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Old 03-17-2014, 12:58 PM
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Cordless Chainsaws?

I'm looking at getting a new chainsaw... have any of you used any cordless battery powered ones?

Aside from the consumer brands (Ryobi) I see Stihl has one out but it is pretty pricey... Oregon, Greenworks, and Makita also seem to have one.

I would be using it for primarily residentual work, fallen/dead branch cleanup, tree pruning, etc.

Any advice?
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:06 PM
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If going electric, then go with a corded one...WAY more power. Otherwise, get gas powered and spend the money on a good brand. I like Dolmar.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:10 PM
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Why electric?
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:15 AM
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If going electric, then go with a corded one...WAY more power. Otherwise, get gas powered and spend the money on a good brand. I like Dolmar.
Not necessarily. I don't have a cordless chain saw to compare, but here's something for consideration. My Milwaukee Fuel 18V cordless drill has significantly more power than my corded DeWalt 6.7A drill (both are commercial 1/2" chuck drills). The power is a available with new battery technology, but it is expensive.

I would assume that the 36V Stihl chainsaws are more powerful than their corded counterparts, or at least the same power. I wouldn't necessarily make the assumption from an 18V tool. But the cost is astronomical when you add in the batteries and quick charger, etc.

If you were using this every day, AND also using a hedge clipper and possibly string trimmer that used the same batteries, then maybe it makes sense in a neighborhood with a high noise sensitivity. But in general (except for the hedge clipper that doesn't really need much power to run), you will be working faster with a gas tool that has more power to work with.

It's a small niche market still.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:43 PM
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Just spend the money and get a gas model. Stihl is top choice for a lot. You could also get an Echo or Red Max for a decent price. Dolmar's great as well. As much as people want to push it, there is just no comparison in our industry. The last thing you want is a dead battery and no where to charge it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:14 PM
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I've been thinking of getting one to use for cutting small stuff into firewood. Currently using an electric pole saw w/o the pole. Works great for stuff under 3 inches but the cord is a pain.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:25 PM
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The electric saws have their place. Corded is definitely the way to go, for just occasional use I can definitely see why you would choose an electric over gas. Plus, they're safer (IMO).
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:18 PM
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The best of the bunch is the Oregon...for now. I demo'd a Core prototype 20" battery saw at GIE and it was serious! The Stihl is more money and doesn't get as good a review as the Oregon. They have a place for homeowners to nip and trim, pro guys keep on gassing up!
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:48 AM
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The best of the bunch is the Oregon...for now. I demo'd a Core prototype 20" battery saw at GIE and it was serious! The Stihl is more money and doesn't get as good a review as the Oregon. They have a place for homeowners to nip and trim, pro guys keep on gassing up!
A 20" cordless unit?! Most I have seen are 14" or 16". I really think 14" would satisfy my needs. 20" sounds like they are "over promising" on a cordless unit to me.

I've looked at this one a bit more since my last post. It seems like it's got good reviews, and the brushless motor gets it more runtime.

http://greenworkstools.com/product-d...-16in_Chainsaw

I am a bit hesitant about the brand though...
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Oregon for sure, they have there place we looked at one at landscape congress to avoid the bylaws limiting tool use and for trimming trees inside buildings / courtyards in retirement homes.
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