Makita UC4030A Electric Chainsaw Review

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In Brief: Makita UC4030A Chainsaw Review

One of the most impressive cordless chainsaws to date is the Makita UC4030A. This 16-inch chainsaw can saw through anything, from thick tree branches to thicker trunks. Weighing only 11 pounds, homeowners and pros alike will love using this tool for every occasion.

Over a century ago, Makita branded itself as a leader in innovation in both electric motors and repairs. Today, it distributes products to more than 40 countries, satisfying millions of customers worldwide.

In this review, we’re looking at the Makita UC4030A, an electric chainsaw with a 14.5-amp motor driven by a 36V battery.

Whether you’re an infrequent hedge-trimmer or a hardcore tree-feller, the UC4030A is the perfect tool for you.

Key Specifications of Makita UC4030A

The Makita UC4030 14.5-amp motor drives the 16-inch cutting chain at a speed of up to 48.33 feet per second. High-speed cutting mixed with torque translates into shockingly impressive cutting performance.

As a cordless model, the UC4030 experience very few maintenance problems, if at all.

User feedback shows that a single charge of the 36V Li-Ion battery pack can supply up to 30 minutes of continuous sawing before needing to recharge. It takes about an hour for the battery to go from 0 to 100.

8digitPDX’s video on the UC4030A will show you everything you need to know about this hassle-free chainsaw:

 

Below, you’ll find a table containing all of the UC4030A’s key specifications:

ParametersDetails
Powered Source
Battery
Power (amp)
14.5 A
Runtime (minutes)
N/A
Bar Length (inches)
16"
RPM
N/A
Weight (lbs.)
11
Noise (dB)
N/A
Warranty (months)
12
User ManualCheck Manual
Horsepower
N/A
Oil Tank Capacity (pints)
0.29
Chain Speed (feet/second)
48.33

Unique Features

Here, we’ll talk about several noteworthy unique features found in the Makita UC4030A.

One-Touch Tensioning System

Many manufacturers make maintenance easier by implementing a tool-free tensioning system in their chainsaws, but Makita takes it a step further.

The UC4030A’s bar-locking nut is accessible by flipping the cover open while pushing in.

Turning the dial will spin the tensioning bolt to tighten the chain snugly around the guide bar’s edge. Snap the flip cover closed and you’re all set!

Shareable Battery and Charger

The 36V that powers the cutting chain can be swapped for similarly sized batteries from other Makita products.

If you plan on building up an arsenal of cordless power tools, Makita offers the perfect reason to choose this brand.

Auto-Shutoff

Like most electric chainsaws, the UC4030A has an auto-kill switch programmed into the motor. When it reaches a specific temperature, it will automatically turn off to prevent overload, which could damage the motor beyond repair.

 

Performance, Design, and Safety

Let’s take a moment to check on the UC4030A’s performance, design, and safety.

Performance

In terms of how the UC4030A performs, we’re left wondering why this cordless chainsaw isn’t more popular.

Cutting at a rate of 48.33 feet per second, this tool not only does quick work out of basic limbing and trimming, but it also delivers enough torque to fell large trees.

The 16-inch bar can cut 15-inch trees in a single sweep, but with the right technique, the UC4030A can quickly saw through 20-inch trunks.

Design

The UC4030A’s 11-pound build is quite impressive for a cordless chainsaw. Battery chainsaws typically weigh more than corded-electric since they need to carry their power source with them.

Makita designed the UC4030A in such a way to keep its weight down while also providing a durable cover to withstand bumps and flying debris.

Buyers were most impressed with the consistent flow of bar oil from the auto-oiling system. Very little seepage occurs, and it applies the lubricant exactly where it’s needed.

This allows operators to use the tool nonstop or until the auto-shutoff feature activated.

Safety

Other than the auto-shutoff feature, the UC4030A comes with an electric chain brake to prevent injury in the event of kickback. Swinging the brake lever forward will stop the chain in its tracks and keep it from wreaking havoc.

There’s also a soft-start feature, also known as a variable speed trigger. By applying slight pressure when pulling the trigger, the UC4030A’s motor will not ramp up to its max speed.

This will help new users get comfortable with operating this chainsaw in the beginning.

 

Ease of Maintenance, Repairs & Warranty

Now, let’s see how easy it is to maintain the UC4030A. We’ll also describe what sort of Makita offers on this electric chainsaw.

Ease of Maintenance and Repairs

Cordless chainsaws are pretty low-maintenance. Their electric motors don’t require engine oil or fuel to operate, thereby eliminating much of the headache associated with chainsaw use.

As long as you have a charged battery on hand, there’s practically nothing else to worry about.

Of course, you’ll need to fill the 0.29-pint bar oil reservoir frequently to continue sawing. Plus, the chain should wrap around the guide bar’s edge with little to no slack.

Performing these minor but crucial maintenance tasks could not be easier.

Warranty

Makita offers a one-year limited warranty on all UC4030As. The warranty covers the costs of repairs and replacement parts if any parts are deemed defective as a result of manufacturing mishaps.

If you need to get in touch with a customer service rep, feel free to contact the company by calling 1-800-462-5482 or by checking out the warranty section on its website www.makitatools.com/company/contactus.

Price of Makita UC4030A

The UC4030A’s is on the costlier side of the price spectrum by not by a lot. There are plenty of cheaper models out there, as there are pricier models sporting beefier motors and longer bars.

However, for its slightly above-average cost, you’ll get more than your money’s worth out of the UC4030A.

 

Who Should Buy Makita UC4030A?

Based on user feedback, the UC4030A is usable for nearly any sawing job.

Whether you need a tool for occasional yard work or a heavy-duty chainsaw for felling dozens of trees during the weekend, the UC4030A can be your go-to cordless chainsaw.

The 16-inch bar can be a bit limiting in terms of cutting depth. However, if you’ve ever felled trees before, you’ll know how to make to tackle 20-plus-inch trees with a small bar.

To any pro lumberjacks out there, the UC4030A will leave you more than satisfied.

Why We Like It

Overall, the Makita UC4030A is an excellent cordless chainsaw that exceeds all of our expectations. The only way this tool could be better if it came with a brushless motor, but as is, you really couldn’t ask for more.

 

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.