Best Chainsaw for Limbing – [My Top 4 Picks]

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Are you looking for the best chainsaw for limbing?

Something that’s small and lightweight but powerful enough to rip through any branch?

Then you’ve come to the right place because that’s exactly what I’ll be revealing in this post.

IMAGE PRODUCT DETAILS  
Best Overall Dewalt Flexvolt
  • Powerful engine
  • Long battery life
  • Affordable
Greenworks Pro
  • long battery life
  • 16 inch bar
  • Automatic oiler
Dewalt
  • For small branches
  • Lightweight and easy handling
  • Affordable
Remington 41AY4214983 RM4214CS
  • Powerful engine
  • Budget friendly
  • Lightweight

Dewalt Flexvolt

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  • 16 inch bar
  • Battery powered
  • 17.5lbs

Performance and Size

This chainsaw has a 16 inch Oregon bar and chain, long enough to cut through any branch size you may encounter.

It offers the power and performance of a gas chainsaw with the benefits of a battery powered chainsaw. 

Given its size and power, it could even cut down most mid-sized hardwood trees. Its power alone makes it stand out as one of the best chainsaws for limbing.

With its 60V MAX battery, it’s not surprising it is one of the more powerful battery powered chainsaws out there.

Battery Lifetime

Given the heavy weight of this chainsaw, you’d expect it to have a short battery life.

However, with DEWALT’s FLEXVOLT 60V MAX battery, this chainsaw can make up to 70 cuts through 6×6 pressure treated pine on a single charge of the 3Ah battery.

Reviewers have said the batteries only take about an hour to recharge.

Auto-oiling for continuous lubrication

Maintaining this chainsaw couldn’t be easier with its auto-oiling feature. Replacing the oil is as simple as using the quarter-turn oil cap.

Auto-oiling helps keep the dust down while you’re using the chainsaw, and helps prevent damage to the bar and chain.

Affordability

The chainsaw itself is a bit more expensive. Considering its performance, it is still very good value… especially if you already have compatible DEWALT batteries.

However, the batteries themselves cost a pretty penny so if you’re new to the DEWALT brand, expect this as an upfront cost. The nice thing about this brand is that all of their tools are compatible with the same batteries.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Can cut through any sized branch (and even most medium-sized trunks)
  • Long battery life
  • Auto-oiling
  • Tool-free chain tensioning
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Less budget-friendly (especially if you don’t already have compatible batteries)

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Greenworks Pro

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  • 16 inch bar
  • Battery powered
  • 12.8lbs

Battery life

For a chainsaw of this size, the battery can last a surprising 150 cuts on a 2Ah battery. The 80V battery is compatible with all other Greenworks Pro 80V Li-Ion MAX System.

You may even have a compatible battery laying around your garage.

16 inch bar

At 16 inches, this bar is big enough to cut through any branch. It’s also quite lightweight for its size. This makes maneuvering to cut down awkward-angled branches much easier.

A larger bar allows for cutting down large branches, making this the perfect size for any limbing task you may encounter.

It’s battery powered motor is surprisingly powerful, making it an excellent choice for limbing large or tough branches.

Automatic oiler and chain tensioning

These features make your life as a chainsaw owner so much easier. Both of these features allow you to maintain your chainsaw with minimal effort so that it continues performing for years to come.

Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Able to cut through any sized branch
  • Lightweight and easily maneuverable
  • Automatic oiling
Cons
  • If you don’t have other Greenworks products, buying the battery is an added cost

Dewalt (for small branches)

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  • 12 inch bar
  • Battery powered
  • 8.8lbs

Great for small branches

This 12 inch Oregon bar and chain is perfect for limbing small and medium sized branches. If most of the branches you are limbing are small, this is the chainsaw for you.

A reviewer mentioned the ease of cutting even a 9” pine tree that fell over in his backyard. However, this chainsaw won’t be able to cut through anything much bigger than that.

The smaller blade size reduces the likelihood of kickbacks, and makes it much easier to maneuver.

Lightweight and easy handling

At only 8.8lbs (including the battery), this is on the lighter end of chainsaws. Battery powered chainsaws are often lighter than their gas counterparts, and this model is no different.

As well, the smaller blade size reduces vibrations. As such, it is one of the easiest chainsaws to handle, offering fantastic user control.

This proves especially useful for limbing, when the angle of branches and position you need to be in to cut them vary widely.

Affordable

Given its size and performance, this chainsaw price is a steal when it comes to battery-powered chainsaws. If you have other DEWALT tools, the 20V batteries are interchangeable so you can save additional costs if you already have a compatible battery.

Battery Lifetime

DEWALT boasts a whopping 90 cuts of 4×4 pressure treated wood per charge using their 20V MAX 5Ah battery. This is thanks to its high-efficiency brushless motor and compact lightweight design.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Compatible with all DEWALT 20V MAX batteries
  • Great user control
  • Long lasting battery
  • Affordable
  • Automatic oiler
  • Tool-free chain tensioning
Cons
  • Cannot limb larger branches

Remington 41AY4214983 RM4214CS

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  • 14 inch bar
  • Gas powered
  • 13.9lbs

Power

This model has a 42cc engine, which provides enough power to get through the tough branches. With a 14 inch bar, it is long enough to cut through almost any branch.

However, it may not be your best bet with extremely large branches or for cutting through trunks. It is about average when it comes to power for a gas-powered chainsaw of its size.

For the purpose of limbing, this chainsaw has more than enough power you’d need for large or tough branches.

Budget-friendly

This is incredible value for the price. It is one of the cheaper chainsaws out there, but the quality does not reflect this at all.

There is no need to purchase expensive batteries (especially if you don’t already own batteries compatible with a certain brand), saving even more money.

You also won’t have to worry about running out of battery charge; it’s much faster to fill up a gas tank than charge a battery.

Lightweight

For a gas powered chainsaw, this Remington model is surprisingly light-weight at only 13.9lbs.

It features an anti-vibration system and ergonomic handles, which allow for easy handling and maneuvering. The combination of easy handling and lightweight design makes it ideal for limbing.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight and easy handling
  • Great for small-medium sized branches
  • Automatic oiling
  • Powerful enough for limbing
Cons
  • Cannot cut through very large branches
  • Louder than electric chainsaws

Conclusion

The best chainsaw for limbing is the Dewalt Flexwalt chainsaw. It is battery, has a 16 inch bar, and weighs 17.5lbs/7.9kg. It’s strong enough to cut through any branch and even fell smaller trees. It will handle any branch you need to limb with ease.

All of these saws are suitable for their designed use.

Hope you found what you were looking for.

Happy sawing!

– Adam