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Battery powered Stihl?
« on: November 12, 2017, 10:18:53 PM »
Long story short: partially tore a tendon in my right arm rotator cuff that means no pulling on a starter rope for a while. In desperation (needing fire wood for one thing), checked out and bought one of the 40 volt Stihl electrics. Tiny little thing but easy to start (just pull the trigger) so I can cut again while the arm heals. Seems to be a functional little saw. Won't take down any real trees but holds charge for about an hour of steady cutting. One thought: might be a whole lot safer up a ladder or tree doing trim work than a gas powered one you either start in the air or have running while you climb. Thoughts?

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 07:52:20 AM »
Another contractor had one on this job, they did a whole lot of the log notching with it. The oil lasts about the length of the battery so oil and "fuel" is about the same as a gas saw. Nice smooth, no fumes a good joinery saw. Now my partner has one. As soon as my rotator heals up a little more I'll give it a whirl. I used it a little before surgery and like it. Finding files has been a problem, have you got a cheap source?

Now about that rotator... that is one of the spots on us that doesn't heal, it will probably calm down but you just keep tearing it. I've been hoping I didn't jump the gun on this repair too bad Friday, somehow got wired with too slow a dope slap gene  :D.

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 12:54:10 PM »
Dope slap gene? I must have inherited that one, too. Mine was starting to heal some awhile back, so I foolishly tried putting up fascia with my SILs when I reached over my head and pushed the drive in: WHAM! If it didn't tear more, it sure let me know not to do that for a good long while.

Hope yours heals up- mine is ever so slowly getting some better.

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 04:35:34 PM »
I was feeling good and sawed siding for the guys for awhile the other day. Went to PT this morning.
Its been awhile since that's happened, I'm grounded  :D


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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2017, 04:37:55 PM »
I tore the tendon in my right arm rotator cuff.
So I started using electric chainsaws.

 

 
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2017, 04:53:24 PM »
If I had battery saw up in tree I would throw that thing on the ground! HAHAHAHA. When you are climbing It would be a major frustration if the battery ran low or If the saw did not have enough power In general. When you are taking down a tree you need to have a saw you can count on it is critical! But hey what do I know being light and not struggling to start up In tree would be nice.

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 09:10:45 PM »
   Have you tried the Sthil EZ start saws that crank on the reverse stroke so no hard or fast pulling required? Just pull the cord and it winds a spring and at a certain point it releases and cranks the saw. My wife bought one years ago because she can't pull the cord hard enough or fast enough to crank my bigger saws. Sthil built them for women and people with limitations such that they can't pull start a big saw. Pull as slowly as you like and it still works just fine.
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2017, 11:53:50 PM »
I just got a stihl ms 180 c-be from my brother who just moved to an apartment. I am very hesitant to show my 11 year old son how to start it, I feel if I do there will be no trees left on my property and or he will be missing arms or legs. He doesn't yet have that voice in his head that says "perhaps this isn't a good idea", but he is working on it. Just about anyone who can pick up a 10lb dumbbell off the ground could start the saw its that easy.
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2017, 06:28:19 AM »
I could of damaged the woods at that age.  :D
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017, 09:05:44 AM »
I keep my battery saw when not in the back of my pickup in my garage. Where it handy if I have to cut a piece of lumber or something. No exhaust no warm-up and quiet.

But the quiet part can be a issue around small boys and girls.
Example was when I was about 8 years old on the farm. My brother was home from the logging camp and his 80cc or so Homelite XL was sitting in the shop.
I sneaked it behind the barn when only my Mom and younger siblings were home. They couldn't hear from the house right?
Well in my shorts and rubber boots I figured out how to start the old Homelite, even felled a few half dozen small poplars from the cow's wind break.
Would have probably felled more (Or myself) if Mom hadn't stopped me. :o

Normally my parents would have tanned my young hide if I started a camp fire in the grainery or something. But I think they were so surprised and relieved that I didn't kill myself with that saw that I got off without a sore behind.

So yeah a quiet battery saw may not be a good idea around children :D
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2017, 09:07:20 AM »
I just went out to the garage and locked up the battery saw as the kids are getting on the school bus :D
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2017, 09:47:28 AM »
My kids are also my biggest concern with the electric saws.  I currently just have an Oregon 40V pole saw (Very happy with it to.), but have been considering adding a battery operated chainsaw.

I am RELIGIOUS about removing the battery anytime I set the pole saw down as it is too easy for my curious toddler (or older siblings) to accidentally grab hold of it, "like daddy does".  Especially when they have their own electric toy tool set.   ;)

They are somewhat afraid of gas saws (mostly from the noise) and I do have to watch them around a hot exhaust, but off is off. Not sure if that trepidation would translate to a quiet electric... 
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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2017, 01:34:49 PM »
I guess them battery saws could use a trigger lock!

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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2017, 01:40:42 PM »
As far a battery saws go I say if it fills your need why not, I find my little battery circular saw very handy especially for odd jobs at the camp with no power.

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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2017, 01:50:04 PM »
I guess them battery saws could use a trigger lock!
They do have a safety on switch that you have to push until it turns green to cut. It automatically turns off after sitting for about 30 seconds.
But yes the battery should be removed for kid safety. Just like a firearm clip and rounds.
 

 
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2017, 03:44:56 PM »
I like that option.  My Oregon polesaw doesn't have that.  Don't know if their chainsaws do or not...
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« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2017, 06:59:33 PM »
Another good thing about an electric saw,it is easier to tell how well the cut is progressing because they are quieter and smoother. This is especially helpful for an occasional user. Edwin Dirnbeck

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« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2017, 07:16:02 PM »
I bought the Stihl battery saw for my wife. She just loves using it for trim branches and small trees.

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« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2017, 09:28:03 AM »
I bought the Stihl battery saw for my wife. She just loves using it for trim branches and small trees.

Same here.
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« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2017, 12:26:16 PM »
If there's a boat and motor at y'alls houses I'd be getting nervous  :D


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