Remington RM1645 Versa Corded Chainsaw Review

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In Brief: Remington RM1645 Versa Chainsaw Review

The Remington RM1654 isn’t an extraordinary electric chainsaw, but it handles light-duty tasks like a champ. Despite only coming with a 16-inch bar and chain, the RM1654’s 20-pound build is heavier than most. Though a residential-grade chainsaw, the RM1654 can fell a tree here or there without struggle.

Remington has been in the power tools manufacturing game for nearly a century, unsurprisingly due to the high-quality products rolling off the assembly line.

Today, we’re looking at the electric 16-inch RM1654 Versa chainsaw, a work of beauty and power packed into a durable casing.

In this review, you’ll learn whether the occasional-use RM1654 is the right chainsaw for you.

Key Specifications of Remington RM1645

Remington RM1645 Versa Saw 12 Amp 16-Inch Electric Chainsaw with Automatic Chain with Auto Oiler-Soft-Touch Grip and Hand Guard, 32.80 x 9.80 x 8.80, Orange

The RM1654 is a stereotypical corded-electric chainsaw. It’s meant for cutting limbs and hedges, as well as the occasional tree trunk or two, but that’s about it.

Its 12-amp motor and 16-inch bar and cutting saw have limited cutting capacity and, therefore, may not stand up to the task of felling dozens of trees per day.

This electric chainsaw is built to help homeowners breeze by some of the most time-consuming yard chores.

If you need to saw through hundreds of square feet of hedges, the RM1654’s infinite runtime will work to your advantage.

Here’s a video demonstration by davidgpo showing what the RM1653 looks like in action:

 

In the table below, you’ll find all of the RM1654’2 key specifications:

ParametersDetails
Powered Source
Corded-Electric
Power (amps)
12
Runtime (minutes)
Infinite
Bar Length (inches)
16
RPM
N/A
Weight (lbs.)
20
Noise (dB)
N/A
Warranty (months)
24
User ManualCheck Manual
Horsepower
N/A
Oil Tank Capacity (pints)
0.55
Chain Speed (feet/second)
N/A

Unique Features

All chainsaws are unique in a way, and in this section, we’ll see what unique features the RM1654 has in store for us.

Full Wrap-Around Front Handguard

Though not unique in the traditional sense, the full wrap-around handguard deserves highlighting.

The handguard almost completely conceals your frontmost hand while operating the tool, protecting it from flying debris from every angle.

We wish this feature was available in every chainsaw since flung twigs and foliage are both a nuisance and safety hazard.

Cord Retention Hook

Many experienced operators keep the extension cord plugged in by twisting it in a loop before connecting to the chainsaw.

The RM1654 eliminates the need to do so by coming with a cord retention hook.

The hook is located on the handle near the throttle trigger where your cord conveniently loops around, keeping it plugged in and intact where you take the RM1654.

 

Performance, Design, and Safety

Knowing the specs of a chainsaw is good and all, but how does it perform in real life? In this section, we’ll describe how practical the RM1654 is in terms of performance, design, and safety.

Performance

Electric chainsaws are generally weaker compared to their gas-powered counterparts, and even though this holds true for the RM1654, by no means is it an ineffective tool.

For simple jobs like limb-chopping and hedge-trimming, the RM1654’s 12-amp motor will provide enough cutting speed and torque to get the job done quickly. Felling trees with the RM1654 is also entirely possible.

However, without overload protection, users will need to take it slow and allow the tool plenty of rest between trees.

Design

The RM1654’s outer casing is made of a durable plastic composite that protects its inner electrical works from the hazards of airborne twigs and sawdust.

It uses a standard air filter to protect the motor from sawdust. The filter needs frequent cleaning, but that’s typical in any chainsaw.

What surprised us most is the RM1654’s weight when fully assembled.

At about 20 pounds, lifting this tool for extended periods can be a challenge. Downward cutting, on the other hand, could not be easier thanks to its weighty design.

Safety

The RM1654 comes with a standard set of safety features. It comes with an Oregon-made low-risk bar and chain to reduce the chance of kickback.

There’s also a chain catcher that traps the chain in the event of it snapping while in use. Finally, the RM1654 has a safety lock button to keep it from accidentally starting up while moving.

 

Ease of Maintenance, Repairs & Warranty

Electric chainsaws are incredibly low-maintenance. Here, you’ll learn how to care for your RM1654 and also what coverage you get with Remington’s two-year warranty.

Ease of Maintenance and Repairs

Electric motors very rarely experience failure compared to gas chainsaw’s combustion engines. Looking at customer feedback, caring for the RM1654’s motor isn’t necessary, provided you use it for its intended purposes.

What you do need to watch is the RM1654’s chain to remove any slack. Before starting the tool, give it a quick look-over to determine whether the chain needs to be tensioned.

To tighten the chain, loosen the bar nuts with a ½-inch wrench and turn the tensioning dial until the chain sits flush against the bar’s underside. Re-tighten the bar nuts, and the RM1654is ready for action.

Warranty

Remington’s warranty covers the cost of fixing and replacing defective components due to manufacturing errors. Damaged caused by mishandling the RM1654 or installing nonbrand parts will void the warranty.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Remington by visiting the website www.remingtonpowertools.com or by calling 1-866-206-2707.

Price of Remington RM1645

The cost of Remington tools is usually a sliver above the industry average, and the RM1654 is no different.

For an occasional-use chainsaw, the RM1654 is a bit pricey for our liking, and customers expected to get more out of this chainsaw.

There are several less expensive models on the market (WEN 4017) that offer roughly the same convenience and performance.

 

Who Should Buy Remington RM1645?

The RM1654 is mainly designed for light-duty sawing tasks like trimming and limbing.

In a pinch, you certainly could use the RM1654 to 20-inch thick trees. Homeowners and infrequent users will find this tool the fit their every need.

If you need a chainsaw for commercial purposes, steer clear of this tool. The RM1654 will prove too unreliable more than a handful of trees per day. Plus, too much strain can lead to costly damage to the RM1654’s electric motor.

Why We Like It

The Remington RM1654 is a decent occasional-use chainsaw that provides enough power to slice through branches and hedges without trouble.

It’s heavier than most corded-electric models but just as low-maintenance. Stick to light-duty tasks to avoid damaging the RM1654’s motor.

 

About Donald Parker

Donald has more than 15 years of experience working with power tools. But his main area of expertise is working saws, especially chainsaws. He's always had an affinity for the cutting edges and all that they can do.

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