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« on: May 01, 2019, 05:50:53 PM »
I'm fixing to invest in a new chainsaw. But this time, I'm going to go battery powered! Yep, you heard that right, battery powered. My bother bought a battery powered chainsaw, and a pole-saw that uses the same batteries and charger about two years ago. I scoffed at the idea of battery powered chainsaws, but the more I used it, the more impressed I was with the tools.

And seriously, for the type of cutting I need a chainsaw for, they would be more than sufficient for my needs around here on the place.
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Re: Chainsaws!
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2019, 06:45:03 PM »
Let us know how that works out.  Ive had an electric for some time after infrequent use of a gas model.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2019, 06:50:03 PM »
I know someone that likes to tease me - he doesn't understand how I can like guns so much and not be afraid of them, but have such a phobia of powertools.

I do not own any saw that is not manual, nor a drill. I have this paranoia of losing a finger or fingers - or worse.

I think my parents did too good of a job with stories about what could happen - and examples thereof.

I have a woodsaw and hacksaw. If I can't get the job done with that - I don't do it. I also have friends amazed I can work a screw into something with just a screwdriver and my hands. But, I don't like drills either.

No way I'd ever try to use a chainsaw  :P

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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2019, 08:35:36 PM »

On the land I use my 3 1/2 in bat circ saw my battery drills etc ALOT.
For a chain saw this has been a good one first time everytime and it has sat for periods of time.
And it cuts with ease provided the chain is sharp which is the key to any chain saw. 16 inch bar



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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2019, 09:52:19 PM »
Part of the reason for wanting to go with an electric, is that my other chainsaw, (Poulon Pro 3418) is about six years old, and developed a fueling issue early last year. I put new fuel lines, a new primer bulb, new spark plug, and new fuel filter pick-up on it first. Same issue after doing all that. It would run at full throttle, (once you finally got it cranked!) but would not idle, or run at less than half throttle. So I tried a new carb. Still same issue. So now it's sits under my workbench on the shelf, until I can figure out the problem.

After using my brother's battery chainsaw, and how well it works, and how big of things it can cut, I think for my cutting needs, it may be the best route for me.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2019, 05:53:52 AM »
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Good choice

I have an electric Chainsaw that I bought last year - a Kobalt 80v Max (I believe it's this one :  https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-80-volt-Lithium-Ion-18-in-Brushless-Cordless-Electric-Chainsaw-Battery-Included/50408238) - have used it A LOT - so much so that I keep a supply of replacement chains (they're inexpensive so why have old ones sharpened ?) (plus Lowe's gives Service Connected Disabled Vets a 10% discount on ALL purchases)

Wife also bought a battery powered Circular Saw and along with the Chain Saw they're 2 invaluable tools for fence building out on the property and away from electrics and gasoline

(Ship :  I always thought that Chainsaws and Hockey Masks go hand in hand, or hand in face, or.....?)
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2019, 12:21:41 PM »
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Good choice

I have an electric Chainsaw that I bought last year - a Kobalt 80v Max (I believe it's this one :  https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-80-volt-Lithium-Ion-18-in-Brushless-Cordless-Electric-Chainsaw-Battery-Included/50408238) - have used it A LOT - so much so that I keep a supply of replacement chains (they're inexpensive so why have old ones sharpened ?) (plus Lowe's gives Service Connected Disabled Vets a 10% discount on ALL purchases)

Wife also bought a battery powered Circular Saw and along with the Chain Saw they're 2 invaluable tools for fence building out on the property and away from electrics and gasoline

(Ship :  I always thought that Chainsaws and Hockey Masks go hand in hand, or hand in face, or.....?)

