Best Inexpensive Electric Chain Saws for the Home

Hyundai XE 2410

Opens the ranking of the best inexpensive power saws for the home Hyundai XE 2410. With its 40.5 cm tire and 2.4 kW engine, Hyundai does not suffer from a lack of performance: if the chain saw is bought for large volumes of one-time work (for example, regular cutting of firewood for a private house ), then this option will be interesting for its price.

Unlike the «younger sister» with a 1.8-kilowatt engine, not only a more powerful motor was used here, but the saw was also equipped with a hitchhiking when overloaded (with indication) and a quick change and chain tension adjustment system SDS. In it, a tool is not needed to remove the cover and adjust the tension — just manually turn the large “twist” with your hand. It itself consists of two parts: the outer one sets the tension, the inner one fixes it. It is all, of course, plastic — but as with all essentially current household power saws «for inexpensive». But by hand, at least, the chain is more difficult to tighten (and there is an opinion that many complaints about the fragility of the tension mechanisms in budget saws are caused precisely by the desire to “tighten from the heart”).

In the hands of the electric saw, it sits well, despite its weight (more than 5 kg of dry weight). The level of vibrations is low: the electric motor itself creates them much less than a gasoline one, and the mass of the saw also dampens them. Plus, rubberized handles — in general, it is convenient to work.

The oil tank is not very convenient for refueling, but in general there are no complaints about the oil supply itself: clean the saw on time, and there will be no interruptions in the lubricant or leakage during storage.

Main advantages:

  • Fast chain tightening without tools
  • Power
  • Soft start and overload protection
Minuses:
  • Dislike for side load on the chain

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

An electric saw cuts no worse than a gasoline saw, but it cannot be compared in terms of simplicity and ease of use.

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CHAMPION 120-14

If you need both power and moderate weight from an electric chain saw, then the offer from Champion should be interesting: at 2 kW of power, the saw weighs 3.8 kg, so it does not pull your hands.

Structurally, the saw is simple and typical for its class — for example, tension adjustment is performed “classically”, with a flat screwdriver (fortunately, from the outside, and not “with a tricky twist” when the casing is removed, as on some models). The regular chain should be replaced with a “firm” — the one that comes with the kit will not let you forget about this very screwdriver for stretching. This is generally typical for budget Chinese saws, and, fortunately, the chain here is used in a common size, without “frills”.

The volume of the oil tank is small — about 110 cubic centimeters. So you will often have to add oil during active work, but even during long-term storage, it is less likely to see a large puddle under the saw (and they like to let oil under themselves over time, both electric and gasoline saws). In general, this model turned out to be successful — the manufacturer did not save on important things (no plastic gears!), But at the same time, he kept within an attractive price.

Main advantages:

  • High performance
  • Successful weight distribution with moderate weight
  • Simplicity without sacrificing reliability
Minuses:
  • Not the best chain tension
  • Often high oil consumption
Models in the line:
  • CHAMPION 120-14

    — bar length 35 cm, 2000 W

  • CHAMPION 118-14

    — bar length 35 cm, 1800 W

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For work on a personal plot, it is much more practical than gasoline. Plus, there are fewer problems with it. Enough power. The only thing is that you need a good extension cord — 2 kilowatts after all.

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Makita UC3541A

The UC3541A 1.8kW electric chain saw is one of those cases where you can say, «Makita has gone bad in recent years.» Of course, we understand that this is a budget model of a Chinese assembly, but there were fewer complaints about the quality of this very assembly.

However, if you know the nuances and have your hands in the right place, you should not be afraid: you don’t just need to be zealous with chain tension (the saw will not cut better from overtightening) and monitor the oil pump. The tension is “keyless”, requiring for adjustment to tilt the lever out of the swivel assembly and then turn the whole structure behind it and turn it: in fact, in this plastic assembly there is a “bottleneck” that does not like excessive efforts. The tension mechanism on more expensive “units” (saws, the index of which has 1 as the last digit) is generally stronger — but where to go: the updated model came out cheaper, and cheaper always has its negative sides.

