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Old 09-21-2021, 10:37 PM   #1
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In need of a new chainsaw for our farm. Currently, have a gas-powered unit but I am thinking of purchasing a battery-operated saw. Has anyone used a battery-operated saw on their farm? I am worried about run time and charge time slowing down our work.
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Old 09-21-2021, 11:24 PM   #2
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i work for a Stihl dealer,, as of right now most of the battery saws are aimed at small, weak, and older people who really have a hard time staring a saw,, and run time is not great but they are nice around a yard,,, if you need a chain saw, buy a gas one,,,, batteries are getting better but they are not there yet
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Old 09-21-2021, 11:30 PM   #3
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Buy once, cry once. Stihl ms261 with a 18" bar, premix 2-cycle and will never have an issue at "farm-use" work loads.
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Old 09-22-2021, 06:01 AM   #4
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Buy once, cry once. Stihl ms261 with a 18" bar, premix 2-cycle and will never have an issue at "farm-use" work loads.
This is good advice.
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Old 09-22-2021, 06:35 AM   #5
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Buy once, cry once. Stihl ms261 with a 18" bar, premix 2-cycle and will never have an issue at "farm-use" work loads.
Listen to this. Pretty sure saws and cuttin trees is his bidness

I have a MS290 and have been thinking about something smaller. I have a friend who is the grounds supervisor for a large school district. He carries a battery operated stihl in his tool box for quick work. He likes it for ease of use here and there. Trouble is a good electric saw costs almost as much as a gas saw
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Old 09-22-2021, 06:53 AM   #6
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I havecstihl ms 180 with 16 in bar. Light weight easy to start and cuts most anything I need around out 5 acres. Wont break the bank
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:01 AM   #7
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Buy a commercial Stihl saw and don’t look back, the battery saws are decent but they won’t last long being used all the time.
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:06 AM   #8
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Listen to this. Pretty sure saws and cuttin trees is his bidness

I have a MS290 and have been thinking about something smaller. I have a friend who is the grounds supervisor for a large school district. He carries a battery operated stihl in his tool box for quick work. He likes it for ease of use here and there. Trouble is a good electric saw costs almost as much as a gas saw
I have one of these 19 years and just used it yesterday. Still going strong but I am also looking at lighter but will be a stihl.
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:07 AM   #9
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I have three saws. Two Dewalt battery operated. And, one Echo 16" gas.

The Dewalt 60V 16" gets used the most. The Dewalt 12" 20V the least. The 60V is a beast for a battery operated saw. But, for a few hours of heavy duty work the gas is the better option.

For firewood around the camp I mostly use the 16" 60V.
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:12 AM   #10
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I have several Stihl Saws. Can't beat them

MS 194 with 14" bar for light duty Wife and kids can use this small saw
MS 290 with 16" bar for normal firewood and most trees
MS 391 with 20" bar for beast mode

The MS 194 is the favorite. Light weight and ease of use
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:18 AM   #11
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I have a craftsman 18" chainsaw that I found on the side of the road when I was a junior in high school 19 years ago. Haven't ran it in 3 years. Put oil and gas in it last week for a project I'm about to start gave her 3 pulls and she fired up just like the day I found her.
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Old 09-22-2021, 07:27 AM   #12
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We have Stihl gas saws and Makita battery saws in our rental fleet. People like both, but I would go gas if you are working the saw hard on a daily basis.
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Old 09-22-2021, 09:41 AM   #13
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unless you are using it for really light work, go gas.

