Best Arborist Chainsaws to Sculpt Your Trees


Chainsaws like any other product come in different weight, size, and power which serves a wide range of purposes according to the need of the user or the task at hand. In this manner, every chainsaw is unique in its way and serves a special purpose.

One such chainsaw is a top handle chainsaw also renowned as an arborist chainsaw for obvious reasons. Arborist refers to a specialist, in the care and maintenance of trees, hence the name “arborist chainsaw’s”.

As these tree surgeons have to work hanging and being suspended from trees. The arborist chainsaw which accompanies them is usually lightweight, easy to carry and easy to maneuver, highly effective in cutting, and yes, cordless of course. But if someone came here looking for more power action then this is the right place as both gas as well battery-powered chainsaws will be covered here.

Being said that, one cannot afford to work with a tool that is less than the best. It’s quality all the way. With the dangers associated with this job, it is certainly a necessity to have the best Arborist chainsaw that will not only ensure quality performance and high efficiency but will safeguard one’s life itself. With the arborist chainsaw, one can also always do more, with more precision and dexterity. From removing the tree itself to pruning, or chopping the limbs for prevention with utmost ease.

Owing to its top handle which is comparatively shorter and more compact due to the absence of a back handle. Hence it makes this type of chainsaw much lighter and more maneuverable, especially when climbing trees or using a bucket lift while pruning. All in all, this makes a perfect tool for arborists because it makes it possible to cut branches safely using either one or both hands at the highest points on trees or in difficult-to-reach spots.

So, without further ado, let’s find out which is the best arborist chainsaw to get the job done.



Compact 12 in.Top Handle Chainsaw

DeWalt is a reputed name in the power tool industry thanks to its high-quality products. DeWalt DCCS620P1 12” Guide Bar Arborist Saw adds to the exceptional line of tools that they have produced. 

Although the tool is relatively small and lightweight or featherweight one can say after using it. But the performance of this battery-powered arborist chainsaw is no less than the gasoline powerhouse chainsaws.

Boasting power and performance this 20V arborist chainsaw has excellent motor life and incredible run time. Weighing only 8.8 lbs., the DeWalt DCCS620P1 Brushless Chainsaw is a modern-day marvel which both lightweight and quiet. 

That means no more earplugs with this arborist chainsaw. One need not worry about its battery life as one 5 Ah battery gives about the same time as we get from an entire full tank of a gas chainsaw. But this is not all, there is also a 90-day money-back guarantee,

Value for money, and incredibly positive feedback from the arborist community that makes this chainsaw stand at the top of this list.

  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Auto-oiling system for all time lubricated guide bar
  • Durable battery life
  • Very silent in operation
  • Compact – yet comes with incomparable power
  • None, to be honest. It exceeds the expectations and does not show any sign of weakness.
Product information
Product Dimensions25 x 9 x 9 inches
Item Weight8.8 pounds
Item model numberDCCS620P1
Batteries1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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Makita XCU02PT 18V X2 (36V)

Cordless 12″ Arborist Chainsaw

Generally lauded as one of the best arborist chainsaws in the arena, the Makita XCU02P arborist chainsaw is a brilliant saw. Delivering 1,650 FPM, this motor is not only a beast when cutting but also it is as good when it comes to its battery. The Makita XCU02PT 18V X2 gets its power-packed performance from the two quick-charge 18V LXT lithium-ion batteries and chargers totaling 36V in power.

In addition to that, the Makita XCU02PT is over the top as it is very silently taken care of all the heavy lifting in contrast to any other gas-powered chainsaw out there and what makes it even more attractive is Makita XCU02PT’s very low maintenance as it virtually requires no engine oil to change, no spark plugs to replace, and no filters to clean. 

These are just a handful of the many advantages that come with an arborist chainsaw like this one. Once the product is procured, all that remains is to load up the batteries and it’s ready to rock. With the entire package, this chainsaw is fully loaded, with batteries, chargers, and a powerful chainsaw with excellent balance, easy maneuverability, and cutting-edge precision.

  • An entire package- is loaded with long-lasting batteries including fast chargers.
  • Extremely quiet i.e. only 89 dB (112 dB average gas chains)
  • Packs power of 1,650 FPM and super cutting speed
  • Almost a featherweight with just only 12 lbs. with the batteries installed.
  • Long lifespan and heavy durability with Makita’s standard XPT protective seals to shield internal parts from debris, water, and dust.
  • Not much of a con but the oil cap may get leaky if the saw is left vertically with the bar facing upwards. Hence ensure to rest this chainsaw horizontally on the ground
Product information
Product Dimensions12.5 x 24.5 x 12 inches
Item Weight12.3 pounds
Item model numberXCU02PT
Batteries2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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Tanaka TCS33EDTP/12

32.2cc 12-Inch Top Handle Chainsaw

Last on our list of best arborist chainsaws we have here is the Tanaka TCS33EDTP Top Handle Chain Saw with Pure Fire Engine. There is not much Intel on what the Pure Fire Engine means, but it is sure reflected in its top-notch performance. This little beast comes with a standard 12-inch handle and is very lightweight standing at only 11.9 lbs.

Coming to the performance of Tanaka TCS33EDTP/12 32.2cc 12-Inch, it cuts and glides through the wood with excellent ease and easy handling. One does not need to worry about frequent oiling as this chainsaw features an automatic gear-driven oiler along with a half throttle choke with a purge primer bulb for soft startups and anti-vibration technology. If this is not convincing enough of the technology used and build quality. This arborist chainsaw comes with a 7-year consumer warranty, 2-year commercial warranty, and 1-year rental warranty. Hence, it’s evident that Tanaka is a durable saw on any hand and can serve if not years than a decade to come.

  • Commercial-grade engine, high on performance and low on fuel.
  • Features soft start and warm-up feature
  • Extended 7-year residential warranty.
  • Anti-vibration mechanism
  • Ergonomic design with the built-in layered ring.
  • Easy access chain tensioning for quick adjustments.
  • User-friendly chain tensioning; quick adjustments.
  • Gas and oil caps may stick after extended use.
  • Not very economical.
Product information
Product Dimensions28.4 x 39.1 x 30 Centimeters
Item Weight11.9 Pounds
Item model number‎TCS33EDTP/12
Chain Length12 Inches
Power SourceGas Powered

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Final take

The following was a compilation of three of the best arborist chainsaws that one can get their hands on for their professional as well as domestic needs. All three are the topmost performers and do an excellent job when it comes to pruning and limbing and sculpting the trees around. But they vary a little on performance to pricing and other techniques which generally tend to fall on more of a subjective end. But surely after reading this article it will be as easy as cutting the wood to pick the best pick.

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