The performance of the saw is good, the standard chain is not “foil”, but quite working. In terms of ergonomics, we have no complaints about the saw, except that a certain preponderance to the side, like other electric saws with a transverse arrangement of a heavy engine, is well felt by hands during prolonged work.

Main advantages:

  • Power
  • Ease of use
  • Reliable engine
Minuses:
  • Reduced tension mechanism strength
Models in the line:
  • Makita UC3541A

    — bar length 35 cm

  • Makita UC3041A

    — bar length 30 cm

  • Makita UC4041A

    — bar length 40 cm

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

So far, the electric chain saw works without problems, it cuts well and comfortably — although yes, the regulator is already too “plastic” compared to the previous model range.

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Wortex EC 4020

The “Belarusian-Chinese” (in fact, of course, the second prevails, and the manufacturer is legally listed in Cyprus at all) Wortex electric saw is a two-kilowatt engine plus a 40-centimeter tire: an option that is quite sufficient for many jobs, and even with some “reserve”. It’s a pity, however, that the body is deprived of quick access to the brushes — the instruction suggests “contact a certified center” to replace them, although the self-tapping screws of the body halves deliberately climbing into the eyes hint that it’s faster and easier to disassemble the saw yourself. Fortunately, there is absolutely nothing complicated in its design. Although you can buy a slightly more expensive version of the EC 4020 F, where the tension adjustment is already keyless — but, frankly, the “normal” one is somehow more reliable.

The volume of the oil tank is decent: 215 ml, top filling. With timely cleaning, the auto-lubrication system works quite reliably.

The chain speed is not a record one — a little more than 12 m / s, so the saw performs better with “large-toothed” chains for wide and deep cuts, and not when working with “little things” such as branches. However, such work, of course, can also be performed.

Main advantages:

  • Powerful motor plus high-torque gearbox
  • Good quality overall
  • Oil tank capacity
Minuses:
  • No soft start
  • Difficult access to brushes

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I had to work a couple of times for a long time, I did not notice overheating.

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Parma-M6

Power tools in Perm began to be produced back in the Soviet years, and after almost forty years, the Parma brand continues to live, despite the change of ownership. In the model range of chain saws, the M6 ​​is the most compact and low-power, which is not always a minus. Indeed, for most work, a long bus is not needed, but a kilowatt motor is guaranteed not to overload the weakest electrical networks. If you need a longer bus, and the power supply is not limited to the old wiring and Khrushchev-era substation, then you can look at other models — for example, the 2.2-kilowatt M3.

Of course, the saws of this brand have changed since Soviet times: if the saws produced in the early 80s still manage to serve someone, then the current Parmas are already traditionally assembled from Chinese components, and are unlikely to be able to reach such a resource. But, no doubt, their price is more than attractive, and the build quality is not the worst. So, as a typical representative of the budget class, Parma-M6 looks quite decent.

The main thing that will attract attention in this saw is its light weight. It does not tire the hands, which is especially noticeable when working over the head. Cut branches on trees? No problem! For such «small» work, this saw is just made.

Main advantages:

  • Small dimensions and weight
  • Pretty decent ergonomics
  • Convenient oil filling
Minuses:
  • With heavier work, you will notice a lack of power

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For an inexpensive chain saw, the quality is good. It works fine at the dacha — before that I tried a more powerful model, the voltage squandered great.

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Daewoo Power Products DACS 1900E

The chain saw, manufactured under the Korean brand by Ningbo Yushine International (by no means small — it owns five factories in different places in mainland China and in Hong Kong), is equipped with a 1.85 kW motor and is equipped with a 35 cm tire. With a weight of 4.55 kilograms, it is quite convenient to use, and the lack of a “real” keyless chain tension (where everything is done in one movement, as, for example, on Calm) in the budget segment cannot be unequivocally written down as a minus: as a rule, being made «cheaply», keyless regulators are not reliable. Moreover, the chain that comes with the kit is of decent quality — you don’t have to constantly tighten it in domestic use, so the tire fastening nuts will also need to be turned less often (they need to be loosened before setting the tension with the side handle).

