If you’re in the market for a new or replacement chainsaw, one of the most trusted brands in power tools is Remington. For nearly 100 years, Remington has produced first-rate power tools, and chainsaws have become one on the company’s signature products.
Every Remington chainsaw is constructed with an eye toward exceptionally high quality and durability. Most of their models are backed by a two-year warranty, and amateurs and professionals alike agree that Remington chainsaws provide great performance for the price.
This article will overview Remington and their current product line, going over Pros and Cons as well as giving novice buyers some tips for selecting the best chainsaw for their needs. Read on to learn more.
Remington power tools were originally produced by a man named Arthur Mall and based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Remington launched operation in 1921.
The company steadily grew based on the quality of their craftsmanship, and in 1954 Remington released their first chainsaw.
By the 1990s, Remington expanded their line to include electric chainsaws and pole saws, and today the company stands as one of the largest power tool manufacturers in the world.
The current Remington line includes a versatile host of tools including blowers, cultivators, and gas trimmers.
As noted above, Remington is currently of the most established brands in modern power tools, and their diverse line of chainsaws is available at both large and small retailers across North America.
Buyers can now purchase a Remington chainsaw in either gas or electric, with bar and chain sizes ranging from 12” to 20”. The engine sizes and other various options will be discussed in detail below.
The company has suggested retail values ranging from as low as $49.99 up to $200, and interested readers can compare the different chainsaws in the Remington line on the company’s website,
Like any product, a Remington chainsaw comes with its own list of pros and cons.
The majority of consumer reviews on Remington chainsaws were pretty positive, but in the interest of full disclosure, we have to cite some of the line’s reported shortcomings.
Below is a list of things a potential buyer may want to consider before investing into the product.
There are certain features that every buyer needs to consider when looking at chainsaws, whether they opt for a Remington chainsaw or for a competitor model.
Here are some things a consumer should weigh when comparing different models:
A chainsaw’s bar or guide bar is the piece that holds the chain. Bar length generally ranges from 12” to 20”, and Remington offers a number of chainsaws with bar lengths in this range.
A good rule of thumb is to purchase a chainsaw with a bar length two inches longer than the wood you plan to be cutting. For example, if you plan to cut a tree with a 14” diameter, it would probably be best to go with a chainsaw that has a bar length of 16” or more.
Going with a bar length that’s too short for the job can be not only inefficient, but also extremely dangerous, as the user’s hands are forced to get unnaturally close to the cutting surface.
By the same token, amateurs and first-time cutters should probably not select a longer bar length, as longer bars tend to be rather unwieldy. In the hands of an inexperienced users, this can be as dangerous as choosing a chainsaw that’s too short for a given job.
An intermediate bar length, like that seen on Remington’s mid-priced Versa Saw, might be the best bet for first-time users. Though not as nimble as a 12” cordless cutter or as powerful as a 20” monster, this Remington chainsaw potentially offers better economy and versatility than both.
It goes without saying that chainsaws can be highly dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced user. Ideally, a first-time user would have a more experienced operator show him or her how to cut and hold the chainsaw to help prevent accidents or injuries.
The operator manual on every Remington chainsaw recommends adequate eye and ear protection. Safety goggles and ear plugs can be purchased at almost any home improvement or hardware store.
Chainsaw kickback is a big concern. This occurs when a slip in the cutting rhythm causes the bar of the chainsaw to kick upwards or backwards toward the operator.
People familiar with power tools or guns are familiar with kickback, but novice users needs to remember that they are operating a powerful piece of machinery.
In addition to carefully reviewing the safety manual and if possible having an experienced operator provide instruction, the best thing a novice can do is to not purchase too large of a chainsaw for their needs and ability.
Buying the biggest Remington chainsaw – that being the Outlaw – and expecting to “grow into it” is a bad idea. New users would be wise to start with a smaller chainsaw and work their way up.
Lastly, every power tools manufacturer will advise users not to operate equipment under fatigue, substance impairment, or in low-light situations. This advice is doubly true for chainsaws.
The big choice for most consumers will be Gas or Electric, as both styles have benefits and drawbacks.
Gas-powered models tend to be more powerful. Bigger jobs likely necessitate the engine size, horsepower, and cordless function of this type of Remington chainsaw.
A main disadvantage of a gas-powered model is cost. Gasoline remains rather expensive, and bigger models will guzzle gasoline. Some users won’t love the idea of continuously refilling their chainsaw or lugging around a gas can.
In general, gas-powered models are larger, heavier, and louder. They are more maneuverable and usually feature better bar oiling systems due to the gas/oil mix.
Meanwhile, electric chainsaws are lighter, quieter, and require less maintenance than gas-powered models. They are easier to start, and most of the electric Remington chainsaws cost less than their gas-powered cousins.
Electric chainsaws are often constrained by an electric cord, which limits maneuverability and of course can lead to tangling. In general, electric chainsaws are also less powerful, and generally better suited to limb-cutting and pruning.
Ultimately, the choice between gas and electric comes down to the job in question. A heavy-duty job likely means a gas-powered chainsaw, while an electric chainsaw can adequately handle lighter cutting.
Remington currently offers two electric models and five gas-powered models, giving consumers a good selection of products to choose from.
Most of the Remington chainsaw models are rear-handle chainsaws, which give an operator ideal leverage. Top-handle chainsaws are used when the operator is perched above the cutting surface, such as when an experienced cutter is positioned in a tree.
Most consumers reading this article will be considering rear-position chainsaws, but in the interest of education, buyers should know that chainsaws come in these two variations.
Remington chainsaw horsepower can vary quite a bit. The mammoth RM4620 Outlaw features an impressive 46cc engine, while the more modest 14” electric Remington chainsaw produces 1.5 horsepower at peak power.
Horsepower itself should not be a buyer’s primary concern. That said, chainsaws generally range in horsepower from under 1 HP in smaller electric models up to 4 HP at peak power in bigger gas-powered models.
In general, electric chainsaws are easier to maintain because they do not require gasoline and oil mixing.
Most gas-powered chainsaws use a two-stroke engine, which means that they require a precise mixture of oil and gas. Improperly mixing the two can lead to malfunction and engine damage.
Bar oil is used to lubricate the chain itself, and Remington chainsaw users are advised to check their owner manuals in reference to bar oiling suggestions.
Lastly, the chain itself will need to be sharpened with regularity. Each of the individual teeth will require regular sharpening or honing to provide a consistent, uniform cut.
Remington offers a number of sharpening tool kits to help buyers maintain their chainsaws and get the most out of the tools.