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Old 03-17-2014, 01:58 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, 02:06 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, 08:10 PM
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Why electric?
You know, the usual stuff and more...
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:43 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, 09:14 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, 09:25 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, 10:18 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 03-17-2014, 10:54 PM
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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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Old 03-17-2014, 11:32 PM
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Don't get electric. Go for Stihl. (Even if you do go electric) There's a reason professional loggers use it on a daily basis. If your just doing a little chainsaw work the MS290 Farmboss is a great starter. Works for 95% of residential stuff. I just can't get it out of my mind of being tangled up in a cord while wielding a chainsaw. I always move branches out from under me before continuing for safety reasons.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:37 PM
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We used a corded one once, and the thing surprised me how much power it had, thought about getting one just haven't did it it definitely has it's place.
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