The Sun Joe SWJ701E is an excellent chainsaw for light work at its price point, this was the main reason I purchased it. I wasn’t expecting much, however the Sun Joe SWJ701E definitely performs well, even when put up against more premium chainsaws.
I mainly used it for limbing a large amount of trees, and I couldn’t believe how easily this cheap chainsaw blasted through the limbs, while I would not recommend it for precise, hobby work – it’s a great choice for limbing and pruning. It can also be effortlessly used for slicing through wood for fires.
One important thing to note, is that this chainsaw is not a petrol powered chainsaw; instead it is powered by electric. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, you will need a constant power connection. However, the large 14-Amp motor provides an abundance of power for even the most strenuous of tasks. However, be warned – when using the chainsaw for an extended period, don’t apply too much pressure as this will cause the motor to heat up significantly – and possibly burn out. Overall, the 14 Amp’s this motor provides is more than enough to effortlessly saw through many trees, this chainsaw will easily pay for itself after an hours work.
The overall design of this tool is great, it features an attractive lime green chassis, along with the standard plain metal blade. The ergonomics of this tool are also of excellent quality, it simply is a pleasure to use, and the handle is in the perfect position to allow the user to use this tool for hours without needing a break. The filler caps are placed in a good place, allowing them not to get in the way, yet still be reasonably accessible. They are also a good, large shape – meaning you can unscrew the caps while wearing gloves.
It also features a full size 18-inch bar and chain, which is a truly amazing addition at this price point, this allows for cutting of even the largest pieces of wood.
The Sun Joe SWJ701E features a large hand guard to protect you from falling pieces of wood, this is a great safety addition – not much to say about this, but it is rather solid and feels durable.
Sun Joe SWJ701E Features and Specifications
- 14 Amp Motor
- 18-Inch Full Size Construction
- Ergonomic Design
- Product Size – 34.5 x 7.8 x 10.3 inches
- Product weight – 9.7 pounds
The build quality of this tool is pure excellence, at a very competitive price point – it feels more like a premium saw. The overall construction is extremely solid, and feels durable. Despite it being rather cheap, it performs extremely well, and the build quality is no exception. The filler cap along with the handle are extremely solid with no flexibility whatsoever, they are large enough to use while wearing gloves, which is a great positive when working in colder weather. The self-lubricating chain works extremely well, providing there is lubricant. The saw blade is also of extremely high quality, with no flex and is as capable as many petrol powered chainsaws. Let’s check what customers have said about this product.
This thing is amazing. Very powerful chopped off 77 Italian Cypress trees from 20 feet down to 9 feet with ease. Wouldn’t be surprised if it could cut down a forest. Defiantly worth the buy. I saved a but load of money compared to have a tree timer doing it.
So far this unit has tackled everything I have attempted. It feels quite safe (chain stops very quickly with the brake function) and plenty powerful even when using a 100 foot cord (properly rated).
If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful chainsaw for some light work around the house, I cannot recommend this tool enough. It will glide through trees effortlessly, even trees as large as eight inches.
Honestly, this chainsaw is as capable as many other, much higher priced, premium alternatives. While it may not be suitable for forestry, due to the power requirements, it is excellent for home and business use, and will easily conquer any tasks you throw at it. However, don’t expect too much – for the professional work you will be disappointed.