Earthwise CS30116 Corded Chainsaw Review


In Brief: Earthwise CS30116 Chainsaw Review

If you’re looking for a great corded-electric chainsaw, then your search ends here. The Earthwise CS30116 is packing a hefty 12-amp motor and 16-inch bar and chain that simplify basic cutting jobs like shaping hedges and felling thin trees. For an electric chainsaw, the CS30116 is packing serious heat!

Though not as popular as other brands, Earthwise chainsaws are the perfect low-cost option for homeowners and hobbyists alike.

Today, we’re looking at the CS30116 electric chainsaw.

This planet-friendly chainsaw doesn’t just keep emissions down, but its 12-amp motor ensures the 16-inch bar will send thick trees crashing to the ground in a single sweep.

Join us as we take a closer look at what the CS3016 has to offer.

Key Specifications of Earthwise CS30116

Earthwise CS33016 16-Inch 12-Amp Corded Electric Chainsaw, Green

The CS30116’s 12-amp motor draws power from a wall outlet or portable generator to spin the 16-inch cutting chain at high speeds.

Despite being an electric model, the CS30116 can tackle some of the toughest cutting jobs with ease.

From trimming shrubs to felling thick trees, the CS30116 can be your go-to tool that’s safer for the environment.

This Earthwise electric chainsaw sports a 16-inch Oregon-made bar blade and cutting chain.

It has a maximum cutting width of just under 15 inches. The low-kickback design of the chain plus the bucking spikes ensure maximum safety when pushing the bar deep into your workpiece.

Below, you’ll find all of the key specifications of the CS30116 in table format.

Powered Source
Power (amp)
12 A
Runtime (minutes)
Bar Length (inches)
Weight (lbs.)
Noise (dB)
Warranty (months)
Oil Tank Capacity (pints)
Chain Speed (feet/second)

Unique Features

Let’s see what unique features are installed in the Earthwise CS30116.

Offset Front Handguard

Typical chainsaws have front handguards place parallel to the cutting chain.

This offers comfort and improves aim, but if you’re not careful, you can expose your hand to the high-speed chain before it has time to stop spinning.

Earthwise solved this problem by implementing an offset front handguard. Your hand is always out of harm’s way while directing the bar blade toward branches and logs.

However, it does expose the tool and your face to more sawdust from the saw. Make sure you’re wearing the proper PPE when operating this tool.

Low-Kickback Cutting Chain

To reduce the risk of kickback—a forceful upward recoil of the chainsaw that can potentially result in injury—the CS30116 comes with a kickback guard.

It screws onto the front end of the bar blade, known as the kickback zone, and exposes parts of the chain that are safe to use for performing cuts.


Performance, Design, and Safety (200-300 words)

Now onto more pressing matters: the CS30116’s performance, design, and safety features.


Electric chainsaws are generally considered to be a class below gas-powered models in terms of power and performance, but the CS30116 is different.

Its 12-amp electric motor produces plenty of speed and torque to cut through logs of up to about 15 inches in thickness, making this an excellent tool for professional lumberjacks.


The CS30116’s design is pretty much in line with most of the models you’ll find.

The most significant difference is that the motor juts out farther than it does in other models, which would seem to cause balance problems.

However, from the numerous reviews left by customers, never once has this issue been raised.


The CS30116 comes with a standard set of safety features.

These include bucking spikes that allow the blade to safely cut at its maximum depth, a low-kickback chain and bar, safety switch lock to keep the motor from automatically starting, and the front handguard we talked about earlier.


Ease of Maintenance, Repairs & Warranty

Here, we’ll quickly go over common maintenance problems and warranty coverage of the CS30116.

Ease of Maintenance and Repairs

Before using your CS30116, check the tightness of the cutting chain around the bar blade.

To do this, simply loosen the screw holding the bar in place, turn the tensioning dial found on the side of the CS30116, and re-tighten the bar screw.

Next is ensuring there’s oil inside of the bar oil reservoir. It has a see-through window that lets you see how much is left and how much to pour inside.

Using the CS30116 for 60 seconds will consume around 0.2 fl. oz. of the lubricant, so be sure that there’s plenty in there.


The warranty is pretty standard stuff. American Lawn Mower Co. will cover the costs of repairing and replacing defective components.

The tool must be complete unmodified and only use compatible parts for the warranty to remain valid for the entire two-year period.

If you have any questions, feel free to speak with an ALM Co. customer service rep by calling 1-800-635-1501. You can also receive help by visiting the corporate website at

Price of Earthwise CS30116

An overwhelming majority of buyers commend the CS30116 for its affordable price tag and ability to cut through small and medium logs (up to six inches).

For a corded-electric chainsaw, its price tag is pretty hard to beat, but this isn’t taking into consideration the cost of the extension cord or portable generator for venturing into the depths of forests.


Who Should Buy Earthwise CS30116?

Electric chainsaws, both corded and cordless, are best suited for small and medium-scale sawing projects.

Although this tool can be used to fell trees, its 16-inch bar is quite limiting in terms of how large of a tree you can drop.

With all of this in mind, the CS30116 is mainly targeted at infrequent users and DIY-ers who need a reliable chainsaw on a budget.

Pros certainly could benefit from the CS30116—it’s a high-quality chainsaw, after all—but gas-powered models are the far better option for heavy-duty sawing jobs.

Why We Like It

There’s plenty to love about the Earthwise CS30116. For starters, it’s safer on the environment than gas models.

Second, its powerful 12-amp motor drives the 16-inch cutting chain to saw through branches and tree trunks with relative ease.

Finally, it’s nearly maintenance-free, allowing you to spend more time cutting and less time tinkering with its components.


About Michael Adams

Michael is a handyman extraordinaire. He has been providing services for the last 14 years and takes pride in his workmanship. Michael also contributes as a writer, sharing his experience and knowledge on design projects to help people get started with their own designs.