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Battery saws makita vs Stihl and Husky

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Whilst I absolutely agree with some of the several previously mentioned, very useful advantages of cordless saws ( and looking forward to buying a sthil/husky/makita/other saw, battery and bits sometime soonish ), I think it's also worth mentioning that:

 

Cordless batteries do tend to loose charge capacity, with regular site usage and age..so treat the re-charging life quoted with a some caution, perhaps ?

 

Batteries will need daily recharging with daily use, obviously -so it's a bummer if you turn up with your team to a job, to find someone forgot to charge them last night..bring petrol back up tools? 

 

Some rechargeable batteries have a habit of simply 'dying', if exposed to heavy frost inside a building or vehicle.

 

Battery recharging may very occasionally result in thermal overload (and a fire ! ), if dropped, damaged or overheated -or for no obvious reason! Climbing saws (and their batteries) naturally get a good few knocks...so, recharging needs to be done well away from anything flammable, just in case ? Yes, I learnt that lesson last year..

 

Cheaper ( identical looking ), counterfeit batteries have a much worse record for suffering thermal breakdown, apparently. I think cells made by Panasonic, Samsung and who else ? seemed safer.

 

You will be tied to a particular manufacturer for all your other future (cordless) accessories.

 

Not all manufacturers sell spares for cordless saws, I understand. I dare not mention any names!

 

So could we not organise our own home-grown consumer comparison, of the most popular cordless saws and batteries, for the benefit of those interested here , perhaps ? 

Just to produce a simple standardised set of trials and key stats, in the form of a results table ?

A timed field test comparison would be good too...with video.

Needless to say, I don't have the first clue how to organise any of the above...but it's possible someone might point us in the right direction ?

-or just remind me about putting my head up ?

 

 

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Weirdly I was looking at milwaukee saws just before seeing this. No intention of giving up the performance of petrol but now the batteries are up to 12ah it is tempting...

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I have the husky on demo at the moment the stihl arrives next week, I’m going to invest just don’t know which my husky is number two the first was broken straight out of the box. My feel for it is it’s long and plasticky, I like the two power modes and the tooless chain tension.

i think I need to investigate the batteries more there are many variables here and major cost implications 

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Does anybody have any personal use of both battery and petrol pole saws? I'm looking into the Husky 536LiPT5 pole saw. I use a Echo with another company which is a good piece of kit, extra 2kgs compared to the battery Husky.

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1 hour ago, Spoons said:

Does anybody have any personal use of both battery and petrol pole saws? I'm looking into the Husky 536LiPT5 pole saw. I use a Echo with another company which is a good piece of kit, extra 2kgs compared to the battery Husky.

We have the STIHL one.  It is very good, less vibration and noise than the petrol one.  They are slightly top heavy compared to their petrol counterpart as the motor is up there.  Wouldn't trade it a petrol one.

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Does anybody have any personal use of both battery and petrol pole saws? I'm looking into the Husky 536LiPT5 pole saw. I use a Echo with another company which is a good piece of kit, extra 2kgs compared to the battery Husky.

I've used the stihl petrol extending pole saw and the electric one.
The petrol one has more power
and the electric one is more unbalanced due to the motor on the cutting head.
However I'd choose the electric version
in future as no exhaust,petrol, or burns to my crotch.

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