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Electric chainsaws
« on: October 08, 2005, 01:35:52 PM »
Can a good electric chainsaw do a proper job cutting firewood to length?

Thanks.

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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2005, 01:43:53 PM »
I have a small Hitachi ,use it mainly in the workshop. It works very well but I don't think I would want to  cut up too many logs with it.
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2005, 02:09:37 PM »
I've got a Homelite, only 'cause I got it FREE at the dump - Its o.k. for the occasional cut in a building where you don't care about fit or finish, I wouldn't want to cut  my wood though, too slow.   
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2005, 02:49:15 PM »
We like to call'em "sissy saws"!!!!
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2005, 09:00:44 PM »
Thanks fella's. :)

Guess I'll forgo looking at the Makita electric chainsaw and find some Quiche instead. :D

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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2005, 09:03:12 PM »


We use this Sears electric chainsaw around the mill. I think it's 4.5 amp with 16" bar.  Wouldn't be without one.  Thought about getting a second just so we could have one on one end of the sawshed and another on the other end.

I don't know if I'd take it as a first choice to cut fire wood but for lighter stuff, it'll work.  We'll butt off logs say 12" dia with it before we dig out the Stihl 044.
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2005, 10:19:57 PM »
I agree, I use mine for all kind of stuff. I also use it for small dia firewood that I bring in,then load it on saw buck.

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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2005, 11:54:11 PM »


Apparently Logosol makes a 220 version in Europe. As powerfull as a decent gas job.

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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2005, 07:58:47 AM »
Again, a thanks to all. Just may reconsider the electric saw when finances are available. [ poverty 55 ]

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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2005, 08:31:19 AM »
I saw a big electric chain saw used at a stave mill years ago.  I've not seen one since. 

I think we gave like $70 for this Sears model so the cost is less than the throw-away gas models.
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2005, 12:08:57 PM »
I have a 13 amp Husky at my millsite. Paid thru the nose but its a good unit. I use it for cutting flitches in half when Im makin long beams.  It can cut a 2 inch X 18 inch flitch faster than you can fire up and cut with a gas unit.  A very handy tool at the mill for cutting knotts,knotching when the log is "slightly " too large,emphasis on the "Slightly" heh..... ;D
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2005, 03:55:13 PM »
A griend of mine has a Stihl electric saw at his mill. It rests on a little shelf above the offbearer rolls. It's handy to pick up and trim the end off a board occasionally, but doesn't really have the power to cut alot of firewood.
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2005, 04:09:14 PM »
If you do buy an electric saw make sure it has a gear driven oiler.

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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2005, 04:27:44 PM »
I cut blocking to length with a Prazi beam saw. Skilsaw with a chainsaw bar.  I'd not want to use it for firewood but works well on 8x8's.
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2005, 04:49:07 PM »
I bought a Sears (cheap) electric saw and put a logwizzard debarker on it/// lasted about 2 logs and ate the drive system//  JP
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2005, 09:50:28 PM »
I have an electric Poulan chainsaw I use inside my shop during the winter if I need to rough cut out a bowl blank for woodturning.
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2005, 10:15:01 PM »
There are one or two threads on the this forum somewhere that indicate that some safety equipment ment for chainsaws doesn't work good with electric chainsaws.   I'm specifically thinking of chaps. 
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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2005, 08:18:56 AM »
Again - Thank you very much for all the replies.

I have a Husky 365 with 18 and 24 in. bars but something lighter would be nice for small diameter firewood which mine will be.

Also thinking of taking it up a tree for limbing. Think the lighter weight and instant on/off would be helpfull. I'd use a generator when doing this.

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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2005, 11:18:53 AM »
You do not want to take an electric saw up into a tree without GFCI protection. Not to mention dragging 50+ feet of 12 guage cord behind you will make the saw tough to handle and dangerous by itself.

I use a Husky 365 and MS-180. I use the MS-180 for firewood once in a while when I only have a little to do. The reality is, even though the Husky is heavier, it is better for firewood because it gets done much quicker.

The little MS-180 is much quicker then the 14 and 16" electrics I have and I think it probably weighes in close to the Remington with that huge motor. Plus, the electrics I have do not have anti-vib stuff, and the Husky has less vib. then the smaller MS-180!

From experience gained by repairing electrics from customers, one thing you have to take in account is that they have a plastic drive system which will completely shred if the chain gets jammed. So, I am not surprised one died quickly while using it to debark logs. When people are cutting limbs and catch the chain in a kerf, it is usually the end of the electric saw because they do not have a clutch system and the drive system is plastic. Plus, most I have seen do not have an anti-kickback brake (my Remington does).


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Re: Electric chainsaws
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2005, 10:41:41 PM »
The best Electric chain saw made is the Dolmar ES-171.  As far as electrics go this one is second to none.


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