Oregon CS300 40V Battery Powered 16-inch Chainsaw Review


Oregon CS300 is a 40V battery powered chainsaw equipped with 16-inch bar and chain with 3/8” pitch and 0.050”gauge. We already know that Oregon corded chainsaws offer very good performance for the money but is it the same story with battery powered CS300?


Cutting performance

It becomes obvious very fast that Oregon CS300 is a chainsaw for light to medium duty jobs. It cuts through limbs or logs of up to 6-8 inches in diameter pretty well even if they are hardwood, but it struggles with bigger stuff. It takes a while to cut hardwoods with diameter of 10+ inches. It can still do it but it but it lacks torque and takes way too long for Oregon CS300 to be used for such purposes on a common basis.

Obviously it doesn’t cut as fast as (including the cost of battery) similarly priced STIHL or Husqvarna gas chainsaw but when it comes to battery powered chainsaws it also isn’t among the best. For example Greenworks GCS80420 Pro 80V or Makita XCU04PT LXT 36V chainsaws cut significantly better and faster.

Oregon CS300 can move it chain at 46.6 feet per second at no-load, whereas Greenworks GCS80420 Pro 80V at 49.2 ft/s and Makita XCU04PT LXT 36V at ~65 ft/s. Chain speed at no-load isn’t the only factor that impacts cutting performance and speed but it’s one of them.


Battery

Oregon offers multiple options when it comes to choosing batteries. You can buy a bare tool (CS300) if you want or buy it with one of three batteries:

  • 2.6 Ah B425E battery (Oregon CS300-E6)
  • 4.0 Ah B600E battery (Oregon CS300-A6)
  • 6.0 Ah B650E battery (Oregon CS300-R7)


Features

Oregon CS300 has all the features you would expect from modern chainsaw – automatic oiling, chain brake and tool-less chain tensioning system however it does have one feature you might have not ever seen on a chainsaw – PowerSharp® System.

What is PowerSharp® System? It’s a self-sharpening chain feature. Inside the housing there is a sharpening stone that will make a contact with your chain when you press sharpening lever. Does this feature even work? Yes it does and surprisingly well too!


Weight

Oregon CS300 weighs just 10.2 lbs (4.6 kg) without battery so it’s pretty lightweight however Makita XCU04PT is even lighter – it weighs just 8.3 lbs without batteries.


Conclusions

Oregon CS300 is an interesting chainsaw with some unique features but it’s not comparable to similarly prices gas chainsaws. It’s also not the best cutting electric chainsaw you can buy for the money. It’s definitely not made for heavier duty jobs, but it handles light-to-medium duty jobs pretty well.




Oregon CS300 / CS300-E6 / CS300-A6 / CS300-R7 Specs:

  • Type: Electric (battery powered)
  • Voltage: 40V
  • Chain Speed at no-load: 46.6 feet per second / 14.2 meters per second
  • Guide Bar and chain length: 16-inches
  • Chain pitch : 3/8″
  • Chain gauge : 0.050″
  • Oil tank capacity: 4.1 oz / 120 mL
  • Weight (without battery): 10.2 lbs / 4.6 kg
  • Packages:
    • Oregon CS300:
      • Battery model: N/A (battery not included)
      • Battery capacity: N/A (battery not included)
      • Battery pack weight: N/A (battery not included)
      • Charger model: N/A (charger not included)
    • Oregon CS300-E6:
      • Battery model: B425E
      • Battery capacity: 2.6 Ah / 93 Wh
      • Battery pack weight: 2.7 lb / 1.2 kg
      • Charger model: C650
    • Oregon CS300-A6:
      • Battery model: B600E
      • Battery capacity: 4.0 Ah / 144 Wh
      • Battery pack weight: 2.7 lb / 1.2 kg
      • Charger model: C650
    • Oregon CS300-R7:
      • Battery model: B650E
      • Battery capacity: 6.0 Ah / 216 Wh
      • Battery pack weight: 2.8 lb / 1.25 kg
      • Charger model: C750




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