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Anyone have any good recommendations for a 110v electric saw? It would be used at my sawmill randomly for trimming off a knot, squaring the end of a log, cutting a cant, etc..... I use a little stihl 250 for this as i have the last 10 years or so. I've heard good things about electric saws in the past just haven't seen much on here about them.

In short, i need something heavy duty enough to be used a lot, but electric so i don't have to choke and warm up for random use every hour or two....

What y'all think? I keep hoping for a used one in the for sale section, but no luck so far...

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I would suggest a battery one. I am not a huge fan of having a cord around when cutting and corded saws seem to be pretty low-end stuff: the motor will probably go forever but everything else is built to a tight budget. I've seen some pretty nasty stuff.

My only advice on battery saws is to avoid Hitachi ones: quality is low, prices high and spare parts take weeks to arrive.
 
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Doesn't Husqvarna make their 220 volts saw at 110 volt as well? I think Makita makes pretty much the same model saw for wall outlet power.

...corded saws seem to be pretty low-end stuff: the motor will probably go forever but everything else is built to a tight budget.
?

I use mine for everything that is close to the house, 16" bar and about 2kw. Cuts like butter through anything, lotsa power too because it doesn't stall like a gas saw or like a battery saw for that matter.
If you just use it a little here and there you might as well buy a battery saw, but when I get a couple of tractor loads of wood on to my lawn I use it all day at high load...

Here is the Makita, looks exactly like the Husky version:
https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/UC4051A
 
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I too am in the market for a 110v saw. This is for in the basement when pieces are too long. And I don’t want a battery. I don’t have much battery tools to match up with and this is only once in a while I’ll be cutting.
 
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Thanks guys. Yeah, I'm a big fan of makita and that saw is what I've been leaning toward all along. Guess i was hoping for a just as good alternative i hadn't thought of. Had a guy years ago recommend a stihl when they first started making them. I thought it was silly at first, and now every day i feel the need for one more and more!

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Curious what voltage folks get with a volt meter and their outlets. I seem to get over 120 volts.
You should be getting an average between 110-120v. If your getting higher or lower, call the power company. They can adjust the transformer on the street.
 
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Pretty sure both Husqvarna and Stihl have plug in chainsaws. The top of the line Stihl one claims the same power for the 240 volt European one as the American 120 volt one with both drawing the same amps. Kind of puzzling, had that discussion here a while back. That Makita one just looks like the back half of their hypoid drive circular saw. A very similar one was at the Cub Cadet dealership a few years ago in Dolmar color and name, they had no other Dolmar stuff. If you can get a 240 or 220 or whatever it is labeled as and can get that voltage to your cord there are definite advantages.
 
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Pretty sure both Husqvarna and Stihl have plug in chainsaws. The top of the line Stihl one claims the same power for the 240 volt European one as the American 120 volt one with both drawing the same amps. Kind of puzzling, had that discussion here a while back. That Makita one just looks like the back half of their hypoid drive circular saw. A very similar one was at the Cub Cadet dealership a few years ago in Dolmar color and name, they had no other Dolmar stuff. If you can get a 240 or 220 or whatever it is labeled as and can get that voltage to your cord there are definite advantages.
That seems impossible for the same power to be created by both saws if the current draw is the same on each at a different voltage?
 
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I'd go with a good quality battery saw. I have a battery and an electric Makita's and the electric sits now unused. I've had the mse 180 & 220 Stihls and they are the best quality by far if you really want a corded saw. The 220 is rated at less HP than the new mse 250 that replaced it,but the 220 weighs more as it has a mag case. I've never run a 250 so I dunno if it really performs better. The 220 was like a 70cc saw with less chain speed. If you have 3 phase, I have a Stihl E30 I'd sell ya as it can run a 4 foot bar with 1/2" pitch chain for nice strong around the home trimming .
 
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I'd go with a good quality battery saw. I have a battery and an electric Makita's and the electric sits now unused. I've had the mse 180 & 220 Stihls and they are the best quality by far if you really want a corded saw. The 220 is rated at less HP than the new mse 250 that replaced it,but the 220 weighs more as it has a mag case. I've never run a 250 so I dunno if it really performs better. The 220 was like a 70cc saw with less chain speed. If you have 3 phase, I have a Stihl E30 I'd sell ya as it can run a 4 foot bar with 1/2" pitch chain for nice strong around the home trimming .
How much for just the chain?
 
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I'd go with a good quality battery saw. I have a battery and an electric Makita's and the electric sits now unused. I've had the mse 180 & 220 Stihls and they are the best quality by far if you really want a corded saw. The 220 is rated at less HP than the new mse 250 that replaced it,but the 220 weighs more as it has a mag case. I've never run a 250 so I dunno if it really performs better. The 220 was like a 70cc saw with less chain speed. If you have 3 phase, I have a Stihl E30 I'd sell ya as it can run a 4 foot bar with 1/2" pitch chain for nice strong around the home trimming .
Dang! Yes i have three phase but i definitely don't want one that big! But thanks for the offer.

And i do like the idea of a battery saw, but what kills it is the batteries..... i don't saw much, but when i do i try to be as productive as possible. This saw may go weeks without use, or it may get used once every few minutes. So if I'm having to wait on one of my helpers to change batteries that'll be a killer, not to mention they tend to be hard on things. Lol

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