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Oregon CS1500 Self-Sharpening Electric Chain Saw
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- Exclusive Self-Sharpening System PowerSharp
- High power motor, 15 Amp for fast cutting with a 18" (45 cm) reduced-kickback guide bar and chain
- Tool-less chain tensioning system
- Ergonomic design to remain light-weight and balanced, low vibration, over-mold comfortable handle
- Integrated chain brake for safety
- Low maintence chain saw backed by 2-year consumer and 1-year professional warranty.
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PowerSharp Sharpening System
With the built-in PowerSharp Sharpening System, there's no more downtime due to dull chain. With PowerSharp, you can sharpen on the saw, on the job in seconds.
18 Inch Guide Bar
Perfect to tackle almost any job in your yard.
Tool-less Chain Tensioning System
Convenient, just turn the red knob to tension the chain.
|Item Dimensions||10.5 x 37.5 x 18 inches|
|Item Weight||18 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||570995|
|Shipping Weight||17.3 pounds|
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|Item Dimensions||37.5 x 18 x 10.5 in||14.6 x 20.6 x 8.1 in||19.69 x 14.57 x 8.07 in||10 x 20 x 13 in||24.2 x 10 x 10.5 in||24.2 x 10 x 10.5 in|
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|Size||—||18" Bar Length||16" Bar Length||18-Inch||14"||16"|
|Voltage||120||120 volts||120 volts||120 volts||110 volts||—|
Oregon's high-power, 15 Amp CS1500 chain saw is the only corded electric chain saw on the market with a chain that can sharpen itself. The CS1500 has all the traditional conveniences of an electric saw - instant start with the pull of a trigger, minimal maintenance, low noise and silent between cuts - and takes it one step further by incorporating the built-in PowerSharp chain sharpening system. With a simple pull of the red PowerSharp lever, you'll take your chain from dull to sharp in as little as 3 seconds so you'll never cut with a dull chain again.
Top customer reviews
This saw is very sturdily built, and weighs about 13 lbs running the supplied 18" bar. Compare that to our very diminutive Husqvarna 240 gas-powered saw that weighs in at around 12 lbs wet when we're running the 14" bar.
Power-wise, if you’re trying to figure out what this electric saw would equate to in the gas-powered world, our Husky 240 cranks out 2 HP, which roughly equals 1,492 watts. The Oregon CS1500 puts out 1,800 watts. In use, the Husky is able to work above its power rating if you know how to finesse it. That’s a little tougher to do with an electric saw, but the fact still holds true that a skilled person will be able to make the electric saw work on larger cuts, but it can be a little slower going. Basically, count on the Oregon CS1500 being able to cut down saplings and chop limbs with ease, will be able to cut firewood rounds up to probably a 12” diameter in hardwoods, and larger dimensions in softer material. It’s not a speed demon, removing limbs from a downed juniper took about 25% more time with the electric saw as it took doing a similar job with the Husky 240. I didn’t experience any kick-backs or binding with the CS1500, it behaved in every way like a small displacement gas chain saw. The CS1500 has a little less vibration during cuts than the Husky, and of course has zero vibration until the trigger is pulled.
I really like the automatic chain sharpener. If you’ve ever cut juniper trees you’ll know they’re evil on chains, it was awesome to be able to just do a quick sharpen in the middle of a job, rather than have to go into the shop and install a different chain. Also, if you’d rather not run the spendy PowerSharp chain, you can switch it out for a regular unit as long as the sharpening stone is removed.
The tool-less chain tensioner works well enough, although it’s a bit tough to turn when it’s covered in chain oil and sawdust.
Noise-wise, the CS1500 is a few decibels quieter than the Husky 240 while in use, with a lower tone of just the chain rolling and the wood being chipped and missing the high-pitched engine whine of the gas-powered unit. Of course the CS1500 is absolutely silent when you’re not pulling the trigger.
Although you don’t have the expense and hassle of gasoline with this chain, you will need a heavy-duty extension cord. You’ll want at least 100’, which means that for a 15 amp rating you’ll need a minimum of 12 gauge with a W outdoor rating – if you don’t have one already, plan on spending at least $80 for a decent cord. Be sure to measure the area you’ll be using the saw in so you can get a cord that is long enough to reach every corner. An electric saw isn’t much good if you can’t get power to it where you need it.
