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Stihl Cordless chainsaws for carving

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Hi, I have only been carving for just over 2 years now. I do it as a hobby but sell my produce to raise money for a wildlife garden charity in Norfolk.

Apart from MS261 which I use for general forestry work I use 3 Stihl cordless saws for carving. I have a new MSA220 with 16” bar for blocking out. A MSA200 with 14” bar for initial carving and a MSA 160 with a Sugi R7 12” bar for fine work. I find that the 200 and 160 combination are excellent saws and with 4 batteries I can keep up good work rate.

 

I am aware of two other chainsaw carvers in my area have converted to using cordless saws

 

My main issue is that my choice of bars is limited because currently only Sugihara make the R7 open ended mount for the Stihl fitting to the cordless saws. (1/4 PM3 chain). I have been liaising with Rob at Chainsawbars to source a Canon bar to try but we don’t know if it will fit. None available at present.

Does anyone have experience of suitable carving bars for these cordless saws. Also, anyone else using cordless for carving?

 

I am an amateur but love carving. I attach a couple of photos.

 

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I’m really keen to see if others are using Stihl cordless as I think it will help if the manufacturers realise that there is a growing market out there. Rob is not sure that the Canon will fit. It might need the end of the slot machined out.

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I have no experience of battery saws although I'm interested to know the outcome. You're definitely speaking to the right person with Rob Dyer, but if he hasn't the saws at hand he won't be able to see any discrepancies between bar mounts etc.
Si O"Rourke uses stihl battery saws, might be worth contacting him. He's on here occasionally but you're probably best emailing him

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Thanks wisewood. There is no doubt that cordless technology has advanced and can only get better. My new MSA 220 is a powerful saw.
There is an interesting, if rather crude, Australian review on YouTube. Just turn a blind eye to the H&S aspects.


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We just need to get the carving bar manufacturers that there is a growing market to get them to produce a better choice of bars for these saws.

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