The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

iDRY Vacuum Kilns


Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:


TimberKing Sawmills



Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Norwood Industries Inc.




Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

Michigan Firewood, your BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

Baker Products

ECHO-Bearcat

iDRY Wood Lumber Vacuum Drying for everyon

Nyle Kiln Dry Systems

Chainsawr, The Worlds Largest Inventory of Chainsaw Parts

Smith Sawmill Service

Dynamic Green Products Inc.





Author Topic: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?  (Read 948 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline stanmillnc

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Posts: 59
  • Age: 42
  • Location: Charlotte, NC
  • Gender: Male
  • Work hard and good things happen
    • Share Post
    • Stanley's Sawmill - Specialty Wood Supply
Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« on: November 18, 2020, 01:07:12 PM »
Looking to buy a battery chainsaw for my sawmill operation to quickly trim logs for milling. I see that some forum members have commented that the Stihl 200 36V model performs well; albeit it's expensive. I see the new Husqvarna battery saw gets good reviews online as well. How about other models, like GreenWorks, the Harbor Freight Atlas 80v 18" bar model, etc.? Just looking for feedback from users.

Offline Southside

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 7360
  • Age: 48
  • Location: Wilsons (Dinwiddie County), VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Have a plan to saw every log you meet.
    • Share Post
    • White Oak Meadows
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2020, 01:15:49 PM »
I have an 80V Kobalt 18" that has been surprisingly good for the price you pay, and it comes with a 3 year warranty.  Also have an M18 Fuel Milwaukee that is excellent.  The bar and chain on that is a bit more "pro", but it's only 16" and honestly the Kobalt performs just as well, which was a shock to me.  
Franklin buncher and skidder
JD Processor
Woodmizer LT Super 70 and LT35 sawmill, KD250 kiln, BMS 250 sharpener and setter
Riehl Edger
Woodmaster 725 and 4000 planner and moulder
Enough cows to ensure there is no spare time.
White Oak Meadows

Offline barbender

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 7715
  • Age: 45
  • Location: Deer River MN
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2020, 03:18:48 PM »
I have a Dewalt 20 volt, I think it only has a 12" bar on it. It's handy as heck around the mill, but I wouldn't use it to actually buck logs of any size. Bumping a knot off, trimming boards and such it works great for. It's kind of a top handle configuration that can be ran with one hand, which is why I got it.
Too many irons in the fire

Offline reride82

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 394
  • Age: 36
  • Location: Butte, MT
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2020, 03:46:05 PM »
I have a Dewalt 20 volt, I think it only has a 12" bar on it. It's handy as heck around the mill, but I wouldn't use it to actually buck logs of any size. Bumping a knot off, trimming boards and such it works great for. It's kind of a top handle configuration that can be ran with one hand, which is why I got it.
I have the same one, and it is incredibly handy for what it is. Great for in the pickup, on the four wheeler, or even for my wife to use. Granted I have a whole slew of Dewalt 20v tools so batteries aren't a problem.
Levi
'Do it once, do it right'

'First we shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us'
Living life on the Continental Divide in Montana

Offline barbender

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 7715
  • Age: 45
  • Location: Deer River MN
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2020, 06:12:08 PM »
Exactly my thoughts, my wife can use this where she probably wouldn't get a gas saw started. The problem is that it's always in my pickup with me😊
Too many irons in the fire

Offline ESFted

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 188
  • Age: 78
  • Location: Yorktown, Virginia
  • Gender: Male
  • Just a chain saw, so far.
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2020, 06:47:14 PM »
I have the Ego 18" and am very impressed with it.  Didn't think a battery power was going to be tough enough to take the knocking around that usually happens, but had a chance to use my son-in-law's Kobalt for a couple of tough jobs and was happy with the ease of use battery power provides.  Saw some good reviews of the Ego stuff and bought into the system.  No regrets...except the cost of batteries. I bought two different tools as kits that came with battery and charger, so between those two batteries I can do most anything before my personal battery wears down.
S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry '65
Stihl MS661CRM, Stihl MS460,  Stihl MSE 220, Solo 64S, Granberg Alaskan MK-IV CSM
Dreams of a Wm LT70 w/all the accessories

Offline Tom King

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 411
  • Age: 70
  • Location: Lake Gaston, Henrico, NC
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
    • HistoricHousePreservation
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2020, 07:45:18 PM »
Doesn't apply to anything you need, but I have the little one battery top handle Makita chainsaw.  It looks, and feels like a toy, but I really like it.  I use it up in a lift bucket, or for climbing.  I even cut off a 5" Red Oak limb with it, and it did the job fine.

If you have batteries for some brand of other tools, I'd look at what they make.  I bought my little saw tool only, since I already had the batteries.

One thing about battery saws, they're easy to start.

