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Posted January 28, 2015 - 10:36 PM

I'm looking into the possibility of a cordless chainsaw.  I need to thin some timber at the farm, a lot of 1-3" Hackberry trees too close to the Black Walnuts, among other things!  I usually use a Husqvqrna 240 w/16" bar, but for this work I'd rather have something a bit smaller that I don't have to start frequently.  The two main ones I'm thinking about so far are the Greenworks 12" 40V, w/4ah battery:  http://www.tylertool...es&utm_content=  @ $219 or the Ego 14", 56V w/2ah battery: http://www.homedepot...ecommendations  @ $299.

 

With either one, I would need two batteries, more expense, of course!  I think with two batteries, I'll probably be ready to call it a day by the time they both need recharged.  Half a day of this kind of work is enough for me anymore anyway!

 

Any thoughts?  Other good possibilities?  


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Posted January 28, 2015 - 11:08 PM

my dad used his weed eater ( I think it a stihl) with a saw blade attached to it.  he cut a lot of small trees in the timber and pasture.

 

I can not remember how he did (made) it.

 

you have to be real careful, so that nobody is close to you when cutting the trees.

 

saw blade and skin is bad news



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Posted January 28, 2015 - 11:23 PM

I personally have used the Oregon cordless version.  Primarily because I am a dealer.  :wave:

 

http://oregoncordles...hain-saw-cs250/

http://oregoncordles...0FB_vAE_WEB.pdf

 

They are tough, the batteries hold up very well, and Oregon bars and chains are about as good as you can buy in the chainsaw world without dropping a fortune into the high class forestry professional grade machines.  I have had one out for about 18 months, the man who bought it is a firewood guy.  He runs a fleet of Stihl saws but bought a cordless primarily because of curiosity but also so he could have something to use for his other hobby of chainsaw carving.  He likes the noise level of the cordless while carving. 

 

They have a three year warranty, and a self sharpening system that I really like.  

 

They are light, as quiet as a chainsaw can be, and come with a 14'' bar and chain.  You should be able to get a new chain anywhere a small engine shop is open.

 

The difference between the saws is the battery life.  The entry level is at $249, lithium ion for 60 minutes of run time.  The next jump up is $289 for 120 minutes of run time.  The 120 run time battery sells for $99 each.  The next one above that is fairly new.  I have not tried it.  It is supposed to get nearly four hours of run time for $339. 

 

My personal favorite is the 120 run time version. Seems to be the best value.

 

If you decide to like Oregon, I can get one drop shipped to you.  :thumbs:

 

Ben W.


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Posted January 29, 2015 - 06:47 AM

At one time I was thinking on getting a Remington 120V 8 amp chain saw and using a 1000 watt inverter using the JD 318 . Cheap , no batteries to go bad . Just throwing that out there , Al


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Posted January 29, 2015 - 07:35 AM

At one time I was thinking on getting a Remington 120V 8 amp chain saw and using a 1000 watt inverter using the JD 318 . Cheap , no batteries to go bad . Just throwing that out there , Al

I have one of these with the pole saw extension, but need to be more mobile, with no cord.

 

Superben;  I'd looked at the Oregon in the past, was thinking it used a different chain than standard.

 

I can look one over locally, will take a look at it.  Definitely a possibility!


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Posted January 29, 2015 - 08:29 AM

I didnt know chainsaws had cords ( or screwdrivers... now they have cordless HAMMERS!!!! WTH???)


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Posted January 29, 2015 - 09:25 AM

Looks like a cordless sawzall would be cheaper and more versatile.  I've used one to cut saplings and limbs clearing hunting trails through timber.  With an aggresive blade it cuts just as fast as a chainsaw and being able to change blades for cutting other material will allow a lot more usefulness.   


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Posted January 29, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Looks like a cordless sawzall would be cheaper and more versatile.  I've used one to cut saplings and limbs clearing hunting trails through timber.  With an aggresive blade it cuts just as fast as a chainsaw and being able to change blades for cutting other material will allow a lot more usefulness.   