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Main advantages:

  • Decent engine power
  • Reliable chain tensioner
  • Reliability normal for a «household» saw
Minuses:
  • Removing and installing a tire requires attention
  • No handbrake
Models in the line:
  • Daewoo Power Products DACS 1900E

    — bar length 35 cm, 1850 W

  • Daewoo Power Products DACS 2500E

    — bar length 40 cm, 2500 W

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Normal saw for the house. It is clear that it is not Husqvarna, but the price is different.

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Fubag FES1814С

Continues review of the best inexpensive chain saws Fubag FES1814С. Outwardly, this model leaves a pleasant impression: the handles, although not rubberized, fit well in the hands, the tank is refilled from above and provides an excellent side view to control the oil level. On the motor housing, the brush covers immediately catch the eye: for replacement, you do not need to disassemble anything beyond what is necessary. In addition, with a power of 1.8 kW, this saw weighs only 4 kilograms — working with it will not cause unnecessary fatigue. And at low loads, a chain speed of 17 m / s will allow you to do the job quickly — but more serious things, the power reserve will allow you to “pull” if necessary. Another thing is that it is not worth overloading the saw — it does not have such a margin of safety as at least «advanced amateur» saws. Therefore, taking into account the low weight, we will call the gardening scenario optimal for it, where there will be much more branches than whole trees.

The chain tension mechanism is “key”, and implemented is very inconvenient. This decently hit the rating of the saw: in this regard, it is one of the most problematic in operation, especially if you “work out” the regular chain, and do not immediately change it to the same “Oregon”: it stretches quickly, so realize all the “charm” » adjusting unit you will be able to more than once.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • Convenient filling and oil control
  • moderate weight
Minuses:
  • Extremely uncomfortable chain tension
  • Limited gearbox safety margin
Models in the line:
  • Fubag FES1814С

    — bar length 35 cm, 1800 W

  • Fubag FES2016C

    — bar length 40 cm, 2000 W

9.2
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

You can work on weight and over your head for a long time. Oil poured too much, the issue was resolved by buying a thicker one. But in general, so far I like it.

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The best mid-range corded chain saws

Husqvarna 420EL

One of the most affordable power saws in the Husqvarna range is not without power: 1.8 kilowatts promise good performance. A 35 cm bar is enough for most jobs, and the chain is selected with the most «running» pitch — there will be no problems with saw maintenance.

The model came out strong and durable, with a good resource. True, it also weighs significantly — almost 5 kilograms, which will be noticeable during long work. But the same mass effectively dampens the already small vibrations. Ergonomics here are thought out to the smallest detail, starting with the chain tension — no tool is required for this. The front handle is rubberized, and not only from above, but also from the side — intercepting for a horizontal cut, you will not have to lose comfort.

The inertial brake used here is as safe as possible — it works not only forcibly, when the handle is moved, but also automatically (for example, from sudden jerks). A saw accidentally escaping from your hands will not be able to cause serious injury.

In general, the «younger» chain saw turned out to be quite interesting, and you should think about purchasing it. Unless, of course, a decent mass does not scare you.

Main advantages:

  • High-torque motor allows you to work with a decent load
  • Sophisticated lubrication mechanism
  • Inertia chain brake
Minuses:
  • Weight 4.7 kg — and this is without a bar and chain.
Models in the line:
  • Husqvarna 420EL

    — 2000 W, blade 400 mm

  • Husqvarna 418EL
    — 1800 W, blade 350 mm

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

An electric saw is what you need, much more convenient than a gasoline one and with real quality. As it appeared on sale, I took it, I have been working with it for a year and a half.