When the gas chainsaw went on the fritz, I just loaded my small generator and a 25' extension cord and my corded sawzall with an 8" wood cutting blade into the back of the golf cart to trim limbs and such. Not the best method, but it got the job done without resorting to doing it manually!
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2019, 12:34:01 PM »
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yeah, I've done that but my generator is a bugger to get into any of my trailers and then there's the gasoline thing, plus the electric cord - a pain in the rear

but.....battery operated is "good" - no cords, no gasoline
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2019, 01:00:35 PM »
Part of the reason for wanting to go with an electric, is that my other chainsaw, (Poulon Pro 3418) is about six years old, and developed a fueling issue early last year. I put new fuel lines, a new primer bulb, new spark plug, and new fuel filter pick-up on it first. Same issue after doing all that. It would run at full throttle, (once you finally got it cranked!) but would not idle, or run at less than half throttle. So I tried a new carb. Still same issue. So now it's sits under my workbench on the shelf, until I can figure out the problem.

After using my brother's battery chainsaw, and how well it works, and how big of things it can cut, I think for my cutting needs, it may be the best route for me.
Look close Axxe the stihl is in a Poulon case. Poulon did same as you describe.

Poulon and pretty much any big box store brand are crap.
Reason I bought sthil was recommended by people who use them daily.

Also stay away from using gas run tru fuel. Yes cost more but does not degrade like pump gas.
And keep it tuned and running properly.


How long does that battery unit run a charge.
If like most battery tools as the battery ages the time will get shorter and shorter.




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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2019, 02:08:32 PM »
if someone is not using a gasoline chainsaw regularly,
i can't see the sense in owning an expensive one with
this crap gasoline we have these days. you're just asking
for expensive heartache and wallet ache.
it's about as smart to buy one of these new electric or
to pay someone for a one time shot for trimming
whatever for you.
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2019, 02:14:29 PM »
Part of the reason for wanting to go with an electric, is that my other chainsaw, (Poulon Pro 3418) is about six years old, and developed a fueling issue early last year. I put new fuel lines, a new primer bulb, new spark plug, and new fuel filter pick-up on it first. Same issue after doing all that. It would run at full throttle, (once you finally got it cranked!) but would not idle, or run at less than half throttle. So I tried a new carb. Still same issue. So now it's sits under my workbench on the shelf, until I can figure out the problem.

After using my brother's battery chainsaw, and how well it works, and how big of things it can cut, I think for my cutting needs, it may be the best route for me.
Look close Axxe the stihl is in a Poulon case. Poulon did same as you describe.

Poulon and pretty much any big box store brand are crap.
Reason I bought sthil was recommended by people who use them daily.

Also stay away from using gas run tru fuel. Yes cost more but does not degrade like pump gas.
And keep it tuned and running properly.


How long does that battery unit run a charge.
If like most battery tools as the battery ages the time will get shorter and shorter.




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Even running the Tru-Fuel, the Poulon still ended up having problems. I already knew about the problems with the ethanol based gasoline, so that was why I started using the Tru-Fuel some years ago. I replaced my other Poulon with a Poulon because I already had a huge investment in spare bars and chains, so that way I could use them with the newer Poulon saw.

According to one spec I read, about 35 minutes on fully charged battery. Meh? I'd buy an extra battery, and that way one is charging up, while using the other one!  :wave1:
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2019, 02:21:35 PM »
if someone is not using a gasoline chainsaw regularly,
i can't see the sense in owning an expensive one with
this crap gasoline we have these days. you're just asking
for expensive heartache and wallet ache.
it's about as smart to buy one of these new electric or
to pay someone for a one time shot for trimming
whatever for you.

I use a chainsaw pretty much year round. I used mine to cut up wood for my BBQ smoker and grill even in the fall and winter months. I'm constantly clearing brush and limbs, and stumps. I still got three fence lines that I need to clear and re-fence.

As Shield mentioned, I was also using the Tru-Fuel in my saw after the problems with the fuel issues the ethanol gasoline caused the Poulon before this Poulon.

For most of my sawing needs, the battery powered saw should be more than sufficient to suit my needs. And I agree, a gas powered saw, that doens't get used regularly does seem to have all sorts of issues.

