2020 Buyer's Guide

Wen 40417 Electric Chainsaw Review

by Ollie Robinson

2020 Buyer's Guide

Wen 40417 Electric Chainsaw Review

by Ollie Robinson

by Ollie Robinson

WEN is a brand that a lot of people haven’t heard of yet, but it’s been around on the market for a while. There are still a lot of questions about this brand out there, but they’ve proven themselves a strong competitor for many other better-known brands on the market – and if you’re looking for a great power tool at an affordable price point, the WEN range of tools is exactly what you need.

The WEN 40417 is their equivalent to a battery-operated chainsaw, and it stacks up well when put to use whether you’re a contractor felling trees or just someone who needs to trim a few branches in the yard.

Here’s more about the WEN 40417 40V battery-operated brushless chainsaw and how it really compares when put to professional use.

The WEN 40417 battery-powered chainsaw offers a powerful alternative to the traditional gas-powered chainsaw model that can cause a lot of carbon emissions and harmful fumes during use – and it’s best for jobs that need battery power while still having a lot of power, whether you’re cutting through softer woods like pine or harder, thicker logs like mahogany.

WEN 40417 40V Max Lithium Ion 16-Inch Brushless Chainsaw with 4Ah Battery and Charger
  • Ditch the gasoline, extension cords and maintenance required with alternative chainsaws
  • Brushless motor maximizes both the torque and the lifespan of the unit
  • 16-inch Oregon chain runs at speeds of up to 49 feet per second

Product Features

Here’s more about the essential product features that define how well the WEN 40417 works when you put it to the test.

  • Engine size

The 40417 offers you 40V of power, which is just the right amount of power that most people will ever need when they’re just completing a few jobs around the house – although don’t expect more from this model than you would from a gas-powered engine that measures anything above 50cc; it just won’t.

  • Bar length

The bar length for the WEN 40417 measures at 16”, which is more than enough when cutting most types of logs and trees you’ll ever need to – though it might be necessary to approach some larger jobs with several cutting angles to get the job done.

  • Kickback and Chain

The kickback from the WEN 40417 has been designed to be as minimal as possible, and it also comes to an immediate stop when disengaging the start button; for anyone who is new to using a chainsaw, this is perfect if you don’t want to be surprised by the sudden power of your chainsaw when using it for the first time.

  • Safety features

Some of the safety features of the WEN battery-powered chainsaw includes the instant-stop feature and minimum amount of kickback for when the chainsaw is in use, and the chain guard does a great job protecting it when you’re putting the chainsaw into storage for a while – both protecting the blade and protecting any hands from accidentally touching it.

  • Warranty

All WEN battery-operated power tools are covered under a limited 2 year warranty by the manufacturer. This covers any manufacturing faults or some of the most common issues that you’ll experience for at least two years, but remember that it won’t cover any user faults that the manual told you not to do: Always read the manual to know how you should be using this specific model, especially when you aren’t sure.

Section Four: Product Performance

Power, design and safety make for three of the single most important features when you’re buying any power tools – even when you’re buying them for your business. Here’s how the WEN 40417 really performs.

  • Power

While 40V doesn’t sound like a lot of power, it can be more than enough to finish the job when you just need to do a few things around the house, or need a backup chainsaw to finish a job when you’re already halfway in. Don’t expect anything too heavy-duty from 40V, and don’t be surprised when you need to switch to a fully-charged backup battery before you’re done with the job.

  • Design

If there’s one thing the WEN 40417 really shines at, it’s design – and it’s been made to be a very comfortable fit in your hands so that none of the vibration transfers through to your hands when you’re in the middle of a job. This makes it a great recommendation for anyone who hasn’t been working with a chainsaw for years and would like a model with no frills or surprises.

  • Safety

Safety features are the single most important thing when buying a tool that has the potential to take your hands off; this is the one factor that WEN never cuts corners with, and the WEN will stop cutting the moment the fingers are off the on button – so the danger of cutting yourself by accident (or if you were to outright drop the saw) are much, much less.

When not in use, it’s always recommended to put on the chain guard to prevent the possibility of injury.

WEN 40417 40V Max Lithium Ion 16-Inch Brushless Chainsaw with 4Ah Battery and Charger
  • Ditch the gasoline, extension cords and maintenance required with alternative chainsaws
  • Brushless motor maximizes both the torque and the lifespan of the unit
  • 16-inch Oregon chain runs at speeds of up to 49 feet per second

Pros and Cons

Yes or no? Here are the essential pros and cons of the 40V battery-powered 40417 chainsaw model from WEN for when you’re trying to decide if it’s the right model for you or your business.

  • Pro: It operates faster than you might expect for a 40V battery-operated model.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this chainsaw is powered by a 40V battery instead of the usual 60V (or more) that you’ll likely have seen with other electric chainsaw models. It cuts much faster than you would expect at a rate of as much as 49 feet per second.