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STIHL MSE 170 CQ

Continues our ranking of the best chain saws STIHL MSE 170 CQ. Stihl especially emphasizes the light weight of its saw — but in fact its 4.2 kg (moreover, measured by the manufacturer without a cable) is not so impressive, if you remember that a number of manufacturers have much more powerful saws fit in the 5-5 limit, 5 kg. Here, the manufacturer “paired” a 1.7-kilowatt motor with a 35-cm tire — in principle, this is an interesting option for cases where compactness is important in a saw.

The saw has two «chips». The first is the overload protection system: overheating of the motor will cause a bright red button on the case to jump out, next to which is an icon in the form of a thermometer. In this state, the motor is blocked, to start it, you need to let the saw cool down, and then push the button to its original position. Moreover, there is also a “fool protection”: no matter how much you press the button until the saw cools down, you won’t be able to start the overheated motor. The second «trick» is the automatic brake of the QuickStop Super saw, which is activated when the engine start button is suddenly released: if the saw suddenly breaks out of your hand, the chain will immediately block.

Chain tension adjustment is classic, screwdrivers and wrenches come in handy more than once. Unsightly, but reliable: in general, the entire electric saw turned out to be very good in terms of reliability. Is that a noisy high-speed engine, «voicing» more than a hundred decibels, somewhat spoils the impression.

Main advantages:

  • Ease of use
  • Economical oil consumption
  • Safety
  • overheat protection
Minuses:
  • Average engine power

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For ordinary household work, this is it, a 30-centimeter tire is enough.

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STIGA SE 2016 Q new

Two kilowatts of power, a 40-centimeter bar and a weight of 4.3 kg (without chain and bar) allow this saw to be versatile: you can also “quickly” work on weight above your head, cutting the same knots on trees, but you can already take on harder work. Moreover, the saw is regularly equipped with a high-quality Oregon chain and bar — all that remains is to fill the tank with oil and start working.

The main handle of the saw is rubberized, sits perfectly in the hand and does not slip. For protection, both a hand brake and an inertial brake are provided. The adjustment mechanism is keyless, but with an abundance of plastic — this, in principle, is not hidden by the manufacturer, who classifies this model as a “garden” Essential series, not intended for heavy work and professional use. However, it should be noted that there are no serious complaints about this node from the owners.

The oil tank is well-made — with a top filling and a translucent sidewall that is open to the eye at a sufficient area, so it is convenient to fill and control the level of remaining oil.

Main advantages:

  • Comfort at work
  • Good performance
  • Convenient oil level control
Minuses:
  • Too much plastic in the tensioner
Models in the line:
  • STIGA SE 2016 Q new

    — bar length 40 cm

  • STIGA SE 2240 Q

    — bar length 40 cm, 2200 W

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

At current prices, it’s attractive. Moreover, after the purchase, I dismantled it — it was done according to the mind, without obvious flaws.

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The best mid-range cordless chain saws

DeWALT DCM565N

The compact cordless saw with a 30 cm Oregon bar will primarily be of interest to owners of garden (and not only) DeWALT cordless equipment, since it uses the same batteries (18-volt XR or 54-volt FlexVolt: «tricky» contact pad when installing 54- volt battery switches its internal cells to a total voltage of 18 V), and the battery itself with a charger, of course, is not included in the kit. True, not everyone will like the five-figure price of the original FlexVolt batteries: perhaps a pair of 18-volt batteries for the same money will be more convenient to work with.

The manufacturer does not indicate the engine power (which is generally typical for battery technology), limiting itself to a vague statement that the saw is «similar to a gasoline saw with a 25 cm3 engine.» But this motor itself is brushless, extremely reliable, which definitely should be attributed to the advantages of the saw. In addition, everything is in order with efficiency — with a 4 Ah battery, the saw will work up to 40 minutes.

Replacing the chain and adjusting its tension are keyless, with two swing levers on the right side, which are retracted flush with the plane of the chain cover. On the opposite side is a large oil tank cap, made in a similar style. Oil, by the way, can leak during storage, so put something under the saw when “pinning up”, or work out the oil completely before that.

