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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. 
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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 whats 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
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