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Wife wants a Cordless Chainsaw

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It is hard to argue with her now her mind is made up!

She just needs a small saw for cutting ivy off some of our trees.  I bought her a cordless reciprocating saw but she say it is too slow, heavy and the battery is pathetic.

Buy her a Silky I hear you cry!  Tried that , bad result

 

She has the leggings, gloves, helmet and boots but I am still worried about kickback, particularly when messing about on the horizontal plane with multiple strands of ivy, some over three inches diameter at the base

I bought this saw horse off eBay to resurrect my old Dolmar electric which has no kickback safety device.  The saw horse does have a top cover which offers protection and also having seen the Alligator saw sold by Tesco which has a similar top cover is there anyone selling a lightweight top hinged cover to retro fit?

It would need to be lightly sprung to keep it in position.

Are there any obvious disadvantages.  I have no problem with the Dolmar going through ten inch logs or more.

Even if I cut a plastic chain guard in half and hinged it near the handle it would be light and offer protection.

i was wondering in view of all the accidents with kickback why there is not such a device readily available bearing in mind most amateur chainsaw users only cut downwards.

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Hi I am sure there is an attachment that bolts on the nose of the bar especially to stop kick back or get her a carving bar as the kick back zone is so small they very rarely kick back I have only had one slightly kick doing very odd cuts on some piece of work , yeah the more I think about it the better it sounds , why not ask some other carvers on the chainsaw carving bit I am sure they will agree, hope this helps

Cheers Mark 

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2 hours ago, Rough Hewn said:

Stihl cordless chainsaws are great. Light and easy to use. Less torque than a petrol saw, so less kick back. (Less not none).
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The little Stihl 120 cordless is what I had in mind. Just wondered if there was a device on the market as I have described to fit over the chain

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2 hours ago, Billhook said:

The little Stihl 120 cordless is what I had in mind. Just wondered if there was a device on the market as I have described to fit over the chain

Hi, are you thinking of something like a motorcycle chain guard... if that's what your after it would be real simple to make out of a bit of flat bar and just drill a couple of holes in the bar to mount it, cheers.

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If it's just for ivy, would you not get away with a good set of loppers? Cut up to 2" thick?

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I've got the MSA 120 and use it a fair bit in the garden pruning woody stuff as well as cutting some decent sized logs. I've never noticed any kickback which I think is down to the very fine PM3 chain as well as the narrow nose, it is also less grabby that bigger toothed chains on thin material. 

 

I like the narrow nosed bar for pruning jobs, I would wonder if a guard might make someone more likely to have a problem if they catch the guard on another stem or something?

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All my saws are cordless ( if you don't count the starer cord ) :001_smile:

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3 hours ago, scbk said:

If it's just for ivy, would you not get away with a good set of loppers? Cut up to 2" thick?

Tried that but although easy for me and thee, she is not strong enough to do a days work with the loppers.

Weaker sex!

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What’s wrong with a carving bar you can get like 6 and 8 inch bars ideal for cutting ivy and hardly any kick back.

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