Are Electric Chainsaws Loud? [What You Need to Know]

Are electric chainsaws loud?

No, electric chainsaws are not loud to the point where they’ll damage your hearing. Electric chainsaws are very quiet when compared to gas chainsaws. It’s still considered good practice to use ear protection regardless of using a gas or electric chainsaw.

How is the loudness of chainsaws measured?

The loudness of a chainsaw is measured in dB. 

Sound is energy. It travels in waves and is measured in amplitude and frequency. Frequency gets reported in Hz (Hertz) which measures the number of sound vibrations in one second.

Amplitude gets reported in dB (decibels), and measures sound forcefulness or pressure. The higher the amplitude, the louder the sound.

Usually, you don’t lose hearing ability suddenly, hearing loss occurs over time when we are exposed to loud noises over a long period of time. It can happen so slowly that people around us may notice it before we do. For example, they may have to repeat themselves over and over.

110 to 120 decibels is when the human ear starts experiencing pain and discomfort, this is a problem because we only think about wearing ear protection when our ears start hurting.

85 decibels and higher can cause loss of hearing over time. Please make sure to always wear ear protection when using your chainsaw.

To illustrate the importance, it takes only 1 hour for 94 dB to cause damage to our hearing, but only 2 minutes at 109 dB. Our ears are very sensitive to sound waves, so it is best to protect them at all costs.

How loud is a gas chainsaw compared to an electric chainsaw?

The volume of different chainsaws ranges from about 80 to 115 dB. Gas-powered chainsaws are definitely the loudest. They produce about 110 to 120 dB on average.

Electric chainsaws are much quieter than gas-powered saws. Electric chainsaws have a slower cutting speed than gas-powered chainsaws but unfortunately can’t do as much as a gas-powered saw.

They are about 10 decibels quieter than any gas-powered chainsaw, or can even be half as loud. Some electric saws can even be up to 20 or 30 dB quieter, or up to two or even three times quieter.

How loud is a cordless chainsaw VS a corded electric?

There is not a noticeable difference in the sound levels between a corded chainsaw and a cordless chainsaw. Electric chainsaws have a dB reading of about 80 to 100 dB.

The reason a cordless chainsaw might start to sound much quieter is that the battery might be losing power when used for a long time.

What affects the loudness in chainsaws?

How is noise on a chainsaw created? On a gas-powered chainsaw, it is usually the 2-stroke (2 Cycle) engine that creates the majority of the noise. The chain that spins rapidly also contributes to the loudness. The bigger your chainsaw is, the louder it will be, in the case of gas-powered saws.

You can make your chainsaw quieter in two ways:

  1. Create a barrier between you and the noise. Make sure your chainsaw works properly by checking it before you start using it.
  1. Make sure your muffler is not loose and that your exhaust is not leaking, also ensure your chain is well lubricated and sharp.

When you are using your chainsaw, be sure to have proper ear protection. This will help protect you from the chainsaws loud noise.

Chainsaws and their volume

  • Husqvarna 135 (Gas)

Noise level: 89.7 dB (measured)

Weight: 4.4 kg

  • Stihl MSA 120 C-BQ (Battery)

Noise level:91.4 dB

Weight: 0.8 kg 

  • Stihl MSA200C (Battery)

Noise level: 75.1 dB 

Weight: 5.1

  • Stiga SP 426 (Gas)

Noise level: 99.5 dB

Weight: 4.3 kg 

  • Husqvarna 436 Li (Battery)

Noise level: 106 dB

Weight: 4.8 kg

  • Stihl MS 211 C-BE (Gas)

Noise level: 106.8db 

Weight: 4.6 kg 

  • MTD GCS 4600/45 (Gas)

Noise level: 100.1 dB 

Weight: 5.5 kg 

  • Husqvarna 120i (Battery)

Noise level: 72.6 dB 

Weight: 4.9 kg 

  • Stihl MS 170 (Gas)

Noise level: 86.5 dB 

Weight: 4.57 kg 

  • Husqvarna 440 E-series Triobrake X-Torq (Gas)

Noise level:107.4 dB

Weight: 4.4 kg 

  • AL-KO Solo 652 (Gas)

Noise level: 90.6 dB  

Weight: 4.7 kg 

  • Solo by AL-KO CS 4235 (Battery)

Noise level: 96.5 dB 

Weight: 4.2 kg chainsaw

  • Bosch AKE 30 Li (Battery)

Noise level: 96 dB 

Weight: 7.4 kg

  • Stiga SC 48 AE (Battery)

Noise level: 103 dB 

Weight: 3.6 kg

  • Ryobi OCS1830 (Battery)

Noise level: 73.9 dB 

Weight: 4.2 kg