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loiblb

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04-10-2016 08:02 PM

Are electric chainsaws worth having?
My luck with Gas-Powered chain saws trimmers and blowers has been dismal.
Lot of dollars spent on tune-ups and repairs could be buying a nice lathe.


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rick1955

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#1 posted 04-10-2016 08:39 PM

They certainly are. Battery powered ones have come a long way too.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/tools/reviews/g1649/which-battery-powered-chainsaw-should-you-buy/?slide=4

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#2 posted 04-10-2016 11:44 PM

I own the following:

a husquevarna 55 rancher gas powered chain saw

a plug-in electric chain saw

a GreenWorks 40v Lithium batter powered electric chain saw
(I also have the long-handled tree trimmer “chain saw on a pole” from GreenWorks)

For the past year I have used one and only one of these chainsaws…the GreenWorks one. Why? Because for most of its life, the Husqvarna has been in various states of non-starting. Currently it is in pieces in a plastic crate waiting for me to try to rebuild the carb and get it working again…for another few weeks or months…before it craps out again.

I seem to be genetically inferior. I own a 4X4 Diesel dually truck and a skid steer, but last year they took away my “man card” because I can’t start a chain saw to save myself. Same deal with generators and lawn-mowers ;)

The GreenWorks starts instantly every time I need it. It never takes a day (or a season) off because it isn’t feeling well. I have cut down ash and hickory trees (yes, the stuff they make baseball bats out of) a foot in diameter and the GreenWorks looked back at me and said “is that all you got? How about that 100 year old oak tree over there?”

In short, I am patiently awaiting that beautiful day when the only gasoline engines that exist on this planet are in museums. Gas engines suck. Electricity is where it’s at baby!

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#3 posted 04-11-2016 12:57 AM

I have a Poulan 16” gas chainsaw … always hard to start and hasn’t been used years.

I have decided to buy a electric so I can cut bowl blanks in my storage room, and tune the Poulan up for harvesting wood in the boonies.

An informal poll of turners in my area indicates the saw of choice is the 16” Makita (UC4051A) Electric Chain Saw … available on Amazon for about $250.

I have read a boat load of reviews on electric chainsaws. The lower price saws take some big hits for plastic gears and poor (or non-existent) customer service.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 04-11-2016 01:56 AM

Gentlemen, two words. STARTER FLUID. It is ether in an aerosol can. One, half second squirt into the carb. One pull and you are running.
Sorry OP, I have a corded electric chain saw. It came with a 15 foot pole that you control from the handle. The chainsaw detached easily and is a workhorse. Now I don’t use it to cut firewood for the winter, but for yard clean up and putting a little round on bowl blanks it can’t be beat.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 04-11-2016 03:22 AM

I have a Poulan electric and it cuts every bit as well as a gas saw. My neighbor has a 16” gas and we spent a day cutting up a tree and the Poulan impressed us both.

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Picken5

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#6 posted 04-11-2016 04:30 AM

I also have an electric chainsaw (McColloch 14”). Works great!

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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NTCook

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#7 posted 04-11-2016 04:43 AM

Just stop using gas with ethanol for anything but your car. If it sits for any length of time it glazes up and clogs the bowl in the carb, probably 95% of the time that is the issue. Boat, blower, chipper, chainsaw and lawnmower all kept having this issue so I switched to ethanol free and TruFuel. Those exact same tools now no longer need carbs cleaned at the beginning of the season of use.

Otherwise, to answer the original question, I have owned an electric for 3 years and as long as I can cut it with the 14 incher and there is access to an outlet that is what I will reach for first. Very quiet compared to my gas chainsaw and don’t have to leave it running or restart it as needed between cuts.

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oldnovice

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#8 posted 04-11-2016 05:34 AM

I have a 25+ year old 14” McCulloch corded electric chainsaw which ”has taken a liking and is still ticking”.
I bought it when I lived in Illinois, over 20 years ago, and had a lot of trees to maintain: 2 apple, a plum, a cherry, a pear, birch, an oak, a Russian olive, and a large amount of bushes.
I replaced the chain twice. The only issue I had with this saw was cutting a Yucca as the water logged chips built up in the chain reciever.
I bought this McCulloch electric chainsaw because I didn’t want to be bothered with gas/oil but I doubt this model is still avaiable but I am willing to bet there are much better models avaiable today.

