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Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:35:27 pm »
Kobalt 40v chainsaw amd other OPE. Wonder who is making this stuff for them.




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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014, 02:07:32 pm »
First time I have seen those, and I was recently in a Lowes, prowling around the chainsaws (found one chain on backwards).  Might want to start a cordless/battery OPE section of the forum for these types of tools?  They seem to be expanding quite a bit and it makes sense to keep them together.

I have been using and am familiar with the Oregon 'PowerNow' tools (chainsaw, pole saw, string trimmer, hedge trimmer).  STIHL, Husqvarna, Bosch, Makita, and Ryobi all have at least some of these products in the 36-40 volt range.  Some also have mowers.  HD also introduced a 56 volt line ('EGO') that is now in their stores.

Quality of construction is always a point to consider, along with features, ease of use, availability of parts, selling price (with or without the batteries), etc.  I was told that there are only a limited number of manufacturers for the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, but they are not inter-changable between different brands of OPE. 

Most of these battery powered OPE I have seen have been manufactured overseas.  A rep at a local tool show pointed out that most (all?) don't have UL listings, like their corded electric counterparts, even by the same manufacturer - they do have other approvals (IEL. CSA, etc.), so I think that we have a whole industry still developing.

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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2014, 03:03:10 pm »
Looking on line, the pricing on these Kobalt/Lowes tools is significantly less than the Oregon and STIHL versions.  Chainsaw is $179 and trimmers $149, including a 2.0 Amp-hour battery (listed at $99).  That places the trimmers in the same range as the Ryobi, and Black&Decker products, which makes sense (I have not seen chainsaws from these other guys, yet).

I would LOVE to try them all side-by-side (at least the saws)!

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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2014, 07:02:16 pm »
Good idea on a cordless and maybe add corded electric to the same board area. 

Will work on it when have more time to do so.
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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2014, 08:32:57 pm »
Looks like re branded Ryobi chainsaw.

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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2014, 10:46:16 pm »
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Looks like re branded Ryobi chainsaw.

'Ryobi' is what I meant, instead of 'Poulan' on posts above.  Thanks.  Fixed my posts.

As I understand it, Home Depot owns, or has exclusive rights to the 'Ryobi' name.  Could be the same factory making both, but designed/engineered by different companies?  Could be contract manufactured?

I did a search for 36 volt and 40 volt battery powered chainsaws (or OPE), and found the information below! This number has really jumped in the last 2 years.  I did not include smaller (e.g. 18 volt) saws, as they are really in a separate class.

Organized alphabetically for reference.  Some are brand names you know.  Some are not available (yet?) in the US, so I listed UK sites. Some appear to be off-shore manufacturers. A few look similar enough that they are probably re-branded clones.  Many are part of a 'system' with other outdoor power tools (string trimmers, hedge trimmers, etc.) that use the same batteries and chargers.  As with anything else: caveat emptor!

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Black & Decker     http://www.blackanddecker.com/recharge/

Bosch (UK)     http://www.bosch-garden.com/gb/en/garden-tools/garden-tools/cordless-chainsaws-199952.jsp

Core Outdoor Power     http://coreoutdoorpower.com/

Craftsman     http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07198946000P?sid=I0084400010000100675&aff=Y&PID=361116&AID=11042411

EcoproTools Inc     http://www.ecoprotoolsusa.com/

EGO (56 volt!)     http://egopowerplus.com/

Greenworks / Sunrise Tools     http://www.greenworkstools.com/products/category/chainsaws

Greysen (off shore manufacturer?)     http://greysenproducts.com/40-Volt-Chain-Saw-Powered-by-LG-Chem-Lithium-Battery-GP-CS.htm

Husqvarna (UK - Homeowner)        http://www.husqvarna.com/uk/outthere-news/husqvarna-battery-series-professional-products-for-home-owners/

Husqvarna (UK - Professional)       http://www.husqvarna.com/uk/products/battery-series/t536li-xp/

Kobalt     http://www.kobalttools.com/products/outdoor/outdoor-power-equipment.html
              http://www.lowes.com/Kobalt-40-Volt-Outdoor-Power-Equipment/Chainsaws-Pole-Saws/_/N-1z0weyrZ1z0wgez/pl?Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1#!

Makita     http://www.makitatools.com/en-us/Modules/Tools/X2/HCU02ZX2Features.aspx

Oregon PowerNow Tools        https://oregoncordless.com/US

Ryobi     http://www.ryobitools.com/

STIHL     http://www.stihlusa.com/products/battery/

Yardworks (*can only find reviews - negative ones; not a manufacturer’s website)  http://reviews.canadiantire.ca/9045/0545703P/yardworks-yardworks-electric-chainsaw-12-a-16-in-reviews/reviews.htm

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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2014, 10:07:22 pm »
Kobalt as I see it is Lowes "house brand " .I've not seen one thing yet that wasn't made in China .Then again I just learned today that ABB robots originally from Sweden is now made in China .So much for the Vikings .

I suppose now of days when even Lincolns are made in Mexico you can't expect too much --mumble grumble --- >:(

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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2014, 12:07:03 pm »
UPDATE: The Husqvarna cordless saws are now available in the US (as of August 1, 2014).

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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2014, 06:01:38 pm »
Saw the STIHL cordless, telescoping pole saw at the MN State Fair today. Shaft appears heavy duty. Motor appears to be at the saw end (unlike shaft drive pole saws). Around $550 + battery and charger?

Also saw a Toro 48V battery powered string trimmer. Rep said a chainsaw and other OPE will flow.

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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2014, 09:12:46 pm »
Add hitachi to the list!

This one looks like it can work with a battery or a corded adaptor?
(No comments on technique!)

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