Oregon may be a familiar name because of their global production of saw chain for over 60 years, but they’re now stepping into the cordless tool market as a new player. They’ve launched a line of cordless lawn and garden tools that offers solid power, convenience and reduced maintenance for cleanup jobs around the farm. Farm Industry News sat down with Joe Fruechtel, product line coordinator, Oregon, to get the details on the company’s newest cordless offerings. All the tools in the line are powered by 40V lithium ion batteries available in a range from 1.25 Ah to 4.0 Ah, and the battery packs are interchangeable and work with all Oregon cordless tools. And chargers are available in rapid or standard models. The rapid chargers can charge a battery to full in an hour or less, and the standard option will charge a battery in one to 3.5 hours, depending on the battery. So consider these offerings if you’re in the market for some new yard cleanup tools this spring. Fruechtel says the new tools can be found anywhere you can buy a chain saw, such as ACE or True Value . Or you can order online .
1. Cleaner, quieter cutting chain saw
The CS250 chain saw is easy to start with the pull of a trigger. And its run time is up to 400 2-3 in. cuts with the 4.0 Ah battery pack. The tool was light to pick up, and it is about four times quieter than a gas saw. Plus, it’s silent between cuts. This model ranges in price from $249 - $449.
2. Innovative sharpening system
Fruechtel says Oregon offers the industry’s only built-in sharpening system, called PowerSharp. A cap on the side of the saw is removed and the operator pulls up a lever and runs tool. Within three to five seconds, the chain works like new.
3. Higher torque on a trimmer
Coregon’s St275 trimmer/edger features the company’s patenented gear drive technology that offers 50% more torque than before. Ergonomics are important on the tool, too, as it is balanced well with large, comfortable handles. This tool also offers an instant start. And run time is about 45 min. with the 4.0 Ah battery pack. Two models are available: the ST275 and the ST250. The price ranges from $139 - $349.
4. Trimming up high
The new PS250 pole saw is the right tool for projects that require trimming up high in trees without the need for a ladder. The tool extends from 7 ft. 3 in. to 10 ft. 4 in. And Fruechtel says they’ve done another industry first in designing the location of the motor. The PS250 was engineered with the motor and gear box near the handle and operator, making it more maneuverable by balancing the weight. Most competitive products place the motor near the saw on similar products. Oregon’s pole saw can last for 500 2-3 in. cuts with the 4.0 Ah battery, and is much quieter than a gas powered saw. Price: $249 - $449.
5. Precise hedge trimming
Oregon integrated its many years of experience with blade technology into its new hedge trimmer, the HT250. The 24 in. blades are designed with laser-cut precision in order to make cleaner cuts and keep plants healthier. Run time is up to 90 min. with the 4.0 Ah battery, Price ranges from $179 - $379.