Online Magicman

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 40620
  • Age: 77
  • Location: Brookhaven, MS
  • Gender: Male
  • A "Traveling Man"
    • Share Post
    • Knothole Sawmill
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2020, 08:25:39 PM »
I have been very pleased with my Ryobi 40v chainsaw.  I also have a weed wacker and hedge trimmer and they all use the same battery.
Knothole Sawmill, LLC     '98 Wood-Mizer LT40SuperHydraulic   WM Million BF Club Member   WM Pro Sawyer Network

Never allow your "need" to make money to exceed your "desire" to provide quality service.....The Magicman

Offline woodworker9

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 562
  • Age: 56
  • Location: Northern Illinois
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
    • Elite Concrete Raising Co.
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2020, 12:52:09 AM »
I have the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 16" saw.  Bought it on a screaming deal with a M18 blower, and both tools surprised me.  Really good.  I use the chainsaw for trimming and even bucking small logs, and it works better than expected.  Came with the 12 A-hr HD battery, which lasts a long time.
03' LT40HD25 Kohler hydraulic w/ accuset
MS 441, MS 290, New Holland L185

Offline weimedog

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1466
  • Location: CNY
  • Gender: Male
  • Better to be a "Has Been" than a "Never Been"!
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2020, 04:41:35 AM »
I've had and used the Husqvarna 120i saw, their low cost option at $270 or so complete with battery and charger. Awesome. Enough power to actually get something done and no issues. Best bang per buck in that class of saw for the home owner for certain. Used it this week for breaking down pine tree limbs. Did a video a couple of years back where it's capabilities are demonstrated as compared to a hot 50cc saw....( no it's not in that league! )

Husqvarna 365sp/372xpw Blend, Jonsered 2171 51.4mm XPW build,562xp HTSS, 560 HTSS, 272XP, 61/272XP, 555, 257, 242, 238, Homelite S-XL 925, XP-1020A, Super XL (Dad's saw); Jonsered 2094, Three 920's, CS-2172, Solo 603; 3 Huztl MS660's (2 54mm and 1 56mm)

Offline Fishnuts2

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Posts: 89
  • Age: 67
  • Location: SE Minnesota
  • I'm working my way through retirement!
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2020, 08:53:05 AM »
I was pleasantly surprised at my Oregon 40V saw.  I limbed a large Pine and bucked most of it up with one charge.  It cuts similar to one of my 30cc saws.  Except my Echo 2511 which is in a league of it's own.

Offline gspren

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2278
  • Age: 69
  • Location: Airville, PA & Fenwick, DE
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2020, 09:10:44 AM »
I have the Greenworks with a 16" bar and it's handy to have on the ATV and during trips to the hunting camp, it can reside in the FJ Cruiser the entire time and no gas fumes. It is not what I use for firewood cutting but if there's a big branch or even a tree across the cabin driveway it will get it opened up.
Stihl 041, 044 & 261, JD 2355 4X4 w/fel, JD 620, Yamaha Kodiak 400 & trailer, Kubota 400 RTV,  P&M OWB, 75 acres to play.

Offline Caloren

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 174
  • Age: 76
  • Location: Brentwood, CA
  • Gender: Male
  • 1940 9N ford
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2020, 11:25:52 AM »
I've had my Milwaukee M-18 chainsaw over a year now and really like it. This last spring a high wind broke some limbs off some of our Black Oaks and broke the tops off a couple smaller ones. In cleaning up my Son-in-law was using my 028 and I the m-18 cutting all this up for firewood. One limb I was cutting on had only 1 inch of that 16" bar showing out of that limb, but the saw just kept on keeping on! Could the M-18 keep up with the 028? Oh heck no, but I was still impressed with the M-18.
Stihl MS 170, Stihl MS 310, Stihl 028 AV Super, and half a dozen other no-accounts! Cat D4 D.

Offline gspren

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2278
  • Age: 69
  • Location: Airville, PA & Fenwick, DE
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2020, 06:59:02 PM »
I'm very tempted to sell all/most of my battery tools of 3 different brands and start over with the M18 Milwaukee line, be nice to have everything be able to use the same batteries/charger. 
Stihl 041, 044 & 261, JD 2355 4X4 w/fel, JD 620, Yamaha Kodiak 400 & trailer, Kubota 400 RTV,  P&M OWB, 75 acres to play.

Offline UVXYpaulSPY

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2020, 11:33:40 AM »
Can't beat my Kobalt 80v or Ryobi 40v, 18in and 16in bars respectively. These are great for quick 15m jobs where you don't want to fire up a gas saw. I was really impressed with the Kobalt, has quite a few cuts in it per charge. Battery charges quick enough (especially on the kobalt) where you can keep a couple batteries in rotation for longer jobs. Not going to do the work of my 620p or 362.

For regular use, I would not own them without at least a second battery so that you never run out of juice.

Offline John Mc

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5493
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Monkton, Vermont
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2020, 07:20:31 PM »
What little I've used a friend's Milwaukee M18, it seems to cut about like a good 40cc gas saw.

