeDepot.com
As of July 2013
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com posts owner feedback and ratings, and top chainsaws get at least 4.5 stars out of 5 after 15 or more user reviews. The site sometimes publishes reviews pulled from the manufacturer's website, which can skew the overall ratings, but we didn't see that problem here. The top picks from chainsaw sharpeners get better than 4 stars out of 5 after at least 10 owners leave comments.
13. The Wall Street Journal
Feb. 4, 2006
Joining the Chainsaw Gang
by Gwendolyn Bounds
Our AssessmentIn this review by a novice chainsaw user, Bounds tests three gas chainsaws and one electric model with the help of two professional landscapers.
14. Mother Earth News
October/November 2005
Electric Chain Saws
by Neil Soderstrom
Our AssessmentSoderstrom, the author of a book on chainsaw use and maintenance, tests three electric saws at different price points but doesn't compare them with directly competing models. He calls the Stihl 180C as powerful as a midsize gas chainsaw. The Remington is light and inexpensive but hardest to maintain, he says, and the midrange Husqvarna 316E offers good safety features.
15. This Old House
Not dated
TOH Tested : Chainsaws
by Sal Vaglica
Our AssessmentEach of the five top chainsaws in this article receives a brief review, with a decent balance of praise and constructive criticism. Write-ups are obviously based on hands-on testing, but Vaglica doesn't say how many other chainsaws were tested but didn't make the grade, if any.
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