2020 Buyer's Guide

Dewalt DCCS670X1 Electric Chainsaw Review

by Ollie Robinson

2020 Buyer's Guide

Dewalt DCCS670X1 Electric Chainsaw Review

by Ollie Robinson

by Ollie Robinson

Dewalt is a brand that many professional and home contractors are already familiar with, and they’re known for making power tools that are great for both occasional home use or daily, heavier use by someone who uses power tools for a living.

If you’re looking for a high-quality tool that does what you need it to and then a little more, Dewalt tools are often one of the first options people will recommend. That’s because they’re one of the best.

The DCCS670X1 is their answer to a battery-operated electric chainsaw. Here’s more about the features that make the DCCS670X1 worth considering if you’re in the market for a new chainsaw model.

The DCCS670X1 is the Dewalt version of a battery-operated electric chainsaw, using a battery that gives you 60V of power – or you can opt for the more powerful model if that happens to be what you need in a chainsaw. It does its job perfectly well when cutting through harder types of wood, and it slices through softer woods like pine like a hot knife through butter. Even as an electric saw, it’s pretty powerful and one of the best models you can find.

DEWALT FLEXVOLT 60V MAX Chainsaw Kit, 3-Ah Battery, 16-Inch (DCCS670X1)
  • Low Kick Back 16" Oregon Bar and Chain for construction and outdoor cutting applications
  • Tool Free chain tensioning and bar tightening knob for proper bar clamping force
  • Auto Oiling for continuous lubrication. Quarter turn oil cap for quick oil re fills

Product Features

Here’s more essential information about the different product features of the Dewalt DCCS670X1 chainsaw for people who are thinking about buying one.

  • Engine size:

The DCCS670X1 is an electric chainsaw that puts out about the same amount of power as a 45cc gas-powered engine – although this one is battery-powered by a 60V battery. You can also opt for a larger or smaller model depending on your needs.

  • Bar length:

This chainsaw’s bar length clocks in at about 16”, which makes it perfect for even larger jobs – or you can switch out the chain for an 18” instead if you have more that needs doing.

  • Kickback and Chain:

The kickback with the standard 60V DCCS670X1 is more than you would expect, although not nearly as much as a gas-powered chainsaw. Still, novice users are advised caution so that they aren’t surprised by the amount of kickback this chainsaw can offer.

  • Safety features

Safety is one of the most important things when we’re talking about a chainsaw; any models under the Dewalt brand have always focused on safety features first, and there are plenty safety features on this model – including a chain guard to keep your chainsaw away from prying hands that could get injured by accident; the chainsaw also has an immediate stop feature so that it stops the moment you let go.

  • Warranty

This chainsaw, like most Dewalt products, are covered under a 3 year limited warranty by the manufacturer that covers it against any of the most common problems, flaws or manufacturing faults you might experience while you own one. Just get in touch with the manufacturer if you ever need to make use of the warranty and they’re happy to help.

Product Performance

Product performance makes for one of the most important factors when you actually want to buy one; how does it really match up when put to the test in a work environment? Here’s how the Dewalt model performed with power, design and safety when really put to the test.

  • Power

The DCCS670X1 is one of the best battery-powered chainsaw models on the market that you’ll find, and it puts out far more power than you would expect in a model that’s still small. This makes it perfect even for larger tree felling jobs where you need to cut through thicker, larger logs to get the job done.

  • Design

Most of Dewalt’s power tools are designed with comfort in mind, and the same is true for their battery-operated chainsaw. It’s a comfortable fit in your hands, even if you’re not used to holding a chainsaw, and it doesn’t transfer as much of the vibration to your hands as any other comparative chainsaw models.

  • Safety

Safety is always important when you’re working with power tools, and the safety features of the Dewalt are a definite pro for this model. Among other things, it has an instant-stop feature so that there’s a considerably smaller risk of injury – and the chainsaw has been designed so that it’s never accidentally engaged; it also happens to come with a very useful chain guard, too.

DEWALT FLEXVOLT 60V MAX Chainsaw Kit, 3-Ah Battery, 16-Inch (DCCS670X1)
  • Low Kick Back 16" Oregon Bar and Chain for construction and outdoor cutting applications
  • Tool Free chain tensioning and bar tightening knob for proper bar clamping force
  • Auto Oiling for continuous lubrication. Quarter turn oil cap for quick oil re fills

Pros and Cons

Here’s the essential information about the Dewalt that’ll help anyone thinking about buying one decide if this could be the right model for them.

  • Pro: It’s a powerful chainsaw even when battery-powered.

People would usually think that battery-powered chainsaws compromise on power, or even that they can’t quite do the same job as a gas-powered model – but if any chainsaw is ever going to convince you of the opposite, it’s likely going to be the Dewalt. It’s a really powerful chainsaw even though it’s battery-powered, and it’s more than enough power for most jobs – even when needing to cut through thicker, harder logs.

  • Pro: You can install a longer bar and chain on this model if you need it.

While the standard  DCCS670X1 model has a 16” bar and chain, the manufacturer confirms that you can install an 18” chain on this model and it’ll work just fine.

