Hitachi CS33EB16 Gas Chainsaw Review


In Brief: Hitachi CS33EB16 Chainsaw Review

The CS33EB16 by Hitachi is a unique gas chainsaw in many ways. It sports a 1.6-HP motor that drives a 16-inch cutting chain through thin limbs and logs without trouble. The CS33EB16 isn’t the most powerful gas-powered chainsaw available, but for light-duty jobs and occasional users, it fulfills all requirements.

Hitachi’s power tools division, HiKOKI, specializes in producing some of the most popular power tools for homeowners worldwide.

Today, we’re looking at the Hitachi CS33EB16—a gas-powered, 16-inch 32-cc chainsaw designed to help homeowners with light-duty sawing.

This tool is renowned for its incredible power output and compact size, but is it the right chainsaw for you? Read our review down below to find out.

Key Specifications of Hitachi CS33EB16

Hitachi CS33EB16 16-Inch 32.2cc 2-Stroke Gas-Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw (C.A.R.B Compliant)

Sporting a 1.6-HP 32-cc engine, the CS33EB16 can deliver quite a punch. It easily saws through limbs, hedges, and thin trees by spinning the 16-inch cutting chain at a rate of 78.08 feet per second.

If speed is a top priority, the CS33EB16 has it in spades.

There are plenty of convenience-adding features built into the CS33EB16.

It features an auto-lubricating system for the cutting chain and bar, an easy-start engine that requires fewer pulls of the recoil cord, and it weighs a mere 11 pounds for less strain when working at shoulder height.

This review and demonstration video of the CSS3EB16 by Tools & Stuff will show you everything you need to know about this gas chainsaw:


Also, you can consult the following table to learn about the CSS3EB16’s key specs:

Powered Source
Power (cc)
Runtime (minutes)
Bar Length (inches)
3,100 to 12,500
Weight (lbs.)
Noise (dB)
92 to 113
Warranty (years)
User ManualCheck Manual
1.6 HP
Oil Tank Capacity (pints)
Chain Speed (feet/second)
Up to 78.08

Unique Features

Let’s take a look at what unique features come with the CSS3EB16.

5-Point Anti-Vibration System

This system reduces vibrations by a significant amount to maximize comfort. While operating the CSS3EB16, the front and back handles will vibrate up to 30 and 22 feet per second, respectively.

Anything below 32 feet per second is generally regarded as low to moderate vibration levels.

Still, this system does not guarantee vibration-less operation. Make sure to limit using the CSS3EB16 to around 30 minutes per hour to protect your hands and arms from excessive tremors.

16-inch Oregon Low-Kickback Chain and Bar

The 16-inch low-kickback chain and bar are not unique by any standards, but it’s worth pointing out.

The cutting chain and saw are specifically designed to reduce the risk of kickback—forceful propulsion of the chainsaw that causes it to fly upward toward the user.


Performance, Design, and Safety

Here, you can read our in-depth descriptions of the CSS3EB16’s performance, design, and safety.


Based on customer reports, the CSS3EB16 can be used for both occasional sawing and commercial purposes. Hitachi offers different warranties based on how operators handle the chainsaw.

Performance-wise, this chainsaw does everything you’d expect from it.

The 16-inch cutting chain moves at a rate of up to 12,500 RPM by saws as much as 78.08 feet per second. The CS33EB16 can struggle when sawing through thick logs, but considering its tiny motor, this isn’t too surprising.


A huge benefit of the lightweight CSS3EB16 is that operators shouldn’t have trouble lifting and moving the chainsaw at shoulder height.

This makes pruning, limbing, and general sawing easy on the user, while the auto-oiling system keeps the chain adequately lubricated to protect the chain from snapping.


The most unusual safety feature in the CSS3EB16 is the chain catcher. On the underside of the tool is a tiny device that catches the low-kickback chain if it snaps.

This will prevent the chain’s sharp teeth from wreaking havoc on the tool’s exterior as well as your hand.

More common safety features include bucking spikes that let the CSS3EB16 safely cut at its maximum depth, a chain brake that stops the chain from spinning in emergencies (kickback), and a lockout switch to prevent accidental startups.


Ease of Maintenance, Repairs & Warranty

Here, we’ll quickly describe how easy it is to maintain the CSS3EB16 and Hitachi’s warranty policies.

Ease of Maintenance and Repairs

Regular steps in your pre-sawing ritual should include cleaning the air filter, spark plug, and plastic casing. Removing debris from these parts will help in maintaining optimal cutting performance.

The cutting saw needs regular oiling, which the auto-oiling system will take care of provided that you fill the reservoir with bar oil. The cutting chain itself should be tight around the guide bar.

This is done by removing two nuts that keep the bar in place and turning the tensioning dial on the tool’s side.


There CS33EB16 is backed by an astounding seven-year warranty (drops to two years if the tool is used for commercial purposes).

The warranty’s policies are pretty basic; they cover the costs of replacing and fixing broken parts due to manufacturing errors. Modified or damaged parts are not covered.

You can call Hitachi’s customer support at 1-800-288-2600 if you have any questions regarding the warranty.

Price of Hitachi CS33EB1

Many customers consider the CS33EB16’s price tag to be within reason. For a gas-powered chainsaw built to handle minor and medium-scale cutting jobs, we wholeheartedly agree.

However, if you’re looking for more power at a lower price, you should check our review of the XtremePowerUS’ 22-inch gas chainsaw model.


Who Should Buy Hitachi CS33EB16?

The CS33EB16 is an excellent gas chainsaw for light-duty cutting jobs. The 11-pound build of the CS33EB16 makes lifting and carrying the tool at shoulder height a piece of cake.

If you need a portable, lightweight chainsaw for limbing and trimming, this Hitachi chainsaw is one of the best.

On the other hand, if you’re a professional lumberjack whose livelihood depends on felling and dimensioning large trees, you might have to look elsewhere.

Though its cutting speed is astronomical, there’s not enough torque for sawing through think logs regularly. Plus, the 16-inch bar and chain don’t provide the cutting depth needed for large-scale felling jobs.

Why We Like It

The CS33EB16 is exceptional at light-duty limbing, trimming, and dimensioning logs for firewood. However, projects that involve sawing through 15-plus inches of wood will prove too difficult for this tool.

For its price, there are plenty of better options out there.


About Sharon Martin

Sharon is a woman of many talents. She loves to work on power tools and provides handyman services. Sharon has expertise with both woodwork and metalwork, so she's always prepared for any job! When not working, Sharon can be found listening to country music or spending time with her cats.