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Re: Battery v. fuel powered chainsaws

Subject: Re: Battery v. fuel powered chainsaws
From: Andy Ball
Date: Jul 25 2019 21:32:21
Jono, 

I think your reference to checking out Makita is a good one, Makita make a 
huge variety of 18v and 36v battery powered tools that all use the same 
battery type. 

Regarding Makita chainsaws I believe they bought the Dolmar brand that is now 
badged Makita everywhere except in Germany. From my experience they also 
offer pretty good demo periods for their hedge cutters and chainsaws if you 
contact them directly. 

I agree with others re cleanliness and noise etc but the big consideration is 
the batteries, once you choose a brand you’re pretty much tied in as 
batteries are expensive and one brand of battery is not compatible with 
another. 

Also from a safety point of view whatever the brand Lithium batteries should 
be treated with care. Fully charged they contain a lot of power and bouncing 
them around untethered for example in the back of a van could be like smoking 
as you refill a 2 stroke petrol saw!


Andy 



On 25 Jul 2019, at 17:53, Rupert Baker <rupert_baker@xxxxxxxx.co.uk> wrote:

Hi Jonathan, talk to Aaron Southgate, head gardener etc at Buckfast Abbey - 
they moved on to battery husqvarnas a few years ago, to avoid disturbing 
the monks - those that weren’t pickled or racked with guilt over their 
massively profitable production of what the Scots call 'Wreck the Hoose 
Juice' or Buckie...
He is well impressed with them, and they have moved on to electric 
strimmers and hedgetrimmers
Aaron Southgate <asouthgate@xxxxxxxxx.org.uk>
Atb
Rupert
PS I know another local firm - contractors this time - and they use them 
and are happy with them as climbing and small pruning saws.

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info On Behalf Of Jonathan Astill
Sent: 25 July 2019 10:39
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Battery v. fuel powered chainsaws 

A close friend of mine works for a firm that are exploring business 
opportunities with Husqvarna, battery powered chainsaws in particular. 



They would like expert opinions to validate some of the company's claims. 



With exception to processing my own firewood and knocking over the odd 
small tree for family and friends, my contracting days expired long before 
the birth of battery powered saws, so I cannot help. 



I am aware that there are many reviews online, but my friend's firm would 
be interested in speaking directly to any arb or forestry contractors who 
have been using these saws with an unbiased view of the pros and cons. 



If any of you are willing to help, please can you forward me your contact 
details (off forum) so that I pass them on to my friend. 



Many thanks, 



Jonathan Astill



Astill Treecare Ltd

07717 XXXXXX

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