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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #50 on: February 02, 2014, 10:51:25 am »
Going backwards here. Has anyone ran a rechargeable 18V battery top handle saw or any 18V chainsaw.  Battery says good for 150  1.5" cuts.  Says 6.5lbs 

Thinking inside barn and my trimming duties once a year.

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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #51 on: February 02, 2014, 11:11:22 am »
You will not get that capacity in this cold weather. The test was done at standard temperature of 20 C.
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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #52 on: February 02, 2014, 12:18:40 pm »
You will not get that capacity in this cold weather. The test was done at standard temperature of 20 C.

I only do the trim in spring.   
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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #53 on: February 02, 2014, 12:23:53 pm »
First thing is it needs stihl PS PS3 loop on it.  :D   I just wonder if it a total waste of $
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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #54 on: February 02, 2014, 12:36:43 pm »
I sit here looking at pics  and it just smack me up against the head NO AV.  So never mind.

If going with no  av I will just build another 1800 2000 saw.

I'm spoiled now, gots to have AV.  ;D
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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #55 on: February 02, 2014, 04:55:13 pm »
I have been using the Oregon PowerNow chainsaw for 2+ years and have had the chance to try their new 40V pole saw, due out this spring.

As noted, battery powered saws are not a direct replacement for gas saws, but they do have their advantages - all of the advantages of a corded electric saw, without the cord: no fuel to store, mix, or go stale; no ethanol issues; no flooding; no repetitive pulling on a starter rope; no 2-cycle fumes; less maintenance (no spark plug, air filter, carb rebuilding, etc.); much quieter; less vibration;  only runs when trigger is depressed; etc., etc., etc. 

They can be a great 'grab-and'go' saw; good for trimming; good for someone who can't store gasoline indoors (apartment manager, for example); good for someone who has trouble starting a gas saw, but does not want the cord.

I would only consider the 36/40 volt saws right now (same batteries, described as either 36 or 40 volts) .  Just like cordless drills, which started out at 7 volts, but really were not that useful until the 12 and 18 volt versions came out, the 36/40 volt saws are the current 'standard' in my mind.  STIHL, Oregon, Husqvarna (rear and top handle), Bosch, Makita (top handle) all have models.  The Husqvarna and Bosch are only available in Europe as I understand it.  Ryobi (Home Depot) is developing one to go with their other 36 volt OPE. Many of these tools are part of an OPE family, including hedge trimmers, string trimmers, etc., that use the same batteries.

As far as cold weather use, I used the 40V pole saw cleaning up tornado damage in Illinois this past December, when the temps were about 20*F and was surprised at how long the Li-ion batteries lasted (I think I posted something about this in another thread).  The batteries keep getting better: originals were 1.2 and 2.4 amp-hour; the newer ones are 4.0 Ah - same size and same weight. Like any cordless tool, I would want a second battery to charge/swap out while working with the other.

The PowerSharp chain is a separate topic, as it only comes standard on the Oregon saw with the built in sharpener, but could be fitted to any 3/8 low profile saw.  I also ran the Oregon 40V saw with the PowerSharp chain, and 2 other, new, Oregon, 3/8 low profile, reduced kickback chains (91VG, and 91PX) side-by-side and was very impressed with the PowerSharp chain.  It really is a fairly aggressive chain.  The trick is to treat it like any other chain, and not intentionally jam it into rocks, or shove it into dirt to 'test' it.  I also use the PowerSharp chain on one of my corded electric saws (Makita UC4000), and it is my 'low-fuss-in-the-city-combination'. 

I am anxious for them to release their .325 version of the PowerSharp chain to see how it does on larger saws.

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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #56 on: February 02, 2014, 05:05:34 pm »
Nice info.  Do you know IF they ever released the top handle version?
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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #57 on: February 02, 2014, 07:38:04 pm »
Not that I know of.

The Makita is a top handled saw that some guys might like for use in the tree.  Only tried it at a tool show (indoors).  They generally make good stuff.  One cool feature is an option that lets you use (2) 18 Volt batteries, if you already have those for other Makita cordless, carpentry tools.

Only tried the STIHL 36V saw at a State Fair demo (a few times) cutting cookies from a 4" log in a saw buck.

As you noted, these saws also have different chains: mostly smaller pitch and shorter bars due to the power head.

The STIHL runs 1/4" pitch chain.  The Oregon saw runs 3/8" low profile (series 91) chain, but the pole saw runs 3/8" low profile, narrow kerf (series 90) chain. The Makita looks like it is also running series 90 chain. Don't know about the others.

The proof is in the cutting.  Trick with the Oregon saw is to let it do the work and don't try to push it.  Works well up to 6" green / 4" dry wood, although with patience, I have cut up to a 14" spruce with it.

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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #58 on: February 03, 2014, 01:10:36 pm »
Philbert pics of the oregon pole saw?


Also have you ever ran or tested out the 18V NiCad battery saws?   

Just sort of scared NiCd wont hold a charge and go bad quickly. Figure this might be why they have went to Lithium batteries.
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Re: Oregon Stihl Husky battery powered trim saws
« Reply #59 on: February 03, 2014, 01:20:33 pm »
Here is a link to the Oregon PowerNow site with product description:

https://oregoncordless.co...s/Tools/Cordless-Pole-Saw

I thought I had posted on this pole saw before, but apparently, it was on another site.  I started a separate thread on this saw with photos here:

http://chainsawrepair.cre...sted/oregon-40v-pole-saw/

I expect that the other manufacturers will also have cordless pole saws, so it it worth considering them as a separate topic.

I have not tried any of the 18 V saws.

Philbert


 

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