Husqvarna battery saws

The Branch Manager

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*Housekeeping to be deleted-
1. @Grevlin, can you please make an appropriate sub section for battery power tools and move this thread. TIA
2. This will be no where near as fancy as @Jayclimber posts, so font get your hopes up

3. I'm gonna update this though out the day, so I'm reserving first 2 posts with place holding dots. I'm also going to rewrite the OP tonight when time allows*

Now I have a picture size issue. Gotta get to work I'll fix it at lunch.
 

HandLoad

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I like and promote Electric Chainsaws - AC powered Electrics. They have Full Torque at Zero RPM, don't require Stinky and messy Oil/gasoline, and Don't bother (or alert) Neighbors.

Exactly like Battery powered ones.

Problem is, Battery-powered ones have quite a bit smaller Output, to limit the weight of the saw. For little jobs, either will do, and if the particular BP saw is lighter, then it is better to climb with, work with, and carry. Alternatively, the higher percentage (of overall weight) of motive power of an AC-powered saw allows for higher output, equals bigger branches can be cut.

Batteries are specific size, shape, and Voltage. Impossible to replace a few Years later, when they lose capacity or fail. Saw must be replaced with, like as not, a different saw/battery pair.

AC saw can be powered from Mains, A generator, or Batteries with inverter. I use a Harbor Freight 2000-Watt Inverter Generator, 25 feet of cord, and the AC saw. All together, Heavy!!! But, working from My Polaris, all I have to climb with is the relatively light saw, pulling the cord behind me.

My AC Saw can easily Outwork, and Outlast the battery saws. I like the brand Husqvarna - have a Sewing Machine, and a Rifle from that Great Name. Great Equipment. Their Gas Powered Chainsaws and their Motorcycles have Stirling reputations as well.

I am hoping that This Post is Not taken as an attack, just as additional input. Hope this does not irritate my fellow OTGF member Branch !
 
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The Branch Manager

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I cannot disagree with your input. I can add that my safe contains many different tools across several platforms. Same story with saws. Donkey driven/ windmill driven/ water driven over reverse Hydraulic setup would work also, just limited by hose length.

However, these will recharge from the solar powered golf carts. The ones hauling the firewood back. I have serious doubts a homeowner will wear one out inside 5 years. June will make one year of commercial use and neither saw nor batteries have given any issues. But yes, they will be supply chain issues after, but I dont see any greater issues than one would have procuring parts for a gas saw. Haven't been able to take one apart yet, but I'm betting the packs are stacked 18650s like everything else. Not much is new in battery tech.

Rule #3- one day what you have is all you're gonna get. Prepare accordingly.
 

HandLoad

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If most present-day packs are stacked 18650s, then it could be possible to crack the battery case, and reload with fresh, if available! With my experience in Amateur Radio Handy-Talkies' extra-$pecial battery packs, I have developed a rule: if it isn't available with a Battery Pack that uses Industry Standard cells (like AAs or 18650s) I will Not Buy, No matter how cute or capable!!!
 

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I'm the same way on batteries. These saws were really an expensive gamble that paid off in ways I count fully fathom before owning one. First pack that dies, you can be sure ill tear it down and attempt a rebuild. I buy a box of Samsung 18650s every time they're on a good sale just for rebuilding packs. Figured out years ago that a laptop battery can be fixed at home for under 20 bucks. I just looked, the new purple ones are running about 2$ each one singles. I Haven't bought these yet but 50-70 cents is a good sale price on the older ones.
 

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If most present-day packs are stacked 18650s, then it could be possible to crack the battery case, and reload with fresh, if available! With my experience in Amateur Radio Handy-Talkies' extra-$pecial battery packs, I have developed a rule: if it isn't available with a Battery Pack that uses Industry Standard cells (like AAs or 18650s) I will Not Buy, No matter how cute or capable!!!
As I've found with rechargeable battery drills and saws, modding them to take a built-up battery pack, generally belt-hung, is doable and generally gives a longer work time than the original plug-in-the-handle packs. I've even built a couple of backpack types. They are good stuff. However, the manufacturers are improving, so it pays to keep an eye on what they're up to. Thanks for the thread, Branch.
 

