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EGO Power+ CS1400 Review

Not a bad choice for an efficient cordless chainsaw that offers a high level of performance
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Price:   $250 List | $229 at Amazon
Pros:  Barely consumes oil, good performance, weather-resistant
Cons:  Slow wind-up time, no battery level indicator, no bucking spikes
Manufacturer:   EGO
By Ross Patton ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 23, 2019
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  • Saw Performance - 35% 7
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6
  • Battery - 25% 6
  • Noise - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The EGO Power+ is a great tool that has no problem making quick work of good size logs. The saw scores too low to garner an award, yet we didn't find much to criticise it for either. It scores decently in every one of our test metrics falling just short of the leaders of the pack. It has a few ways in which it's lacking such as its wind-up time. All in all, we'd recommend purchasing this saw, especially if you already have other EGO products that use the same battery.


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Pros Barely consumes oil, good performance, weather-resistantExcellent sawing power, good battery life, relatively inexpensiveInstant wind-up time, metal bucking spikes, M18 battery system works with many other toolsSpectacular battery life, two chain speed settings, barely consumes bar and chain oilAdjustable oil flow, unique chain tensioning system, great if you already own the batteries
Cons Slow wind-up time, no battery level indicator, no bucking spikesHeavy, noisyExpensive, uses a lot of oil, bulkyNot the strongest cutting power, plastic chain tensioning system, electronic controls slow down sawingHaving two batteries is not ideal, loud, inconvenient electronic button, expensive
Bottom Line Not a bad choice for an efficient cordless chainsaw that offers a high level of performanceIf you’re looking for an amazing cordless chainsaw that performs better than the rest, we suggest you go with the ECHO CCS-58V4AHThis cordless chainsaw has zero wind-up time, cuts like a dream, and has a battery that works with a massive list of other Milwaukee toolsIf you aren’t concerned about having a top tier cordless chainsaw, the Husqvarna still offers a good degree of performance at a reasonable priceA commendable cordless chainsaw that can be quite a drain on your bank account unless you already own Makita batteries
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Rating Categories EGO Power+ CS1400 ECHO CCS-58V4AH Milwaukee M18 FUEL Husqvarna 120i Makita XCU03Z LXT
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Specs EGO Power+ CS1400 ECHO CCS-58V4AH Milwaukee M18 FUEL Husqvarna 120i Makita XCU03Z LXT
Model Number CS1400 CCS-58V4AH 2727-21HD 120i XCU03Z
Measured Body Dimesions 16x9x8 inches 16x8x9 inches 18.5x9x8 inches 19x7x7 inches 17x6x8 inches
Bar Length 14 inches 16 inches 16 inches 14 inches 14 inches
Measured Weight w/ Battery 11 lbs 10 oz 14 lbs 4 oz 14 lbs 4 oz 10 lbs 11 oz 11 lbs 4 oz
Measured Battery Weight 2lbs 14 oz 4 lbs 3 lbs 6 oz 2 lbs 12 oz 1 lb 6 oz x 2
Included Battery Size 2 Ah 4 Ah 12 Ah 4.2 Ah 5 Ah
Nominal Voltage 56V 58V 36V 36V 36V (2 x 18V)
Measured Runtime 24 minutes 34 minutes 33 minutes 40 minutes 28 minutes
Measured Run Time Eco Mode n/a n/a n/a 54 mins n/a
Measured Battery Charge Time .75 hr 1 hr 1.3 hr 2 hrs 1 hr
Measured Average Cutting Time 9.452 seconds 6.136 seconds 8.316 seconds 13.486 seconds 7.87 seconds
Measured Wind Up Time 2.5 seconds .5 seconds Instant .5 seconds .75 seconds
Measured Decibel Reading at 48in 85.3 dBa 87.5 dBa 86.8 dBa 85.9 dBa 105.7 dBa
Control Type Side safety w/ chain brake Thumb safety w/ chain brake Side safety w/ chain brake Electronic button, side safety and brake Electronic button, palm safety and brake
Chain Replacement and Tensioning Type Tool free Included Tool Included Tool Tool free Tool free
Metal Bucking Spikes No No Yes No Yes
Oil Conservation 8 8 6 8 9
Bar & Chain Tank Location and Type Side, Screen Side Side Side, flip-up Side

