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Old 08.02.2021, 14:52
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Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

I hadn't really considered getting an electric chainsaw mainly as I hate battery powered tools in general, but maybe I'm a dinosaur. Anyone use one or both or have a preference as to why?

I know you can also get some cheap cabled chainsaws, but they seem quite cumbersome.
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Old 08.02.2021, 14:57
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

Battery is fine if you don't have more than a few minutes (or tens of minutes) of work to do, and wait a few hours for it to recharge.

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Old 08.02.2021, 14:58
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

I would get an electric, cabled one for light domestic use (cost and convenience over petrol).
If you intend to go on a massacre, then cordless electric might be better as they'll never hear you coming
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Old 08.02.2021, 15:12
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

Rent? OBI has a corner for that. It's one of those things you don't use often, right?
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Old 08.02.2021, 16:22
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

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I would get an electric, cabled one for light domestic use (cost and convenience over petrol).
Alas, to use a cabled electric at our rustico, I would first have to start the generator, as it would exceed my 300W inverter!

Also, I need to fell some deadwood that is a bit annoying to get to with a cable.

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Old 08.02.2021, 16:28
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Rent? OBI has a corner for that. It's one of those things you don't use often, right?
Rent vs buy is an orthogonal question. (and offtopic).

It's not worth my time and energy to go rent and return small capital items.
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Old 08.02.2021, 16:29
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Rent vs buy is an orthogonal question. (and OT)
Once in a while there is a fallen tree blocking our road, so renting is not really an option!

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Old 10.02.2021, 17:39
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

Has to be gas!
Anything else is a toy.
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

I have an electric one (battery) and it works fine. I‘m not felling oak trees or sequoias, but for medium size stuff it works just fine.
And no cable to get in the way...

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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

I have both.

There is a reason why the pros always use petrol powered saws.

The electric one is dead convenient for quickly chopping up a few logs near the house, or felling small saplings in the garden. YMMV of course but its the one I use most, having a small garden. However, the trailing cable is a pain, and is a tie that restricts its use for serious jobs.

With a petrol saw you can go anywhere, chop anything, have an all day long run time. (As long as it starts, that is.) And you can get a bigger bar, for more manly felling of lumber, Jack.

Rechargable? Nope, not for me. Would be like having one of those all electric cars with a 50km range.

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Old 11.02.2021, 11:57
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

Anyway, I have a petrol powered chainsaw and decided to try a cheap corded electric saw. I bought a plasticky one from jumbo for 60chfs! I figured it would be useful for small jobs around the house when I don't want the hassle of mixing fuel.
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

…I have Makita on two battery, is brilliant, already in possession of a large range of Makita tools and eight 4Ah battery, then just paid for bare chainsaw...
…from the time I start using the battery one, never took out of shed my brilliant petrol Husqvarna...
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Old 12.02.2021, 10:53
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…I have Makita on two battery, is brilliant, already in possession of a large range of Makita tools and eight 4Ah battery, then just paid for bare chainsaw...
…from the time I start using the battery one, never took out of shed my brilliant petrol Husqvarna...
I can see how it makes much more sense if you're already invested in a battery system.
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

Not a hand tool per se but our lawnmower & trimmer are both battery operated, 4 summers now - very happy
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

I survived my first day with the chainsaw

The electric one was nice... while it lasted. It was great that it had no noise or vibration when idle and was relatively quiet. But when I got to the first thing that taxed it a bit more, it seems like it tripped a fuse somewhere in the house, so I abandoned that and fired up the petrol chainsaw.

Petrol one was much more convenient without the cable. Downsides are the constant noise even at idle and the constant vibrations. Which then tempts you to turn it off and having to start it up multiple times. The electric you can just pick-up and use.

I can see that the cordless electric would be the best of both worlds (but with the new negative of having to deal with charging).
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

Two trees and 4 large branches later, I found that I haven't used the electric one at all. Either there was no electricity access (far away or up a tree) or it was simply more convenient to pick up the petrol one and go rather than run an extension cable.

In some cases, it is also more dangerous to use a cabled one if you have to move around a lot and can get entangled or trip.

I can see the appeal of a battery powered chainsaw which has all the advantages of electric and solves the cord issue, but comes with having to keep charged batteries around and deal with reduced run time. As someone who curses all his battery powered tools and replaced them all but one with corded versions, I know it is not really for me.
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

The cheapo electric saws make no sense. A good electric one costs with batteries ~as much as a good petrol saw that can do the same kind of job.

If you only use it once a year for pruning or some such, then a saw with cable might be better, as time sitting idle kills batteries, keeps you buying new ones more often than you should have to. If you use the saw frequently, the battery type is more convenient IMO, while you likely need to have more than one set of batteries to keep going. And that gets expensive quickly.

So petrol is still king IMO, even though loud and messy and (too) high maintenance.

But then, I am a dinosaur too. I'd like my smartphone to run on petrol ...
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

With gas there is less chance of electrocution. No cable to cut.

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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

I'd get a petrol one. I bought an electric one (Corded). It does the job, but has to be in a 16A socket otherwise it trips the circuit breaker.
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Re: Petrol vs Electric - not cars, chainsaws

I have a Bosch 32v battery powered chainsaw, and it's great for up to 20cm trees. Anything bigger and it struggles. Of course bc you need to keep the batteries charged and their life depends on semi-frequent usage, it only makes sense if you use other tools with the same battery system. I have a Bosch battery powered lawnmower and hedge trimmer, so the batteries get regular use and rotation.
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