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EGO Power+ CS1800 Review

One of the best options if you're looking for bar length, battery life, and tool-free chain tensioning
EGO Power+ CS1800
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Price:   $350 List | $349.00 at Amazon
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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By Ross Patton ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 14, 2021
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  • Saw Performance - 35% 9
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8
  • Battery - 25% 8
  • Noise - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Earning one of our top spots, the EGO Power+ CS1800 is a phenomenal cordless electric chainsaw. If battery life is an important consideration for you, this saw is the way to go. Not only does the battery outlast the competition, it's relatively quick to charge, especially considering the size, voltage, and amp hour rating. We also love that the tool-free chain tensioning system for this model is essentially self-explanatory and that it has bright LED lights. It has metal bucking spikes to help you pry the extra long 18" bar and chain through those bigger cuts.

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Pros Top-notch cutting performance, long-lasting battery, easy chain tensioning system, many other tools that use the same batteriesExcellent sawing power, good battery life, relatively inexpensivePhenomenal charge time, long bar, metal bucking spikesInstant 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 oil
Cons So-so wind-up timeHeavy, noisy, one battery size, limited line-up of other toolsHeavy, noisyExpensive, uses a lot of oil, bulkyNot 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 tensioningThe most sturdy and effective 16" model we testedThis cordless chainsaw has a battery that charges ultra-quick to keep you plugging away at your projectThis has a short wind-up time, cuts like a dream, and has a battery that works with a massive list of other toolsA 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%)
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Ease Of Use (30%)
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Battery (25%)
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Noise (10%)
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Specs EGO Power+ CS1800 ECHO CCS-58V4AH Greenworks Pro 80V Milwaukee M18 FUEL Husqvarna 120i
Model Number CS1800 CCS-58V4AH GCS80420 2727-21HD 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
Nominal Voltage 56V 58V 80V 36V 36V
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
Oil Conservation 8 8 6 6 8
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.

Credit: Chris McNamara

Performance Comparison



Saw Performance


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.

We love the way this model performs in the forest.
We love the way this model performs in the forest.

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.

That extra few inches of bar length can make a big difference when...
That extra few inches of bar length can make a big difference when it counts.

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.

The EGO Power+ CS1800 has one of the most easily adjustable and...
The EGO Power+ CS1800 has one of the most easily adjustable and changeable chains that we've seen.

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.

Credit: Ross Patton

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.

The battery on this saw is a bit awkward to install and remove, but...
The battery slot for this model is in a bit of an awkward place, but...

Battery


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.


With a battery this big, it's no wonder the CS1800 lasts so long.
With a battery this big, it's no wonder the CS1800 lasts so long.

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.

Noise


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.


Value


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.

Credit: Chris McNamara

Conclusion


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