Oregon Cordless has launched a new battery-powered 40V chainsaw, which Team FIN put to test on some jobs around the farm. See how they rated the new tool by browsing through the gallery. You'll find their score on the last slide. Photos: Katie Honnette
1. Cleaner, quieter chainsaw
Oregon launched a new 40v chainsaw. The battery-powered unit was designed to run cleaner and quieter than gas-powered saws, while also eliminating the hassle of a pull-start engine. Team FIN tested the chainsaw and rated it on a scale of 1 to 5.
Team FIN liked the hassle-free approach to the chainsaw’s design. It’s simple to use: slide in the battery and pull the trigger. It has an instant start. Without the noisy rumble of an idle and the high RPM roar of an engine, the chainsaw runs very quiet in comparison to gas-powered saws. It also comes equipped with a built-in PowerSharp sharpening system that sharpens the blade in less than 5 sec. Team FIN said the sharpening system is the best feature of the chainsaw. It’s convenient and allows the operator to easily maintain an efficient-cutting blade.
3. Built solid
The chainsaw has a 14 in. bar with a hand tensioner that allows the operator to tighten and adjust the chain using a flathead screwdriver. Team FIN said the tensioner is built solid and easy to use. The unit weighs 10 or 11 lbs. depending on battery option. It also features a battery power level indicator, automatic oiler, and visual display of oil level.
4. Testing power
During the product test, Team FIN found the tool has plenty of power and works great on smaller cuts of 6 in. diameter or less. It’s a slick saw for removing limbs and cutting small trees. Conversely, the chainsaw bogs down when cutting through larger logs (more than 6 in. thick). When making a large cut, it takes a considerable amount of time, the battery drains faster, and the tool lacks the power that a gas engine would provide.
5. Battery life
If it’s not under much stress, the battery lasts about the same amount of time as a tank of gas would in a gas-powered saw. The downside is, once the battery is dead, the operator is at the mercy of the charger rather than just refueling. Oregon claims the battery takes 120 min. to charge. The chainsaw comes equipped with safety features such as a hand guard/chain brake and safety switch.
<p><a href="http://farmindustrynews.com/team-fin" target="_blank">Team FIN</a> said the chainsaw works great for trimming, cleaning up a fallen tree, and small-scale jobs. It’s quiet, has an instant start, and comes equipped with features that make it an ideal tool for someone needing a supplementary saw. However, if looking for a saw to handle large amounts of firewood, big trees, and all-day cutting jobs, this tool will most likely disappoint. While the battery-powered motor does eliminate some hassle, Team FIN said the unit cannot compete with the power of a gas engine.</p>
<p><strong>Rated: 4 out of 5</strong></p>
<p>The chain saw (tool only, CS250) costs $249; the chain saw kit with 1.25 Ah battery pack and charger (CS250-S6) costs $349; the chain saw kit with 2.4 Ah battery pack and charger costs $399; and the chain saw kit with 4.0 Ah battery pack and charger costs $440. For more about Oregon, visit <a href="http://www.oregoncordless.com" target="_blank">www.oregoncordless.com</a>.</p>