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Electric Chainsaws

#1 Post by Blaine » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:32 pm

I don't cut wood for heat. I would like to have one for the camper in case I need a little camp firewood, or need to get a tree out of the way trying to get back off the mountain.
Which battery chainsaw do you have? How do you like it. It doesn't need to run all afternoon, just "long enough" to be useful when out and about in the Cascades.
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#2 Post by fordwannabe » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:39 pm

Sorry mine says STIHL and uses dead dinosaur guts to run
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#3 Post by Blaine » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:15 pm

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Sorry mine says STIHL and uses dead dinosaur guts to run
When I was cutting a couple cords a year for a fireplace, that was the way to go.
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#4 Post by Bronco » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:38 pm

Unless you got a way to recharge... just in case; IMHO a small gas rig or even a bow saw that works all the time is the way to go. I always have the axe and bow saw when camping and sometimes the gas rig comes along.
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#5 Post by JB » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:41 pm

I'd go with a small gas saw as well. I don't have a lot of faith in the battery ones. With brands it's kind of a Chevy vs. Ford thing. There's really not a much difference between the same price level saws of Husqvarna, Stihl, and even Echo.

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#6 Post by Grizz » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:02 pm

YaBut, if you carry a generator, I would go with a 'lectric saw. I used them in house construction and cutting pilings. Big pilings. So, big-ish trees. Whichever one has the highest amp consumption with a 14" bar will do amazing stuff. Otherwise, I'd stay with gas. I think the battery one could have uses, such as the ones above, but for being out and about, I wouldn't want to get a job half done with a crapped out battery.

plus, if I had a battery job for maintenance stuff around the house, I'd still take a gas saw, or genset and 110v saw, and leave the battery one at the house.


I used a poulan with a 14" bar all winter in alaska when my stihl went south. I cut BIG logs into rounds with it. Just keep it sharp, it won't lug if you don't lean on it...

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#7 Post by Old No7 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:04 pm

I'd normally agree gas is the way to go...

But the man asked for electric. :wink:

My brother has had really good luck with his 20v DeWalt 12" Compact Chainsaw. I just checked it out on Amazon and see it's rated 4.5 of 5 stars with over 750 raters -- not too shabby.

It's $126 without a charger or battery, which isn't an issue if you're already setup with DeWalt tools.

For your limited uses Blaine, I think this might do the job.

FWIW, I've been very impressed with my selection (or is now a collection?) of DeWalt 20V tools. Their Inflator/Deflator might be handy to have in your camper too.

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#8 Post by Griff » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:14 pm

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Sorry mine says STIHL and uses dead dinosaur guts to run
Ditto. The very 1st one /i owned was a McColluch hand-me-down from my Dad. 12" bar and still runs... Dad bought it new sometime in the '60s. I've owned several Craftsmen over the years.. they always give up the ghost after 3 or 4 years. When the latest gives it up, I'm buying another Stihl. (Yeah, I've always had at least two saws... chains dull quickly when cutting mesquite or Bois d'arc.

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When I started on my fence improvements in anticipation of havin' cattle instead of horses, I bought a 4-stroke Craftsman trimmer, and got a chainsaw attachment, it'll cut about a 4" branch pretty easily. It's been a real winner in keeping tree branches off the fence!

I have a collection of DeWalt 20V tools also and what I've found is that you need at least 2 batteries.
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#9 Post by jnyork » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:49 pm

You might want to pick up the current issue of Popular Mechanics, very good article where they test and rate various battery powered chain saws.

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#10 Post by Blaine » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:54 pm

What I used to run into was leaving old gas in the saw tank....PITA cleaning the gunk out of the carb. I know: Whine Whine Whine :lol:
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#11 Post by Blaine » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:55 pm

jnyork wrote:
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You might want to pick up the current issue of Popular Mechanics, very good article where they test and rate various battery powered chain saws.
Did they have a winner? 8)
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#13 Post by Malamute » Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:33 pm

This came up elsewhere, there were a couple people that either used them professionally or knew people that did, they were liking the battery saw for climbing around in the top of trees and could get a half day or more out of them before changing the battery. Any battery tool should have spares on hand. I got a car charger for my Dewalt tools, you cant charge more than one battery with the vehicle turned off, but its mobile and goes wherever you do. Way better than a house charger and no house handy.