Sentinel one

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Husky makes quality stuff... all the arborists and Hydro work crews use
Either Husky or JonSereds.. The batteries for the Husky aren't Lithium Ion?
I have a 16" AC electric chainsaw, and old Husky gas saw, and a crappy
Poulan for cutting up old docks, etc. I will agree with Handload... the electric
saw is suprisingly good, Had a lightning strike last year and had to clear
some 1 foot diameter Oaks that were toast, so I thought they would be a good test,
and it did a fine job.Battery technology is the only thing holding back a ton of good cordless tools. I have the Dewalt Lithium Ion cordless impact and drill driver kit, and they friggin' rock.
 

sarco2000

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Wow, lots of things to think about in this thread already!

Branch, do you confirm that those little saws have 18650s inside?

A good corded saw could be an option for me too. I kinda got turned off by them because I used my FIL's once and it was a piece of Walmart crap. If anyone has a specific brand and model that would be awesome.

My go-to is a Husky 460 Rancher. I love having that power, but it's my only saw since my other one broke down, so I'd love a backup, or another saw to add to the kit and use. I'm probably not the typical homeowner. I get all my own firewood and it's 4-6 cords per year. Plus I have a sawmill.

However, these will recharge from the solar powered golf carts. The ones hauling the firewood back.
Are you serious? This is something you have? If so, you'll need to do a new thread on those. Cause that ALSO sounds like something I need.
 

The Branch Manager

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The solar recon carts are a work in progress. The part about being fred Sanford cheap is that things move a little slower! I've alluded to a thread on these for months now, butt doubt I get time to actually put one together before winter. Just have too many projects open. They're pretty much exactly as you would imagine - solar panels on roof, charge controller, mud tires, DIY firewood trailer and MG ring. Probably a pintle mount on the dash for the KNS brand 'weedeater' so the passenger can act as the forward gunner. Maybe an armor package if weight constrictions allow.
 

HandLoad

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"Weed Eater"!! Me Likey!

(Puts on "Engineer" hat): You will not be able to have a completely solar-powered Booney Buggy, cause present Solar Panels cannot gather enough power to keep hungry motor fed, no matter how low powered You go (for a Useful Vehicle)

What You COULD do, is have panels on all useful surfaces on the buggy, ANND a Home/Charging Station, also supplied with Solar panels. Could integrate the Buggy Batteries into the Home Power network, for extra Usefulness.

Just using My 2007 Polaris 700XP, for example: (pulling figures outta My Bung, as Engineers do, all over the World, and drawing on a Napkin at IHOP or Hooters' Depending on Time of Day))

50 Horsepower Gasoline roughly equates to 15 Electric Horsepower. That is 11.25 KW! That is (blank momentary stare) Half an Acre of Solar Cells! Assume a 5% Charge rate for the Battery Pack, that needs (another Blank out), uhhh, 1500 Square Feet of Solar Cells on the Buggy! Won't fit!!!!

I will applaud Your Effort, Help when I can, and offer Trenchant Commentary!
 

The Branch Manager

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HL, the concept isn't for daily use until we get several. But for those 1-2 mile patrol routes, shuttling people to the work areas, and general light hauling shouldn't they be sufficient? Even if it took a full day to recharge, having 3 setups would make life much better. 30 would make for an impressive fleet. Are you not thinking 5 miles loaded off one charge is double? One could always add a couple batteries to the trailer and have auxiliary charging stations as time went on. There should be batteries and panels everywhere if things go south fast. And yes, my plan does include resource acquisitions from taxpayer funded sources. Trailers theoretically will be made from those solar arrow sign trailers you see everywhere.
 

Jayclimber

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I'm digging the thread Branch... Good stuff to think about. My chainsaw is a gas model and all my other power tools use the rechargeable battery packs. I'll have to look at them at post the types and you guys can help me figure out if I can work out a solar charger for them.