Stihls' prices in Europe are higher than in the US. $1800 would be too much here. It can't be more than a few $hundred over equivalent current models. When batteries get a little lighter they'll be practical for saws. Even for people who cut all day. You'll carry some extra charged batteries in the truck like you carry extra gas now. Charge them up at night for the next day's work. I love two strokes but I would not mind using a quiet saw. I read somewhere that the ms500 needs to have it's primer bulb pumped a bunch of times for each start. Or maybe it was that the operator needs to pull start it a bunch of times to prime the system each time it's started. If one of those is true it makes it a lot less appealing.