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Old 08-16-2019, 11:07 PM   #201 (permalink)
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we were out back trimming branches on the trail on the golf cart and came across a downed tree
m18 fuel sawzall with pruning blade cut the 12" tree out of the way
not as effective as a chainsaw, but it worked as was easy to do
a mile later we buried the golf cart to the frame in mud, cut 25 saplings to lay in the track and backed out

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I have a fuel hackzall and have actually fell some ~8" trees with it they didn't have the pruning blade when I got it though. I got just the most aggressive wood blade.
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Anyone tried the chainsaw?

Milwaukee Electric Tools 2727-21HD Chainsaw Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FDVWY9T..._-h9pDbB9NB90S

I thought it might be nice to have in the trail rig for the occasional downed tree or cutting some camp fire wood. At that price, I could have the same size pro grade sthil or husky though. I also don't like how long they made the power head.

If they had an m18 version of this, price and size wise, I might be more inclined.

DEWALT DCCS620B 20V MAX XR Compact 12 in. Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073FTGBZY..._Al9pDbJH409A0
What pro grade saw is only $400?

The smallest saw I have, a Stihl 362, was about $800 new. Not sure what the couple smaller pro saws go for, don't think they are in the $300-400 area though. The other saws I have where well over a grand.

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Anyone tried the chainsaw?

Milwaukee Electric Tools 2727-21HD Chainsaw Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FDVWY9T..._-h9pDbB9NB90S

I thought it might be nice to have in the trail rig for the occasional downed tree or cutting some camp fire wood. At that price, I could have the same size pro grade sthil or husky though. I also don't like how long they made the power head.

If they had an m18 version of this, price and size wise, I might be more inclined.

DEWALT DCCS620B 20V MAX XR Compact 12 in. Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073FTGBZY..._Al9pDbJH409A0
Yes . I have the chainsaw. Works well for clearing tree of trail, limbs and such around yard. Do not think it would be a all day,everyday saw.
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:59 AM   #205 (permalink)
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What pro grade saw is only $400?

The smallest saw I have, a Stihl 362, was about $800 new. Not sure what the couple smaller pro saws go for, don't think they are in the $300-400 area though. The other saws I have where well over a grand.
you're in alaska
the used market down here on chainsaws is very good, especially when you're willing to swap a jug
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What pro grade saw is only $400?

The smallest saw I have, a Stihl 362, was about $800 new. Not sure what the couple smaller pro saws go for, don't think they are in the $300-400 area though. The other saws I have where well over a grand.
Ms250 is around $300-350, I had one and it was great.

Ms271 is around $400 also.

Why would we be comparing small cordless saws to 24"+ bar saws. Or did you just want to brag about your saw collection?
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Those are both "farm/ranch" aka mid line saws, not pro saws.

If I wanted to brag I would have listed all the saws I have or something like that. I do logging and firewood sales for a living so obviously I need decent equipment. Wouldn't make a ton of sense for Harry Homeowner that cuts 3 trees a year to spend $1500 on a saw.

I needed to drop a tree at home the other day and I used a sawzall, didn't feel like going to the shop to grab one of the saws haha.

I was just was saying the M18 saw price is not unreasonable if it's not a turd, that's all.

We do saw repairs and get customers occasionally that through a fit over a $50-60 bill to get their saw running. Guess they expect someone should work for free on their stuff, dunno. In an case, for lots of folks a saw is just something that sits in the shed for 364 days a year.

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Ms250 is around $300-350, I had one and it was great.

Ms271 is around $400 also.

Why would we be comparing small cordless saws to 24"+ bar saws. Or did you just want to brag about your saw collection?

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Old 08-17-2019, 01:32 PM   #208 (permalink)
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I guess I used the term pro grade loosely. Mid grade, is more fitting. Those are definitely a huge step up from what's at tractor supply/HD/Lowes, even if they are a name brand.

