Tanaka Chainsaw Review [2024] – Perfect For Commercial Use

Richard McMann

Chainsaw, Single Product Review

In need of a powerful gas chainsaw that can handle heavy-duty cutting tasks and can take down large trees on its own?

Look no further as Tanaka has got your back with its TCS51EAP gasoline chainsaw.

Backed by a powerful 50cc PureFire engine, the tool ensures cutting and slicing thick wood logs in a single go.

More than that, it’s easy to handle, comes with proper security features, and can maintain its longevity for a long time.

All in all, in today’s Tanaka chainsaw reviews, we will see how this tool makes cutting tasks easier compared to other models and brands.

Moreover, I’ll also share insights on what TCS51EAP can cut with convenience.

Have a glance, without any further ado:

What Makes Tanaka Chainsaw a Standout in 2024?

First of all, the tool comes with a powerful 50cc PureFire engine that enhances the torque and improves the efficiency of the chainsaw.

As a result, you can expect it to cut large and thick wood logs, trunks, fallen trees, and even stubborn wood surfaces with precision.

We all know that starting a gasoline chainsaw requires frequent cord pulls. However, that’s not the case with Tanaka’s model. It comes with a return choke that makes the starting process much easier than expected.

Other than that, you can expect it to perform at an optimal level for 5 to 6 years straight, thanks to its rugged construction and durable design.

In a nutshell, Tanaka with a stupendous performance leaves behind brands like Poulan Pro and Remington, etc.

Our Tanaka Chainsaw Reviews of 2024 – [TCS51EAP Model]

After testing out some popular brands such as Greenworks, Poulan Pro, Remington, and Dewalt, it was time I tested something out of the box. Tanaka chainsaw

Hence, I got my eyes set on this new model of Tanaka that’s getting the deserved spotlight among homeowners.

I received it totally disassembled. It took me around 10 minutes to attach the bar and wrap a chain around the saw.

First impressions were pretty much good. The chainsaw was simple, easy to handle, and easy to use.

Furthermore, I checked out its peripherals and got to see that the oil box was present just above the handle. Besides, the fuel tank was present on the backside.

I filled both windows with standard fuel and oil and started pulling the cord while keeping the choke out.

It took me around 5 pulls until the chainsaw was operational. Good thing is that Tanaka has concentrated on keeping the tool as safe and secure as possible.

What happened next was extremely surprising for me!

The 20” bar was able to penetrate literally anything I wanted. I cut down a large 16” thick tree with it and not even once did I feel any kickback or jamming issue.

In addition to that, I tried slicing a thick 18” diameter wood log and it made smooth cuts without causing any problems. It was indeed a better pick than the likes of Salem Master and Dereal chainsaw in terms of cutting power.

With no oil or fuel leakage problems, I instantly became a fan of Tanaka as the chainsaw met all my demands and ticked all the boxes that I expected from it.

TCS51EAP is a beast when it comes to cutting thick wood materials. It’s a perfect choice for commercial use and homeowners could use it to take down anything in their backyard or village house.

Enough with my first impressions and cutting experience!

Tanaka TCS51EAP Gas Powered Chainsaw Technical Features 2024

Let’s get into the technical details of Tanaka 20” gas chainsaw and see whether it takes an edge over Poulan Pro’s PR5020 or not:

50.1CC PureFire Engine:

The mechanics of engine needs to be addressed as the brand has focused on this part quite A LOT.

That said, the commercial chainsaw features a PureFire 50.1cc engine that delivers exceptional performance with less fuel consumption.

On top of that, the emission rate is also low as the engine doesn’t emit any pollutants in the air.

As a result, you could expect top-notch performance from the tool without any hurdle.

Compared to that, the Poulan Pro PR5020 has a 50cc engine that produces enough power but also has no control over the emissions.

Side Access Chain Tensioning System:

Works like a charm! You can access the chain tension management on right side of the chainsaw and tighten it using a small ranch.

What’s indeed quite impressive is that Tanaka offers extra ranch within the package that you could use to adjust the chain tension as per your will and wish.

Decompression Valve:

The tool also features a robust decompression valve, which makes it easier to start the chainsaw regardless of outside conditions.

I still remember starting this chainsaw within 3 to 5 pulls even in freezing cold temperatures and it was functional like nothing has happened.

That’s quite an update from Tanaka, which automatically gives it an edge over the PR5020 chainsaw.

Bar and Chain Mechanics:

The 20” bar is strictly meant for commercial use. You can take down a large and thick tree with the tool and that too within few seconds. The sprocket nose shape of the bar helps it penetrate thick wood bars and logs with ease.

Apart from the rugged bar, the chain has got bumper spikes and they are quite sharp.

Automatic oiling system is already included that ensures proper lubrication of the bar as well as the chain to keep the tool up and running without any wear and tear.

Tanaka has taken user satisfaction to a whole new level. That is, the package it offers also includes a 16” and 18” bar and chain as well. You could change these peripherals in case you want to finish some light cutting tasks.

Quite frankly, the PR5020 has no such features when it comes to bar and chain mechanics.

Anti-Vibration System:

Last but not the least, the tool is quite weighty and it’s not easy to handle it for a long time.

However, to tackle this problem, the brand has introduced a spring type anti-vibration system. It disperses the vibrations while you are cutting something and keeps the tool on the convenient side.

Hence, you can keep on using it for a long time without feeling any fatigue or tiredness in your hands.

Some of the positives and negatives about the chainsaw are as follows:


  • For commercial use.
  • PureFire engine produces exceptional power.
  • Less emissions as compared to other gas chainsaws.
  • Cuts large wood logs, fallen trees, and stubborn surfaces like a charm.
  • Smooth, precise, and accurate cuts.
  • Durable and rugged body.
  • 20” long bar with sprocket nose for easy penetration.
  • Bumper spikes on chain ensure smooth cuts.
  • Extra accessories and peripherals included.


  • A bit expensive compared to Poulan Pro PR5020.
  • Assembly may be a little difficult for newbies.
  • No other major issues.

What Do You Get with Tanaka TCS51EAP Chainsaw in 2024?

The package includes the tool without any assembly. All extra peripherals and accessories include an extra ranch, 16” and 18” bar and chain, and a user manual.

Customer Ratings: (Out of 10)

The ratings as per customer feedback are as follows:

Power and Performance: 9.8/10

Ease of Use: 9.2/10

Maneuverability: 9/10

Easy to Start: 9.5/10

Handling: 8.5/10

Assembly: 8/10

Overall Ratings: 9/10

Expert Opinions:

Robert Donner says that “This commercial gas chainsaw has worked for quite some time and I didn’t face any issues about it. To keep things in perspective, I’ve cut the thickest wood logs using TCS51EAP, and not even once did it cause any major problem. An absolute beast and no other tool can match its performance and power.”

Cy from DIY with Uncle Cy compares TCS51EAP with a standard Stihl chainsaw. As per him, “I’ve never seen anything more powerful than this commercial Tanaka gas-powered chainsaw. Having it in my hands makes me confident enough to literally take down anything that I want.”

Why Do We Recommend Tanaka 20” Gas Chainsaw in 2024?

As the brand itself says, “This chainsaw is meant for commercial use only.” That’s one of the reasons we recommend it.

The 50.1CC PureFire engine, sprocket nose bar, Bumper spike chain, and automatic oiler along with an anti-vibration system already make it one of the standouts among brands like Remington and Poulan Pro.

So, I’d suggest choosing this commercial tool over other chainsaws if all you need is EXCEPTIONAL POWER.

Richard McMann
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