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Cordless Chainsaws - your experiences - recommendations
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:11:21 AM »
Thinking about picking up a cordless Chainsaw and am curious about feedback from those with real experience.

I have 4 gas powered saws, accumulated over many many years of use and various needs. 

I am thinking about the ease and convenience of using a cordless chainsaw.  My uses would be around the sawmill when needed, the occasional downed tree across the road in winter, and sitting in the back of my car or van when I see some wood I might want to cut and haul home for a woodworking project and other light occasional use.

I do prefer quality, pays in both the short and long term.  My first real look was on Saturday, where I examined stihl, makita, ryobi and dewault saws.  Also did a little you-tubing.

My local hardware store (The very BEST BEST hardware store in all the world!!) had on display, the Stihl, Dewalt and Makita.  I felt the best deal going was the cordless Makita with FOUR 18V batteries + charger included.   Makita has an extensive line-up of other tools which use the same batteries.

The Stihl looked OK, seemed to be more money and a very specialty battery system that I most likely might not expand upon.

I mentioned to the salesperson I am invested in Milwaukee.  He said he had seen the new Milwaukee saw and super impressed and advised I wait for its availability. 

Any one using the new Milwaukee cordless chainsaw?  

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Re: Cordless Chainsaws - your experiences - recommendations
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2018, 11:34:32 AM »
I think the Milwaukee is going to be a very good saw, for what it is intended for. I am seriously invested in M18 tools, so that is the one I would get. The DeWalt looks like a piece of junk. Ave channel on Youtube did a review of it, and the bar mount was garbage. Warning: ave channel is great, but he swears a lot. I don't think the Milwaukee is available yet. Its supposed to be released this month. 
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Re: Cordless Chainsaws - your experiences - recommendations
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2018, 11:51:52 AM »
They are connvenient and fine for the occasional light job around the house but don't ask it to clear a fallen tree across the road. I tried an Oregon and wasn't much impressed. Any more than light pressure the breaker tripped and had to be reset by releasing then squeezing the trigger. I am also not a fan of the autosharp chain.
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2018, 12:03:46 PM »
I would check out the warranty. Stihl and Husky have 2 years and includes batteries. Not sure about the others.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2018, 12:27:54 PM »
I have the Stihl for light work around the mill. It comes in very handy for that purpose. As another has said, I wouldnt try to clear a fallen tree on the road. 
In total, the saw, charger and battery ran close to $700, so it isnt cheap.  

In your situation I think I would wait for the Milwaukee and then compare. 

Good luck, having a lightweight battery saw around the mill has been a real good thing. 

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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2018, 01:38:41 PM »
I'd like one for making heavy docking cuts on timbers, and just to have around the mill for the odd quick cut. My mother is talking about getting one for fixing fences in the spring. No more dealing with mix gas and saws that won't start because they rarely get used.

There are YouTubes of the new M18 saw at the Milwaukee tool symposium. It looks very capable. Looks like $399.00 with a 12.0 ah battery and rapid charger. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2018, 01:46:34 PM »
I have owned and used a Stihl 120 C for about a year now, have been pleased with the performance. It fits nicely in the saw box on the quad, and accompanies on most trips to the woods. It has trimmed low hanging lilac, pine, walnut, and maple branches around the yard and really shined in an aerial bucket trimming fencerow limbs back. Recently used it to cut off excess 4X6 posts while deck building, and cut a three day supply of campfire wood while camped out in the U.P. It does not hog large amounts of wood, but used as designed and intended works well. I like the charger, shuts off automatically when battery is fully charged, don't like the tool-less chain tensioner. 


 

 

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Re: Cordless Chainsaws - your experiences - recommendations
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2018, 10:19:10 PM »
For the past year I have been using a 40V. brushless 14" Ryobi, and am well pleased.  I also have the Ryobi "weed eater" and hedge trimmer, so the (3) batteries get a nice workout.

The chainsaw was a "recon" from the "Tool Store" for $125 including the battery and charger.
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Re: Cordless Chainsaws - your experiences - recommendations
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2018, 06:02:12 PM »
Counsel Tool makes a nice cordless axe.  :)
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2018, 08:30:29 PM »
Check out Echo. I looked and it was affordable, had a long warranty(5 yrs  iirc), and a real chain tensioner with two real bolts holding the bar on. It was the only one that looked really rugged. I have had no problems with it so far. 58 volt model# ccs-58v

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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2018, 11:00:03 AM »
Glad to see this thread. I currently use a Echo 360T with a 16 bar when I use my bucket lift to trim trees. As I get older I can't keep starting the saw as I am  moving around with the lift to cut another limb and if you let it idle then pretty soon you are a oily mess from letting the saw idle. In general I love cordless tools. I think it is time to get serious about a cordless chain saw and maybe a cordless pole saw too. I didn't buy myself any thing for my birthday. LOL

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Re: Cordless Chainsaws - your experiences - recommendations
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2018, 11:43:58 AM »
If your in a bucket truck and want a battery saw or doing in tree work Husqvarna makes a top handle saw. HolmenTree who isn't really on here anymore,  has his own tree business and thats the battery saw he chooses to use. I think you can even get a backpack battery for it.
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2018, 09:19:49 PM »
HolmenTree who isn't really on here anymore...
Huh?! He was just on a week ago.
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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2018, 10:27:27 PM »
I talk with Willard (holmen) quite often on PM's. After some heated topics some month ago he withdrawed a bit from the forum. He also tells me that he is not able to log into the forum anymore, just pm's, i don't really know why that is or what's the problem. 

For me that is really sad because i think that he helped innumerous members with his wide chain saw knowledge. The chainsaw forum is half as interesting since Willards departure. 

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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2018, 12:09:55 AM »
I have a friend who dismantles old buildings for a living, he has three of the Kobalt saws, I think they are 40V, maybe more - he uses them on dry, old beams and loves them, has had one for three years.  He has a four or five man crew that works for him and they are a bit rough around the edges, so far they have not wrecked any of his saws.  
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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2018, 10:23:52 AM »
I talk with Willard (holmen) quite often on PM's. After some heated topics some month ago he withdrawed a bit from the forum. He also tells me that he is not able to log into the forum anymore, just pm's, i don't really know why that is or what's the problem.

For me that is really sad because i think that he helped innumerous members with his wide chain saw knowledge. The chainsaw forum is half as interesting since Willards departure.

I hope thats not a permanent situation. I really appreciated his contributions to the forum.
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Re: Cordless Chainsaws - your experiences - recommendations
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2018, 06:30:27 PM »
I have Makita cordless tools, no chainsaw, so found this video interesting:


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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2018, 11:36:15 PM »
I talk with Willard (holmen) quite often on PM's. After some heated topics some month ago he withdrawed a bit from the forum. He also tells me that he is not able to log into the forum anymore, just pm's, i don't really know why that is or what's the problem.

For me that is really sad because i think that he helped innumerous members with his wide chain saw knowledge. The chainsaw forum is half as interesting since Willards departure.

I hope thats not a permanent situation. I really appreciated his contributions to the forum.
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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2018, 12:22:13 AM »
Well, not sure what is going on here, but @HolmenTree  you were never banned, and never denied any sort of access by me for any reason. I've also not had any word you had trouble logging in.  If for some reason you got a banned message, it had to be from an old I.P. ban or something.  I can guarantee you have not even come up in any admin conversation about anything related to a ban or sponsor related conduct.

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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2018, 07:53:46 AM »
 I was hoping the story  behind the scenes was something like that
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