Cordless Chainsaws?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Bobbo22, Mar 17, 2014.


Would you consider purchasing a cordless chainsaw?

  1. Yes

    14 vote(s)
  2. No

    30 vote(s)
  1. Bobbo22

    Bobbo22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    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?
  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,758

    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.
  3. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Why electric?
  4. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    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.
  5. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,108

    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.
  6. hmlawn

    hmlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    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).
  7. MRCo.

    MRCo. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 227

    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!
  8. Tree2Tree

    Tree2Tree LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    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.
  9. Four_Seasons

    Four_Seasons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    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.
  10. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    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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