Yes, ladies and gents, this is a preview of the upcoming Craftsman C3 cordless chainsaw — they’ll add it to the existing C3 line in late July. Craftsman recently released this information to Sears associates only, and just as of today it’s cleared for public consumption. On with the show!
If you’re familiar with the Craftsman C3 cordless power tool system (or any cordless power tool combo system on the market, for that matter) you know the tools are designed to all share a common battery source. The chainsaw is no different — it’ll run on the same DieHard 19.2 NiCad and Li-ion batteries currently available for the existing C3 lineup.
This chainsaw will sport a 10″ blade with manual push-button oiler and inertia-activated chain brake. Early estimations put the cutting time at 35 minutes with a fully charged NiCad battery and closer to an hour with a fully charged Li-ion. If the specs sound vaguely familiar, it’s because this chainsaw is designed by the same manufacturer that makes the Ryobi One+ system which has included a small chainsaw for a little over a year now.
Obviously, you won’t be felling any trees with a chainsaw like this, but for small-scale pruning and trimming or for cleanup after a storm you can’t beat the simplicity of popping the battery into a 6-pound chainsaw and hacking at everything in your path. This is especially convenient if you already own any C3 tools. No picture exists as of yet — at least not one I’m legally allowed to show you until it shows up on the Sears website — so for now you can all enjoy my Photoshopped image.
The package will include the chainsaw, one NiCad battery, and a charger. It’ll retail for around $120 and go on sale for about $90, and it’ll be available in your local Sears by late July. No word yet on if the chainsaw will be offered alone without the battery and charger as a less expensive add-on tool.
Craftsman C3 Set [Sears]