That, I have, doesn't work as good as I'd hoped!  Great for 1-2" limbs, but not as good for 3-4".

 

Checked with local small engine shop this morning, the Oregon w/4ah battery & charger will be about $450.

 

Haven't completely ruled out the little one-hand Husqvqrna gas saw :  http://www.husqvarna...chainsaws/t435/

 

Just researching the possibilities for now!


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Posted January 29, 2015 - 11:45 AM

I personally have used the Oregon cordless version.  Primarily because I am a dealer.  :wave:

 

http://oregoncordles...hain-saw-cs250/

http://oregoncordles...0FB_vAE_WEB.pdf

 

They are tough, the batteries hold up very well, and Oregon bars and chains are about as good as you can buy in the chainsaw world without dropping a fortune into the high class forestry professional grade machines.  I have had one out for about 18 months, the man who bought it is a firewood guy.  He runs a fleet of Stihl saws but bought a cordless primarily because of curiosity but also so he could have something to use for his other hobby of chainsaw carving.  He likes the noise level of the cordless while carving. 

 

They have a three year warranty, and a self sharpening system that I really like.  

 

They are light, as quiet as a chainsaw can be, and come with a 14'' bar and chain.  You should be able to get a new chain anywhere a small engine shop is open.

 

The difference between the saws is the battery life.  The entry level is at $249, lithium ion for 60 minutes of run time.  The next jump up is $289 for 120 minutes of run time.  The 120 run time battery sells for $99 each.  The next one above that is fairly new.  I have not tried it.  It is supposed to get nearly four hours of run time for $339. 

 

My personal favorite is the 120 run time version. Seems to be the best value.

 

If you decide to like Oregon, I can get one drop shipped to you.  :thumbs:

 

Ben W.

 

:ditto:

My choice would be the Oregon

They are the forestry specialists and make quality products!


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Posted January 29, 2015 - 12:24 PM

That, I have, doesn't work as good as I'd hoped!  Great for 1-2" limbs, but not as good for 3-4".
 
Checked with local small engine shop this morning, the Oregon w/4ah battery & charger will be about $450.
 
Haven't completely ruled out the little one-hand Husqvqrna gas saw :  http://www.husqvarna...chainsaws/t435/
 
Just researching the possibilities for now!


I have an electric and have been surprised by its power, never used a battery one.
Ben is substantially less and he will ship. Nice to know.
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Posted January 29, 2015 - 02:37 PM

Still researching, but price may mandate the Husqvarna gas model!



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Posted January 29, 2015 - 03:02 PM

we use an electric for butchering, will cut down a 1000lb. beef spine with no trouble. I always thought there should be a nice quiet saw for cutting firewood in the bush. Who knew you could get a battery one --- how long have they been available?

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Posted January 31, 2015 - 12:35 AM

If still looking at gas, http://www.stihlusa....-saws/ms192tce/ is the one I use. Very light and easy to start/use.  IF I remember right, it was around $325 or so.  It gets used alot!


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Posted January 31, 2015 - 07:56 AM

If still looking at gas, http://www.stihlusa....-saws/ms192tce/ is the one I use. Very light and easy to start/use.  IF I remember right, it was around $325 or so.  It gets used alot!

I like Stihl products & have used them (still have one of their blowers).  Problem is our dealer, good man, but getting up in years & not the best of health.  He lost his best service man a few years ago & his business hasn't been the same since. 

 

We have a good Husqvarna dealer, so his comparable saw is on my radar & looking better all the time due to the high price of the cordless models.  He has one in stock listed at $335, but I think I can get it a bit cheaper than that!


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Posted February 04, 2015 - 07:43 PM

Well, I decided to go with the Oregon 14" saw w/4ah battery:  HPIM1501.JPG

 

I found an internet source for $339 for the kit.  The dealer & the saw had good reviews!  Ordered it Monday, it came by UPS this evening.   I'll be getting another bar & chain And another battery through my local dealer.  May be a week or so before I can try it out due to the weather.

 

No flack from the other half, as I paid for it from the "farm account"! 


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