Thoughts On Electric Chainsaws

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by cjsloane, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. cjsloane

    cjsloane Monkey

    Please chime in.
    I have a Neuton cordless which is OK, good for saplings and I'm looking to get something a little beefier. I'm particularly interested in the Oregon 40 volt or any others that have a built-in sharpener.
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  2. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have the Ryobi 18v (only because I already had the batteries for my other cordless tools) and the stock chain is crap. I could cut faster with a hand saw.
    I replaced the chain with one that was "less" safety orientated and now it cuts great. I have cut down 6-8" diameter trees with it and use it for keeping my tree stands limb free.

    I have hear great things about the higher voltage saws, and they may be better but they are out of my price range at the moment.

    Stihl or Oregon would both be good options from what I remember when I was looking at them.
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  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Nothing like a Good Stihl..... and electric is for Hobbyists, not Real Tree Cutters.....
  4. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Actually, I use an electric for small jobs. No need to bust out my gas powered 4000# (exaggeration, but it feels like it weighs that much when I am up on a ladder) Stihl to cut a 6" limb when my electric Black and Decker chainsaw will handle the job nicely from the ground on it's extension pole. YMMV
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  5. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    I'll be interested if I could get a good deal on 1000 ft extension cords.[tongue]
  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Great on twigs and for limbing out saplings. Not much good for teal wood gathering, whether for fuel or shelter. If it is for home garden use, they're OK.
  7. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    tis just another tool.
    it has it's usefulness.
    If your prime source of fuel is wood. This is not the right tool for that.

    If you are a suburbanite that needs to do some trimming and storm clean up. It'll probably work.

    If you are using it as a defensive tool as an apartment dweller. You are the freakin' Man (or woman) no one is gonna make it in your door and leave with all their body parts. (this may also be used by certain organizations to dismantle rats for disposal)
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2014
  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    [​IMG][​IMG] (I was in this movie:D)
    Go gas. If you get sucked back in history, it would be easier to create fuel than generate enough electricity, while fighting witches.
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  9. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Have a Poulan electric that has done a lot of back yard work. The clutch has failed so will have it repaired asap. The big "Husky" does the heavy work and the two lighter ones do the smaller jobs. Electrics have their places.
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  10. cjsloane

    cjsloane Monkey

    Would be if I make a RMH.
  11. cjsloane

    cjsloane Monkey

    This is why the Oregon electric appeals to me - built in sharpener!
  12. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    I have had a Oregon Electric Sharpener for two decades. I have used it maybe 4 times. When I setup to sharpen my chains, I do 40 or 50 at a time, and then hang them out in the Toolshed. It takes me about 5 years to go thru them all, and then I resharpen all of them at once. I build ONE New Chain a year, for my Saws, and Rotate Out the worst of the chains, during Resharpening. I can get maybe 4 or 5 good resharpenings out of each Chain, depending how many Dirt Strikes the chain gets, before it is changed out. Nothing like a Good Sharp Chain, when you have a Saw Job to do, out in the Woods. If the chain is cutting 1/4" to 1/2" Slivers of SawDust, it is cutting Just Fine..... ....
  13. cjsloane

    cjsloane Monkey

    I can't post a link yet but amazon sells them for sure. There are a few good videos on youtube.

    I would be cutting 4-5" logs for shiitakes. My husband keeps cutting huge logs that are too heavy to move.

    I also have a ton of saplings I'd like to clear.
  14. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey


    I have a friend (maybe more!) that has cleared 10 acres of salt ceader with a 110Vac chain saw that is powered by a portable generator on a small trailer, pulled by the yard mower. The Honda Gen is quiet and the sound of a Buzz Tails' rattles can be heard when using the saw. pretty important! This system is also good for the smaller or weaker folks and allows clearing to be a small bit at a time, then too the Gen is around for bad weather events and can power a light for night use.
  15. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Voltage drop would kill the deal unless you figure to ues #2 wire!
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  16. cjsloane

    cjsloane Monkey

    I actually took a farm safety workshop with my daughter last year that included use of chainsaws. I don't think the ear protection is as necessary with electric though.
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  17. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Exactly the arrangement I use. Husky saw, a nice machine.
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  18. cjsloane

    cjsloane Monkey

    Your post made me wonder how an electric compared with gas in terms of decibels. Google "Quiet Chainsaws - Noise Pollution Clearinghouse" and you'll find the pdf I did.

    The report did review the Neuton which I use, and they said it was quiet enough that hearing protection was not needed!
  19. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    This really does not work well! It only sharpens/removes steel on the top of the chain. In doubt? Go check out a real set of chain saw sharpening tools that retains the correct angles of the CHIPPER teeth. The sharp chipper teeth at the correct angle are the key to a quick cutting chainsaw!

  20. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    I wonder why one NEVER sees Hearing Protection used by Loggers when falling, or branching, logs out in the woods? I mean really, could it be that they are more interested in working SAFELY, and being able to hear what is going on Around them. If you can't hear your Partner yell, you could be a Dead Logger...
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