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Old 09-21-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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Chainsaws; which way to go

I'm looking at buying a chainsaw.
Something that's kind of catching my eye is Stihl's recent MS 160 C-BQ. It's a cordless electric saw. The reviews I've read seem positive with the caveat that you shouldn't expect anywhere near the torque from even the smallest of the gas saws.

Most places I go, there's firewood already cut, so whatever saw I buy will be used only a couple of times a year if that. In my experience, most gas chainsaws don't like to sit unused for extended periods of time.
The other thing is storage. I'm in an apartment, so my options for storing the gas can, oil and saw are either the closet, my Jeep or in the RV. None of those seem very palatable.

The new Stihls are very pricey -the saw, one battery and charger will run me close to $700 (the battery alone is $250) and with their 12" bar, they're rated for around a maximum of 8" logs (guess I could always finish off something bigger with my bow saw).

Does anyone have any experience with these saws ?
Or even know someone who has one ?
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:20 PM   #2
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Just a though but IMO if you only use a saw that little, why not just rent one when you need it. Far cheaper, the chain will be sharp and you can get the saw you need for that day vs trying to figure out how to deal with a junk of wood twice the size your saw can handle. For $700.00 you can reant saws for a very long time.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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The last time I looked you could buy a Black and Decker 18v or a Craftsman 19.2v for around $100 and I think they claim a 8" log also. We bought a Craftsman for my father-in-law. I have never seen it in use but I don't think it cuts very fast or many logs. Might be ok for some occassional campfires.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:42 PM   #4
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Fair point about renting one. In fact, the idea of doing that never even occurred to me. Only problem is on longer trips like my summer shut down (at work) where I'm gone for a month and have no idea where I'll be stopping.

Actually, the local Stihl dealer is United Rentals. I'll have to ask them about that.

The Stihl is 36 volt -which probably has a lot to do with the price difference over the B&D and Craftsman tools. I suspect this is a good example of "you get what you pay for".


(and yes, I am trying to talk myself into buying one and am hoping more sensible heads will give me good reasons not to )
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Have you looked at corded electric chain saws. I've had one for years and it is great. I also have a gas one for bigger stuff, but I never take it camping. I know they don't cost $700, maybe $100 for a good one. As little as I use it, pulling out an extension cord is no big deal and I don't worry about the battery going bed.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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I've used corded electric chainsaws in the past and they certainly do have their uses but I don't carry a generator and the only place I would need the saw is when I'm far away from the nearest electrical outlet.
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I've used corded electric chainsaws in the past and they certainly do have their uses but I don't carry a generator and the only place I would need the saw is when I'm far away from the nearest electrical outlet.
Sorry, I have never dry camped with a TT, so I didn't think about that angle.
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Why not go OLD SCHOOL if you don't saw too much and are thinking a small elect saw will work. Get an aol fashioned MANUAL saw i.e. a nice bow saw.
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If is just for limited use I would look at a battery sawzall with a aggressive wood blade. You may fine it very useful for other projects as well. You would be surprised at what they will cut.
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If is just for limited use I would look at a battery sawzall with a aggressive wood blade. You may fine it very useful for other projects as well. You would be surprised at what they will cut.
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There ya go! I bought a corded sawzall for home use rather than buying a chainsaw. It does everything a chainsaw will, has no smell, is quiet and simply turns off and on.
Did you know that you can buy a 12 volt chainsaw?
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