What every best Chainsaws has:
- A trigger lock.
- An anti-kickback chain.
- A chain brake.
With its 2.4-hp engine, the Husqvarna 440E gas chainsaw provides enough power for everyday tasks like trimming branches or cutting firewood, yet it's still lightweight enough for most homeowners to handle. Its safety and convenience features include an inertia-activated chain brake, anti-vibration handles, and a tool-free chain tensioner that's easy to adjust with one hand. The starter is a little finicky, but once this chainsaw is going, it is an extremely able performer.
If you're looking for a chainsaw that can take on the biggest jobs a homeowner's likely to face, such as felling dead trees, the Husqvarna 455 Rancher has everything you need. Its mighty 3.5-hp, 55.5-cc engine makes short work of even the heaviest logs, and it starts more reliably than the smaller Husqvarna 440E. The 455 has a kickback brake and anti-vibration handles, but it requires tools to adjust the chain tension.
Both professional testers and owners say the WORX WG304.1 electric chainsaw is light, well balanced, and surprisingly powerful. You have to haul an extension cord around with you and stay within reach of an electrical outlet, but in return you get a muscular, relatively quiet saw. Its auto chain tensioning and oiling make it easy to maintain, and its safety features include a low-kickback chain and sensitive chain brake.
The Ego CS1604 cordless chainsaw gets top marks for its combination of speed, safety, and ease of use. In professional tests, it chews through wood as fast as a light-duty gas chainsaw, yet owners find it quiet and easy to handle and maintain. Its 5-amp Li-ion battery lasts a long time on a charge and is compatible with all other Ego cordless tools. The saw is backed by a five-year warranty.
For sharpening your chainsaw's teeth to a consistent angle and depth, the Buffalo Tools ECSS Electric Chainsaw Sharpener is the best choice. You can sharpen nearly any chain with it by adjusting the angle. You must take the chain off the saw to sharpen it, and the instructions could be better, but once the ECSS is set up, most users find it gets their chains as good as new in 5 to 10 minutes or less.
If you own a rotary tool – such as a Dremel tool or even a drill – the Anytime Tools Diamond Chainsaw Sharpener Burr set makes a fast and cheap alternative to a dedicated chainsaw sharpener. Simply fit one of these diamond-coated burrs onto your tool, and you can sharpen your chain without even taking it off the saw. The whole process takes only a few minutes, though there's a learning curve to conquer for best results.