I am using dyed diesel instead of gasoline to cut trees in the woods. The Winco tractor generator helps power my electric chainsaw. I wanted to see if it was possible to gather firewood with an electric chainsaw, and it was. However, I have found it more feasible to use the gas powered chainsaw to cut logs to length and then use the thumb on the tractor to bring the logs to the woodshed and use the electric chainsaw to buck the wood there.
The reason why is the Winco tractor generator trailer has a difficult time backing up in the woods. If I was to do it all over again, I would possibly prefer a carry all attachment versus a trailer. I found that a 12 gauge, 100 ft. cord worked just fine and I did a single wrap around the generator to prevent me from pulling it loose. I didn’t trip over the cord because I was focused on not doing so, but I did find that the cord could easily get caught up in the branches.
Why a cord over a battery pack? Here’s my reason why; a battery powered chainsaw has about 20 -30 minutes of life before it needs to be recharged. When gathering firewood, I spend hours cutting it; I don’t have time to hike back to the house and charge my batteries every 20-30 minutes for an hour and half of down time. These battery operated chainsaws are for quick hedge or limb work, not gathering 4 cords of firewood. The plug-in will operate indefinitely as long as it has a power source. I used the Winco PTO generator to see if I could collect wood beyond the reach of my home’s power. It worked, and it did really well.
Why for prepper’s? I remember attending a living sustainability shows, many preppers would attend as well, and the wood gathering “fear” was their chainsaw would not operate if gasoline was rationed. I wanted to prove that a person does not have to resort to hand powered crosscut saws to buck firewood. In desperate times when the tractor is down, a person could use an axe or crosscut saw to bring a tree down, and hopefully, use a beast of burden to drag it out of the woods and buck in place at the solar powered off grid home using an electric chainsaw.
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