The Lightest Electric Chainsaw

Lightweight Chainsaws

Remington Chainsaw

The Lightest of Them All??

If you regularly use an electric chainsaw around the garden, then most people would prefer a light, easy to handle chainsaw that gets the majority of the required jobs done. Lightweight means easy to carry, easy to work with, and easy to store.

The Trade Off

There is of course a trade off here that you need to appreciate – light chainsaws are suited for light work. Light electric chainsaws are not designed for heavy duty stuff like cutting down large trees. Having said that, all the lightweight electric chainsaws shown below will be more than adequate for most jobs they are called upon to do by the average suburban inhabitant.

Definition of Lightweight

So what is “lightweight” in electric chainsaw terms. Its open to debate but anything under say ten (10) pounds {4.5 kg} can probably be deemed lightweight especially as you will (and certainly should!) be using 2 hands to operate the chainsaw.

Comparing Apples with Apples

There is also a small problem to take into consideration when comparing the lightest electric chainsaws – the weight quoted for a corded electric chainsaw is a “true” weight while the weight of a cordless electric chainsaw will vary depending on whether it excludes or includes the power pack (battery). Also remember that many of these battery operated chainsaws have various power pack options available to them e.g. 2A, 4A or 6A packs which will in all likelihood not be the same weight. But the difference will probably not be significant.

So lets look at some of the lightest chainsaws that are commonly available:

Remington RM1425 Limb N Trim (6.25lbs)

Lightweight Remington RM1425 chainsaw
At a genuine 6.25 pounds (2.83kg) all up, this electrical cord powered lightweight chainsaw leads the pack. A favourite with many, this chainsaw has been around a while and has a proven track record.
You can read our full review of the Remington RM1425 here.

Black & Decker LP1000 Alligator (6.5lbs)

B & D LP1000 Alligator Lopper
Is it or isn’t it a chainsaw? Well yes it is and if you are looking for a superb garden pruning chainsaw then this one weighs in at a mere 6.5 pounds (2.9 kg) and has some unique characteristics to add to the appeal. Check out our review here.

Black & Decker CS1216 (10lbs)

lightweight Black and Decker CS1216 Chainsaw
Although just making the cut at 10 pounds (4.5kg), the B & D CS1216 is a corded chainsaw and thus we don’t have to try factor in the possible weight of a range of batteries.

Cordless Chainsaws

Lets now look at three cordless electrical chainsaws that are pretty light but their final total weight will depend on the battery you purchase and attach to get them working! The weights quoted are without a battery.

GreenWorks 20312 G-MAX 40V 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw (6.9lbs)

6.9 pounds (3.12 kg)
lightweight Greenworks 20312 chainsaw
An impressive chainsaw that has the additional advantage of having a brushless motor. To find out more about the Greenworks 20312 G Max, read our full review here.


7.2 pounds (3.26 kg)
Black and Decker LCS1020 chainsaw
The baby of the Black and Decker range still packs a decent punch – you can find out more about the pros and cons of this chainsaw.

GreenWorks 20292 G-MAX 40V 12-Inch Cordless Chainsaw (7.1lbs)

7.1 pounds (3.22kg)
lightweight Greenworks chainsaw
And finally another Greenworks chainsaw – this time the 20292 cordless chainsaw.Click on the image above to get the lowdown on this 12 inch chainsaw.

Other Lightweight Chainsaws (but gas powered)

OK so this is digressing from the stated heading but there are some lightweight gas chainsaws that might be worth your consideration. Again the weights quoted depend on a multitude of factors but in essence they all have a 12 inch bar and fit our stated definition of “light” – less than 10 pounds (4.5kg).

So here they are:

The Echo 12 inch, 26.9cc chainsaw weighing in at 6.8lbs (3.1 kg)

The Tanaka 12 inch, 32.2cc version – weighs in at 7.5lbs (3.4kg)
The Husqvarna T435 chainsaw also tips the scales at 7.5lbs (3.4kg)