  • Pro: The 40V battery is compatible with all WEN brand tools that match up with the voltage.

The 40417 comes with a 40V battery, and one of the main selling points for WEN brand tools is the fact that the batteries are interchangeable with any other WEN model tools – as long as the voltage measures the same. (Note: Don’t switch these out for power tools that have any other brand – or a higher or lower voltage than what your power tool states!)

  • Pro: The tool-free chain tensioning system is a big bonus.

If you want to make adjustments to most chainsaws, you’ll have to make use of tools to do it – and if you’re right in the middle of a job, this can waste a lot of time. The WEN chainsaw offers you tool-free chain tensioning so that you don’t have to worry about stopping for anything.

  • Con: It’s one of the heavier chainsaw models on the market.

This model measures in at around 12 pounds, which makes it one of the heavier chainsaw models that you’ll find on  the market. Usually this isn’t an issue, but if you aren’t used to the weight of a chainsaw to begin with it can feel a little on the  heavier side – and there are models on the market that weigh a few pounds less.

  • Con: You’ll have to buy a separate battery if you want to have a secondary model.

While the first battery you’ll need for the chainsaw is included with the order, if you want to get a secondary battery so that you can change them out to a fully charged one in the middle of a job, you’ll just have to buy one since there’s no option to include another battery with your order.

  • Con: There are some extras it would have been great to have that you need to buy extra.

With the order of the chainsaw, included is the charger, battery and the first chain you’ll need – but it would have been great to get a few extras included so that it wasn’t necessary to buy them later on. One of the things it would have been great to see as an included item is the chain oil needed to start using the product; if you don’t have this in the workshop already, it takes another trip to town (or some foresight) to get it.

Additional Chains

There are a few different types of chains that you can buy for use with the WEN 40417 battery powered chainsaw. Here’s what’s available if there’s ever a need to switch or replace the chain.

  • Standard Replacement Oregon Chain

The standard replacement Oregon chain is the same one that comes with the initial WEN chainsaw order, and it’s the first option you should choose as a primary replacement chain if you don’t have any special needs.

  • Heavy-Duty Oregon Chain

The heavy-duty Oregon chain is best suited to cutting through harder woods, and because of this it’s a chain that most people will simply never need.

  • Replacement 18” Bar & Chain

The replacement 18” bar and chain can also be installed on the WEN 16” chainsaw with just a few small adjustments; if not sure how to do this, the information you’re after is available in the user manual.

Final Thoughts

The WEN 40417 is a well-made and quality tool that you should invest in if you’re looking for a secondary model to your first chainsaw – but it can also make a great primary use model for professional contractors, as long as you also buy a backup battery to go along with it.

It can be one of the heavier, noisier chainsaws on the market – but for contractors that don’t consider either of these factors much of an issue, it’s perfect.

It works just as great for larger, more intensive jobs as for smaller ones, even though larger cutting jobs might take some more time with a 40V battery than with a gas-powered saw.

WEN 40417 40V Max Lithium Ion 16-Inch Brushless Chainsaw with 4Ah Battery and Charger
  • Ditch the gasoline, extension cords and maintenance required with alternative chainsaws
  • Brushless motor maximizes both the torque and the lifespan of the unit
  • 16-inch Oregon chain runs at speeds of up to 49 feet per second

Frequently asked questions

Here are the most common questions about the WEN 40417 battery-operated chainsaw.

  • Is there any assembly required when buying the WEN model chainsaw?

The WEN model chainsaw doesn’t require any assembly when it arrives except for installing and tightening the chain.

  • How long does the battery last and how long does it take to get to a full charge?

When fully charged, the 40V WEN battery lasts for more than 45 minutes over 100 cuts, and charges to full capacity in two hours.

  • What are the safety features for the WEN 40417 60V chainsaw model?

Safety features are one of the most important factors when you’re using your chainsaw, and WEN has never compromised on this; for the battery-powered chainsaw, you can expect an instant off button so that you never injure yourself by accident or if you were to drop the chainsaw during operation. For when not in use, there’s a chain guard – and it even has a screen to ensure that debris doesn’t blow back to the user when the chainsaw is cutting through wood.

  • Can I use another battery to power my WEN battery-powered chainsaw / other power tools?

One of the greatest selling points of WEN power tools is the fact that you can use the same battery from your 40V chainsaw in any other 40V WEN-branded tools and the other way around. As long as the voltage and brand are the same, you’re fine.

  • How can I see how much use I have left?

If you want to know just how long you have to go until changing the battery or plugging in the chainsaw for another charge, then all you need to do is press the button located on the battery and a series of green lights will tell you how much battery power is left.

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