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.