Oregon Cordless CS300 Review
Pros: Integrated on-board chain sharpener
Cons: Lacks performance, mediocre battery life, annoying pitch, no oil level indicator window
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|Pros||Integrated on-board chain sharpener||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||Spectacular battery life, two chain speed settings, barely consumes bar and chain oil|
|Cons||Lacks performance, mediocre battery life, annoying pitch, no oil level indicator window||So-so wind-up time||Heavy, noisy, one battery size, limited line-up of other tools||Heavy, noisy||Not the strongest cutting power, plastic chain tensioning system, electronic controls slow down sawing|
|Bottom Line||There are several saws on the market that outperform this undistinguished tool that cost less||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 tool is excellent in every scenario we threw at it||This cordless chainsaw has a battery that charges ultra-quick to keep you plugging away at your project||A good degree of performance and an exceptional battery life at a reasonable price|
|Rating Categories||Oregon Cordless CS300||EGO Power+ CS1800||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Greenworks Pro 80V||Husqvarna 120i|
|Saw Performance (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Oregon Cordless CS300||EGO Power+ CS1800||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Greenworks Pro 80V||Husqvarna 120i|
|Bar Length||16 inches||18 inches||16 inches||18 inches||14 inches|
|Measured Weight w/ Battery||13 lbs 4 oz||12 lbs 4 oz||14 lbs 4 oz||15 lbs 2 oz||10 lbs 11 oz|
|Measured Battery Weight||2 lbs 11 oz||3 lbs 8 oz||4 lbs||3 lbs 8 oz||2 lbs 12 oz|
|Included Battery Size||4 Ah||5 Ah||4 Ah||2 Ah||4.2 Ah|
|Measured Runtime||25 minutes||60 minutes||34 minutes||27 minutes||40 minutes|
|Measured Run Time Eco Mode||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||54 mins|
|Measured Battery Charge Time||1.8 hr||1.5 hr||1 hr||.5 hr||2 hrs|
|Measured Average Cutting Time||15.865 seconds||5.876 seconds||6.136 seconds||5.32 seconds||13.486 seconds|
|Measured Wind Up Time||1.25 seconds||1.25 seconds||.5 seconds||1.15 seconds||.5 seconds|
|Measured Decibel Reading at 48in||87.3 dBa||88.8 dBa||87.5 dBa||86.8 dBa||85.9 dBa|
|Control Type||Side safety w/ chain brake||Side safety w/ chain brake||Thumb safety w/ chain brake||Electronic button, side safety, and brake||Electronic button, side safety and brake|
|Chain Replacement and Tensioning Type||Tool free||Tool Free||Included Tool||Tool free||Tool free|
|Metal Bucking Spikes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Bar & Chain Tank Location and Type||Side||Side, Screen||Side||Top||Side, flip-up|
|Measured Body Dimesions||14x8x9 inches||16x9x8 inches||16x8x9 inches||14x9x7.5 inches||19x7x7 inches|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Oregon Cordless CS300 is not an impressive cordless chainsaw. It has an integrated chain sharpener, which we find to be a cool feature, but it doesn't keep up with the others in our test metrics including noise, ease of use, and battery.
The best thing about the Oregon CS300 is the integrated "PowerSharp" chain sharpening system. In order to sharpen the chain, the only thing that you have to do is lift a lever that holds a sharpening stone against the chain within the saw body and hold the throttle for a few seconds to get a quick bit of sharpening done. Old school chainsaw fanatics may rather sharpen their saws with a file, but for those that are looking to keep a chain sharp with minimal maintenance, this feature could be crucial.
Although the Oregon doesn't register the loudest on the sound meter, the noise that comes from the saw at full throttle is unequivocally annoying. When it comes to cutting performance this saw is near the back of the pack and stops and stalls without much force.
It has a so-so runtime measured at 25 minutes, but its charge time is where it falls near the back of the pack again. It takes the battery nearly 2 hours to charge, which is not a very solid runtime to charge time ratio. It does an ok job of conserving oil but without an indicator window, you're stuck opening the cap to see how much lube you have left.
The chain tensioning system operates well, but we have our reserves about the reliability. Of all of the cordless chainsaws that we've tested the Oregon is one of the only ones that we've ever seen the bar come loose during operation.
This cordless chainsaw does not offer the greatest degree of value. The Oregon is not the cheapest saw that we've tested and it is far from having the highest degree of performance. There are other chainsaws that do a better job but have a lower price tag.
To sum it up, the Oregon CS300 is not a chainsaw that we would recommend that our readers purchase. It doesn't offer much in the way of power or performance, it's not the easiest to use, it's loud, and it has a weak battery.
— Ross Patton