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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2023, 05:38:16 PM »
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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2023, 06:20:24 PM »
Yeah I cut that tree with a Husky 390xp, I had the battery saw in my pickup and I couldn't resist😊 Some guys I know, that should know better, got all fired up when I put that on FB. "There's no way you can drop a 36" tree with a 12" bar!"😂😂
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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2023, 06:44:32 PM »
Wood turners have been using electric and battery powered saws as they are ideal for using in a garage for trimming log rounds or splitting a round.  I have also seen folks lop off wood while the piece is on the lathe.

As for felling trees with a battery saw,  more battery power to ya!
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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2023, 08:21:02 PM »




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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2023, 10:07:49 PM »
 :D :D
 Hard to separate the saw from the operator in those  videos. Apparently using an electric saw means you can make narrow notch angles, bypass your notch cut, cut through your hinge, leave hangers, and do all kinds of other sloppy stuff without consequences. :D Yeah, I get it, plantation pine, easy felling, but that guy is so intent on selling that saw that he is moving faster than his brain can work trying to 'sell' the saw. I also thought I detected some 'strategic editing' going on. ;D
 Separating all the silliness and showmanship out, yeah, that saw works well for felling and limbing, but at the end of the second video he also shows that it comes up short on bucking rounds, which is where you need a real saw. If I was the guy standing behind him I would have just grabbed a gas saw off the tractor and gotten to it. Felling and limbing that small plantation stuff it fits in pretty well. Repetitive bucking, no flipping way IMO. I nearly fell asleep waiting for him to get through.

 I really did like that battery wedge he had in the first video and the ability to reset it for a better lift. That would be handy for me doing mushroom log trees which are thin and tend to hang, but not worth carrying all day long for the few I have to drive over.
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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2023, 12:37:26 AM »
Since this ain't about mill work anymore, I'll mention I tried a red and black battery saw one of my kids has, just to see.  It was not light in weight with the battery.  I didn't care for the ergonomics of the safety switch configuration -hands got fatigued by that a bit.

Was felling small conifers and limbing same.  I found it felt and performed decent for the notch and felling cuts, and was nearly unsuitable for limbing.  Too heavy, awkward, and underpowered for that biz.

That was saw's maiden voyage and when I looked at where I'd set it on the shop floor, the next morning, there was a little puddle of oil,  leaking out of the chain adjust screw hole.  

I hear a lot too about how handy it is to just pick one of these battery saws up and go do your random few cuts.  Sounds like a recipe for more injuries, as things like chaps, eye protection, etc. get skipped....time will tell.
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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2023, 01:06:09 AM »
My 7' Stihl electric pole saw is a dream come true. Very handy for pruning up trees to around 12', battery lasts longer than I am interested in cutting, great for reaching in to spruce and pruning the lower branches out of the way for dropping the tree (later with the MS261 ), and it cuts great (much like in the video). Made it easy to sell my Stihl telescoping pole saw. 
Same battery as my Stihl blower. 
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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2023, 02:10:28 AM »




Thatís the one I want to check out!! But doesnít seem to be available or itís limited in the US. They say it performs better than a 261. Pretty good reviews 40% more battery capacity is a game changer. Talking about the saw. 

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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2023, 02:21:08 AM »
Yeah I cut that tree with a Husky 390xp, I had the battery saw in my pickup and I couldn't resist😊 Some guys I know, that should know better, got all fired up when I put that on FB. "There's no way you can drop a 36" tree with a 12" bar!"😂😂
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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2023, 09:53:43 AM »
I use Husky battery tools including their chainsaw, which works well.  The pole saw and string trimmer are also good tools.  The hedge trimmer became inop the first season.  After some fits and starts, they finally solved the Husky battery problems. I never use my gas tools any more.




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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2023, 10:20:51 AM »
If you already have a bunch of cordless tools and the associated battery and charger infrastructure, I would seriously look in that direction and get the chainsaw offering by the same manufacturer.  I have a Makita cordless saw that uses two 18V 5.0Ah batteries.  It is great for lots of small tasks.  I originally saw it used at a timber framing class I went to, it was used to cut 8x8 and 10x12 pine to final length.  The lack of engine vibration meant it could make an accurate cut where the beam was too thick for even an oversize circular saw.  But since then, I've used the cordless saw whenever possible, including around the mill.  