Battery technology has gotten way much better.
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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2019, 06:06:08 PM »
Well I will and have been using this one more than any of my previous units. So I hope it is reliable. I sure notice most commercial filks running Stihl so I dont think durability is an issue. 

Battery technology is vastly better these days so that is a plus.

Wish you Good luck with it Axxe for sure.



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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2019, 07:24:23 PM »
On a side note Ill add this.
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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2019, 08:52:33 PM »
Well I will and have been using this one more than any of my previous units. So I hope it is reliable. I sure notice most commercial filks running Stihl so I dont think durability is an issue. 

Battery technology is vastly better these days so that is a plus.

Wish you Good luck with it Axxe for sure.



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Shield, if I were to ever buy another gas powered chainsaw, it will be a Stihl the next time.
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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2019, 05:30:39 AM »
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I do have a Stihl "corded" Hedge Trimmer and in the past have used that with just 1 extension cord and my (somewhat hard to get around) generator - no mechanical problems with it so far

and while "stihl" on the subject of outdoor/lawn equipment I'l like, again, to recommend the weedeater "string" that my Wife scored for me the other day.....it's (as printed on it's plastic container)  "Weedeater" brand, .105", commercial grade twisted trimmer line, 200ft length"

I've been doing A LOT (of the crappy job) of weedeating lately in some seriously tough grass around my Pond and I haven't had anything but good luck with this product - no breakage, feeds well, each "feed" lasts a long time before having to advance

I "think" she got it at WMT, will check with her and if so I'm gonna stock up with a couple more spools of it for future use (just in case they stop carrying it..) - try it, you'll like it
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« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2019, 06:29:14 AM »
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I do have a Stihl "corded" Hedge Trimmer and in the past have used that with just 1 extension cord and my (somewhat hard to get around) generator - no mechanical problems with it so far

and while "stihl" on the subject of outdoor/lawn equipment I'l like, again, to recommend the weedeater "string" that my Wife scored for me the other day.....it's (as printed on it's plastic container)  "Weedeater" brand, .105", commercial grade twisted trimmer line, 200ft length"

I've been doing A LOT (of the crappy job) of weedeating lately in some seriously tough grass around my Pond and I haven't had anything but good luck with this product - no breakage, feeds well, each "feed" lasts a long time before having to advance

I "think" she got it at WMT, will check with her and if so I'm gonna stock up with a couple more spools of it for future use (just in case they stop carrying it..) - try it, you'll like it
Well my buddy is a landscaper and he supplies me free string.
Dont know brand as I get pieces never the spool.
Its red is the fat 105 dia and seems to last rather well.

Should I need to purchase some Tango I will try this stuff.

Every time Ive used an electric hedge trimmer Ive managed to trim the extension cord powering it.
 
Tango you cant go wrong with that stihl trimmer notice the one in background on my trailer in oic above the thing is a beast.

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« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2019, 09:36:13 AM »
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it's the Lawn Edger that I'll be getting (not a String Trimmer - I have an Echo with which I'm very happy).....went to get it this morning and before they were to "demo start" it, the guy noticed that they (someone) installed the cutting unit incorrectly - so they'll fix that and deliver it to my house (hopefully later today - tho it's too wet to start working with it.....)
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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2019, 12:19:13 PM »
I ain't gonna lie. Chainsaws are one of those tools that does scare me a bit. Even when used in a safe manner, they are still unsafe. When I'm cutting down a tree, I study it ten way to determine what is the best way to cut it down! Accidents happen around chainsaws, and people end up getting hurt or killed using them. I hate using a chainsaw, but they are IMO a necessary evil tool that does the job I need them to do.
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« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2019, 01:21:03 PM »
I ain't gonna lie. Chainsaws are one of those tools that does scare me a bit. Even when used in a safe manner, they are still unsafe. When I'm cutting down a tree, I study it ten way to determine what is the best way to cut it down! Accidents happen around chainsaws, and people end up getting hurt or killed using them. I hate using a chainsaw, but they are IMO a necessary evil tool that does the job I need them to do.
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