Sun Joe SWJ701E 18-inch 14.0 Amp Electric Chainsaw Review
Sun Joe SWJ701E is corded electric chainsaw that’s is equipped with 18-inch (45.7 cm) Oregon bar and chain. It has 14.0 amp motor that revs up to 8,000 RPM and allows chain to move at 47.6 feet per second (14.5 m/s) at no load.
Sun Joe SWJ701E turns out to be quite powerful. It cuts thick wood (like 16 to 20 inches in diameter) surprisingly well. Granted, not as fast as a gas chainsaw, but fast enough that you wouldn’t really complain if you use it only occasionally, which the chances are is exactly what you plan to do as if you needed a chainsaw for daily use you wouldn’t be reading about SWJ701E.
On top of that electric chainsaws do have advantages over gas chainsaws which apply to SWJ701E as well like less maintenance required (especially if you don’t use your chainsaw often), less noise, less weight, no harmful fumes and immediate start-ups.
One thing worth mentioning is that power trigger is not variable, it basically works as an on/off switch so you can’t feather the throttle.
Some consumers also have had issues with chain holding tension, however most didn’t have that problem. Be sure to tension chain properly before using Sun Joe SWJ701E.
Sun Joe SWJ701E has kickback brake hand guard (chain is also stopped super fast when you release power trigger) as well automatic chain oiler with 90 mL oil tank.
Sun Joe SWJ701E is well balanced and weighs 9.7 lbs which is very light for its size making it easy to use and handle.
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Since Sun Joe SWJ701E is a cord powered chainsaw so you need one to operate it and since it doesn’t come with cord you will have to purchase it if you already have one with appropriate gauge rating.
Cord that’s up to 50 feet (15 meters long) should have gauge rating no worse than 14 AWG.
Cord that’s longer than 50 feet but no longer than 100 should have gauge rating no worse than 12 AWG.
Cords that are longer than 100 feet shouldn’t be used with Sun Joe SWJ701E.
If you are looking for an inexpensive yet capable cord powered chainsaw that you will use occasionally then Sun Joe SWJ701E is one of the best choices among Oregon CS1500.
Sun Joe SWJ701E Electric Corded Chains Specs:
- Type: Electric (Corded)
- Bar Length: 18 inches (45.7 cm)
- Rated Voltage: 120 V ~ 60 Hz
- Power: 14 Amps
- Max. RPM: 8,000
- No-load chain speed: 47.6 ft/s (14.5 m/s)
- Oil capacity: 3 fl. Oz. / 90 mL
- Weight: 9.7 lbs / 4.4 kg