Of course, if you don’t have a plug-in properly situated or a long enough cord, you could use a gas-powered generator. Minimum to run this would be a 2,000 watt (like the Honda EU2000). However, if you’re at that point, a gas or battery-powered saw will make more sense.
I know some women feel more comfortable with the thought of an electric saw, but in reality, both can do just as much damage in untrained hands, and both require a decent amount of upper body strength to wield successfully. As a woman, I’ve found that bar length is really the deciding factor for me, a longer bar is more difficult to control. The 18” bar on this saw made it more difficult to maneuver safely in tight areas, made even more difficult by the extension cord tail that had a bad habit of getting tangled in underbrush. I kept finding myself going back to the Husky 240. However, it is sure nice to be able to grab this saw, check the chain oil, plug it in, and go. It gets me using a chain saw for many things I would have just grabbed a hand saw for in the past.
Bottom line, do your homework before deciding between a gas or electric saw. If you have an area that’s small enough to be reached by a 100’ cord, need a quieter option, don’t want the hassle of a gas can, or the worry about properly flushing a gas chain saw for long-term storage, then an electric saw will probably fit your needs best. If you do decide on electric, this little Oregon is a well-built product that can easily do everything except really big cuts for a surprisingly low price.
Overall this is a very good saw for the price. I would recommend a 20A outlet over the 15A because this saw can still trip the breaker as it uses all 15A of power. The Safety kickback works as expected. I give this saw 4 stars because of the chain's tendency to snag and jump. If the unit wasn't specifically designed for this chain, I would not take the chain performance into the review and would probably recommend 5 stars.
I contacted Oregon and was glad to receive prompt and friendly service. Oregon stands behind their products. The unit was shipped back to their facility free of charge and I received the new unit in the mail this past week. So far this weekend I have cut up approximately two cord of cedar, maple and cherry, jumping the chain once, but overall without any issues. One thing I have observed from the new unit is that it is using significantly more lubrication, keeping the chain a nice glistening, almost dripping, wet. It appropriately slings lube off the chain now if I leave the saw running long enough. The first saw I received, while it was steadily consuming lube from the reservoir, appeared to be more on the conservative side in its application to the chain and would never really "sling" any lube no matter how long I ran it. Final verdict:
Pros: For an electric saw, the thing is a beast, allowing you to make use of the full bar length when cutting large rounds. Quiet enough not to piss of the neighbors. The clutch mechanism makes it incredibly safe. The price for a unit this powerful is currently unmatched. Sharpening feature is probably pretty handy, although I have yet to try it. Great support from Oregon.
Cons: Catastrophic failure of the saw could potentially result from low lubrication to the chain -- YOU ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY MUST KEEP IT LUBED AND COOL. The side-mounted motor gets in the way sometimes and makes the CG of the saw offset to the left of the bar making it a bit awkward to hold at times. The lube fill cap should have been positioned on the left side to avoid chip accumulation around the cap.
Overall, I like this saw. Bottom line: when it works, it works well. For those of you accustomed to using gas saws of mostly metal construction, be mindful that this saw is indeed made of plastic and will melt critical components if things get hot. I'm hoping Oregon takes note of this and improves upon this in the next generation of this saw. For now, careful observation of operating temps and routine maintenance, I am hopeful, should be sufficient in providing a useful service life for this product.
I'm changing my rating to one star. After cutting about a cord of wood today, the chain kept coming off. I opened it up, and low and behold, the plastic casing had melted, creating a misalignment between the chain and gear; i.e. it walks the chain right off the gear now. The chain was pretty warm, but that's not all that uncommon if you cut a lot of wood. It was cool enough for me to pick it up without gloves. It appeared to be getting plenty of lube on the chain, and I had kept the reservoir topped off, so I know it never ran dry. The chain was tensioned cold per the instructions. I'll be contacting Oregon for warranty service tomorrow, but from what I read in the manual, I'll have to pay for shipping which will likely be as expensive as the cost of the saw. I will post back the outcome in a few days, but right now I'm wishing I'd ponied up and went with the Makita. You'll notice the casing around the gear hub is metal on the Makita and not plastic like the Oregon. I view this as a serious design flaw with the Oregon.