When I got the 250, the guy at the dealer said that the orchard guys abuse the shit out of them and they don't seem to mind.
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In an case, for lots of folks a saw is just something that sits in the shed for 364 days a year.
This is why I have one, I didnít need another 2 stroke I donít use enough to fuck with. Saw works well, has plenty of power in terms of torque. It could use more rpm, if your trimming with long pine needles and not keeping an eye on it, it will plug up and kick the chain. I have only cut wet pine with mine, itís worked well. The battery life is decent and the chain oil seems to last just a bit longer than 1 12.0 battery, so I fill it every battery change. The nice part is when your trimming and moving limbs around you donít have a saw loading up idling and have to start it again to cut more. I would definitely buy again for trail and homeowner duties.
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Went to use my big 1/2” impact 2767 today at the junkyard and it just makes a buzzing noise. Also defaults to setting “3” anytime you hit the trigger. Going to send it off next week. Anyone else had issues with one?
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Went to use my big 1/2” impact 2767 today at the junkyard and it just makes a buzzing noise. Also defaults to setting “3” anytime you hit the trigger. Going to send it off next week. Anyone else had issues with one?
My 2754 3/8" just shit the bed. Would make a high pitched whine, only would switch directions after removing and reinstalling the battery, and had no power or brake. 3 years in to the 5 year warranty, I shipped it in and they sent me a brand new one no questions asked
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:32 PM   #212 (permalink)
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Got my impact back from e-service today and am less than satisfied with the results.

Terrible packaging, and a stripped/not fully seated screw on the front housing assembly.
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About 2 years ago I got bit with the M18 bug also. Since then, I've acquired a drill/hammer drill 2704-20, 1/4 and 3/8 impacts, and was given a grinder (2781-20) earlier this year for my birthday. I'm about to get of their big 1/2" impact in the near future. Obviously the impacts and drills are to be handy as expected, but for metal working I found the grinder to be extremely handy. I'm normally not a battery guy outside of drills, however, for building the 4x4 I just run that puppy around the shop or outside zipping and grinding stuff all over the place all while leaving the corded grinders at the fab table.. I don't use a Sawzall enough to justify replacing my corded dewalt and the same goes for my corded word working tools skilsaw, jig saw. Any lawn care hand product I buy/invest in, it's for the long haul, Stihl or Redmax gas powered equipment only. I could see electrical stuff working if you live in town with a limited area to maintain but most on this forum probably aren't that type
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I had a brutal wind storm last week and have several trees with snapped branches 30ft off the ground. I am going to look into renting a boom lift and trimming them myself. Seems like a perfect time to look into the 18v Chainsaw. Has anyone used one or even seen one up close? I have read people say that the ergonomics are more for cutting felled wood than trimming branches from a bucket. FWIW the best prices on them now that I could find are at CPO. I would probably pop for the saw, 12a battery, charger, and leaf blower for 450 bucks. The 12a batteries seem to be going for 200 all by themselves
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Been looking into the saw for cutting stuff I don't feel like firing up a gas saw for, like wood that is too long to fit in the stove, projects that require many cuts but not all at once (like cutting RR ties)

Had a Reback 120v unit that was sent to me for testing. Worked well, but the battery shit the bed after a year and they are stupid expensive (like $250!)

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Been looking into the saw for cutting stuff I don't feel like firing up a gas saw for, like wood that is too long to fit in the stove, projects that require many cuts but not all at once (like cutting RR ties)

Had a Reback 120v unit that was sent to me for testing. Worked well, but the battery shit the bed after a year and they are stupid expensive (like $250!)
the chinese crap corded ones are decent, and they litter the free section on craigslist a week after any major storm
or at least they're what I'd use for cutting up garbage

a friend has the m18 one, likes it enough that he bought another one, for what little that's worth
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I had a brutal wind storm last week and have several trees with snapped branches 30ft off the ground. I am going to look into renting a boom lift and trimming them myself. Seems like a perfect time to look into the 18v Chainsaw. Has anyone used one or even seen one up close? I have read people say that the ergonomics are more for cutting felled wood than trimming branches from a bucket. FWIW the best prices on them now that I could find are at CPO. I would probably pop for the saw, 12a battery, charger, and leaf blower for 450 bucks. The 12a batteries seem to be going for 200 all by themselves
I'd spend the same money on a decent gas saw personally.
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I'd spend the same money on a decent gas saw personally.

