Bucking Challenge: Electric v. Gas

I have wanted an electric chainsaw for a few years now, and when I was asked by my wife and son what I wanted for Father’s Day, I went with the Oregon CS1500.  The Oregon electric plugin chainsaw was one of the few chainsaws left out there that doesn’t use batteries.  I did not want a battery-operated chainsaw because who wants to wait an hour to recharge to work 20 minutes then wait another hour to recharge for another 20 minutes of work.  With the plugin, I can plug directly into my solar powered home and begin bucking wood for free, minus the need for bar oil.

In the video, I created a split screen and put myself side by side to make it appear I was racing myself in the challenge.  The Stihl was not warmed up, and had a slow start.  The Oregon electric just started and ran when I pulled the on trigger; however, it did not have the power the Stihl had.


I believe the electric chainsaw is a great option during the summer months when the solar panels create a lot of extra power.  Not having to buy gas or perform engine maintenance also helps with the decision to have one.  When looking at the cost, the MS 311 Stihl is $499.00 while the Oregon CS1500 was advertised at $99.00.  I will keep my Stihl for the deep forest work of collecting of firewood, but I will try and use my lighter Oregon electric whenever I can.

Will I drag the electric chainsaw into the forest connected to my tractor’s PTO generator?  I have thought about giving it a run just to see how it would perform, but the idea of hauling all the video equipment out to film it, doesn’t seem appealing when I want to just get the work done.  “The Bucking Challenge” video I created took an entire Saturday morning and afternoon to film and about another 10 hours of editing.

2 thoughts on “Bucking Challenge: Electric v. Gas

  1. Webbermd.. I get your off the grid living as I did it in the bush in AK for 3 years when I was younger and we didn’t have solar either but we still were off the grid. Eureka, AK

    I still live in the bush ( 20 acres) and a house in Fl. kind of. lol.. My average elec bill is about 100 per month 2100 sq ft house and have thought about going solar but it really is not cost effective for us as by the time we get cost savings to pay off the investment of going solar its really not worth it unless the costs associated with going solar are affordable… As well you have to deal with the elec company to sell back to the grid your not used elec…. But to your gas problem use one of these products. http://www.fuelsystemguide.com/fuel-stabilizer-review/ And yes we have a generator to power the house when hurricanes hit.

    But I am with ya.. Hope you and your family achieve your dreams. Oh my family pioneered AK in the early 1900’s and that was really being off the grid if you know what I mean.. Google Hutchison High in Fairbanks AK… Thats was my Gmpa… He was one heck of a man and family man…. Like your blog keep it up… Del

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    • Thanks Del. Solar was cost effective for us because to pull electricity to our property was about $12,000 more than our entire solar system. Off grid AK would have been an awesome challenge for a younger me. Del, you are correct, solar is not going to compete with a bill of $100 a month. My “cheap” 16kW battery bank costs about $40 a month if I replaced it every 5 years. However, power outages are a thing of the past with your own system, but is it worth it for an outage for one week each year when a good generator can pull you through, probably not.

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