Toro PowerPlex 51880 Brushless 40V MAX Lithium-Ion 14" Cordless Chainsaw

Toro PowerPlex 51880 chainsaw is a lightweight and relatively powerful cordless chainsaw being powered by a high-efficient brushless electric motor that draws power from the onboard lithium-ion battery.

Model Toro PowerPlex 51880 comes with the chainsaw, T90 lithium-ion battery, and the quick battery charger, while Toro PowerPlex 51880T (note the 'T' at the end), is a 'bare tool' model, lacking the battery and quick battery charger.

Published: October 19, 2020.

toro powerplex 51880 1

Toro PowerPlex 51880 Chainsaw Features and Specifications

Toro PowerPlex 51880 chainsaw is powered by high-efficient brushless DC motor, offering more power, longer runtime, and longer operating life, when being compared with the brushed DC electric motor.

Without the battery, the unit weighs 11.5 pounds (~5.2 kg), and with a T90 battery, the chainsaw weights 13.7 pounds (~6.2 kg) - it is not the lightest cordless chainsaw on the market, but it comes with 14 inches (~35.6 cm) cutting bar with the maximum chain speed of 11 m/s (~36 ft/s).

In combination with the T90 battery, its 3/8" chain and 14" cutting blade ensures ~40 cuts per single battery charge of the 6x6" timber.

Note: these are the lab tests and in real-life, actual results may vary.

Model Toro PowerPlex 51880 comes with a lithium-ion T90 battery (Model 88540) with a maximum voltage of 40 volts, a nominal voltage of 36 volts, and a capacity of 2.5 Ah.

powerplex t90 battery

T90 battery is able to store ~90 Wh of energy and is compatible with all Toro PowerPlex tools - if You already have a T90/T180 battery (or batteries) with a compatible quick battery charger, getting a Toro PowerPlex 51880T ('bare tool' model) can be rather cheap.

For people requiring longer operating time, T180 battery offers double capacity, and thus double runtime - T180 battery features maximum voltage of 40 volts, a nominal voltage of 36 volts, a capacity of 5.0 Ah and is able to store ~180 Wh of energy - hence the label T180.

powerplex t180 battery

When being powered by the T180 battery, the Toro PowerPlex 51880 cordless chainsaw is able to make up to 80 cuts of the 6x6" timber - again, this is the result of the lab tests.

Toro PowerPlex 51880 comes with the quick lithium-ion battery charger, Model 88542, which is able to recharge the T90 battery in 60 minutes and T180 battery in 120 minutes.

battery charger

Battery charger 88542 comes with a set of LED lights, signaling the user current condition of the battery:

- Off/Red: charger is ON, the battery is either not detected or not inserted,

- Red/Red: the battery pack is charging,

- Green/Red: the battery pack is fully charged,

- Orange/Red: the battery pack is too warm,

- Red Blinking/Red: Faulty battery pack.

Toro PowerPlex 518800 chainsaw features a set of easy to use controls (Trigger button, Trigger Lock button), positioned on the rear handle.


In order to start the chainsaw, all the user has to do is to press the trigger button - assuming that the charged battery is in place and that the chain brake is in the 'operating' position.

Note: Toro PowerPlex 518800 is an easy to use and maintain chainsaw - it is an electric, cordless chainsaw and it is a much simpler and quieter unit than, for example, gas-powered chainsaws. Regardless of the model and type, electric or gas-powered, chainsaws are not toys and should be used with great care, wearing protective clothing (gloves, goggles, etc.). Also, when Toro PowerPlex 518800 arrives, be sure to thoroughly read the manual in order to get accustomed to your new chainsaw. And when cutting for the first time, be sure to start with thinner branches or logs. Again - read the manual thoroughly!

Additional features of the Toro PowerPlex 518800 include reduced kick-back, automatic chain oil with oil level indicator window, tool-free chain tensioning, etc.

cutting bar

Over time, Toro PowerPlex 518800 requires some spare parts and bar and chain oil. Replacement parts include:

- 88580: replacement bar,

- 88581: replacement chain,

- 38914: bar and chain oil (quart),

- 38917: bar and chain oil (gallon).


Toro PowerPlex 51880 chainsaw comes with a 3-year limited warranty for the chainsaw and a 1-year limited warranty for the battery.

Long Story Short: Toro PowerPlex 51880 chainsaw is a very popular cordless chainsaw that can come in very handy when maintaining the garden, yard, or lawn.


Although Toro PowerPlex 51880 chainsaw is very easy to use and maintain, be very careful when using it - chainsaws, in general, can cause very dangerous injuries or worse...

If You are looking for a cordless chainsaw and Toro PowerPlex 51880 fits your needs and requirements, consider it as Your next cordless chainsaw - it comes at an acceptable price and it does its job well.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Toro PowerPlex 51880 Cordless Chainsaw Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

Go to Top