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Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« on: March 03, 2020, 03:11:36 PM »
Have read other posts on the battery powered tools so thought it would be appropriate to report on the M18 Milwaukee Chainsaw.
Last fall we thinned out about an acre of trees, mostly Tan Oak and Madrone with some small fir and pine. We cut up all the large trees but left the small trees, brush, and trimmed limbs for next time. Well next time they were covered by snow! We have now been up there for two three day weekends using the M18 to help cut up the long limbs to fit in my 8 foot trailer to haul up to a clearing for burning. The limbs are up to three inches in diameter and up to eighteen feet long. The saw is not in constant use, just throw the limbs in the trailer, pick up the saw to trim, set it down, throw some more on, trim, etc. We used it this way for a day and a half before the 12 amp battery was almost dead. One day I put a 5amp battery on to finish up and it lasted about two hours. It was nice to just pick up the saw, pull the trigger and cut, not like picking up an idling saw and have it die as you lift it, or having to start a gas saw every time to make a couple quick cuts.
 After the brush was cleaned up we cut up the small trees for firewood using the Milwaukee, none over 6 inches in diameter. This was using the saw steadily for about an hour with no problems. I really liked the saw for this type of use.
 Milwaukee claims the saw has the power of a 38cc gas saw, weeell I guess it depends on which 38cc saw. I know my MS170 30cc saw has more power than the M18, of course that may be because the chain on the M18 is traveling at only 6000 rpm versus the faster speed of the 170. Also the 170 has a 14" bar versus the 16" bar of the M18.
 The M18 weighs about 13 pounds with the 12 amp battery, the MS170 weighs about 10 pounds with empty fuel and oil tanks. Now don't take these weights to seriously because I just used our bathroom scales!
 One other thing; after the 12 amp battery died I found a 14" diameter section of Tan Oak so I wondered what the Milwaukee would do with the 5 amp battery, it cut about half way through and just stopped, I thought "what did I burn up now". Turns out nothing, I think the electronics in the battery or the saw turned off when one or the other was over heating, a safety feature. I am sure it would have cut through with the 12 amp battery.
 Yes, I like the saw and have used it a couple times around the house, much easier than dragging out an extension cord to use one of our electric saws!
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2020, 04:50:03 PM »
What are the specs on the chain? Is It standard .050 gauge 3/8lp? Is the bar the standard consumer bar they use on Poulan echo et al?

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2020, 08:47:36 PM »
Did you weigh the saw with the battery full or empty?  Just wondering how much of a difference it makes. Just kidding, I have several of the M18 Fuel tools and have been very happy with them.  :D
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2020, 08:57:21 PM »
I've got the 20v DeWalt...while not as powerfull as the Milwaukee, it's so convient to use. Pick it up and cut, no pulling a cord.
I cut back 900' of woodline last spring, all small 2-3" trees and limbs. Only used the DeWalt and the Stihl pole saw.

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2020, 12:28:43 AM »
lxskllr, the chain is .043 gauge 3/8 LP, I believe Oregon. Probably the bar is Oregon also. One thing I forgot to mention is the 'scrench', it is in a recess in the bottom of the saw and will need a screw driver or something to pry it out. One nice thing about that is that my Stihl 'scrench' fits the bar nuts[ on the small end] so I never use the Milwaukee one.
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2020, 10:49:29 AM »
If somehow they could get the rpms up this would be an awesome saw. I had high hopes of using the Milwaukee for quick cuts on my log building project. It soon got left in the shed. Does work great for limbing and brush cutting. I'm sure rpms are an engineering limitation. If I get time I might modify a Milwaukee saw and see what happens at higher rpm. 

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2021, 11:24:11 PM »
I got the Stihl saw they made for gals and old guys. being an old gal myself.  I couldn't pull fast enough to start the big Stihl.  Then I got several of the Milwaukee Fuel tools.  They are very convenient!.  The only complaint I have about them is there is no where to go for service or assistance.  One of my batteries died under warranty and they took care of me right a way over the internet.  But the closest service center is two hours away and the manuals are too sparse.

Recently I needed a pole saw and went for the Milwaukee.  I was cutting and popped the chain (due to my inexperience).  I took it off, cleaned everything, put the chain back on, tightened chain according to the instructions, and filled the oil tank. The chain hesitates when I pull the trigger.  When I touch the limb, it quits spinning altogether.  I don't know what else to trouble shoot.  I am sure I probably did something "stupid."  Is there anyone out there with some wisdom for me? 

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2021, 12:02:28 PM »
I would check the drive sprocket to make sure the chain is seated correctly.  Randy

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2021, 07:47:54 AM »
Often when you "pop a chain" some of the drive links get burrs on them or even bent. Try to pull the chain through the groove in the bar and it shouldn't bind, try all the chain on both sides of the bar.
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Re: Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2021, 01:00:54 PM »
I've got the 20v DeWalt...while not as powerfull as the Milwaukee, it's so convient to use. Pick it up and cut, no pulling a cord.
I cut back 900' of woodline last spring, all small 2-3" trees and limbs. Only used the DeWalt and the Stihl pole saw.

Ed

I have a 20 volt dewalt pole saw. I have a 40 acre timber farm and do thinning for forest fire management and trimming lower branches is critical, I am committed to 20V DeWalt stuff as I have many power tools and loads of The 5AH batteries already and bought a DeWalt pole saw and used it to trim branches, it works for many hours on a single battery. Loads of power.

I have a Honda UMC 435 powerhead with the pole saw feature, but this Dewalt is so much lighter and easier to use.

Its an 8" bar, looks like DeWalts own bar, not sure of the chain, but it is a 3/8LP with a .043 gauge I think. I see Oregon sells replacement chains for it. It had an extension unit too for reaching way up there.

Oiling is done by the motor driving a pump, so if chain is moving, its oiling.

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