EGO Power+ CS1800 Review
Pros: Top-notch cutting performance, long-lasting battery, easy chain tensioning system
Cons: So-so wind-up time, pricey
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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.
To begin the chainsaw experiments we tested how well each saw did making cuts side-by-side with the others in our review. It's safe to say that 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 rather than the back parking lot of the lab 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 uncomplicated and 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.
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 whereas 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.
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 & 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
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 not the cheapest cordless electric chainsaw on the market, but considering the high level of performance, we still highly recommend it.
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