  • Pro: It lasts long when fully charged.

This powerful little chainsaw doesn’t take much longer than two hours to get to fully-charged, and it lasts longer than you’d expect from there. Many users have reported that this chainsaw can last even longer than the usual 45 minutes that they would expect from a battery-operated saw.

  • Con: You’ll have to manually drain the oil reservoir when putting your chainsaw in storage – completely.

When you’re putting your chainsaw into storage for a few days, weeks or months at a time, it’s best that you drain the oil reservoir manually. Make sure that you do this completely, too, since it’s a common issue for this model to leak oil in storage if you don’t. A common fix for this problem is unscrewing the oil cap just slightly to release any pressure that might have built up over time.

  • Con: It’s one of the noisier chainsaws available on the market.

The DCCS670X1 is one of the louder chainsaw models you’ll ever find on the market, and this doesn’t really matter if you’re a professional contractor working in an environment where noise is a given; this feature does start to matter if you’re working on something at home and don’t want to wake up the entire neighborhood.  

  • Con: The chainsaw is heavier than you’d expect it to be.

Many battery-operated chainsaws are known for being light, this just isn’t one of them – and at just over 12 pounds, this is one of the heavier chainsaw models you’ll find ion the market; for some, this doesn’t matter, but the weight can be a huge drawback for anyone who considers themselves a chainsaw novice.

Additional Chains

It’s always a good idea to have an additional replacement chain or two in the workshop even if you only plan on using the chainsaw at home. Here are some of the additional chains you can install on the Dewalt DCCS670X1.

  • Standard Oregon Replacement Chain

The standard Oregon replacement chain is the same one that you’ll get when you order the chainsaw. This makes it a good first replacement chain if you want to have a backup around the workshop – and it works best for your standard cutting job.

  • Fine Oregon Replacement Chain

The fine Oregon replacement chain is what you’ll need if you are cutting for artistic reasons – or just need a slightly finer cut that won’t splinter or crack the wood.

  • Standard 18” Oregon Chain

If you’re in need of something a little more (or if this is all you have around the workshop right now) you can also fit the standard 18” Oregon chain to this as long as you make a few adjustments.

Final Thoughts

Dewalt is well-known for making quality, safe power tools. The DCCS670X1 is no exception to this rule, and it’s possibly one  of the best battery-powered chainsaw models that you’ll find if you’re a professional contractor – some of the drawbacks of this product will mostly affect you if you’re trying to use it in a quiet place, or if you’re a complete novice at the average chainsaw.

If you’re a professional contractor who will be making daily use of your chainsaw, it’s best to get this model and a backup battery so that you don’t have to wait for it to charge before you set out on your next job.

It’s still great if you’re a home user, although it’s recommended that you read the user manual first and get someone to help you if you really aren’t used to operating a chainsaw (or for that matter, a battery-operated saw).

DEWALT FLEXVOLT 60V MAX Chainsaw Kit, 3-Ah Battery, 16-Inch (DCCS670X1)
  • Low Kick Back 16" Oregon Bar and Chain for construction and outdoor cutting applications
  • Tool Free chain tensioning and bar tightening knob for proper bar clamping force
  • Auto Oiling for continuous lubrication. Quarter turn oil cap for quick oil re fills

Frequently asked questions

Want to know more? Here are some of the most common questions about the DCCS670X1 answered so that there’s no need to ask twice.

  • Why does my chainsaw leak oil and is this a common problem with the Dewalt DCCS670X1?

Leaking oil is one of the most common problems experienced with battery-operated saws, and if your chainsaw starts to leak oil when in storage the best thing you can do is to ensure that the reservoir is completely empty before it goes into storage – but if this happens while in use, you might have to contact the manufacturer to find out if there’s an issue with your model.

  • Can you switch out the battery for a 20V/40V?

No, you can’t switch out the battery on a 60V model for a higher or lower voltage – and you’ll almost certainly cause damage to your chainsaw if you do it. Stick to the voltage of what’s stated on the battery or you’ll risk permanent damage that won’t be covered under the warranty because you were already warned not to do it in the manual!

  • What does a brushless chainsaw mean and why does it matter?

Brushless chainsaws are known for using less power to operate, and it also happens to last a lot longer than your traditional brush chainsaw.

  • What comes with the chainsaw when ordered?

You don’t get a lot of extras when you order the DCCS670X1, but it’s true that most people will never need any of these added things. The most essential things are included with your order: That’s the chainsaw, the chain, the battery and the charger.

There are some things that you’ll have to buy if you need it, such as the oil – but this, it seems, is mostly a shipping concern, and it’s really not that hard just to add chain oil to your next shopping list.

  • How loud is the chainsaw during use? This isn’t the quietest chainsaw on the market even though it’s battery-powered, and this is something that just won’t really matter to everyone. For professional contractors who work in an environment already filled with noisy equipment, one extra chainsaw in the mix doesn’t really make a difference – but on a quiet block, you might need a chainsaw a little more silent than this.

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