Michael Cox wrote:
Responding to some of the comments above; you get what you pay for in terms of quality, especially when it comes to batteries. Cheap battery tools are often advertised as having higher battery capacity than they actually deliver in practice. This is one of the scenarios where paying for a brand name quality is probably worth it.
I think these tools definitely deserve a place in the tool kit, and I find myself defaulting to picking up the smaller saw most of the time. A while back I read a review by a tree surgeon who ran a business with a team of workers. In their operation they used the big petrol saws for the falling work, but had small electric saw down by the chipper. It saw use on the ground to rapidly cut big branches down to size to run through the chipper. The instant start, low maintenance, low noise, low vibration aspects were attractive in that situation.
Christopher Weeks wrote:I have one of these: https://www.grainger.com/product/53JH21 and I love it. I’m no lumberjack or arborist, and I’m sure there are normal things it can’t do, but I’ve been on my new 20 acre property in the woods for a year and it’s kept up so far. Even if I end up eventually buying a big Stihl or something for big jobs, I bet I use the electric a lot more.
And I’m never out all day cutting trees, but the only time I’ve run out of juice is when I didn’t charge the battery after a job and just expect it to be full three weeks later. I can certainly drop, limb, and buck a couple six-inch trees without considering my battery, but I’m not sure how much more.
ETA: we also have an electric mower that gets more use as a yard cart pulling a trailer, but I love my electric tools for their quiet and smell. I know that’s just putting the fuel-burning in someone else’s yard, but more and more of our grid is wind-powered and that won’t ever be true for a little gas engine.
Mike Barkley wrote:I've been down that same road Edward. Years ago with a trail crew I worked with & now in the forest I live in & maintain. Not to mention too many homeowners over the years. I have zero experience with electric chainsaws so can't speak for that. Chainsaws are easy & very effective so I guess that's the appeal. They're heavy though. Especially if they have to be hiked into a remote area. I carry a machete everywhere. With practice a person can fell or limb a tree with one almost as fast as a chainsaw. Maybe you can demonstrate it to them. Since they are conservationists explain that every year million of gallons of bar oil is carried into the forests. None comes out. Maybe that will click their internal light bulb.
Last month when hurricane Ida hit us we had several downed trees blocking trails. Except for one huge mamma jamma I cleared them all with a machete. Not for lack of chainsaws, we have plenty of those. I just prefer a machete or sometimes an axe.
John C Daley wrote:Edward, I guess the petrol heads understand petrol power, they can go for hours, top up fuel when needed and they may love the noise.
You will need to research and find information to show your petrolhead mates that an electric saw can match the petrol in the type of work you all do.
They may be planning to borrow the gear for home jobs, so be on to that.
The second reference I have found may give you the answer you want, 31aH batteries.
You need an electric saw that can go as long as the petrol ones for a start.
Suppliers may have already done the figures I am suggesting.
Good luck with it.
Here are some reports
1 - Is an electric chainsaw as good as a petrol?
An electric chainsaw will give you enough power to prune trees and cut small branches.
But if you're looking for something more powerful, your best bet is always petrol. ... A medium range chainsaw has a 40-50 cc engine and can take on larger projects like cutting firewood and clearing thicker trees.
2 - What size battery do I need for my battery chainsaw?
Depending on what you intend to use your chainsaw for most, there are a few guidelines that can help you make up your mind. Depending on the battery size and power, operating time on a single full charge will vary. The below working times are based on a 536LiXP Chainsaw.
BLi20 (4.0Ah) from 25 minutes to 2 hour 25 minutes, depending on the task
BLi200 (5.2Ah) from 35 minutes to 3 hour 5 minutes, depending on the task
BLi300 (9.4Ah) from 1 hour to 5 hours 35 minutes, depending on the task
BLi550X (15.6Ah) from 1 hour 40 minutes to 9 hours 20 minutes, depending on the task
BLi950X (31.1Ah) from 3 hours 20 minutes to 18 hours 40 minutes, depending on the task
Range of Chainsaws from Husky chainsaws frtom Husky
Eric Hanson wrote:I really like the electric saws as I can simply pick up the saw, squeeze the trigger and go. There is no muss or fuss with starting, no fuel to spill out in the woods and when I am done I can just release the trigger, and lay the chainsaw down in any position I want—again, no fuel issues.
Andrés Bernal wrote:I switched to makita wireless a couple of years ago and it works really well for everyday use, with a supercharger and two sets of back up batteries there’s plenty of juice for any work I’ve needed to do and not dealing with the noise, smell, warm up time, and less weight is simply better.
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