The feature that sets this saw apart from the rest is the onboard chain sharpening system. However, considering that the saw displays poor performance it's a bit of a pointless feature. With a score that leaves the Oregon near the back of the pack, we suggest that you purchase a model that does a better job and costs less.
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||Excellent sawing power, good battery life, relatively inexpensive||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||Barely consumes oil, good performance, weather-resistant|
|Cons||Lacks performance, mediocre battery life, annoying pitch, no oil level indicator window||Heavy, noisy||Expensive, uses a lot of oil, bulky||Not the strongest cutting power, plastic chain tensioning system, electronic controls slow down sawing||Slow wind-up time, no battery level indicator, no bucking spikes|
|Bottom Line||There are several saws on the market that outperform this undistinguished tool that cost less||If you’re looking for an amazing cordless chainsaw that performs better than the rest, we suggest you go with the ECHO CCS-58V4AH||This cordless chainsaw has zero wind-up time, cuts like a dream, and has a battery that works with a massive list of other Milwaukee tools||If you aren’t concerned about having a top tier cordless chainsaw, the Husqvarna still offers a good degree of performance at a reasonable price||Not a bad choice for an efficient cordless chainsaw that offers a high level of performance|
|Rating Categories||Oregon Cordless...||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Milwaukee M18 FUEL||Husqvarna 120i||EGO Power+ CS1400|
|Saw Performance (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Oregon Cordless...||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Milwaukee M18 FUEL||Husqvarna 120i||EGO Power+ CS1400|
|Measured Body Dimesions||14x8x9 inches||16x8x9 inches||18.5x9x8 inches||19x7x7 inches||16x9x8 inches|
|Bar Length||16 inches||16 inches||16 inches||14 inches||14 inches|
|Measured Weight w/ Battery||13 lbs 4 oz||14 lbs 4 oz||14 lbs 4 oz||10 lbs 11 oz||11 lbs 10 oz|
|Measured Battery Weight||2 lbs 11 oz||4 lbs||3 lbs 6 oz||2 lbs 12 oz||2lbs 14 oz|
|Included Battery Size||4 Ah||4 Ah||12 Ah||4.2 Ah||2 Ah|
|Measured Runtime||25 minutes||34 minutes||33 minutes||40 minutes||24 minutes|
|Measured Run Time Eco Mode||n/a||n/a||n/a||54 mins||n/a|
|Measured Battery Charge Time||1.8 hr||1 hr||1.3 hr||2 hrs||.75 hr|
|Measured Average Cutting Time||15.865 seconds||6.136 seconds||8.316 seconds||13.486 seconds||9.452 seconds|
|Measured Wind Up Time||1.25 seconds||.5 seconds||Instant||.5 seconds||2.5 seconds|
|Measured Decibel Reading at 48in||87.3 dBa||87.5 dBa||86.8 dBa||85.9 dBa||85.3 dBa|
|Control Type||Side safety w/ chain brake||Thumb safety w/ chain brake||Side safety w/ chain brake||Electronic button, side safety and brake||Side safety w/ chain brake|
|Chain Replacement and Tensioning Type||Tool free||Included Tool||Included Tool||Tool free||Tool free|
|Metal Bucking Spikes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Bar & Chain Tank Location and Type||Side||Side||Side||Side, flip-up||Side, Screen|
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