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The Earthwise CS30016 reinforces the manufacturer’s eco-friendly brand name, and it cuts medium-size branches smoothly. The chainsaw is packed with a number of important features and quality parts that ensure you’ll be able to handle most any cutting job in your yard. Because it's an electric chainsaw, it will obviously be restricted in its range since it needs to plug in to an electrical outlet, but it will still prove its mettle in a variety of ways.
As part of the Earthwise Pro-Cut series, this tool comes equipped with a 12 amp motor that powers its 16-inch bar and chain. The amp output of this chainsaw is only enough to tackle common yard tasks from pruning trees to cutting logs. Still, it can supply enough cutting power to get through trees up to a foot in diameter with some work. The constant flow of electricity through the cord ensures it maintains a consistent level of power in cutting as opposed to gas-powered chainsaws, allowing it to slowly work through larger trees.
Through its use of a low-kickback Oregon chainsaw bar, complete with a safety tip and Oregon cutting chain, the Earthwise CS30016 offers the ultimate in safety features. Oregon is well-known as a leader in cutting equipment, which explains why so many chainsaws rely on its cutting technology.
This Earthwise machine delivers on the features you expect of a chainsaw, such as an oil level gauge in addition to an automatic chain oiling system. For convenience, the saw comes equipped with a tool-less chain tensioning system so you can quickly adjust chain tension without taking apart or manually adjusting the device. With its rubber-molded handle and lightweight body, the chainsaw can be used for prolonged periods of time without causing significant muscle fatigue.
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Electric chainsaws tend to be much quieter than their gas-powered counterparts, but the Earthwise CS30016 is noisier than many electric chainsaws in its class.
Considering the affordable price of the Earthwise CS30016, this machine performs well for most basic cutting needs. There are certainly other electric chainsaws that pack more power, but this device competes quite well throughout the industry due to its cutting power, easy-to-use features and preassembled body.