Up here in the pacific northwest, some wheelers will tell you chainsaws are a great idea to have, especially in the spring when you often find the previous fall/winter storms have knocked down trees across the roadway. Guys are guys, and if someone could fit a 4-cyl 22R on an 18" bar and pick it up they'd do it.
However, space and weight being at a premium, I am all about efficiency. I've been thinking about spending < $100 on an electric chainsaw, and just running it with a 100' extension onto a decent AC converter. For instance, there's a $69 Yardworks unit with 16" bar and 12A motor with a 2 year warranty. And you don't have to worry about packing a device with gasoline inside your vehicle. In addition to considerably lighter weight, easy starting, easier storing (can be hung upside down or vertically with no issues), virtually maintenance free, given I have an electrical system upgraded to handle it, is there really any disadvantage to using one? (Aside from snickers from your mates when you pull it out of the back.)
Part 2 of my question is electrical... what would an electric chainsaw pull and would the electrical upgrade requirements be so costly that a gasoline powered saw makes more sense economically?
_______________ Pete's current setup: 2010 Sandstorm :: auto :: 285/75R16 BFG Mud Terrain KM2s :: All-pro skid plates :: Walker Evans Racing coil overs & shocks :: Bulldog winch :: Demello bumper & sliders :: snorkel :: rock cams w/7" LCD :: Asus TF201 Prime nav :: Intronics dashcam :: Scangauge II :: Uniden PC78 :: 10# Powertank CO2 :: dual Viair 150psi onboard air :: DP Dual Battery kit :: Rigid E-Series 20" + 2x10" :: s-POD :: Onboard LTE Wifi On order/ready for install: Vision X rock lighting :: Grover stutter horn (yeah, still) Expeditions: Summit 2012 :: Cruise Moab 2013 :: Summit 2014 :: Beaufort Sea 2014 :: moon 2065
TLCA#22101 Follow her on Facebook! "Mary Hatch Bailey"
120volts x 12amps = 1,440 watts. So you'd need an inverter strong enough to put that out continuously. Definitely upsize and get a thick extension cord if you're gonna go 100ft to compensate for voltage drop.
I would agree and back you up that it would be much cleaner/safer/practical to carry an electric version. So long as it has the guts to do the job.
2007 VooDoo 4x4 Auto - LOADED
OEM Roof Rack, TRD Exhaust
Ricochet bash plate, PureFJ sliders
Manik brush guard w/ Blitz 240s
Add'l 12v outlets, Scuba Mod, Amaesing hood decal.
08-09 side sun visors
265 Duratrac's on Raceline Rockcrusher. Bilstein 5100's to level the front. Backup Camera w/ 7" monitor Power rear window mod Hemi71cuda's Build
Last edited by Hemi71cuda; 12-01-2012 at 02:49 PM.
i borrowed an electric chainsaw from a friend just to cut some small limbs, not with the fj inverter, and it worked for a little bit and then caught on fire, i guess it was from sawdust that got in the motor. and unless you pay good money the gas engines have been not so good either lately . i would go quality gas if you use it enough, otherwise let us know what you choose and how it works.
I have a 16" Mac that I take camping. I usually have to walk off the trail way more than 100' to cut up that nice dead tree that's ready to burn. If you like to camp and you like plenty of firewood an electric chainsaw is simply out of the question.
*All the work on this truck was done by me!*
<NO SNORKEL> _OME Lift -LR UCAs - DeMello FB - 12K# Winch - Hi Lift -Warn RB - MagnaFlow - Cobra CB / Bandi - A-Trk, Diff Lock, VSC, & Chime Hacks - BMC -305-70-16 MTR's & Raceline Renegade's - Wolo - Hi Lift - Tube Grill - Ellis Shift Knbs & Batt clamp - Silver Star H4s- Clazzio Leather - Blue Sea Panel - Die Hard 850 - Kenwood DNX6980 Nav Radio - Oznium LED- Prodigy BC - SCUBA -Window Tint - Springtail Racks - Tru Cool 4454 - VIAIR Sys -AP Sliders-Ricochet HD Skids - BozTec Diff Skid - ToyTec LCAs & Panhard - Front ARB - 4:56 Gears - Smitty CO2 Cyl - AIRAID CAI - Baja Rack
I carry one of these with 3 batteries when I wheel: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-LCS120-Lithium-Ion-Cordless/dp/B004JMZH1W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354412148&sr=8-2&keywords=black+and+decker+battery+chainsaw
The AutoGuide.com network consists of the largest network of enthusiast-owned enthusiast-operated automotive communities.
AutoGuide.com provides the latest car reviews, auto show coverage, new car prices, and automotive news. The AutoGuide network operates more than 100 automotive forums where our users consult peers for shopping information and advice, and share opinions as a community.