The Remington Limb N Trim gets its name primarily from the fact that you won’t be using it to do anything else. The 8 Amp motor and 14 inch guide bar are about as meager as it gets. And yet, it’s currently the third best selling chainsaw on Amazon.
The popularity of the RM1425 comes largely down to its weight and price. Weighing just 6.25 pounds, it’s ideal for those with small jobs in mind. And the $50 price tag make it equally ideal who want to pay a corresponding amount.
Can you really get a decent chainsaw for $49.99? Surprisingly, yes.
The RM1425 comes fully assembled and apart from the ridiculously sharp blade feels strangely like a toy i.e. very light and very plastic. Like most Remington products, the instructions are straight forward enough to get most people cutting within minutes.
Like any chainsaw that I test, I approached the RM1425 with the usual “this thing can seriously injure me” caution. This chainsaw however, was the first one that I also approached with genuine skepticism.
The price I can understand. But as stated above, it literally feels like a very, very sharp toy.
Having read multiple reviews claiming the capacity to cut 12 inch limbs, that’s the first thing that I tested it on. And to my surprise, it passed with flying colors. Don’t get me wrong, it is a little slow compared to more powerful machines but the end result was very much the same.
If you’re tackling a small forest, it’ll take you all day. But if you just have a few trees in your backyard that need a quick trim every now and then, the low price and weight more than just justify the few minutes extra that you spend cutting.
I then tackled a few smaller jobs; hedge trimming, log cutting, small branches etc and overall, I was very impressed. It mightn’t look it, but the RM1425 is surprisingly versatile. In other words, provided your expectations are realistic, they will be met.
And for just 50 dollars, I’m not sure what more you can ask for.
Ease of Use
Aside from the low price, the primary selling point of the Limb and Trim is ease of use. In fact, throw on a higher price tag, and this would actually be a valid reason to make the purchase alone.
It’s not just light but evenly weighted. In other words, with both handles firmly gripped, you could use it all day without the slightest arm strain. There’s no anti vibration feature but given the small jobs that its designed to be used on, you’re not going to miss it.
Then there’s the usual benefits of electric chainsaws vs their gas counterparts. It starts with the pull of a trigger, it’s completely silent until you do so and even in full operation, ear plugs would be a complete waste of time.
The RM1425 has been reviewed over 350 times on Amazon for an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. The number of reviews means that it’s certainly been well tested. And the generous score means that most people clearly don’t find its lack of power to be a problem.
The RM1425 has very clear limitations and certainly isn’t for everyone. Provided you don’t need to cut anything wider than 12 inches, however, it gets the job done. Throw in ease of use, reliability, and the ridiculously low weight and you have the perfect choice for light yard work. Just make sure that you know what you’re buying. On the other hand, if you don’t need more power, why pay for it?