Not looking to buy a 3rd gas saw. Looking for input on a M18 battery powered saw. Sorry if there was some ambiguity in my initial post.
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Not looking to buy a 3rd gas saw. Looking for input on a M18 battery powered saw. Sorry if there was some ambiguity in my initial post.
OK, so why not use one of the gas saws? I'm not anti cordless by any means, just curious what you're expecting to be the advantage here?
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OK, so why not use one of the gas saws? I'm not anti cordless by any means, just curious what you're expecting to be the advantage here?
Having the saw stop every time I let go of the trigger It could be an advantage if I am up in a bucket 30ft off the ground . Please don't ask me why I don't just get a corded electric saw to get the same effect
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I think the Milfawkee chain saw has too long of a blade. I have a 12" Maita and it does well enough for trimming and trail clearing. Take a bit to get used to as you can push it but it is the most compact saw out right now.

I have used the dewalt 12" as well (dad bought one) and it's bulkier and heavier then the Makita but it seems to have good gearing. Dad used his to cut out 2 rather large cottonwood stumps this fall. One 18v 5aH battery is pretty close to one tank of gas on the Makita.

My Uncle has the longer bar dewalt and it (IMHO) is just too big for a 18v battery.
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Having the saw stop every time I let go of the trigger It could be an advantage if I am up in a bucket 30ft off the ground .

Do not under estimate that benefit! If you were closer, I would loan you mine to try out. I use mine for a variety of jobs, and while a gas saw has it's place, there is no substitute for a M-18 saw, especially working off a ladder or out of a bucket.
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I had a brutal wind storm last week and have several trees with snapped branches 30ft off the ground. I am going to look into renting a boom lift and trimming them myself. Seems like a perfect time to look into the 18v Chainsaw. Has anyone used one or even seen one up close? I have read people say that the ergonomics are more for cutting felled wood than trimming branches from a bucket. FWIW the best prices on them now that I could find are at CPO. I would probably pop for the saw, 12a battery, charger, and leaf blower for 450 bucks. The 12a batteries seem to be going for 200 all by themselves
for branches, what about just grabbing the tree pruning saw and a hackzall?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...1305/202256182

seems like it would be more useful after the fact.
I've used my sawzall to prune with. It's handy. A one handed hackzall widget might be the best shit ever for that.
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for branches, what about just grabbing the tree pruning saw and a hackzall?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...1305/202256182

seems like it would be more useful after the fact.
I've used my sawzall to prune with. It's handy. A one handed hackzall widget might be the best shit ever for that.
Because I already have those blades and have been using them for probably 10 years. Thanks for the firsthand knowledge about the chainsaw. I suppose a bow saw, hatchet, butter knife, or sharp stone might work also but I am asking for information about the chainsaw, I guess my previous posts have been too ambiguous.
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I think the Milfawkee chain saw has too long of a blade. I have a 12" Maita and it does well enough for trimming and trail clearing. Take a bit to get used to as you can push it but it is the most compact saw out right now.

I have used the dewalt 12" as well (dad bought one) and it's bulkier and heavier then the Makita but it seems to have good gearing. Dad used his to cut out 2 rather large cottonwood stumps this fall. One 18v 5aH battery is pretty close to one tank of gas on the Makita.

My Uncle has the longer bar dewalt and it (IMHO) is just too big for a 18v battery.
Thanks, I hadn't considered the 16 inch bar length but agree that it is less than ideal for what I need to do. I looked into it and it uses a standard .043 x3/8 pitch chain and standard bar. If I buy the saw I will probably buy a 10 or 12 inch bar for this task.

Part of this deal is to get into a 12 amp battery without having to pay 200 bucks for it alone.
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