Makita UC4030A Commercial Grade 16 Inch 15 Amp Electric Chain Saw
It was a real toss-up between this Makita and the Poulan Pro for number one. The issue comes down to power. If youve ever used a chain saw much, you can never have too much power. Even the best and most powerful can easily get pinched and bound up. Unfortunately, Poulan doesnt give us an amperage rating and Makita doesnt give us a HP rating. This saw has a 14.5 amp motor, which Im pretty sure makes it the most powerful electric chain saw I can find. The 16 guide bar holds a 0.050 gauge chain with a 3/5 tooth pitch. The chain moves at 2600 FPM (thats feet per minute). Its 11 pounds, which is a bit heavy, but with the power it offers, thats not surprising. Theres one touch tool-less chain adjustment and an automatic chain oiler with a large oil reservoir. A built in current limiter keeps the motor from burning out and an electric chain brake stops the chain quickly when you stop cutting. All in all, a great design, just like weve come to expect from Makita.