Battery Chainsaw? You're joking right?
Well... I bought one and it's awesome! I got the "Ryobi Cordless Chainsaw 18v"
Yes it looks like a toy, feels like a toy, and it will kill you slower than a petrol chainsaw, but it works very well for it's intended purpose.
If you want to cut big trees down or cut up lots of firewood then yes you buy a good solid petrol chainsaw.
So why would you buy something like this? It's light, one handed use, easy to use, no fuel, no starting issues, no noise, there's no extension cord!!!
The reason I bought it was because I used a neighbours electric corded chainsaw and was impressed and I went to buy one, but I saw the battery ones and thought yeah that looks different. If I want to cut some big trees I'd use a big chainsaw, but I never need to do that.
The work I do is more just standing at the top of a ladder with a Bush Saw trimming branches, so in reality I would just use a small lightweight option so I thought i'd take the gamble. I did have doubts, but after using I reckon it's awesome. It's like a very hardcore trimmer, but it's very impressive on what it can do.
I've been using it all week and have cut a few trees down, reduced stumps to ground level and cut a heap of bamboo. The battery lasts about an hour, which is more than enough for me, I'm pretty much over it by the time the battery runs out. You can buy more batteries and I was going to but i'm not going to now as I think an hour a session is enough. It takes one hour to charge and you can get back in to it, but I haven't found the need to do that yet.
This is part of the Ryobi One+ system, so you can use the same batteries with a lot of different power tools. I think the One+ system is good marketing from Ryobi as you sort of get hyped in to buying tools that take that specific battery.
I would recommend it more for any suburban backyard, it'll do anything you throw at it and wont upset the neighbours, it could also suit any seniors or people that can't or don't want to deal with a heavy chainsaw. No petrol motor and no extension cord!
Negatives? You do have to understand it has it's limitations and use it as that. It's light so sometimes you have to push it and can't rely on the weight of the chainsaw to cut. The blade/chain rotates slower than a petrol saw so can grab more.
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