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Cordless Chainsaws - Are They Worth Buying?
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Cordless Chainsaws  -  Are they Worth Buying?

Cutting tree branches is one of those gardening jobs which although essential to keep things neat and tidy can be very hard work.

Doing this work with a bow saw can be very arduous and tiring, but is often the only way to get the job done.

It can be quite dangerous too, particularly if you are standing on a ladder or steps due to the fact that the effort you are putting into the sawing can cause your steps to wobble or your ladder to slide or slip. It's always a good idea to make sure whatever platform you are working on is properly secured anyway.

Long handled branch loppers can deal with the smaller branches and twigs, but even this can present dangers too. To put the greatest amount of necessary force on to the loppers requires both hands causing you let go of your steps or ladders. Not a great idea, particularly if you are more than just a couple of feet above ground level!

To do the job safely a power saw will help greatly - if handled correctly, of course. Less effort by you means you won't be shaking the steps or ladder violently and risking them becoming unstable and possibly sending you to ground. Ouch!

With the proper safety equipment a power saw will cut through that branch quickly and easily with the saw doing all the work. One quick operation and the branch will be sawn through and you should still be nice and secure on your working platform.

For those bigger branches a more powerful saw will be needed.

A chainsaw is ideal for this sort of work.

Noisy, smelly, dangerous beasts best left to the professionals.

They also tend to be very heavy and even just handling them can be very tiring in itself and that's before they do any useful work. Best leave these to the tree surgeons and tree fellers.

There are easier to use chainsaws on the market powered by mains electricity, but these present their own dangers and aren't always convenient to use.

With a mains voltage power lead in a possibly wet garden a protective cut-off device is essential. Unfortunately these aren't alway used and accidents have happened.

Sometimes damaged leads have been repaired with electrical insulating tape, which is far from ideal. Better to replace the complete lead, although that will probably be quite expensive.

Tripping over power leads can happen too. Easily done if you are looking up at the tree instead of down at the ground.

One way or another tree branch cutting be fraught with dangers and hard work to boot!.

Cordless chainsaws have gone some way to alleviating the hard work involved but these have tended to be fairly light-duty machines capable of trimming the smaller branches quite effortlessly but not much use on the bigger ones.

But now, due to the advances in Lithium Ion Battery technology things are changing!

Power tools which, due to their heavy demands, have traditionally been petrol powered are now appearing on the market as Cordless Power Tools!

These use Lithium Ion batteries which, being light weight and powerful, lend themselves to many uses around the garden and beyond.

One of the first of these machines just out in the UK is a 36Volt Cordless Chainsaw. Ideal as a replacement for smaller petrol fueled and as a direct replacement for mains-powered chainsaws.

This is the Bosch AKE 30 LI Cordless Chainsaw.

Light weight, compared to its petrol powered predecessors, but still capable of cutting up to a hundred 10cm (4")softwood branches on one charge!

That's a good morning's work and after 90 minute recharge (and a nice long lunch break, perhaps) it is ready to tackle the afternoon's work.

I believe there will be many other higher-powered power tools appearing on the market soon but for now this new 36 volt cordless chainsaw will almost certainly be heard in many gardens in the very near future.

It could also find its place in the back of the gardeners van or pickup truck as it can be used where there is no mains electricity available and will need no smelly, dangerous petrol to be carried.

I for one will be oiling up my old bow-saw and putting it away, hopefully, never to be needed again.

The only problem I can see is my neighbours wanting to borrow it!

As I mentioned earlier this is new product, so not easily available at the moment.

I believe that in the not too distant future there will many more high powered cordless power tools like this chainsaw becoming available to the general public.

Street Talk

Great article. Some good information.

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