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marti
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Battery operated chain saw

Is this OK for infrequent use -- meaning a few times per year or not that often? Thanks.

»www.lowes.com/pd_75510-70-LCS120···ain+saws
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mackey
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Depends on what you're trying to cut. Small limbs it'll probably do fine, trying to cut down a tree probably won't work so well.

/M



John97
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reply to marti

An 8" bar... You could probably cut the same stuff with a sawzall.

It might be more practical to just get one of those..
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LazMan
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reply to marti

Something that small; may as well just use a sawsall... And a cordless sawsall would likely be more useful in the long run, too.



marti
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2- to 4-inch diameter branches. Need something with power.
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John97
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I cut a few branches that size that were starting to grow over my roof. I just went up on the ladder with my cordless sawzall. A 12" wood blade made quick work of it.

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Juggernaut
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reply to marti

Agreed. Sawzall.



marti
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OK will check out sawzall tool. Thanks my friends.
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Juggernaut
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One last point, get one with a Li-Ion battery, not a Ni-Cad.



alkizmo

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reply to marti

I don't see how a sawzall can be of any use when trimming bushes.
The blade of the sawzall would just grab on the branch and shake it back and forth, no cutting

That electric thing is just a toy. It's no more powerful than an electric trimmer, but at least an electric trimmer has a lot of reach.



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1 recommendation

Really... I have a DeWalt that will prove you wrong in short time. Very short.



cdru
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said by alkizmo:

I don't see how a sawzall can be of any use when trimming bushes.
The blade of the sawzall would just grab on the branch and shake it back and forth, no cutting

No one said anything about bushes until your post. Up till then, it only mentioned small diameter branches. Even those can be quite sturdy where they join a larger branch, usually where you want to prune a branch back to. Even if it's not, you can hold the branch steady while you cut.


marti
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Oh yes, sometime bushes.



shdesigns
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reply to marti

I have a sawsall and have used it; it works well.

My main tools are lopping shears and a bow saw. The bow saw is easy, to take out, never needs charging or gas and just works.


gozer
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reply to marti

I agree with getting a sawsall costs less and is a good power tool to have even for the ocasinal user and this post, The blade of the sawzall would just grab on the branch and shake it back and forth is only true if you don't make use of the foot. The brace needs to be touching the thing your cutting to steady the saw it cuts better and is allso safer with any tool to operate it the way its designed to work. And with a agresive blade you can cut even a 6" limb


Beezel

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This blade has trimmed many limbs for me.
»www.lowes.com/pd_121741-70-DW480···rocating



jack b
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reply to marti

Not a good tool investment. And of course the battery will invariably die sometime between (or in the middle of) use.

For small occasional cuts a bow saw works just fine. Cheap, too!

Here's one that doubles as a hacksaw in it's spare time.

»www.stanleytools.com/default.asp···FHacksaw
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Lurch77
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reply to alkizmo

said by alkizmo:

I don't see how a sawzall can be of any use when trimming bushes.

For bushes, with thin flexible limbs, a chain saw isn't going to work much better than a reciprocating saw. Both would be the wrong tool for the job. You need a hedge trimmer or loppers. But for something that you would use the little chain saw in the OP for, a recip saw is excellent. Safer, less maintenance, and can be less expensive. And they make pruning blades for recip saws. »www.globalindustrial.com/p/tools···odCzcAzQ

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StillLearn
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reply to marti

I would suggest a line powered saw for something that you use infrequently, unless you want to cover areas too far from an electrical outlet. Batteries are expensive and may only last 3 years. Batteries sitting idle tend to go bad. The AC-powered saw will be cheaper and have more power.


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said by marti:

Is this OK for infrequent use -- meaning a few times per year or not that often? Thanks.

»www.lowes.com/pd_75510-70-LCS120···ain+saws

I tried a Black and Decker battery operated chainsaw a few years ago, the chain constantly slipped off. Calling their support line, was like talking to a wall. The suggestion was return the defective product to the store you bought it at.

I won't be buying Black and Decker products again. The unit may have been defective, but my experience with the product and company support were not good.
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pike
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reply to marti

Aww, it's My First Chainsaw® .. isn't that cute?

Last time I had to cut 2-4" branches, I ended up using a cordless circular saw that come together in a set with a Ryobi cordless drill. Worked quite well.


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pruning sawzall blade
 

Paul Bunyan
said by John97:

I cut a few branches that size that were starting to grow over my roof. I just went up on the ladder with my cordless sawzall. A 12" wood blade made quick work of it.

^^2nd^^
Home depot has 12" pruning sawzall blades.
I have used them and they slice through branches like butter.

Use the right tool for the job.
Using a chain saw or sawzall for bushes is silly - use an electric trimmer.
I use an electric telescoping trimmer for small tree branches as well as shrubs and bushes from twigs up to 1/2" with no problem.

If you're going to do small or light tree branch cutting then I would recommend the sawzall with a 12" pruning blade.

If your taking down a size'able tree trunk or branches....well then obviously a chain saw is required or ... rent Paul Bunyan
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rich3236

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
reply to alkizmo

Re: Battery operated chain saw

use a pruning blade, it will go thru branches like butter


55115955

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reply to marti

Hi I have brought a Husqvarna chainsaw one year ago and I use it everyday 2/3 hour but yet no problem has occurred.



Rojo_P

join:2001-10-03
Lancaster, OH
reply to jack b

said by jack b:

Not a good tool investment. And of course the battery will invariably die sometime between (or in the middle of) use.

For small occasional cuts a bow saw works just fine. Cheap, too!

Here's one that doubles as a hacksaw in it's spare time.

»www.stanleytools.com/default.asp···FHacksaw

Yep a bow saw works for me when I don't want to get the chainsaws out. Cheap ($15), quick and efficient.
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mityfowl
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Click for full size
Here's what I use.

The battery never goes dead but sometimes it get a little tired.

Cuts like a laser.

»www.coronatools.com/item/rs-7120···and-saws


dennismurphy
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reply to marti

Oh, it's not a Stihl?
I'd stop right there ...


nonymous
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reply to mityfowl

said by mityfowl:

Here's what I use.

The battery never goes dead but sometimes it get a little tired.

Cuts like a laser.

»www.coronatools.com/item/rs-7120···and-saws

I would recommend something along the same lines for branches too big for a pruner and too small for a real chainsaw. If you do a ton of trimming come in better brands also.
They are sharp and really do not take any time on those smaller branches. No batteries or gas to deal with. Just wash and dry them for clean up.
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