Gone are the days of chainsaws being gas guzzlers and pretty complicated to maintain.EGO Power+ CS1600 56V Li-Ion Cordless 16″ Brushless Chain Saw Bare Tool is the latest in the line of battery powered chainsaws. There is a pretty stiff competition in this field and through the course of this review, we will find out if this particular chainsaw is worth buying or not. Sold by acclaimed Ego, which is a trustworthy name when it comes to power tools, we will take a closer look and see if this chainsaw lives up to the high standards of its name. It has a 16″ Oregon bar and chain and the battery is good enough to keep it running slightly longer than a gas powered chainsaw would on a full tank. Let us scrutinize every aspect of this chainsaw and see how well it fares.
Weather resistant construction: Generally electricity and water do no go well with each other. While there might not be enough juice in these sort of tools to give you a bad shock, if water does get into them they can become faulty very easily. So that generally restricts them to indoor use and dry weather. Thankfully you do not have to be worried about getting this chainsaw out in damp conditions as it has been designed from the ground up to be able to stand up to the elements.
Hi-efficiency Brushless motor: The motor in this chainsaw is surprisingly powerful despite not draining the battery very fast. It is similar grunt as the best gas powered chainsaws out there and it does all of this without overheating or slipping. The noise level too is very low. It definitely packs quite a punch especially when you consider its compact form.
Chain brake: This nifty mechanism will prevent kickback which can be annoying and in some cases, outright dangerous. The brake in this chainsaw will stop the chain exactly when you ask it to thus giving you better control while also keeping you safe from any potential injuries.
Compatibility with all Ego batteries: This is another ingenious quality this chainsaw has. If you have other Ego power-tools that are powered by a battery you can use them in this one without any modifications, increasing its range and versatility.
Tool-less chain tensioning system: You do not need any specialized tools, or any tool for that matter to tighten or loosen the chain on this chainsaw making it even more convenient to use.
Benefits of buying this chainsaw:
1.) All weather compatibility: It runs equally well in hot, cold, wet or dry weather and that is a huge bonus especially if you live in an area where the weather fluctuates a lot. Being electric, it does not need to be warmed up and works at full crank straight out of the bat.
2.) High operating window: On a full charge it will easily outlast a gas powered chainsaw on a full tank by quite a margin. This provides you with greater flexibility and freedom.
3.) Low noise: As is the case with electric chainsaws, this one too is relatively quiet and won’t wake the neighborhood on a quiet morning. It also makes it easier to work with in a closed space.
4.) Low maintenance: The electric setup means that you do not have to worry about changing the filters or cleaning out the interiors very often. All you have to do is adjust the slack on the chain and lubricate it often.
5.) 5-year warranty: This is another great feature of this chainsaw which improves its longevity and keeps you prepared in case it malfunctions. This is an often overlooked area when people make their buying decision but this particular chainsaw has you covered even here.
Things to consider before buying this chainsaw:
1.) Battery and charger not included: This is the biggest setback as you have to make a separate investment in a battery and charger. If you already own a battery powered Ego power tool then you can use its battery but in our opinion, it should ship with a battery and charger.
2.) Chain becomes loose quite easily: While overall it is a low maintenance unit, the chain does become loose fairly quickly and if you are even a little bit careless, the chain will come off which neither productive nor safe. While constantly checking the slack and tightening it is a solution, it might make it a little bit difficult to work with.
What People Are Saying About This Eco chainsaw:
We scoured through the opinions of the people who have bought this chainsaw and used it and what follows is a summary of what they think about the EGO Power+ CS1600 56V Li-Ion Cordless 16″ Brushless Chain Saw Bare Tool, here are some of our findings:
-The powerful motor: This is what surprised people the most. Especially considering its weight, form and the sound levels, it is very powerful and more than capable of most sawing operations.
– Long battery life: This was another aspect that its users love especially the ones who were transitioning to it from a gas powered chainsaw. It can also be operated continuously for a long time.
– Low maintenance: It requires very little in the way of upkeep and still works like a charm every time you use. You can get straight to your work instead of fiddling around with the chainsaw too much.
-Chain becomes slack easily: While all chainsaw requires the chains to be tightened regularly, this one needs a tightening way too often to the point of it becoming annoying and cumbersome. This is the issue that bugged its users the most. Pretty much everyone was okay with having to buy the battery and charger separately, they were not okay with how often they had to tighten the chain and how easily it fell off.
Why would One want to buy the Product?
You should buy this chainsaw if you are looking for an electric chainsaw without any bells and whistles but lasts long. Is built in a sturdy manner and can be used all year long. Offers you higher operating window and is backed up by a great warranty. You should also be aware that the battery and charger have to be bought separately and the chain will need to be adjusted pretty often.
Overall, it is an okay offering from a reputed company. We were expecting a bit more. The chain issue is not exactly a minor defect and coupled with the fact that no battery or charger is included in the package, we are forced to say that there might be better options