- Battery chainsaws
I’m after a bit of advice on battery chainsaws.
I’ve got hedge to cut back before the leaves start to bud and reckon it’d be a lot easier with a chainsaw than a combination of hedge trimmer, loppers and saw. It’s a job to do every few years so not regular use.
As I’d also have a use for a chainsaw for a bit of trail maintenance I was wondering about a battery powered version on the basis that it’ll be quieter in use for low key trail work and it’ll save having to store fuel and maintain an engine.
But are they any good? I’d be looking at under £150 where there seem to be a few.
Ta.Posted 2 weeks ago
I have the Aldi one, was 50 quid for the base saw with no battery or charger, another 50 for 2 batteries and a charger IIRC (I have a petrol husky, but the battery saw is very quiet for under the radar trail work 😉
It’s very good, not sure if they sell em online.Posted 2 weeks agonickjbMember
Got the florabest pole saw from Lidl and a little shihl. Both are nice to use. Minimum fuss. Quiet. Clean. The Stihl is nicer and does cut better but the florabest is great for the money. The chain and bar are Oregon parts, I presume they make it. No need for petrol unless you really are doing loads of cutting away from power.Posted 2 weeks agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
It’s a job to do every few years so not regular use
Unless you have other things to use the batteries for in the meantime get something mains powered or hire something when you’ll actually use it.
powertool batteries have a habit of being unchargable after being left unused for years at a time
another reason to hire would be – you probably only need to attack a hedge with a chainsaw because it’s gotten out of hand and really needs reshaping. After that a hedge trimmer – as the name suggests – is probably the best tool for trimming a hedge. It would take about a decade for any new growth to be anything a hedge trimmer couldn’t handlePosted 2 weeks agoB.A.NanaMember
I put a Makita electric chainsaw together for between £250-£300. Makita body £116 (ebay), 2 X Makita battery charger £70 (online or ebay), 2 x 18v Amazon batteries £50-£80 (amazon). Can’t recall exact final price but has been brill for lighter duty. None Makita batteries I found have been good but no idea how they compare to the much more expensive originals.
chains I bought from a co in sheffield at 2 for £15 postage incl. recommended by a local gardener / tree surgeon guy.Posted 2 weeks agoburko73Subscriber
The makita ones are good. I’ve got a top handled version of the above. It’s great for bits and bobs around the garden and odd jobs.
The chain will still cut you etc so you’ll need to take care. Using a chainsaw on a hedge up a ladder isn’t the easiest or safest introduction.
Also – using it on someone else’s land isn’t a great idea if you don’t have permission, safety gear, arent insured etc. You’re ‘going equipped’ if you’ve managed to plan ahead enough to take a chainsaw with you! A silky saw in your bag is one thing…Posted 1 week ago
Thanks for the feedback all. Sounds like it might be a worthwhile investment.
The hedge in question is 6’ high and I want to cut up to 1’ off the top before growing season kicks in and the birds start nesting. It’ll be done standing on the drive.
As far as heading into the woods it’s for clearing trails rather than felling trees. I’ve done enough time on the Silky to know how that goes ;o)Posted 1 week agonachSubscriber
None Makita batteries I found have been good but no idea how they compare to the much more expensive originals.
Not the same batteries but might give you an idea. These can be a bit tedious to watch, but he’s pretty thorough. Short version: brand name tool batteries will tend to be built from higher quality 18650 cells. Off-brand batteries generally do fine though.Posted 1 week agoB.A.NanaMember
I’ve just had a check and the above makita duc353z I put together for £213
duc353z body from PowertoolWorld (not sure if direct or ebay) @ 116.99
dc18rd charger from top_tools_ltd off ebay (new) @ 46.45
2 x batteries from powayup off Amazon 5.5ah @ 49.99
replacement chains from northern arb supplies @ 2 for £15Posted 1 week agomarksnookMember
I’ve got the brushless makita saw, it’s amazing for quick jobs in the garden and cuts out the need for engine maintenance. I use makita cordless kit in work though so i have a ready supply off batteries
The option for cheeky quiet trail use is a massive bonus especially with all the storms knocking down trees at the minute.
Would a hedge trimmer be more useful? When cutting The thicker branches in my hedges I have caught a small branch/bramble before and jammed the chain. No snapped chains yet but I have a landscaper friend and he has been hit by chains jamming and snapping on small stuff. I think I only use my chainsaw for a tiny proportion of garden duties. Hedge trimmer and hand saw probably get used for hedges and 2” or smaller branchesPosted 1 week agoz1ppyMember
Was recommended a Stiga SC 24 ae unit by a guy who works in a garden machinery place, he’s put aside his internal discount to go elsewhere to buy one… I thought that a pretty good recommendation. Personally I was looking at their heavy duty(ish as they do a more power ful one..) hedge cutter supplemented by my silky. But bills have put pay to that for a month or so, then I’m into the hedge cutting banPosted 1 week ago
The hedge is over 30m long and between 1-2 m deep. At the level I want to cut it to there are lots of “knuckles” from which smaller branches have developed after years of pruning to roughly the same height.
I have corded and cordless hedge trimmers, loppers and a couple of good size Silky saws so all the right kit to do the job more conventionally.
The issue is that there is a lot of targeted cutting with the loppers and hand saw to deal with the thicker stems before I can get the trimmers in. I’ve just finished cutting the face back to take 20cm or so off which wasn’t too bad but I didn’t have anywhere near as much to do with the stems as I will with taking the top off.
As The cutting will be around shoulder height there’s no need to climb a ladder.
What I really need is to catch the guys that use a tractor mounted cutter to maintain the public stuff of the other side (the hedge is outlet boundary between the front of the house and a canal towpath. But there’s never any warning that they’re coming!
I’d hoped that a chainsaw would cut easily through both the thick and thin growth and as I can get to both sides would only leave a strip in the middle at the wider end.Posted 1 week ago
How big do they cut?
I chopped up a rowan tree in the garden that was maybe 9” or 10” thick but had to cut from both sides.
The bar is a bout 6” and It’ll do 4” as a straight lop.
Combined with my Titan shredder it’ll eat most of what I need to get shot of in the gardenPosted 1 week ago
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