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?
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