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Dan23

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Do you guys think electric or battery chainsaws can be considered safer than gas chainsaws?
In this article on electric chainsaws, they state "Why go electric? The reasons are simple: they’re safer, quieter, they’re less expense and they require less maintenance than gas models."
Do you agree or disagree?
I mostly disagree. I think they could even be considered less safe simply because people think they are safer and therefore might take greater risks and less care.
 

J D

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There are aspects of electric chainsaws that make them safer compared to some of the inherit characteristics of petrol ones... HOWEVER, the fact that you can pick one up & with no training, experience, practical ability or understanding of how a chainsaw works or the associated risks, press a button & start cutting... in my opinion makes them every bit as dangerous.
My dad would never have contemplated owning a traditional chainsaw, but he happily bought a battery one & he terrifies me every time he uses it. I'm sure he wouldn't be anywhere near as blase with it if it was noisy, smelly, & heavy. Thank Christ it has a good safety chain.
 

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JD got a point as unskilled untrained unfit can now handle and use a saw.

However in hands of competent much safer.

- less noise means less operator hearing loss
- & you can communicate with crew while aloft
- no exhaust so burning or bush fire start
- less physical input required as no pull start
- lower maintenance so less time working
- & I was on battery saws from 430am today clearing huge storm fallen over roads and got no complaints about waking people so safer from abuse :)


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They are safer, all things considered. You have a good point about the psychology of it all - people who think something is safer will be more likely to be reckless, but the fact that they have less power is a big factor. Also, they are largely designed for the ignorant homeowner, so they are packed with hefty safety features.
I keep a little electric DeWalt in my work truck.
 

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Do you guys think electric or battery chainsaws can be considered safer than gas chainsaws?
In this article on electric chainsaws, they state "Why go electric? The reasons are simple: they’re safer, quieter, they’re less expense and they require less maintenance than gas models."
Do you agree or disagree?
I mostly disagree. I think they could even be considered less safe simply because people think they are safer and therefore might take greater risks and less care.
Are Electric Chainsaws safer? Broad question..SO lets say,, compared to:
My cs590 is a 9amp 14 inch bar with safety chain safer..My vote is yes. That's the reason I trained my Grandsons on small Remington Electric corded saws..The Light 50 pound Gas generator and the small saw worked well..First they limbed then I'd cut small trees and teach them how to buck. I bough a 16amp Worx Electric and actually did some milling with it. The Worx actually cut well but was heavy for electric. .Now..say we think about my Echo cs352. It's as safe as the big Electric Worx in MHO because a few times the trigger stuck ON and the chain kept turning. The lock brake stopped the saw (thankfully) but bur;ned the saw up. So that was a total waste of good money. In fact nothing is safe without proper training..But a gas saw has never stuck ON in my hands. I taught my boys that the electric saw is handled like a fire arm.. KEEP the finger off the trigger UNTIL time to cut..Electric saws are like anything else. They have a place where they are excellent. Here on the farm (not to mention it's working me to death and at 74 I'm not leaving for a soft life) i've had my favorite handy saw change several times..But right now at the moment my "go TO" saw is the Echo cs490. Saws are a lot like Horses..Small horses seem easier to handle but they can kill or cripple you just like a big Horse..Then I think of Mares..They are the Electric Saw. See people that don't know horses think a Mare is the best for Kids because of course she's a gentle ole Mare..NOPE..Every 18 days they get the hormones flowing..Nothing for a kid but an old Gelding with a good nature..So,,my cs490. That's my old Gelding. It's proved its self and it's as safe as any other saw I've ever used..When It comes down to it with saws they are as safe as they guy using them..Since I wear Chaps and Chaps are not (supposedly) as effective on Electric..My cs490 just makes ME feel good..Like Little Riding Hood said,, The cs590 is a little to big..The cs310 is a little bit to small and the 490 is just right...I'll add..YES,, I do still have a few small light 8 and 9 amp Electric saws ( all corded) and for building Pole Barns I love them. In one hand I can level poles standing on a ladder..Pull a string with a level and mark and go.. My recommendation is use a small electric then after you are confident and IF you need a gas saw and you won't be running the crap out of it 6 days a week BUY an Echo. When I was a boy Cheverolet was "the Poor mans" Caddailac. Sthil and Husky make some Top saws but do you need a race horse to check three or four ole cows. Fact and Opinion are hard to distinguish even in Church.
 
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I've bought 3 electrics, a stihl 65 pole saw, stihl 200, and husky t540i. And I'm not sure they are safer. The stihl 200 in particular is very easy to accidently start. Simply pull trigger after engaging the thumb button. The husky has both the need to power up & a more complicated safety lever in the handle. Husky definatly is loud enough to justify ear protection. Stihl 200 is kinda quiet, pole saw is defiantly hush hush.

Over a chipper they are impossible to hear in the tree as compared to gas saws.

I think they are still dangerous, just perceived as safer.

But they are here to stay and the battery saws are the first to leave the truck usually. I like them!
 
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