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Offline ljmathias

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2017, 10:02:16 PM »
Update on the electric Stihl: been using it a couple weeks now (shoulder healing REAL slow) and while it has its pros, it's got a few cons. One is battery life: was told by the salesman that it would last at least an hour. Truth be told, make that 20 minutes of steady cutting. Worst part is you only get one battery with it. At least with a 20 v Dewalt driver you get 2 batteries so you can swap and keep going. And cost for a second battery is half the price of the saw and battery new: say what?

Second is power, of which there ain't much. Sure, it will cut through a 6" log if you have lots of patience and keep the teeth sharp, but it won't do it anytime soon.

That being said, the little bugger is the only way I get to saw any firewood right now, so the pros clearly outweigh the cons. It's not so much that you get what you pay for (costs the same as a smaller gas powered Stihl), it's that you better know what you're getting before you pay.

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2017, 12:14:02 AM »
I bought one of these for my wife and she (and I) absolutely love it. Stihl makes 2 batteries for that saw. I forget the capacity offhand, but the smaller one sucks and is useless. The larger capacity works great. The batteries aren't cheap, but we have 3 or 4 of the larger ones now and a host of their electric tools. I no longer get tasked with trying to start a flooded chainsaw of weedwhacker because my wife (Bless her heart...) can't figure out how to start a cold Stihl if her life depends on it and she will flood it every time...
 
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2017, 03:11:21 PM »
ljmathias- Make sure you have the correct battery for your saw! I was sold the AK-10 battery for my 120C-BQ, it came as a kit along with the charger. Being disappointed with the initial run-time, I researched and discovered the saw should have been sold with the AK-20 battery. The dealer made it right, and I have been pleased with the performance since. Also, if you catch the leaf-blower on sale you can get a second battery and charger plus the blower for about the same price as a second battery alone.

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2017, 09:34:44 PM »
Thanks for that last comment. Need to check on which I have cause here's the bad news: the dealer assured me battery he included would go an hour of cutting. Just finished cutting some smallish firewood and barely got 20 minutes from the first charge. Put it on the charger, rejuiced it for almost 2 hours till all the green lights were out (fully charged) and again got only 20 minutes of cutting time. That's a full front bucket of wood on my hybrid backhoe/tractor so I guess I can't complain, and having to wait two hours between loads gives me plenty of time for a cup or two of coffee and a reasonable nap...   ;D

Point is: batteries on these Stihls don't seem to last very long, and never believe the dealer. He never actually goes out and uses the stuff he sells (at least at my store here) so he's just blowing smoke.

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #24 on: December 09, 2017, 07:06:13 PM »
I am glad to read a review on this battery saw. I've been looking at them online. Thanks
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« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2017, 09:15:09 PM »
Also appreciate the review.
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #26 on: December 20, 2017, 05:39:56 PM »
Update again: shoulder getting some better but oh, so slow! Anyway, still cutting firewood with the battery powered Stihl and no matter how much I use it, battery life isn't getting any longer. Hanging in there for maybe 20 minutes of continuous use. For me that works- enough firewood to fill the bucket on the backhoe, then back to the barn to plug in the battery and to the house to dump fire wood. And THEN I have a great excuse to go in and have a cup of coffee. Maybe I should be thanking Stihl for limited battery use...

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2018, 07:19:31 PM »
LJ: you may need to consider surgery. My sister had it once on each shoulder and recovered each time within 2 months.
I tore my rotator cuff about 5 years ago. I went to the PT for some exercises and a massage.  I came home in agony and couldn't move it for 3 days.  Never went back.
It took 2 years to heal completely because I re-injured it about 4 times in the first year by testing it too soon.

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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2018, 06:15:28 PM »
Thanks, BD but the doctor recommended against it. Said that where the tear was (he could see it on a new high resolution ultrasound they have now) operation would do more damage and take even longer to heal. Sure, it's coming back slow but slow is okay at my age- worked out at the Y this morning and managed to add weight on the machines that I had real trouble with right after the tear. Took it slow and careful and came home feeling good for a change. Sure, it aches a lot and I can't roll onto my side or front at night sleeping, but hey, it IS getting better. Problem is, it will just about be healed when I'm too old to know or care- turned 69 couple of days ago and celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary the same day. Life is great!

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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2018, 11:51:11 PM »
About 10 years ago I dropped a heavy log on my left shoulder. Doctor x-rayed it and said nothing broke.

I finally got a MRI last year on it and the new doc says I have a 1"1" tear in my supra sponatus and a 1/2"3/8" tear in my teress minor muscles.
He didn't recommend surgery as he took notice that I'm nearing 60 years old and still working physical labor for a living.
Only if the pain continues and is unbearable should I go for the surgery he said.
So after doing exercises for those muscle groups with a rubber hose exerciser I am pretty well pain free and can now comfortably sleep on that shoulder.
It funny when someone explains how those injured muscles move your arm and then instruct how to make them stronger. Sure made a world of difference.
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2018, 10:09:43 PM »
I have had a battery powered Stihl for two seasons and appreciate it for many jobs.
I have a small Christmas tree plot and offer to cut them for customers.
In the past I had to  put earplugs in and worry about the kids running around when I couldn't hear.
I also take it to the woodlot and use it to trim branches until the battery runs out.
Then I don earplugs and start my gas saws.
I also use the battery in a blower and a weed trimmer
I want to get a pole saw that uses the battery at some point...
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2018, 01:28:59 AM »
I use an electric 115 volt chainsaw. I have a slip on generator that slides in
the frame of my garden tractor and it has a 50ft auto rewind cord on it.
So anywhere I can take my little tractor I have an electric saw.

 

 
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« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2018, 06:57:53 AM »
Wow, Kbeitz, that's some set up. Problem still is getting extension cord wrapped up in limbs and such.

As to my rotater cuff tear, very slowly getting better. And I do mean slowly. Been months now and still can't roll over during the night or flex it the wrong way. Good news is I can now reach behind my back some and soap my left armpit (TMI?) just barely. Also gradually building back weight on the machines at the Y. Best advice I had from the doctor was to CAREFULLY do strength building exercises. Range of motion is crucial at first but then you have to put muscle back on, and for an older person, that ain't easy and takes time. I keep remembering the tortoise vs the hare race: I may be slow but I'm sure not fast...

The other good news is I can start my regular Stihls again. The battery powered one goes along for trimming when I'm tired of the noise or have to reach high- if it drops or slips out of my hand, it stops, unlike the gas powered one. But then, who ever plans on dropping a running chainsaw?

LJ
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Re: Battery powered Stihl?
« Reply #33 on: January 23, 2018, 11:16:41 AM »
ljmathias,
Cold packs are your arm's best friend. 
A bit of careful exercise followed by 10 minutes of cold will help the blood flow and reduce inflammation.


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