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Need reccomenations for easy to start chainsaw

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bobfuente, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. Neanderthal

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    Over the past 6-8 years I have had Poulan (trash, avoid at all cost), new Husquavarna (didn't last long, crapped out and was hard to start) and a new Stihl. The Stihl has worked the best, but I'm fixing to go another route. The Stihl is a pain to start sometimes, but does end up starting and doing the job. However, I have decided that I'm going to get an electric one too, mostly for menial tasks around the yard and orchard. Since I already have a new Makita battery weedeater and tools that I love, I'm just going to expand on those with polesaw and stuff.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    The freeze last month killed one of my massive loblolly pines. Hence my interest in a powerful gasoline chainsaw. But a Dewalt 70v was recommended, along with some other electrics and gas powered. I looked at the Dewalt on Amazon out of curiosity and was stupefied at the videos. I didn't think an electric saw could do anything close to what I saw on those videos.

    Edit: Oklahomabassin, you've got one of these?
     
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    We bought one of the Dewalts for around the shop. Pretty impressive for a battery saw. Use a 6mah battery and it will go for quite a while.
     
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    We just downsized and I’ve been looking at battery mowers. The new Dewalt mowers at Home Depot come with 2 10mah batteries. I can just imagine how long a drill or saws all will run on a 10.
     
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    I have an Echo that usually starts in one or two pulls and runs great.
     
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    What model?
     
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    I wonder if this would work on a chainsaw ? Years ago when we raced the Blackjack Enduros I had a Husquavarna 500cc Auto. It was a bear to kick start. I pulled the jug off of it and took it to work at pump shop I worked in. A friend set it up on a mill and milled a small flat half way between the top of the jug and the top of the exhaust port opening. Then he drill around a 7/64" hole at an angle down into the exhaust port . It worked great as an automatic compression release. My son was around 10 years old and he could start it by himself. No performance change at all.
     
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    I figure it would take one complete battery pack to notch the dead pine, and a second battery pack to fell it. But I'm not sure. The videos suggest that one battery could do the entire job. I know a gas saw would make handy work of it - if I could get it to start. I keep seeing Echo being highly recommended as easy to start. We are talking a tree with a girth of nearly three feet. It stands tall, at least 80'.
    Edit: It will come down on its own, eventually. But I don't want it coming down across the road or the barb wire fence. So I need to notch it and do the cut when there is no wind. I need to get it done to completion once I get started. And I will have someone there with me. I don't underestimate this task.
     
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    I don't personally own one, but have 2 at work. They perform well and snap a battery in and be cutting quicker than fueling up a gasser. We use the saws a little differently than most. We cut holes in roofs for ventilation. 1-2 layers of shingles, plywood, joists, and nails. (Specialty chain)

    One of the guys bought one for his personal use before recommending for the fire trucks. He cut rail road ties most of the day for his wife's flowerbed/garden project. He said he couldn't believe how well it worked.

    I have a 40v pole saw from Harbor Freight. I worked it pretty hard after the ice storm. It has a 1 hour quick charger. I would throw it on the charger at lunch break just to be safe, but easily worked 5-6 hours.
     
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