A separate plus for ergonomics — the rear handle is rubberized and sits perfectly in the hand, the center of gravity shifted back provides a good balance: at least one hand drank (in fact, of course, this is not worth doing).

Main advantages:

  • brushless motor
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Economical battery charge
Minuses:
  • The price of original batteries and chargers, which are not included in the kit

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Comfortable, reliable, and at the same time sawing well — definitely a good purchase.

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Makita DUC302Z

Missing one battery? Well, Makita has an option for the lazy with strong hands: the DUC302Z chainsaw has two battery pads. And you can’t put only one: here they are connected in series, which made it possible to “feed” a powerful and dust and moisture-proof brushless motor with 36 volts without using a specific battery — the saw works with completely standard and widespread ones, and this is a very serious plus, especially if you already have there is some Makita battery technology.

In terms of performance, the electric saw is one of the best, while with its 30 cm tire it is maneuverable and convenient, except that the weight after installing two batteries will be decent by the standards of a cordless tool. Tension adjustment and chain replacement are done with bare hands, using a folding lever on the cover handwheel and an adjuster underneath. The oil supply adjustment is easily accessible (screw on the bottom of the housing).

The engine here is transverse, which somewhat spoils the weight distribution, but simplifies the design, and this is also a definite plus for reliability.

Main advantages:

  • autonomy
  • Performance
  • Using standard 18V batteries
Minuses:
  • The need for two batteries for operation (that is, for the possibility of a quick change, they already need 4)

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I liked the saw, the same harvesting of firewood is now a pleasure. Moreover, I have the same batteries on my screwdriver — I didn’t have to buy.

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Stihl MSA 120 C-BQ-AK20-AL101

Nevertheless, this electric saw had to be recorded in the middle segment, although its price compared to competitors may seem too high to many — but it is also difficult to attribute it to a professional saw with a 30 cm tire. But it boasts a record low weight of 2.5 kg without a battery: if you need an extremely compact and lightweight saw, Stihl is made just for this request. The battery itself weighs another 1.2 kg — so the complete saw weighs only 3.7 kg.

The brushless motor is not only reliable, but also uses the stock 36-volt lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 3.3 amp-hours as economically as possible. When working at maximum load, it will last for 35 minutes, with stops, its capacity is enough for most tasks where this compact saw will be used. Most of all, she will like the low noise level: it is convenient to work with her, and does not strain her hearing.

Of the minuses, we point out the chain — it uses a 1/4 inch pitch instead of the widespread 3/8. Of course, the meaning of the idea is clear — by reducing the load on the engine, they increased the margin of time on a single charge, but many buyers will choose models with a chain of the usual step.

Main advantages:

  • Compact size and light weight
  • Ease of use
Minuses:
  • High price
Models in the line:
  • Stihl MSA 120 C-BQ-AK20-AL101

    — AK 20 battery and AL 101 charger included

  • STIHL MSA 120 C-BQ-0

    — Supplied without battery and charger

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A quiet and nimble saw helped a lot at a construction site — where the big one simply could not turn around.

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KARCHER CNS 36-35 BATTERY 36 V

The cordless electric saw from the well-known German brand (albeit released, which is not surprising, by the Techtronic Industries Dongguan Co. Ltd. plant, you know where) uses 36-volt batteries, so it is not deprived of power, and performance too: a brushless motor accelerates the chain by 35 cm tire up to 21 m/s. True, due to the fact that the compartment for the weighty battery pack “ate” a lot of space in the center of the case, you will have to fill in the oil from the side, and its level control is not very convenient.

The tension adjustment mechanism is keyless, and not the most convenient (with a swivel ring around the tire fixation handwheel). Given the high-quality, but still «plasticity», this structural element should be attributed to not the most successful. Although, if anything, let’s not forget about the five-year warranty.

