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Cheymax
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2021-02-22          200062


I now rarely use my Stihl chain saws, but on the occasion I need to they are near impossible to start.

I have seen more and more cordless tools and am wondering do cordless chain saws make sense?

How do the Litium batteries hold up in once a year type of use?

How long between charges?

Anyone hae one? Compared to gas models?

Thanks

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bosco2
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2021-02-23          200064


I was looking into this as well.

Homedepot sells Ryobi 40 Volt battery replacement for $179 or you can buy the 14inch Ryobi Chainsaw which includes the 40 Volt battery for $199 and comes with the charger.

That makes me feel the whole thing is too weird for me.

Still on the fence on this. Some Ryobi stuff is not bad, but they are a budget option. ....

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2021-02-25          200067


I have a 14" EGO chain saw from Home Depot. It is good for up to a 6" limb, maybe even a 12" tree for a few cuts. Then your battery will be depleted. I resorted to using it to cut a stump to ground level after dulling the chain on my 16" gas powered echo. It's not really good for that kind of work. I will not give up my echo.

That said, I am really happy with my collection of EGO tools, weed wacker, blower, hedge trimmer, and chain saw. Other than the chain saw, they are all well powered for the job. And I do appreciate the chain saw for an occasional limb that falls from the trees. I have two batteries so if one runs out I can just snap the other battery in. I have eliminated the gas or plug powered weed wacker, blower, hedge trimmer. ....

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Art White
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2021-03-01          200090


With changes in life lol me getting older last year I let my 034 stihl chain saw go. With the little use and gas issues making it harder starting.

My first electric was the cute little GTA 26 chain saw which kept me from needing the big saw to be fired at all for spring clean-up!

My wife was having nothing to do with starting the BG 85 blower so I bought a blower and now she blows of the deck and I don't have to! For Christmas I bought the chainsaw with the battery system to match so both are the big battery's are interchangeable as well as a small charger and a rapid charger.

So far I have not used them much but I feel that I made good choices and knowing that we have not had failures at work with the Stihl line-up I am confident that I'm ready to play for years in those wonderful golden years! ....

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2021-03-03          200099


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I have a 14" EGO chain saw from Home Depot.It is good for up to a 6" limb, maybe even a 12" tree for a few cuts.Then your battery will ...


I have a tree I need to cut down when the snow melts. It is 11 inch thick 40 feet tall. So I will cut the trunk every 1.5 feet making around 20 cuts.

Will the Ego handle this tree with one charge?

Do you have the 56 volt? 2 it 2.5 ?

I am tempted by these as my old gas saw is a pain to get going but once it goes I could cut a forest 😃

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2021-03-04          200100


I have been eye balling the Stihl 220C which I believe is Stihl's biggest electric chain saw. I spent almost an hour wrestling with my Stihl O-66 on a cold day trying to get it started by the book and after I was exhausted I finally bit the bullet and gave her just a tiny wiff of ether (I hate to do this but I couldn't get it start any other way) at she fire right up on the second pull. I am creeping up on 65 years old and I can still start my saws but it sure would be REALLY nice to have a saw that I can take with me in the RTVX in case I come across a downed tree of just a small job requiring the chain saw.

These electric saws are NOT cheap and by the time you buy a second backup battery and the charge, you will easily have $1,000 + spent.

It is not the saw, it is the crappy gasoline. From what I have seen the Stihl 500i is a reliable and fairly easy starting saw but not sure I am ready to spend $1,500. I DID get a deal on a new Stihl MS 441C that new old stock from the dealer. It at least has the compression release that my O-66 does NOT. I haven't started the MS 441C yet. So I have no idea how friendly it starts. I have had my O-66 since March of 1994 and it has been a GREAT saw and still runs just like the day I purchased it. Still has the original carb on it and has never been rebuilt. Just replaced a bar or 2 and a few chains. I have used it mostly for cutting firewood.

Eventually, and with agreement of the CFO/SWMBO I will probably get the Stihl 220C and the BGA86 blower. For now, I think I have the bases cover with a MS 192 T, MS 441 C, and O-66.

Just one last thing. Another possible option for an easy starting saw is the Stihl MS 180 or 181 C-BE that employs a wind up type clock spring on the crankshaft to aid starting. You just pull the rope until the spring is wound up and then release it to start the saw. ....

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2021-03-04          200101


Wishful, it is EGO 56v, not sure if 2 or 2.1. But I would not count on 20 cuts in a single charge, maybe 5-10 max. ....

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2021-03-07          200106


I use ethanol free gas (rec gas or Marine gas) on all my 4 stroke outdoor power tools. I use Stihl premix gas on all 2 stroke products. Both have up to 3 year shelf life and don't mess up the carbs. Haven' t had problems since using this stuff.

Once a year, I empty the tank on anything that hasn't been used. I use a funnel and put it back in a gas can. I blend that stuff in with fresh, new gas and use it on a tool that is used often. That way it all gets used up!

If you go to a battery style power tool, I like Milwaukee products with their M18 battery. They last a long time.

Another approach is an electric corded product. I use a Honda 1000 Watt generator. It is easy to transport on a wheel barrow, wagon or tractor bucket. Along with a 25 or 50 foot power cord it is easy to use. Harbor Freight has some cheap electric saws.

Everybody should have atleast one generator. A 1000 Watt doesn't operate allot of stuff but is handy. I have 4 different size generators. ....

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Cheymax
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2021-03-07          200107


Wow alot of great ideas here.

I can see how the cordless is great for certain situations like on a trail in a UTV. But may not work to cut alarge tree into firewood size cuts.

I do have a large portable generator os in apich I could lug it and use a corded saw in pinch,

Then the crank start gas hmm I had Craftsman mower when I was kd that had a crank start.

I appreciate all of the ideas I have alot to ponder ! ....

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Ernies
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2021-03-16          200127


My inlaws have place in North Carolina mountains where they take their Polar UTV's on the trails. I am definitely going to suggest that he get a small electric to keep in the UTV for emergencies where they are many many miles from home should a tree block their return. ....

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