Buying a Battery Powered Chainsaw
I looked at this in Sept 2019 and found Top Battery Powered Chainsaws Reviewed which is just a list of ads, but of interest are:
- DeWalt DCCS670X1 60V 3Ah 16" 12.2lbs
- Zombi ZCS5817 58V 4Ah 16" 13.7lbs
Then I found Best Battery-Powered Chainsaw which is a very thorough review from February 2017. It's worth the read even though it's old. Of interest are:
- DeWalt DCCS670X1 60V 3Ah 16" 12.2lbs ($478 on homedepot.ca) (60 cuts)
- Ego CS1604 ($419 on rona.ca) (90 cuts)
I looked again in May 2020 and found Best Cordless Electric Chainsaws which is a decent review from Jan 2020. Of interest are:
- DeWalt DCCS670X1 60V 3Ah 16" 12.2lbs (43 cuts)
- Stihl MSA 200 C-BQ 36V (108 cuts)
That Sthil is a 14" bar, but the 220 is a 16" bar so, I'm considering the 220 below.
Considering just these three, it's not clear when the model was introduced, when the next model will come on the market, or even if they may change the parts without changing the model number.
As of May 2020 the prices are:
DCCS670X1 homedepot.ca $498
DCCS670X1 homedepot.ca $479
DCCS670B (no battery/charger) homedepot.ca $300
CS1604 homedepot.ca $478
MSA 220 C-BQ en.stihl.ca $490 (no battery)
MSA 220 C-BQ arns.ca $480 (no battery)
MSA 220 C-BQ interlinehardware.com $480 (no battery)
MSA 220 C-BQ battlefieldequipment.ca $900
MSA 220 C-BQ shopwestern.ca $900
Here's a quick comparison. For the Stihl, the stats are when fitted with the AP 300 battery.
Model DCCS670X1 CS1604 MSA 220 C-BQ Bar 16" 16" 16" Amp Hour 3.0 5.0 6.0 Voltage 60 V 56 V 36 V Weight 12.2 lbs 13.6 lbs 10.9 lbs Motor Brushless Brushless Brushless Chain Brake yes yes yes Auto-Oiling yes yes yes Tool-free tensioning yes yes yes Warranty 3 years 5 years 3 years Cost $500 $480 $900
Regarding date of technology, from protoolreviews.com we see that Stihl MSA 160 C-BQ is at least as old as April 2016, but on arns.ca we see the Stihl MSA 160 C-BQ listed as a "Year = 2020" product, and on the Stihl website under technical data it says "The version(s) available in each country may differ from the above range and specifications; specific details may be subject to change without notice". So I conclude that the physical parts may differ within the same product code from year to year.
The two primary technologies are the motor and the battery. You're free to purchase a modern battery against an older motor.
So the DeWalt would compare to the Stihl in cuts with at 6.0 Ah battery, but that brings the price to 300 + 210 + 120 = 630. Note that the 3.0 Ah battery that comes with the X1 kit isn't sold separately. Also note that while the kit reviews on homedepot.ca are overwhelmingly positive, the recent reviews are all negative, citing the following concerns:
- 3.0 Ah battery discharges quickly
- frequent chain derails
- oil reservoir empties before a single charge of the 9.0 Ah
On the en.stihl.ca site, the MSA 220 C-BQ is marked as "New" compared to for example the MSA 200 C-BQ. This gives some hope that it was designed with at 6.0 Ah battery in mind and that they didn't bring out a model supporting a 16" bar until they could really support it.