Our Analysis and Test Results

Unlike most of the cordless chainsaw manufacturers that we selected for this review, EGO did not begin selling cordless power tools as an afterthought or in response to a change in the market. Since the inception of the company, EGO has been a gasoline-free and cord-free tool manufacturer. Their focus on battery-powered tool shows in the quality and high-end performance of their products. The Power+ CS1400, however, does not quite keep up with every saw in our review. Its wind-up time is on the lower end of the spectrum which isn't a huge deal if you aren't in a hurry. This is also one of the only models that we've seen to date without a battery level indicator. It should be noted that this is the only model that we've reviewed that claims to be weather resistant.
The EGO Power+ scored decently across the board during our testing.
The EGO Power+ scored decently across the board during our testing.

Performance Comparison



Likes


For one, the saw performance of the EGO Power+ CS1400 is above most of the field. It had a quick cutting time in our side-by-side dimensional wood trials, posting an average of 9.5 seconds.


Where the EGO really seemed to shine was when we took it to the wood yard to buck heavy, wet pine rounds. It cuts through larger rounds nearly as easily as the smaller ones.

The EGO Power+ cuts well  but you have to wait a couple of seconds for the wind up before each cut can be initiated.
The EGO Power+ cuts well, but you have to wait a couple of seconds for the wind up before each cut can be initiated.

The EGO is a fairly easy saw to use. In large part, this is due to its simple chain brake system, safety switch, and variable speed trigger. Many of the other saws we have seen have unnecessary extra buttons and switches to get the saw running. Three switches and a trigger offers plenty of protection against the saw being accidentally engaged.

The Power+ did fairly well in our battery tests — it didn't have the longest runtime, but it had one of the fastest charge times that we've ever seen out of a cordless power tool.


The Power+ is one of the best saws we've reviewed to date for noise. It only registered a higher decibel reading than saws that it far outperformed in every other way. From 50 feet away it is one of the less whiny and annoying saws.



Dislikes


Unfortunately, we found that many of the EGO Power+'s performance characteristics that we didn't like fall within the same metrics that displayed its strengths. Despite the fact that this model has an overall good saw performance, the EGO fell behind in wind-up time. A saw that takes so long to get going is not as useful as one that can make quicker cuts, so it loses points in this assessment.


This model does not have a battery in the ideal location and the battery, unlike many other models, takes two hands to attach. Batteries that require one hand to attach or detach are much easier to use because you don't have to set the saw down to attach or remove them. Additionally, this model lacks a battery level indicator which makes it impossible to know exactly how much longer you'll have to make cuts before the saw runs out of juice.

The EGO battery compartment is on the bottom of the saw which we find to be awkward compared to on the top.
The EGO battery compartment is on the bottom of the saw which we find to be awkward compared to on the top.

The EGO doesn't have the greatest chain tensioning system. The main knob that holds the bar to the saw body works well, but the tensioning wheel is hard to turn especially with gloves on.

The EGO Power+ chain tensioning system isn't the best. The upper tensioning wheel is hard to turn with oily gloves on.
The EGO Power+ chain tensioning system isn't the best. The upper tensioning wheel is hard to turn with oily gloves on.

Value


The EGO Power+ is justly priced. It offers a great degree of performance but it also won't leave your pocketbook empty. It missed earning our Best Buy award by a matter of a few points.

The EGO is a decent all-around chainsaw.
The EGO is a decent all-around chainsaw.

Conclusion


Although the Power+ is strong in many aspects this model could use a few improvements to catch up to the leaders of the pack. In general, it's a good choice for an efficient and effective cordless chainsaw.


Ross Patton