Nothing beats a chainsaw for making quick work of downed trees or even for cutting through large pieces of lumber like railroad ties. But maintaining, starting and wielding one can make them the unloved tool in the shed. The Ryobi cordless drill makes chainsawing fun again, as its battery power makes it easy to start, and its ten-pound weight makes it easy to wield. Plus there is no gasoline to fret over or exhaust fumes to get in the way of pure sawing joy. Available at Home Depot; $189.