A sawsall will cut a lot of smaller stuff, not so good on log type stuff. We had a logjam on a bridge over a creek a few years ago, several neighbors were helping work on it, if it washed out there wouldnt be a way to get out for many people and I wouldnt have been able to get to work. The sawsall did pretty good work, even some slightly underwater.

I do have a good small generator now, so id be happy with an electric saw for road clearing and camp wood. The cheapo electric ones at walmart or for homeowners to clear branches in the yard arent very good, but may be adequate for camp wood and such. Stihl makes electric saws, they cost as much or more as a gas saw. My days of needing that grade of electric saw are probably gone. They would be handy for cabin building though. Starting a saw while standing on top of a log wall or ridge was always interesting.

Another thing came to mind, if using a 110v saw, dont use the little skinny cheap extension cords unless the saw maker recommends them, using too small of a power cord, particularly a long one can end up damaging the electric tool with low voltage. Good power cords arent cheap, but are worth the money of you have decent tools. My air compressor wouldnt even start with a 15 ft small gauge cord, but runs fine on a 50 ft 12 ga cord. FWIW I also figured out 300 ft of air hose was way cheaper than 300 ft of adequate power cords where compressors were concerned.
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#14 Post by Blaine » Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:38 pm

Car charge is very interesting ..camper is 12v solar. Sthil is right down the road.
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#15 Post by GunnyMack » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:43 am

Even though I have 5 gas saws I have thought about the Dewalt saw just to keep in the truck. Be handy when setting up a tree stand and not leave dinosaur fumes or make tons of noise. Besides I have a bunch of Dewalt 20v tools.
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#16 Post by Blaine » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:17 am

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Even though I have 5 gas saws I have thought about the Dewalt saw just to keep in the truck. Be handy when setting up a tree stand and not leave dinosaur fumes or make tons of noise. Besides I have a bunch of Dewalt 20v tools.
Dewalt is getting good reviews...Thanks...
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#17 Post by jkbrea » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:50 am

I bought a Ryobi battery powered chainsaw for $10 at a second hand store because I had a couple Ryobi power tools. I've used it a few times and it works pretty good. It has a much slower speed but works. I used to have a Poulen electric chainsaw that I got free. It also worked great and no messing with fuel/oil, except chain oil. Just had to be mindfull of the extension cord. My gas one is a used McCulloch Mac 3200 that after a tune up, oil cap, and primer bulb, runs like new. wow...I sound cheap! :P😳
If I recall you got a newer truck awhile back. If it has a power outlet, or you have a small generator for your camper, electric may be the way to go. No fuel to pack, just an extension cord, and no worry about a dead battery when you need it.

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#18 Post by Malamute » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:20 pm

Yes, 110v electric tools arent too particular about how long they sit around between uses. I will likely get a decent 110v saw at some point for camping/vehicle use. My Dewalt tools are 18v, I dont have enough need to start over with 20v.

Still, I keep a Dewalt screw gun (drill) and a couple batteries and both type chargers in my vehicle, and sometimes leave the sawsall in also. All have been useful for various things on several occasions. I now have a small honda generator for the dog AC, so will generally have power available if out in the sticks camping or adventuring.
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#19 Post by Blaine » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:48 pm

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I bought a Ryobi battery powered chainsaw for $10 at a second hand store because I had a couple Ryobi power tools. I've used it a few times and it works pretty good. It has a much slower speed but works. I used to have a Poulen electric chainsaw that I got free. It also worked great and no messing with fuel/oil, except chain oil. Just had to be mindfull of the extension cord. My gas one is a used McCulloch Mac 3200 that after a tune up, oil cap, and primer bulb, runs like new. wow...I sound cheap! :P😳
If I recall you got a newer truck awhile back. If it has a power outlet, or you have a small generator for your camper, electric may be the way to go. No fuel to pack, just an extension cord, and no worry about a dead battery when you need it.
I'm learning a lot from this thread.....I found out DeWalt makes a 12v charger for their batteries that plug into the power port on the dash....
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#20 Post by Bill in Oregon » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:23 pm

Let us know what you get, and what you think of it, Blaine. I have a Husky gasser in the garage, but have sure been thinking about the electric pole saws to manage my mulberry trees.

