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Anyone got a battery saw are they any good , want to use for decking and sleeper work so no big cuts any recommendations?

 

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I have a lot of the 18v dewalt range of tools with added batteries, was thinking of having the 18v chainsaw for just knocking around at home. If you own a particular brand of battery power tools then majority of the brands now offer a chainsaw in their range, could make sense for you if you have extra batteries etc to follow suit.

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2 hours ago, Rough Hewn said:

Stihl msa200 with the ap300 batteries.
Cuts smoothly and cleanly even with seasoned oak sleepers.
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RH how long does the battery last in the MSA 200? We have 2 MS 200 saws and they are one of the best ground saws we have ever had for breaking down the crowns of felled mature trees - until these arrived it was a struggle to stop people using 201 climbing saws for the job.

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I bought the Makita one. Mainly because I already had Makita batteries and charger for others  tools so it was very cost effective at £130.

I use it for fencing/landscaping type work and it’s just generally handy to have in the truck if I need to cut some branches back to get machines in etc.

its fine for that, it has a low chain speed and well enough designed, better cordless saws out there for sure but I’m happy with it for the money and use it a lot.

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RH how long does the battery last in the MSA 200? We have 2 MS 200 saws and they are one of the best ground saws we have ever had for breaking down the crowns of felled mature trees - until these arrived it was a struggle to stop people using 201 climbing saws for the job.

Ages.
Never timed one.
But two batteries should last all day.

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I'd echo what Matthew has said.  I also have a Makita saw [2 x 18 volt - the DUC353 brushless] - and it's surprisingly good.  From memory - it has a higher chain speed than their 2000 watt mains electric saw [UC4051] - that we also have.  It's certainly pretty torquey.

 

Okay it's not as powerful as a decent capacity petrol chainsaw - but very capable.  I get 100+ cuts [6-8 inch logs] from two fully charged 5 a/h batteries.  Quiet, well balanced  - but still has a reassuring heft-in-the-hand.  It gets used a lot more than we ever thought.  My instinct is that the right battery chainsaw would be perfect for you: dealing with sleepers and decking.

 

On the basis of it's performance - we also bought the Makita 36 volt hedge trimmer - and that's pretty good too.

 

It certainly feels like battery operated gear is a viable alternative to petrol driven tools for an increasing number of occasions.  Certainly where noise is an issue.
 

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I've got a Husqvarna but if you already use cordless tools getting one that will run on the same batteries is the most economical way to go. No smelly petrol, lightweight, low noise & vibration, no pull start, just squeeze the trigger. What's not to like?

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16 hours ago, Rough Hewn said:


Ages.
Never timed one.
But two batteries should last all day.
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Depends what you're doing. I have an MSA200 + AP300 too. When I'm cutting up firewood 10-12" logs, then around an hour on one battery.

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