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Mountain Biker Needs a Portable Chainsaw
on March 21, 2012
Aloha, I bought this saw because I needed something I could strap to my pack while I mountain bike into the trails that I maintain. I needed portable power. I've used many gas powered saws in the past. They worked great but I always had an oily mess by the time I was done. And yes, each time I loaded up to carry the saw to the next downed tree, I'd have to shut the hot saw down, pack it up, unpack at the next obstacle and restart. Additionally if I (or someone else) inadvertently dumped the chain into the mud/dirt or rock etc. I had to deal with a dull chain for the rest of the day. Well, I actually carried a spare chain with me in the field. Bottom line, I needed to deal with all of this out in the field. Then, when I got home, I spent hours sharpening my chains and cleaning and maintaining the saw so the next I needed it, it would start up and work. Sometimes I'll go months before I needed the saw. Fill the tank, start the saw, make sure it works before I even load it on to my pack. With the battery power, press the battery button to check the charge the night before. Good to go.
I was skeptical because of the battery power. However, I am sold. I bought this saw with a spare battery and have used it a dozen times now within the last month and a half. I have to admit the saw is expensive and a bit heavy (especially when you add the 2nd battery I carry) and that is why I give it 4 stars. I wish I could give it 4.5 stars because it's not that bad. Being able to sharpen in the field and have enough battery power to cut in the field for a 3-4 hour work day is good enough for me.
I fabricated a simple bungee set up to hold the guard on the saw so when I'm riding my bike, the guard doesn't fall off.
When I get home from a trip, I will blow off the saw with compressed air. I will then remove the cover and blow off the dust and then brush and wipe the saw down. Put the cover back on and refill the oil and check chain tension. I hang the saw from the ceiling. Total time of maintenance when I get home is short of 10 minutes. I take the batteries in and charge them so when I need the saw, everything is ready to go.
So yes, pros are immediate start up, not an oily hot mess and auto-sharpening.
Cons include price, weight and lack of ability to run other tools with the same battery. I hope some day soon they come up with grass and hedge trimmers.
I compared this to other brands including the Sthil. The Sthil uses a smaller chain and bar and does not have auto sharpening. Sthil's saw does not come with a battery which must be purchased separately and costs more. The Sthil uses the same battery to power other tools such as grass and hedge trimmers.
Hope this helps.