I have been programming and operating CNC routers for over 20 yrs, and one of the things we strive for is the production of chips vs dust. Chips carry heat away from the material and the tool leading to longer tool life and a better cut. The same is true for chainsaws, chips = less work on your part and longer time between sharpening.
I tried an electric and MAN,is it light weight and quite....One could cut firewood/clear trail in the National Forrest and no-one could hear you.
And they can cut-ended up buying several with additional batteries-have carried in my backpack-Black&Decker
Showed my neighbor and next thing you know ,he got a big lithium Stihl.
I have owned several saws over the years. First one was a Poulan from the early 80s. Great saw until my neighbor borrowed it. Lesson learned. After that, 2 Stihls. Great saws when they run. As a typical homeowner, only use them a couple times per year. Even running them dry and using fresh fuel, was constantly rebuilding the carbs. After reading reviews on the E-Go battery saws, bought one from H Depot. It is amazing. Works well enough for any job I would take on. Have the blower also and share batteries. Only complaint is the chain comes off easily, but simple to reinstall. Quiet, no fuel or starting issues. Would never go back to a gas saw.
They’re both good. They both make homeowner and pro level (commercial grade) saws. Spend the extra money on the pro grade and you won’t outlive it. I have Huskys but wouldn’t hesitate to own a Stihl. Husky takes 50:1 mix. Stihl used to take 40:1 but I’m not sure about that anymore.
I did have a guy that could work miracles with a chainsaw (The Saw Shop, in Covington). Unfortunately he had to shut the doors a couple years ago. He said the 50:1 was mandated by the EPA for emissions. He recommended 40:1 in everything. Said the worst that can happen is a fowled plug. I’ll go even heavier when I mill with the 066.
Also saw mention of marine gas/oil. I’ve been told by someone else, also more knowledgeable than me, that marine oil is made for engines cooled by fresh (not recirculated) water. Chainsaws are a completely different animal being air cooled, and not to use marine oil in them. I’m undecided on this, but it does make a lot of since.
Own several gas stihl so decided to try their battery saw and let me tell you, that little saw will cut. Used it today at my lease. Light weight, quiet, push a button, it's cranked. Have blower and trimmer as well so batteries are interchangable. Highly recommend for light duty cutting.
I had a Stihl MS 250 with an 18" blade. It was a work horse. But I found out this morning that it is toast because evidently I screwed up and failed to put oil into the marine gas when I last used it. Repair guy told me that it has no compression and it should be tossed.
I use it at my hunt club to clear roads and trails.
I'd be interested in opinions on Echo chains saws. I understand they are American made.
Not sure on models but we have a stihl, echo, and 2 maybe 3 huskys at the farm, maybe a few others in there but those get the most use, I took a chance in a bind and bought the craftsman 18" from lowes and it is what it is, a cheap saw for seldom use, but I will admit it surprised me granted I only ran it for 4-5 hours over the coarse of a weekend (I live a few hours away from my family's farm and didn't want that drive that particular day) solid little saw but I will def upgrade the chain. I was working on a few decent sized oaks and it performed as it should. I would recommend it but only use non ethanol and try to leave it empty, havent looked to see where its made but honestly it should last a fair amount of time for me at the house, it won't ever get any serious use like the saws at the farm do