EGO Power+ CS1800 Review
Pros: Top-notch cutting performance, long-lasting battery, easy chain tensioning system, many other tools that use the same batteries
Cons: So-so wind-up time
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|Pros||Top-notch cutting performance, long-lasting battery, easy chain tensioning system, many other tools that use the same batteries||Excellent sawing power, good battery life, relatively inexpensive||Phenomenal charge time, long bar, metal bucking spikes||Instant wind-up time, metal bucking spikes, M18 battery system works with many other tools||Spectacular battery life, two chain speed settings, barely consumes bar and chain oil|
|Cons||So-so wind-up time||Heavy, noisy, one battery size, limited line-up of other tools||Heavy, noisy||Expensive, uses a lot of oil, bulky||Not the strongest cutting power, plastic chain tensioning system, electronic controls slow down sawing|
|Bottom Line||One of the best options if you're looking for bar length, battery life, and tool-free chain tensioning||The most sturdy and effective 16" model we tested||This cordless chainsaw has a battery that charges ultra-quick to keep you plugging away at your project||This has a short wind-up time, cuts like a dream, and has a battery that works with a massive list of other tools||A good degree of performance at a reasonable price|
|Rating Categories||EGO Power+ CS1800||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Greenworks Pro 80V||Milwaukee M18 FUEL||Husqvarna 120i|
|Saw Performance (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||EGO Power+ CS1800||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Greenworks Pro 80V||Milwaukee M18 FUEL||Husqvarna 120i|
|Bar Length||18 inches||16 inches||18 inches||16 inches||14 inches|
|Measured Weight w/ Battery||12 lbs 4 oz||14 lbs 4 oz||15 lbs 2 oz||14 lbs 4 oz||10 lbs 11 oz|
|Measured Battery Weight||3 lbs 8 oz||4 lbs||3 lbs 8 oz||3 lbs 6 oz||2 lbs 12 oz|
|Included Battery Size||5 Ah||4 Ah||2 Ah||12 Ah||4.2 Ah|
|Measured Runtime||60 minutes||34 minutes||27 minutes||33 minutes||40 minutes|
|Measured Run Time Eco Mode||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||54 mins|
|Measured Battery Charge Time||1.5 hr||1 hr||.5 hr||1.3 hr||2 hrs|
|Measured Average Cutting Time||5.876 seconds||6.136 seconds||5.32 seconds||8.316 seconds||13.486 seconds|
|Measured Wind Up Time||1.25 seconds||.5 seconds||1.15 seconds||Instant||.5 seconds|
|Measured Decibel Reading at 48in||88.8 dBa||87.5 dBa||86.8 dBa||86.8 dBa||85.9 dBa|
|Control Type||Side safety w/ chain brake||Thumb safety w/ chain brake||Electronic button, side safety, and brake||Side safety w/ chain brake||Electronic button, side safety and brake|
|Chain Replacement and Tensioning Type||Tool Free||Included Tool||Tool free||Included Tool||Tool free|
|Metal Bucking Spikes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Bar & Chain Tank Location and Type||Side, Screen||Side||Top||Side||Side, flip-up|
|Measured Body Dimesions||16x9x8 inches||16x8x9 inches||14x9x7.5 inches||18.5x9x8 inches||19x7x7 inches|
Our Analysis and Test Results
When it comes to cordless chainsaws it is hard to beat the EGO Power+ CS1800. This high-performing wood-eating machine has one of the longest bars of any cordless electric chainsaw in the industry, meaning that you can tackle jobs that were once thought to be impossible with a battery-operated saw. The designers of the CS1800 thought to include some clever features such as metal bucking spikes, a debris screen on the oil tank, and an LED light for those tasks that require a little more illumination. Not only does this tool have a great look and feel to it, but it's also very easy to use. If you don't want to mess with tools to change, tighten, or loosen a chain, this EGO is a great choice.
We tested how well each saw made cuts side-by-side with the other saws in our review. The EGO Power+ CS1800 sliced most of the competition to pieces during this portion of the assessment, which accounts for 35% of the total score.
For the first portion of this metric, we bought 4"x4" Douglas Fir from the lumber yard and stacked them into a diamond shape on a sawbuck to be sure that we had a uniform 8"x8" "fake log" for each saw. The EGO Power+ CS1800 was one of the fastest models with an average cut time of 5.876 seconds. It also has a decently fast windup time — the time it takes to get the chain from stop to full speed. Between these two attributes, this machine can get tasks done very quickly.
We also wanted to see how each saw did in the real world, so we took them out to a few local trail restoration projects to volunteer some time in the woods.
Once we used the CS1800 in a real-world testing situation, we were thrilled about this model. The 18-inch bar helps to cut through massive logs that many other cordless electric chainsaws simply are not capable of reaching across.
Ease of Use
Operating a chainsaw can already be a daunting and dangerous task, so the last thing you want is for the machine itself to be complicated to operate. For this reason, we dedicated 30% of the total score to this metric.
When it comes to tool-free tensioning systems, the EGO Power+ CS1800 has one of the most straightforward designs that we've seen. There are clear diagrams on the side of the saw that just about anyone can understand. You simply turn the dial one way to tighten the chain, then the other to lock it in place. We were able to remove the bar in seconds. Some other top chainsaws require prying out a tool and loosening two nuts, which takes much longer.
Another innovative feature added to the EGO Power+ CS1800 is the LED lights that light up the cutting area. This is great for those people who love to work early in the morning or into the dusk, but also an added safety measure in case you ever need to cut a downed tree out of the way of a back road or something along those lines in the dead of night.
We weren't overly thrilled by the location of the battery for this model, as it does take two hands to install or remove. In contrast, in a few other models, you can use one hand to take it out or snap it back in on the workbench, but it's definitely not something that we consider to be a deal-breaker. As we mention below, there are some benefits to how the batteries attach.
To test battery life, we divided the metric into two halves. First, we ran each chainsaw without a load at full throttle, stopped the timer to add bar and chain oil every fifteen minutes then started it all up again until the machines were completely out of juice.
This is one place where the CS1800 really shines — thanks to the 56V 5Ah battery coupled with EGO's innovations in the world of electric technology, this model lasted a full 60 minutes during our assessment.
For the second half of the test, we took the completely dead batteries and charged them up while carefully watching with a stopwatch. The Power+ 1800 had one of the fastest times during our time trials for this comparison at 1.5 hours.
This saw is compatible with at least 3 sizes of Ego batteries. This is ideal if you want to have a variety of different battery sizes for a variety of different tools. Other saws we tested are only compatible with one battery size. In addition, Ego has one of the broadest selection of cordless electric tools. The battery that comes with this saw will work with at least 10 other tools, including a pole saw, snowblower and even a portable generator. Most other top-rated cordless electric chainsaws have far fewer tools that their batteries are compatible with.
The remaining 10% of our total score is dedicated to the noise levels produced by each cordless electric chainsaw. We used a sound pressure level meter from 48" away to measure the levels you would be subjected to in order to gain some numeric values. Then, we had a panel of judges decide if there were any annoying or bothersome noises coming from each model. At 88.8 decibels, the CS1800 scored about in the middle of the pack for this metric.
This is one of the better values considering the size of the battery you get, the performance, and the number of other tools that work with the same battery.
If you want the best out of a cordless electric chainsaw as far as bar length, ease of use, and battery life we'd say go with the EGO Power+ CS1800.
— Ross Patton