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RE: Battery v. fuel powered chainsaws

Subject: RE: Battery v. fuel powered chainsaws
From: J Finlow
Date: Jul 25 2019 15:22:42
Agree with Topher on the risk of ignoring PPE as the electric saws appear 
less aggressive.

We have been using  a  variety of Stihl electric saws for  a few years - 
picked Stihl just as it seemed they had more variety of products at the time, 
but agree with Bill in that I have heard good things about top handled Husqy. 
 Have thought I should have looked at Makita closer as they have been making 
electric kit for a while.

pros of electric:

        -       no exposure to fumes
        -       reduced HAVs - vibration
        -       reduced tendon damage due to lower weight and no repeated 
pulling of starter cord
        -       brilliant as an arb saw, when intermittent use is required    
  (see comment above) e.g. chipper use
        -       better communication
        -       reduced stress as noise scan heighten it on site
        -       less noise pollution - teaching the converted on how far 2 
stroke saw noise carrys

Against
        -       as per Topher comment   on PPE/work positioning
        -       despite our care not as robust as petrol
        -       hard to mend - you have to take them in to have electrics 
replaced 
        -       stihl designs could definitely be improved : top handle could 
have greater safety features, batteries do not need the 'quick release 
'system as batteries do                    come out (particularly on polesaw)
        -       telescopic systems tends to get stuck with little room for 
repair
        -       harder to pretend not to hear annoying folks 
        -       discovered that the environmental impact , which was an 
important consideration for us, may be contradicted by the mining process for 
Lithium, used in the              batteries.

No real issue with batteries running out - get a quick charger and plenty of 
batteries but they do last well.

As per T. Moya's comment they do seem to have a better chance of increasing 
biosecurity as a leaning parts a little more accessible - but guess this 
depend on a lot of factors.

I am sure there's more on both sides, but overall I know that everyone I have 
worked with has been impressed - right tool for the right job. They don’t 
compete with any larger petrol saw but we have plenty of days where we don't 
use petrol, and a calmer site.

All best 

jono


-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Topher Martyn
Sent: 25 July 2019 15:58
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Battery v. fuel powered chainsaws

We have a top handled battery Stihl and absolutely love it.  Biggest issue is 
avoiding the temptation to take it out for the odd bit of ground level work, 
somehow one is inclined to be a bit more casual than when messing about with 
two-stroke, and I worry about shortcuts on PPE.

Fantastic bit of kit, though.

Topher


Topher Martyn

Head Gardener

Syon House

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-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info <uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> 
On Behalf Of Brynley Andrews
Sent: 25 July 2019 15:42
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Re: Battery v. fuel powered chainsaws

Hi stopped contracting just as E-kit began to arrive. So, all I know is from 
YouTube vids & talking to users. There are many advantages; such as - Much 
less noise pollution Less noise = better communications & safety Much less 
atmospheric pollution Renewable energy (possibly) No dangerous containers of 
fuel No damage to users health Less vibration (see above) Less to go wrong 
I’ll leave it there. I think E saws/kit should be the industry standard.
Can’t wait until ICE machinery is history.



On Thu, 25 Jul 2019 at 15:30, Bill Anderson <anderson.arb.original@xxxxxx.com>
wrote:

My crew have recently gone for some battery saws, mainly the climbing size.
We've always used Stihl chainsaws, (mainly because the best chainsaw 
dealer sells Stihl alone) but the crew appear to be falling out with 
the Stihl battery saws and are more enamoured of Husquvarna. ones.
I've rarely used either; had to check whether I'd imagined that we'd 
got both brands.
Bill.

On Thu, 25 Jul 2019 at 14:10, Jonathan Astill 
<info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk>
wrote:

Thanks Dave (oldoaktree)



As UKTC redacts emails addresses and phone numbers, could you please 
send me your details off forum? My email address can be found on my 
website.
www.astilltreecare.co.uk <http://www.astilltreecare.co.uk>



Cheers,



Jonathan



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