There seems to be two camps when it comes to chainsaws: gas and electric. Normally, the folks in the gas-powered camp will tell you that the electrics just don’t have the grunt required for larger logging gigs. From everything we’ve seen, that’s true — Oregon power tools has a new Li-Ion powered 40v Max Chainsaw that in the demo vid seems to be doing quite well getting through larger trees.
From the manufacturer:
For removing trees, cleaning up after a storm, pruning large branches or clearing debris from property, you can depend on the OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX Chainsaw. The new OREGON PowerNow Chainsaw, with its lithium ion battery pack, offers instant starting without a pull cord, powerful cutting with no-fade power, and long runtime. It is a smarter, quieter way to work free from the hassles of gasoline or cords.
The saw also features a “powersharp” sharpening feature that Oregon claims will put a keen edge on the chain in 3 to 5 seconds, making the 40 Max close to maintenance-free. Keeping all that in mind, what you trade for all this convenience is the ball-ripping power that a gas-powered rig will put out. Of course if you don’t really need all that power, it’s wasted anyway, so a smaller electric saw would do you just fine.
Oregon PowerNow Tools Chainsaw [YouTube]