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Mini chainsaws are great for powering through light-duty lumberjacking projects, like pruning branches and cutting small logs. Their rugged design and powerful motors pack a serious amount of cutting power into a small package, and offer a durability that users typically won’t find in other power saws. They’re not great for precision cuts, but if you’re looking for a tool to quickly and effectively chew through wood, one of these tools will have you covered. Chainsaws—regardless of their size—require substantial control by the user to be operated safely, so if this is your first chainsaw, take the time to thoroughly review the instruction manual.

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1 POTENCO Mini Chainsaw
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POTENCO Mini Chainsaw

This compact saw is packed with accessories, including a pair of work gloves to provide a nice, sturdy grip. This could be a great option for those who aren’t comfortable handling a larger saw, though its 4-inch blade is still enough to tackle serious pruning tasks
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It also comes with a backup battery, something we always appreciate, which allows you to have one charging while the other is in use. It’s also much easier to access hard-to-reach areas, where bulkier saws wouldn’t fit. An integrated light is another convenient feature, illuminating your workspace and reducing the chance of an accident.

pros

  • 50-minute runtime
  • Rubberized handle

cons

  • Not large enough for heavy-duty projects
2 WORX Cordless 10″ Chainsaw
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WORX Cordless 10″ Chainsaw

Another 10-inch model, this Worx saw is compact enough to be easy to handle, but thanks to its 20-volt motor, is still powerful enough to tackle serious cutting jobs. Keeping your chainsaw chain lubricated is important to ensure your machine is working smoothly, and this saw takes care of that task for you, with an automatic lubrication system.
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Plus, a convenient oil level indicator lets you know when it’s due for a refill, reducing the chances of you running out while cutting.

This is an especially great choice for those who already have other Worx power tools, and already have a collection of compatible batteries.

pros

  • Lightweight
  • Blade-protection cover

cons

  • More expensive than similar options
3 Sun Joe Convertible Pole Chainsaw
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Sun Joe Convertible Pole Chainsaw

Anyone with overhead landscaping that needs trimming should consider this Sun Joe model, thanks to its telescopic pole attachment. This versatile saw gives you the ability to lop off branches up to 15 feet in the air, then remove the pole and use it as a regular chainsaw to chop up your logs.
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The pole and saw together weigh just 8.4 pounds, reducing arm fatigue while cutting, which makes it not only easier to maneuver, but also safer than heavier models. Its 8-inch cutting bar is powerful enough to cut through logs up to 7.5 inches thick.

pros

  • Safety switch prevents it from accidentally turning on
  • Comes with a two-year warranty
  • Affordable

cons

  • Not as mobile as cordless options
4 KIMO 6 Mini Chainsaw
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KIMO 6 Mini Chainsaw

This compact option would be a great choice for those who don’t have the storage space for a bulkier model, or don’t have the need for a more powerful saw. Weighing just a little over 3 pounds, it still packs an impressive 20-volt motor and moves its chain at 13 feet per second.
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Its small size also allows it to fit into tight or awkward spaces that larger saws could not, like between tree branches, or into brush piles. This kit also includes a bottle of oil as well, which is always a nice perk.

proc

  • Battery charges in 1.5 hours
  • Rubberized handle

cons

  • Less powerful than larger options
5 WORX WG320 JawSaw
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WORX WG320 JawSaw

This model is a great choice for users who might not be comfortable handling a traditional chainsaw, but still want the cutting power necessary to rip through branches and small logs up to 4 inches in diameter. Its long neck allows you to control the blade while maintaining a safe distance, and the mouth of the saw surrounds the blade as it works.
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The blade actually totally retracts into the housing when you’re not using it, making it an especially safe option. Its light weight also makes it convenient for use overhead, when lopping off tree branches.

pros

  • Auto-tension feature
  • High speed of 1350 RPM

cons

  • Less versatile than typical chainsaws
6 Greenworks Cordless Mini Chainsaw
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Greenworks Cordless Mini Chainsaw

We’re big fans of Greenworks power equipment, and this little saw is a great example of why. Its user-friendly design makes it great for amateurs, and thanks to its 10-inch bar, packs an impressive amount of cutting power.
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The thick, rubberized rear-handle, combined with the wide top handle, makes it easy to control and maneuver as you work. Another nice perk is the comprehensive user guide that comes with this saw, which not only explains how the tool works, it also shows chainsawing techniques so you can use it effectively—and, more importantly, safely.

pros

  • Fade-free battery operation
  • Relatively quiet operation

cons

  • Might be too bulky for those low on space

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Buyer's Guide, Comparison and Advices

Mini chainsaw buying guide

Here are some of the things to consider while sorting through the many options you’ll find online.

• Safety concerns. There are hundreds of so-called mini chainsaws sold all across the internet. However, the vast majority aren’t made by reputable manufacturers such as Stihl or Milwaukee. They’re generic products with unknown names, and they’re sometimes accompanied by outrageous claims — for example, listings saying they feature 98V batteries, when the realistic range is 12V-20V in a single battery pack measuring around 5” x 3”.

There have also been reported scams. Many websites claim to sell the Stihl GTA 26, one of the first handheld chainsaws to hit the market, at a fraction of its actual price. Then the seller either ships a completely different product (similar to the generic ones found on retail websites by other names) or doesn’t ship anything at all.

Mini or not, chainsaws are dangerous power tools that when misused can result in severe injuries. Going the cheap route with a product like this is not the best idea. First, consider the reputation of the brand you’re considering. Second, look at the tool’s safety features, such as two-step activation (having to hit two different buttons or triggers for it to turn on), a blade guard covering a side of the chain, or a divider that separates your hand from the chain in case it slips. An automatic oiler isn’t a bad addition either, as it will prevent the chain from getting stuck or even pop off. Oiling manually can be tedious and easily forgotten in the middle of a job.

• Power. With chainsaws, power or cutting capability is measured in chain speed (meters per second) and torque. Unfortunately, these numbers aren’t always displayed, or sometimes just one of them is shown, most commonly chain speed. On chainsaws of this size, however, chain speed will have more of an impact since they’ll be used to cut small branches.

Torque refers to the strength with which the chain spins. It’s important when cutting hard woods like maple, and even more so when trying to cut large pieces of it and you encounter knots midway through.

High chain speed, on the other hand, makes cutting small branches a lot easier because even with hard wood, there is very little resistance overall in a 1” to 4” diameter branch. If you think you’ll be using your compact chainsaw for some tougher jobs every now and then, consider torque too. However, you should consider a full-size chainsaw (maybe even a gas-powered one) if you’ll be taking down trees or branches wider than 6” on a regular basis.

• Size and shape. Commercial-grade gas-powered chainsaws tend to have guide bars that range from 16” to more than 30” in length, and can weigh anywhere from 9 pounds to 25 pounds or more. For a mini chainsaw, you should be looking for lengths in the 4” to 10” range and a weight below 7 pounds for maximum portability and ease of use.

When it comes to the shape, there are many options, from traditional two-handed set-ups to lopper-like designs that tend to provide more safety. There’s also the now popular handheld pruning chainsaw.

To remove small 1” to 3” diameter branches, a lopper-style chainsaw can be more than enough. For more versatility, power and out-of-the-garden projects, you might want to get something closer to a traditional two-handed chainsaw with 8” to 12” guide bars.

• Warranty. The warranty is essential when it comes to not only an expensive tool, but a dangerous one. If any part of your chainsaw fails, the manufacturer should be able to help either by troubleshooting or by providing replacement parts quickly.

The standard for battery-powered chainsaws is two to three years of coverage. Anything below that — or worse, no available warranty information — should be considered a red flag.

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