Stihl saw of your preferred size and weight, ONLY run pre-mix gas like the Stihl stuff or TruFuel from day one and it'll give you years of trouble-free use.
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Old 09-22-2021, 09:45 AM   #14
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If you already have a gas saw then I thing a battery saw is just fine. I got a battery powered pole saw off of amazon last week. I used it over the weekend to trim roads. I can tell you that saw lasted longer than me on a charge. I think it actually cut better than my Husqvarna 44 that I have had for years.
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Old 09-22-2021, 09:58 AM   #15
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The way I see it is if you’re already balls deep in a cordless setup I.e. Dewalt, Milwaukee or others and already have a crapload of batteries to use then I would get a cordless chainsaw. I’ve got one and love it for quick little work and if I use it extensively I’ve got a lot of batteries to go through. But chainsaws use a lot of power and go through batteries so if you don’t have a few batteries already I don’t think it’s worth buying a battery chainsaw. With that being said When I’m going out to cut firewood I take the gas powered chainsaws. So I guess what I’m saying is buy both types hahaha
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Old 09-22-2021, 10:32 AM   #16
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In need of a new chainsaw for our farm. Currently, have a gas-powered unit but I am thinking of purchasing a battery-operated saw. Has anyone used a battery-operated saw on their farm? I am worried about run time and charge time slowing down our work.
I have a few of each. all Stihl. The electric saw is nice but doesnt compare or last at all for real farm work compared to the gas chainsaws. Especially if you are cutting fire wood. My light gas saw, MS194 is about the same size and weight as the electric stihl saw and i take it any day over electric. I have the Farm Boss for bigger stuff. So all that said, I wouldn't waste money on electric unless it was to use around the house. I would however highly recommend the MS194.

Edit: I do also have an electric Ryobi cheapie pole saw and it's been great for branches.

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Old 09-22-2021, 10:34 AM   #17
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Stihls are junk. The fuel line broke on mine after 20 years.
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Old 09-22-2021, 10:59 AM   #18
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I have a Stihl ms362 , ms250 and their electric with a spare battery that I got for my 70 year old dad to keep in his truck. I don’t expect a battery saw to do fully what a gas saw does.
The electric is surprisingly good and cuts beyond expectation.
I’d equate one battery to a tank of gas on a saw. We always keep the batteries charged or they’re useless. It’s been 2 plus years and I’m still impressed.
We had a storm and lost power a few weeks ago, and the electric was great until both batteries died. If I had to pick one I’d buy gas, but everyone should own a few good saws.
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:06 AM   #19
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I'm an old guy.
So, I'm slowly converting over to batteries.
Their great, around the yard. But they wouldn't replace
a gas, for heavy daily, or ranch work.
Both, have their places.
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:10 AM   #20
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I have a battery pole saw . Itís a Milwaukee. Thing works pretty good . My other chainsaw is a echo I think itís a 620 . Have had it 20 years . Only thing I have done to it was replace the pull rope .
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:29 AM   #21
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No way batteries are as powerful
Get yourself an Echo 590 and call it well and good
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:30 AM   #22
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Like everyone else has said above STIHL with premix gas only.
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:32 AM   #23
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Stihls are junk. The fuel line broke on mine after 20 years.
Thatís why I run Echos. 25 years and the fuel lines are still rocking.
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Old 09-22-2021, 12:19 PM   #24
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Buy once, cry once. Stihl ms261 with a 18" bar, premix 2-cycle and will never have an issue at "farm-use" work loads.
If you have a lot of large oak just buy the 500i fuel injected worth every dollar
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Old 09-22-2021, 12:24 PM   #25
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Premix at $20 a gallon gets pricey when going through acres of trees

I had to step down to non ethanal gas and simply mixing myself a gallon at a time

Some days I would go through 2 gallons of gas
I can't do $40 a day every day just to run my saw
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Old 09-22-2021, 12:29 PM   #26
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Battery technology just flips too quickly; and they do go bad after a few years (whether you use them or not). Do you actually believe you will be able to keep buying replacement batteries? I don't. And even if you can, they are not cheap. If you only need the saw for 5 years of less, maybe electric is fine. If you want it to "last forever", then there really is no debate.
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Old 09-22-2021, 12:47 PM   #27
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Pretty good marketing (I guess) to convince buyers to spend a lot to get a chainsaw & then keep spending a lot ($20-$40/gallon premix) to run it, because in spite of being the best, they won't run or last if the gas has ethanol in it.

I bought 1 Stihl (homeowner grade) & never again.

Love my Echo products and the part in the owners manual where it basically says 'Gas with Ethanol is fine'. And is sure has been for me.
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Old 09-22-2021, 12:54 PM   #28
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Get yourself an Echo 590 and call it well and good

Yep, Timberwolf is a great saw
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:22 PM   #29
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Stihls are junk. The fuel line broke on mine after 20 years.
duct tape will get you another 20 years
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:53 PM   #30
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Buy a gas powered Stihl and never look back. I have a 20" Bar MS-290 Farm Boss with a bad shoulder and a bad elbow and feels like a bad back too now and every time I use it I love it even more.
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