Oregon CS1500 Review: Self-sharpening, Low-maintenance Chainsaw

Oregon CS1500 Review

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What We Like

  • Built-in chain sharpening system
  • Automatic chain oiling
  • Easy chain tensioning
  • Handy safety enhancements
  • Low-noise operation

What We Don’t Like

  • No ideal for large-diameter wood
  • Oil utilization may be high

Bottom Line

Powerful, comfortable to operate, and easy to maintain are the highlights of Oregon CS1500, which also make it the ideal chainsaw for continuous light-duty cutting.


The top-of-the-range Oregon CS1500 chainsaw is designed to make life easier for homeowners with its self-sharpening system, instant start capability, and automatic oiling system, which make the tool ideal for cutting branches, limbing, and even felling low-diameter trees.

For operator safety, the chainsaw comes equipped with a chain brake, which you can engage easily. Also, the tool-less chain tensioning system helps boost convenient and hassle-free chainsaw operation.

Oregon CS1500 Review

Oregon CS1500

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Performance & Handling: Self-sharpening and Reliably Powerful

Oregon CS1500 positions itself as a unique chainsaw, which bears a feature you are unlikely to find on any other model in its class: a self-sharpening system. You heard right. This chainsaw comes with Oregon’s PowerSharp System built into it, allowing the tool to sharpen its chain without disassembly.

Self-sharpening is no trivial capability. With this system, the tool’s downtime is reduced significantly, to just 3-5 seconds, which is the only time you need to pull down the PowerSharp lever and sharpen your dull chain.

Not only is this system time-saving, allowing you to focus on the cutting task at hand, but it also saves you a lot of effort, which you’d typically use to disassemble the bar, remove the chain, and transfer it to a sperate sharpening system.

When it comes to actual cutting performance, the chainsaw does not disappoint. It is a high-power unit driven by a 15-amp motor that will deliver power through day-long cutting tasks, including trimming of branched and limbs. Because this tool is an electric one, count on it to run the entire day with consistent performance. Some of the users who have worked with this model note that it can comfortably manage 6-hour to full-day run times.

A neat feature all chainsaw users will appreciate in this tool is its instant start capability. This feature eliminates repetitive and time-consuming tasks such as cord pull, gas-oil mixing, and tool warm-up, which are common in gas-powered models.

Design & Construction: Compact and Ergonomic

By chainsaw tool standards, the CS1500 is notably compact and offers a good balance of weight and power, which allows tool operation for extended periods.

Holding the tool in your hand, you’ll notice the level of comfort it offers even though it weighs 12.9 pounds. An over-mold handle is responsible for that comfortable grip. The tool does a great job of maintaining vibration at the minimum, which not only makes the handing experience easier but also boosts safety.

Another design feature that will make your life easier when using the chainsaw is its tool-less assembly. Many of its core components come pre-assembled so that the only thing you need to do to get started is attaching the tensioner to the guide bar, and then the bar and chain on the saw.

Cutting Equipment: Decent Bar with Convenient Chain Tensioning

For cutting equipment, the chainsaw offers you an 18-inch (45cm) bar, on which you can install the 3/8-inch low-profile PowerSharp chain. Its 0.05-inch gauge will deliver superior cuts on low-to-medium diameter wood-totaling 16 inches in diameter-such as branches, limbs, and even small stems. It may struggle cutting large logs that extend beyond 16 inches in diameter.

Chainsaw tensioning is one of the features that most users emphasize on because it has a direct impact on the chain’s stability and cutting efficiency. The CS1500 solves this problem by adopting a tool-less tensioning system, which the manufacturer created in consideration of the need for users to accomplish this process effortlessly. With this system, you simply turn the red ring on the right side of the tool to tension the chain.

Combined with the self-sharpening feature highlighted earlier, the self-tensioning makes the saw’s cutting equipment superior to that of most rival models.

Noise Level: Low-noise Operation

If you have used a chainsaw before, especially a gas-powered one, then you know the tool can get pretty loud. You’ll be pleased to know that Oregon CS1500 is impressively silent, especially between cuts.

Obviously, being an electric chainsaw makes this model much quieter than gas-powered ones, but you begin to appreciate its low-noise operation when working in closed spaces.

Safety Features: Reliable Chain Brake

For your safety during the tool’s operation, a chain brake has been added to the Oregon CS1500. For a chain that rotates at 2888 FPM, any accidental contact with your body can cause significant harm, hence the essence of the brake.

And engaging this brake is pretty simple. You only need to flip the brake knob positioned on top of the chainsaw, and the chain brakes almost instantly, allowing you to intervene in an emergency, to prevent injury.

Maintenance: Innovative Automatic Chain Oiling

While chain oiling is typically considered a performance feature, the one on this model is very innovative and has demonstrated an outstanding ability to lower the tool’s maintenance demands.

Oregon CS1500 features the brand’s Lubri-Tec oiling system, which reliably oils the chain as the tool runs. Self-oiling effectively reduces chain friction, lowering its wear rate significantly, and also extends the saw’s run time.

Because you have minimal control over the oiling process, the amount of oil needed to keep this automatic system running may be higher than usual, especially if you are using the tool for extended periods, such as day-long cutting.

However, oil does play a critical maintenance role, so the extra utilization is totally worth it.

Price: Great Value for the Money

There’s a lot of value packed in the price you’re paying for Oregon CS1500. For a little more than $100, you are getting a user-friendly self-sharpening tool that reduces the amount of time and effort spent doing routine maintenance tasks such as chain sharpening.

Also, you will not be going to the store for a replacement chain any time soon because the one on this tool is self-oiling for reduced friction and wear. Don’t forget the tool-less tensioning system, which is very convenient and time-saving. Rival models in this price range don’t come close to offering the user-friendliness and convenience of CS1500.


A powerful, user-friendly chainsaw that saves you time and effort by automating basic maintenance tasks, while excelling at limbing, trimming, and felling.

With its trademark PowerSharp self-sharpening system, CS1500 reduces tool downtime to a mere 5 seconds while simultaneously reducing maintenance efforts. The powerful 15-amp tool also requires minimal assembly and will start instantly, allowing you to get to work fast.

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  • Product Name: Oregon CS1500
  • Product Brand: Oregon
  • Product Dimensions: 18.0 x 37.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Guide Bar Size: 18 inches
  • Power: 15 Amp
  • Power Source: Corded-electric
  • Chain Speed (No Load): 2888 FPM
  • Safety: A chain brake
  • Noise Level: Low
  • Tool Weight: 12.9 pounds (5.85kg)

Key Features

  • PowerSharp self-sharpening system reduces tool downtime
  • Powerful 15-amp motor cuts branches/limbs efficiently
  • Automatic oiler for reduced chain wear
  • Chain brake enhances operator safety
  • Instant start with no cord pulls
  • Low-noise operation between cuts
  • An easy and fast tool assembly