Bosch UniversalChain 18 Cordless Chainsaw Review

Note: This product supersedes the Bosch AKE 30 LI Cordless Chainsaw

Bosch are dedicated to meeting the needs of consumers with the production of just about every tool imaginable. Bosch chainsaws are unbeatable as far as performance goes. As a perfect example of this, the UniversalChain 18 is noted for its textbook operation when undertaking medium duty felling work. Powered by a 18 V 2.5 Ah lithium-ion battery, this chainsaw has 95 minutes of run time which reportedly gives it the power to execute 100 cuts through thick wood. The UniversalChain 18 is of course fitted with both an Oregon chain, and a 20cm long blade (bar) which is more than adequate for most domestic tasks. The steel cutting teeth are particularly worthy of note for their large size, and it this design feature that enables great leverage, precise cutting and minimal kickback.

This machine is specially fitted with a twin dial Bosch SDS system that enables chain tensioning without the need for tools, which in turn enables easy and fast start up. To ensure you get maximum efficiency and faultless running, this chainsaw features an automatic oiling system and an oil level indicator window, which if observed and topped up correctly will guarantee efficient lubrication of the chain.

A chainsaw can cause life-threatening injuries when sudden movements occur or a slip is made by the operator, hence safety is of utmost importance. Bosch have fitted a dual brake system to this model for the quick stopping of the motor should the need arise. This dual system is composed of both an instant rundown brake for normal usage and an electronic kick-back brake for emergencies. To heighten security, there is an audible signal emitted to warn and protect you should you tilt it to a dangerous angle.

This chainsaw is unlikely to cause fatigue or body straining due to being extremely light weight. Being only 3 kg, it’s easy to carry and operate, offering you freedom to move around comfortably while working on the garden.


  • Fully charged battery has an exceptionally long runtime
  • Does not self-discharge
  • No memory effect on the battery
  • Light in weight and easy to carry
  • Compact structure
  • Short charging time of only 95 minutes
  • Convenient with regards to mobility


  • None to speak of!


No one comes close to Bosch when it comes to making high-quality electric chainsaws packed with high-performance features. From the design to the estimated cutting output, each detail of this chainsaw is specially engineered to ensure that the performance is far beyond your expectations.

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