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    Cordless chainsaw experiences and recommendations?

    Has anyone had the chance to use a Stihl or Husky 14" battery-operated chainsaw? If they really do perform similarly to an equivalent-sized petrol saw then they'd be a very attractive option for keeping in the wagon (next to the axe, for readers of recent threads in this forum!). Only consumable required is bar oil. No fuel in/on the car - and never in danger of running out of fuel! I reckon they'd also be safer in use because of the narrow kerf and low-down torque.

    BUT they're super expensive, and a very rare bird in the wild if you want to see or try one in action.

    There's also a much cheaper Victa saw, which mainly interests me because it's packing a 16" blade, presumably with the grunt to match? They don't quote running time, just 'number of cuts' which is ridiculously arbitrary.

    If I were one of these companies I'd be pushing them at the 4WD and camping shows very hard, cos they're a gear-freak's dream, and price range
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    Have used the makita one when away camping, was awesome. Am looking at getting one just for camping and small jobs around the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    Have used the makita one when away camping, was awesome. Am looking at getting one just for camping and small jobs around the house.
    Cool thanks, would you say it punched as hard as an equivalent little 12" petrol garden chainsaw?
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    Not as hard as my wifes stihl 017, but hard enough to cut up plenty of firweood for camping. But haven't used the stihl one though, only the makita

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    I have an ALDI 32Volt one and am very impressed with the performance.
    Will cut 8Inch diameter Blackbutt easily.
    Not equivalent for big jobs but great for firewood and also clearing large fallen branches.
    Regards Philip A

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipA View Post
    I have an ALDI 32Volt one and am very impressed with the performance.
    Will cut 8Inch diameter Blackbutt easily.
    Not equivalent for big jobs but great for firewood and also clearing large fallen branches.
    Regards Philip A
    Should have known Aldi would have something to get the job done
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    I bought one of these off eBay as I had several low hanging branches that I couldn't reach with the regular Stihl chain saw:

    Baumr-AG Lithium 40V E-Force 400 Cordless Pole Chainsaw

    It has been brilliant so far and easily cuts through 8" gum boughs. In fact I have also used it for chopping firewood - don't have to bend down so it is saving my back. Just have to be mindful to keep the chain saw oil reservoir topped up as the battery outlasts the oil supply. It is also quiet in operation being 3 mtrs away!

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    We bought a Bunnings Ozito 36v ($150) Battery operated Chainsaw and took it on our recent outback NSW trip - worked a dream, quick, no petrol smell, very little noise..... I've tried it on Hardwood w/o any issues but u can't really compare them with petrol as the petrol will always have more punch than the battery versions....
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    I was at UNSW recently and saw their grounds staff use all electric blowers and saws with battery packs.
    On the weekend I was looking at the husky offerings at the local place. The pro saws are actually cheaper as electric saws than petrol. A lot of money for occasional use, but they won't wear out sitting around...
    You might be able to get a trade in from an arborist, then throw a new battery at it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robmacca View Post
    but u can't really compare them with petrol as the petrol will always have more punch than the battery versions....
    Thanks, and yes, that's what makes me wonder - if Stihl and Husqvarna have battery powered offerings, surely the technology has come of age? Are they the Tesla of the chainsaw world?
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