The battery and charger are not included in the kit, but, of course, only «Kercher» ones are suitable. The cheapest 36-volt battery offered by the manufacturer is 2.5 Ah, and it already costs more than 10 thousand at the time of writing (and you will also have to pay extra for outright “pretty things” in the form of an information LCD built into each battery screen). So, if you don’t have another 36-volt Karcher equipment, a ready-to-use kit, alas, will cost decent (or even with the prefix “not”) money.

Main advantages:

  • brushless motor
  • High speed bus
  • Ergonomics
Minuses:
  • Expensive batteries
  • Oil fill from the side
Models in the line:
  • KARCHER CNS 36-35 BATTERY 36 V

    — bar length 35 cm

  • KARCHER CNS 18-30 BATTERY 18 V

    — bar length 30 cm

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The saw is nimble, sawing even faster than those network that fell into the hands.

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Greenworks G40CS300

This cordless chainsaw, it would seem, is the cheapest in the ranking of the best — but in fact, like all Greenworks cordless equipment, it comes without a battery and charger, and the battery is traditionally used here in an incompatible size with other brands, and even with a voltage of 40 volt.

But if you already have a Greenworks electric cultivator or trimmer, then this purchase will be of interest to many things: both a solid 60-minute run time on a single charge (you can’t take this away from Greenworks), and compactness achieved by placing the engine transversely directly under the battery, and using the common Oregon chain size. Compared to the rest of the rating in this class, the saw becomes the leader in terms of performance per charge.

Main advantages:

  • High autonomy
  • Compact dimensions
Minuses:
  • «Proprietary» standard battery and charger not included
Models in the line:
  • Greenworks G40CS300

    — supplied without accessories

  • Greenworks G40CS30K2
    — included battery 1 pc (2 Ah)
  • Greenworks G40CS30K4
    — 1 battery included (4 Ah)

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have already managed to make sure that the Greenworks cordless tool is one of the best, so I use several pieces of equipment on one set of batteries. Both profitable and efficient.

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The best professional chain saws

Stihl MSE 250 CQ-16

This is the most powerful electric saw on our market: a 2.5 kW motor with a soft start system and electronic temperature control is installed here. Although the bar length is not impressive (40 cm), the Rapid Super chain mounted on it, paired with a powerful engine, can demonstrate excellent performance.

In practice, the only complaint against the saw will be the tension adjustment mechanism: here you have to turn the screw in the old fashioned way with a screwdriver through a small hole in the side cover. Otherwise, there are no questions about the convenience or reliability of this saw, the “narrowest” place in it is the plastic gear of the pump drive, but it will also work for more than one year with proper care of the tool.

Main advantages:

  • High performance
  • Excellent ergonomics
Minuses:
  • Inconvenient tension adjustment
Models in the line:
  • Stihl MSE 250 CQ-16

    — canvas 400 mm

  • STIHL MSE 250 CQ18
    — canvas 450 mm

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The best electric chain saw, an excellent replacement for a chainsaw: it cuts just as well, but in a couple of years it will already save decent money.

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The best professional cordless chain saws

DeWALT DCM575X1

Outwardly, in general terms and in terms of the layout of the controls, this chain saw looks like the “big brother” of the DeWALT DCM565N saw, which also fell into our rating. However, it already works exclusively on FlexVolt batteries, not re-switching them to 18 V, but requiring exactly 54 V. So the engine power can be imagined — and it feels very good during operation, the cordless saw is no worse than mains electric and many gasoline ones in terms of performance . Ergonomics, vibration and noise levels — no complaints, this is exactly what a professional tool should be.

Another thing is that “flexvolts” are not a cheap thing, a set of two batteries and “charging” will cost almost the same as the saw itself. Here, the calculation for the collection of the «ecosystem» of one manufacturer is obvious, but it is precisely using only FlexVolt batteries that this company does not have much memory. For this, we will slightly reduce the rating, although in general the saw leaves only positive impressions.

Main advantages:

  • Powerful brushless motor
  • High performance
  • Build quality
Minuses:
  • Battery price

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Oh, if it weren’t for the immodest price, I would buy one for myself — and I use it regularly at work, I really like it.

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