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conifur

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#9 posted 04-11-2016 05:47 AM



I own the following:

a husquevarna 55 rancher gas powered chain saw

a plug-in electric chain saw

a GreenWorks 40v Lithium batter powered electric chain saw
(I also have the long-handled tree trimmer “chain saw on a pole” from GreenWorks)

For the past year I have used one and only one of these chainsaws…the GreenWorks one. Why? Because for most of its life, the Husqvarna has been in various states of non-starting. Currently it is in pieces in a plastic crate waiting for me to try to rebuild the carb and get it working again…for another few weeks or months…before it craps out again.

I seem to be genetically inferior. I own a 4X4 Diesel dually truck and a skid steer, but last year they took away my “man card” because I can t start a chain saw to save myself. Same deal with generators and lawn-mowers ;)

The GreenWorks starts instantly every time I need it. It never takes a day (or a season) off because it isn t feeling well. I have cut down ash and hickory trees (yes, the stuff they make baseball bats out of) a foot in diameter and the GreenWorks looked back at me and said “is that all you got? How about that 100 year old oak tree over there?”

In short, I am patiently awaiting that beautiful day when the only gasoline engines that exist on this planet are in museums. Gas engines suck. Electricity is where it s at baby!

- JeffP


Do ya think maybe its you?????

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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robscastle

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#10 posted 04-11-2016 06:31 AM

I have an electric start V8 it works a treat
Made in Australia too!

Australian V8 Chainsaw made by Whitlands Engineering …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5WO9nulOXc

But sadly not really mine I have a smaller V1 38 cc and agree with jumbojack
The australian product is called start ya bastard works every time

Enough Frivolity !

-- Regards Robert

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runswithscissors

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#11 posted 04-11-2016 07:41 AM

I have the Makita (paid $65 for it at the pawn shop), and am quite impressed with it. Haven’t done any heavy logging with it though.

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jesinfla

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#12 posted 04-11-2016 12:47 PM

I’ve had an electric for going on 11 years (mine needs to be plugged in extension cord) – I don’t use it that much nor do I do that much heavy cutting with it.

However, I find it to be very useful – much more so than if I had a gas powered one. I have one of the ryobi modular trimmers etc (where you can swap out attachments) which is gas powered and I hardly ever use it.

Having to keep gas and oil on hand to use it is a real pain for me.

Just my 2 cents worth

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RobertJenkins

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#13 posted 04-11-2016 02:12 PM

I have an electric chainsaw that I use on my jobs…...very handy and most importantly RELIABLE!

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#14 posted 04-11-2016 02:39 PM

I have a handful of decent gas chainsaws from Makita and Husqvarna, they all start and run great when I take care of them and they start and run like crap when E10 is left in them too long. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in this case. More expensive saws or older saws do tend to have better carburetors that are easier to work on and clean as well, they deal with junk gas (E10) better than some of the less expensive saws engineered more by the EPA than the manufacturers. I have a Milwaukee electric plug in chainsaw that I use in the shop for trimming up smaller logs before milling and it is convenient only having to get out a cord & check the bar oil before starting to cut. The reduced noise & emissions are why I bought it, not nearly as powerful as a gas saw, but quite often more convenient.

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#15 posted 04-11-2016 03:17 PM

I have this electric chain saw and old Husqvarna 18” gas CS. Had an gas 18” Poulan CS before the Husqvarna I plum wore out cutting cords of fire wood too.

Electric chain saws are for light duty use due to plastic parts. Prior this chain saw had a Remington for more than ten years before it wore out. Could not keep the chain tensioned unless stopped to adjust frequently. Could be wrong but think plastic parts biggest drawback no matter how much you spend for one.

Like already mention got to use high test or premium gas or add octane booster to regular gas to keep them running smoothly.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_300247-54602-WG303.1___?productId=3200313&pl=1&Ntt=electric+chain+saws

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