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 Post subject: Battery chain saw
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:26 am 
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I've been needing a small saw for a while, and finally broke down and bought a Kobalt 40V battery chain saw a couple days ago. 12" bar, very light weight. $179 at Lowes. Got about 2hrs of run time on it without any problems. Battery recharge takes about 1 hr. Plenty of power, but chain speed is a little slow, so it tends to chatter some when starting a cut. Otherwise ok for branches and other small jobs where I don't want to swing my big Stihl around.

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 Post subject: Re: Battery chain saw
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:12 am 
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I'm impressed with the 2 hour run time. I had a small gas one and with very occasional use I could never depend on the start up. I have my Dad's old Sears 120v that comes in handy for a lot of stuff, not the power of gas, but nice to have.

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 Post subject: Re: Battery chain saw
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:18 am 
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reelinron wrote:
I'm impressed with the 2 hour run time. I had a small gas one and with very occasional use I could never depend on the start up. I have my Dad's old Sears 120v that comes in handy for a lot of stuff, not the power of gas, but nice to have.


Don't be too impressed with run time. They base it on common 2x4's .

It will vary a lot depending on what you're cutting. Hardwood uses more juice.

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 Post subject: Re: Battery chain saw
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:31 am 
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Hey Gene, I'm just curious. How much does it weigh?

I'm looking for a very lightweight trimming saw and haven't even considered an electric one before reading your post.

I'm also interested in how long those batteries will last before replacement is needed........

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 Post subject: Re: Battery chain saw
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:04 pm 
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skyrider wrote:
Hey Gene, I'm just curious. How much does it weigh?

I'm looking for a very lightweight trimming saw and haven't even considered an electric one before reading your post.

I'm also interested in how long those batteries will last before replacement is needed........

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Weighs about 8lbs with chain oil in it. Has a 5 year warranty. Battery life of Li-Ion varies quite a bit depending on how you treat/store them and the weather, but I have a couple in a drill that I've had for about 3 years and they still work fine. Depth of discharge has a big impact on lithium battery life as noted below.

Here's what Battery University has to say about lithium batteries generally:

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http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/arti ... _batteries

Similar to a mechanical device that wears out faster with heavy use, so also does the depth of discharge (DoD) determine the cycle count. The shorter the discharge (low DoD), the longer the battery will last. If at all possible, avoid full discharges and charge the battery more often between uses. Partial discharge on Li-ion is fine; there is no memory and the battery does not need periodic full discharge cycles to prolong life, other than to calibrate the fuel gauge on a smart battery once in a while.


PS: This is the one I bought: http://www.lowes.com/pd_506890-95404-KC ... facetInfo=

There are quite a few to pick from, more powerful, higher priced, etc. Stihl also makes a couple battery models.

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 Post subject: Re: Battery chain saw
PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:32 am 
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I've had a Remington Pole saw for nearly a decade. It is a corded 12" chain saw and I've used it to not only trim trees but I've cut down, and cut up 5 full trees, Austrian Pine and Aspen. and used it to take down some very large branches from a cottonwood tree. I love electric saws, they start every time and work well.

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 Post subject: Re: Battery chain saw
PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:41 pm 
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I also use an electric chain saw. I have had it for about 15 years.
It is a McCulloch 16", 3 horsepower.
It also starts every time I pick it up.
I cut down a 10" diameter oak tree with it and cut the whole tree in to firewood size pieces.
It likes a sharp blade but all chain saws like that.

I have had too much trouble with motorized saws. I always seemed to be working on them.
Of coarse, you would have a pretty hard time cutting down a big tree with the electric one but I like mine.
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