Pros and cons of battery-powered chainsaws
When Mark's gas-powered
died after only a couple of years of use, I decided to see if there were
any battery-powered chainsaws out there. It turns out that quite a
saws are starting to look like possibilities for homesteaders who just
need to cut enough firewood to get them through the winter. Is a
battery-powered chainsaw a good option for us (and for homesteaders like
On the other hand,
battery-powered saws have a major appeal for folks like us who wouldn't
usually be cutting for more than a couple of hours at a time
anyway. There's the quietness factor --- not only are
battery-powered saws silent when not cutting, they're much quieter than a
gas-powered chainsaw even when zipping through wood. We'd never
have to fight those ornery pull starters (that always seem to get harder
and harder to pull as a gas-powered saw ages), and maintenance in
general is likely to be much simpler with a battery model.
Homesteaders who go for months without cutting won't need to be as
worried about their saws if they opt for battery-powered versions since
there's no fuel to go bad, and battery-powered saws probably cause less
overall pollution than a typical two-stroke gas saw. Finally, a
battery saw definitely feels safer since the motor isn't running at all
as you move between areas to cut.
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