In Youtube reviews in timed cuts, other electric saws with higher chain speeds out cut it by a coupe seconds in softwoods, but the Milwaukee did better under heavier loads, such as when cutting hardwoods. Here's one video by Project Farm with some comparisons. (I can't find the other I was looking at right now.)

 
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.   - Abraham Maslow

Offline DeerMeadowFarm

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1225
  • Age: 56
  • Location: Central Massachusetts
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2020, 10:32:19 AM »
Quick question on the battery saws: Someone told me that they are not as safe as a gas saw due to the clutch system. He said that chaps won't stop the chain....? Comments?

Offline John Mc

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5493
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Monkton, Vermont
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2020, 11:25:09 AM »
It's true that most chaps are not designed to stop an electric saw. An electric motor does not "stall" the way a gas engine does: a gas engine will bog down and die under a heavy enough load - which is exactly what the chap design is counting on: the fibers clog up the works of the saw, stalling the engine. However, even if you completely stop an electric motor, it's still trying to turn as long as here is power to it. A small shift in the fibers could free it up allowing it to start turning again.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.   - Abraham Maslow

Offline Caloren

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 174
  • Age: 76
  • Location: Brentwood, CA
  • Gender: Male
  • 1940 9N ford
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2020, 12:25:45 PM »
I remember a you tube video where they were trying out electric saws on a pair of chaps, and it did stop the chain. Remember also that the motor stops as soon as you release the trigger. With no load, the chain on my Milwaukee stops in less than one revolution, with any kind of load it will stop immediately. I just wear my chaps and don't worry about what saw I am running.  8)
Stihl MS 170, Stihl MS 310, Stihl 028 AV Super, and half a dozen other no-accounts! Cat D4 D.

Offline UVXYpaulSPY

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2020, 12:28:42 AM »
On both my Kobalt 80v and Ryobi 40v, I have yellow label chains. When pushed too hard, they both WILL trip the motor overload protect circuit and require releasing trigger for at least 5 seconds before they will start to cut again.

I'm sure that is designed to not overload the electric motor, but would think it would be the same concept as with chaps fibers tangling the sprockets.

Offline Ianab

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 14298
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Stratford , New Zealand
  • Gender: Male
  • Marmite on toast is a real breakfast
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2020, 01:18:52 AM »
Quick question on the battery saws: Someone told me that they are not as safe as a gas saw due to the clutch system. He said that chaps won't stop the chain....? Comments?
Chaps will still stop an electric chainsaw, but it takes a fraction of a second longer. This is because with an electric motor the torque increases as the revs drop, opposite of a gas engine.
So the sprocket might get a couple more turns before it gets totally snarled up and the overload trips. 
Will that be enough to chew through the chaps and into your leg? Don't know, hopefully not, but even if it does get through it's going to be slowing down and shouldn't bite very deep. 
So it is true that chaps are less effective with an electric saw. They will still protect you better than anything else though. Probably take 2X as long to pick the nylon out of the sprocket, but that's a small price if you have saved your your leg. 
Weekend warrior, Peterson JP test pilot, Dolmar 7900 and Stihl MS310 saws and  the usual collection of power tools :)

Offline mad murdock

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3528
  • Age: 56
  • Location: NW OREGON Near Carlton.
  • Gender: Male
  • The woods is the best "office"!
    • Share Post
Re: Battery Chainsaws - user experiences?
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2020, 01:21:45 AM »
I have had the Milwaukee M18 chainsaw for almost 2 years now.  I have done some tree topping with it, and a lot of cleanup around the mill etc.  It will cut almost a cord of wood on a charge.  Nice thing about using it for aerial work, is you can really hear what’s going on with the wood, and you seem to have much better feel for anticipating what will happen as it is so quiet compared to a gas saw!  I would highly recommend the Milwaukee saw, comes with Oregon bar and chain too, so that is a plus, IMO
Turbosawmill M6 (now M8) Warrior Ultra liteweight, Granberg Alaskan III, lots of saws-gas powered and human powered :D


Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
Cordless Chainsaws - your experiences - recommendations

Started by opticsguy on Chainsaws

71 Replies
10541 Views
Last post December 08, 2018, 12:49:42 PM
by sumday
xx
Opinions on various battery powered chainsaws

Started by Jdock on Chainsaws

22 Replies
826 Views
Last post January 02, 2021, 03:52:31 AM
by Guydreads
moved
MOVED: Will our new Governement leaders ban all gasoline chainsaws make the battery onl

Started by Jeff on Chainsaws

0 Replies
282 Views
Last post December 20, 2020, 12:39:33 PM
by Jeff
moved
MOVED: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws

Started by Kevin on Forestry and Logging

0 Replies
1383 Views
Last post March 02, 2011, 09:20:25 AM
by Kevin
 


Powered by EzPortal