There are often deals where if you buy a cordless tool, you get an extra set of batteries.  So I now have a bunch of the Makita 5.0 batteries and two chargers that each charge two batteries.  With one set of batteries on the saw and two more sets on the chargers, I can pretty much cut non stop if I want to.  


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« Reply #31 on: January 25, 2023, 10:11:57 PM »
I have been a chain saw collector for many years, at one point I had 500 of them. I have a Stihl MSA140 that I keep in my sawmill truck for use at the mill. Great for bumping knots and such.

I also sell Stihl products and will be attending a training session at our distributor next month. I am hoping they have a MSA300 there to test.

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« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2023, 08:37:16 PM »
I have the Milwaukee 16" battery powered saw it does a decent job for quick cuts.  Just to see what it would do I cut a red oak log that was 18" diameter, it had no trouble getting through it just had to chase the cut from the other side.  We also have the Stihl Battery chainsaw on the Rescue Squad that I drive where I work and it does a good job also.  The only thing I will note of these battery saws if something pinches the chain the saw will stop until you fix the issue.

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« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2023, 07:33:02 AM »
Oh the Echo has the power to cut through that 18" log ;)  In fact, I did a 17" dry fir in one of those videos and then, on the same battery, after cutting some small stuff, ripped another chunk of firewood in half with it!

It's surprising how much power it has and it handled the rip in some ways better than the gas powered 38cc saw.  The gas saw in the end was faster but the Echo held it's own!
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Re: Electric chainsaw for mill work
« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2023, 09:57:26 AM »
I just got my Hatchet m18 saw. Was preorder and finally shipped.  Cute little saw that can hang off a strap. 


 

 
Pretty  much all I use now are the electric saws. My 16 inch m18 saw will keep up with most small gas saws. And the m18 pole saw is awesome for trimming up in the air. In a couple weeks I should be able to order the m18 top handle 14 inch saw. The only  one I am disappointed in is the 20 volt dewalt saw I bought that is gutless and vibrates bad. Now that the gas saw ban is going in effect soon in California and other states are following we all need to embrace electric saws for smaller jobs. Actually I plan on picking up a spare Echo 590 just to have incase my present one dies before  the ban takes effect in NY. A changing world we live in now.
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« Reply #35 on: February 27, 2023, 06:44:28 AM »
Dewalt's new 60v has an 18in bar. We run a Dewalt 60v with a 16in bar around the mill and farm for about 3yrs now and we like it. As someone else pointed out find 1 that works with you're battery platform. FYI dwalt 60v battery will work on your 20v tools with no issues. 
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« Reply #36 on: February 27, 2023, 07:35:30 AM »
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We use a green works battery saw at the saw mill for misc trimming etc.  I believe that it is comparable to the descriptions that many of you have posted.  I am happy with it, although the batteries seem to die sooner at low temperatures below freezing, but have solved that issue by having a spare battery handy in the truck.

I do not see how my 3 and 4 foot oak trees are to be safely cut down with one of those battery saws when all states ban gas equipment.   Perhaps it is just my shortsightedness as I am confident that the politicians know more than I do.

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« Reply #37 on: February 27, 2023, 11:58:07 AM »
This is a problem with all batteries 

The lose capacity as they get colder.  Generally life cycles and AH ratings are based on a temperature of 70F.  At 32F they are down around 25% below cap.  By 0F they are at around 50%.

You won't see a loy odmf Teslas driving around way up north 😉

Meanwhile it gets worse.  LiPo batteries will not take a charge at low Temps though they seem to have improved that from the previous 50F min temp to 32F.  Fir example my new cabin batteries must be above 32F to take a charge but can discharge still at around 2F.

So it's important to keep them warm and know they will drain faster / due sooner in the cold.
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« Reply #38 on: February 27, 2023, 12:00:55 PM »
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Yes, OLJarhead is correct.

Our green works uses 60 volt batteries. . .  the same ones as our leaf blower and lawn mower.


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« Reply #39 on: February 27, 2023, 01:01:50 PM »
Politicians know best 👌 🤣😅😂

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