The EGO cordless chainsaw line is ideal for home users with brush to clean up, small trees to remove, or small woodlots. These chainsaws are not intended for the removal of large trees, which should only be done by a professional. These cordless saws are easy to start, operate and maintain, once you've reviewed the safety features and studied your manual.
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The 16-inch EGO CS1600 is easy to assemble and easy to use. Review your instruction manual carefully to make sure the chain is properly placed and tensioned before you fire up this tool, and once the chain gets warm, check it again! Concerns about chain slipping need to be noted in any EGO 16 chainsaw review; some users struggle with chains falling off.
EGO yard tools offer both excellent batteries and excellent battery efficiency. One of the handiest features of a battery powered chainsaw as opposed to gas is that you don't always have to have the saw running as you walk around your property or woodlot. That being said, make absolutely certain that you:
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If you've never invested in an EGO cordless yard tool, this is a great choice. It comes with a 2.0Ah battery and charger kit, which is interchangeable with other EGO yard tools and will make it easy to get a handle on yard brush and small woodlots.
Once you've attached the bar and chain per the manual, you'll have to add oil to the reservoir. This will likely take more oil than you expect, so keep an eye on the reservoir gage and fill it as instructed in the manual.
Whenever you use a chainsaw, be sure to study all safety gear requirements as depicted in this article and video.
The primary difference between the 1400 and the 1600 is the length of the bar. As expected, the 16-inch saw is a bit heavier than the 14-inch.
Because the 16-inch saw doesn't come with a battery, you'll need to invest the battery that gives you the most run time. This EGO chainsaw review comparison is reviewing the 14-inch saw with charging kit and the bare 16-inch saw.
It should be noted that EGO offers a 2.0Ah battery and a 2.5Ah battery. The only difference between these two batteries is that the 2.5 will last longer; it won't deliver more power.
When reviewing cordless chainsaw reviews, remember that the speed of the saw is usually the speed of the saw; a more powerful battery won't change that.
Users of the 16-inch saw may be inclined to expect more of this saw and may apply more cutting pressure. Metal expands when warm, so if you've been using your saw for a while, be sure to check the chain tension. It may need to be adjusted through the cutting process, particularly if you're cutting through extremely dense wood or old, seasoned firewood.
If you're working through the decision on which of these to buy, remember:
The Greenworks line of battery powered chainsaws offers similar run time to the EGO products. One major difference between these two brands is the weight of the saw.
The Greenworks 16-inch saw is two pounds lighter than the EGO. This may lead to some balance issues with the Greenworks saw, while the EGO is a well-balanced tool.
That said, if you struggle with any issues in your hands or forearms, two pounds over an hour of cutting can be a huge difference.
The Oregon brand offers a similar weight and cutting capability, though their battery life options are much higher.
In addition to the 2.4, Oregon offers a 4.0 and a 6.0 battery for lots of cutting time. However, the Oregon product line has a much higher price point. If money is an object, and it is for most of us, the EGO tool is a better deal.
Snapper offers an 18" cordless bare (no battery or charger) chainsaw with plenty of power and heft. This saw is nearly 3 pounds heavier than the EGO 16", but users appreciate the extra bar length and oomph.
This saw appears ungainly; the battery weight is stored in the middle of the body of the saw and the handle, while offering plenty of room, doesn't appear hearty enough to balance that 18" blade.
If you've never used a chainsaw before, an unbalanced saw can be extremely dangerous to handle.