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#21 Post by Blaine » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:50 pm

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Let us know what you get, and what you think of it, Blaine. I have a Husky gasser in the garage, but have sure been thinking about the electric pole saws to manage my mulberry trees.
My buddy just made it tough on me. :lol: :lol: ....He sez what I really want is a top of the line Dewalt 20v SawzAll... :roll: :roll: :roll:
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#22 Post by Grizz » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:45 pm

Blaine wrote:
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Let us know what you get, and what you think of it, Blaine. I have a Husky gasser in the garage, but have sure been thinking about the electric pole saws to manage my mulberry trees.
My buddy just made it tough on me. :lol: :lol: ....He sez what I really want is a top of the line Dewalt 20v SawzAll... :roll: :roll: :roll:

you need BOTH 'cause there's stuff a recip can do better than a chain saw, but there's stuff a chainsaw can do better than a recip. So, you need BOTH... and you know, you gain on the battery expenses because they both use the same one. I think.

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#23 Post by Old No7 » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:36 am

Blaine wrote:
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My buddy just made it tough on me. :lol: :lol: ....He sez what I really want is a top of the line Dewalt 20v SawzAll... :roll: :roll: :roll:
Now that you mention it Blaine...

I DO have that DeWalt tool in my "collection". While I've only used it to cut down the annual Christmas Tree at the local farm, my wife likes using it to trim branches and small trees around the backyard and side woods. She says -- with the right blade -- it has plenty of power and lasts a long time, and it will easily cut trees or limbs up to 6" or so with an 8" or 9" blade on it; but she admits most of the stuff she cuts is 1" to 3".

Mine is the 20V Compact model and it works great:
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#24 Post by GunnyMack » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:08 pm

There are a couple of PRUNING blades on the market for reciprocating saws. The tooth pattern is more like a bow saw than a normal sawzall blade. I have a package in the truck but haven't had need to try them out.
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#25 Post by Blaine » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:21 pm

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There are a couple of PRUNING blades on the market for reciprocating saws. The tooth pattern is more like a bow saw than a normal sawzall blade. I have a package in the truck but haven't had need to try them out.
This is starting to look like a viable option...thanks. :) (and, I usually have a good machette and small hatchet along with most times)
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#26 Post by Malamute » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:56 pm

I havent tried pruning blades in a sawsall, but the long coarse toothed blades work fairly well on moderate sized stuff. I think I have some 12" blades besides some smaller stuff. Some,... I probably have 50 sawsall blades.....
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There are a couple of PRUNING blades on the market for reciprocating saws. The tooth pattern is more like a bow saw than a normal sawzall blade. I have a package in the truck but haven't had need to try them out.
Yep, I have some of these (Milwaukee SAWZALL 9 in. L x 1 in. W Carbon Steel Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blade 5 TPI) and they work decently well on limbs up to about 3-4". In fact, I just finished pruning a couple of pine trees and an ash tree on the property last Wednesday.

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However, a neighbor has a 16" Wen electric chain saw that I can borrow. Yes, you have to plug it in but for speed, it works much faster than my Sawzall does but it is heavier and more cumbersome to get in tight places with at times. I guess I'm lucky that I have access to both.
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#28 Post by harry » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:39 pm

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#29 Post by Blaine » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:55 pm

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Here ya go Blaine, no gas, no electricity and no battery to charge

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#30 Post by Grizz » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:00 pm

I used to buck firewood with one when I was a kid. Dad wouldn't let me use his gas saw. :lol:

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#31 Post by Blaine » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:14 pm

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I used to buck firewood with one when I was a kid. Dad wouldn't let me use his gas saw. :lol:
I used to help Grandpa cut wood with his 2 man saw....That was a pretty good workout. :)
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#32 Post by horsesoldier2019 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:52 pm

I would go with a small gas chainsaw and buy the ethanol free premixed fuel solely to feed it.

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#33 Post by Ysabel Kid » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:57 pm

I have a "regular" gas/oil one and an electric/corded one. I end up using the latter 95% of the time. Just don't run into a situation needing the larger chain saw. Then again, the monster tree that fell from my neighbors yard in June, into mine, wiped out five mature Leyland Cyprus trees. :evil: On that one I actually had to call in professionals; neither chain saw would come close to doing what was needed.
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