My buddy is an electric-chainsaw guy. He doesn’t have very much to cut very often and the stuff he has to cut isn’t that big. Plus, he complains that he doesn’t want to try to start a cold gas-powered saw twice a year. Personally, I can’t imagine being plugged in while trying to cut limbs or trunks, and an electrical cord doesn’t do much good out in the wilderness when trying to clear a downed tree off a trail. Not only that, but most electric saws are light-duty units that can’t handle what we have to throw at it.
But I admit that I’m impressed with the new Oregon PowerNow lithium battery-powered chainsaw that was recently sent to us. Though we haven’t had it long enough to verify this, the battery is said to hold its charge for months while sitting unused. The fact that there is no gas or oil smell allows me to carry it in the cab with zero noxious fumes, and it’s truly usable anywhere like a gas chainsaw. It still won’t hit the big limbs that a nice, big gas-burning unit will do, but the PowerNow 40V Max seems to be a great little saw to haul behind the seat of your truck.