EGO Chainsaw

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Took the EGO summer tool plunge and see they have a chainsaw in the lineup. Ha - the video they post is terrible. I'm not very experienced with the chainsaw but I don't think the video technique is correct nor safe - plus seems like they hit the ground a few times.

Anyway, I'm a woodturner and I use a 20" gas Husky for big work but then use my Makita electric at home and in my garage to cut the log sections into bowl blanks. The Makita is an excellent saw but would be a big plus to not have a cord.

I see some like the chainsaw the best out of the EGO lineup but don't know how the use it. Just wondering if EGO would be a good choice as a replacement for my Makita.

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Summary: Gas (Poulan 16") vs. Electric (Ego 56 gen 1 14", Echo 58v 16", Kobalt 80v 18").

A little more than a year ago, I was cutting down the forest behind my house.  I was using a 16" Poulan gas saw.  I soon got tired of all the gas and pull starting.  At that time, Home Depot had the 16" Echo 58V, and Lowes had the 80v Kobalt.  So I purchased the Echo, but was soon unimpressed with the lack of power, as well as the long time it took to charge.  So I ordered the gen 1 14" Ego, which took 4-5 weeks to arrive since they had to ship it by boat.  In the mean time, I continued to use both the Echo and the Poulan.  When the 14" Ego arrived, it included a 2.0 AH battery; it was very light, but the performance was about on par with the Echo 58v.  I found that I had to adapt my technique to match the 0.043" chain, compared to what I was used to with the 0.050" Poulan; specifically I had to watch my technique carefully because the Ego/Echo would not power right though an improperly setup cut.  What I learned from that was that technique was more important than raw power.  In those times that I jumped back on the gas Poulan, my improved technique made cutting with that saw even more productive.

At this point I was at a dilemma, I had two electrics, and when I did research I found the Kobalt 80v 18" had good reviews.  So since I already had two, I went to Lowes and bought the 80v Kobalt for a three way shoot off.  In the end, I returned the Echo 58v because of the lack of heat management in the battery system.  I also returned the gen 1 Ego 14" w/ the 2.0 because of a lack of power and battery longevity.  And I kept the 80v Kobalt, which continues to impress me to this day.

Now, at some point, I do want to try the gen 2 chainsaw with at least a 2P (4.0/5.0) battery because I feel that the performance will be much improved over the gen 1.  This is based on my experience with the other Ego product lines:

12" -> 15" trimmer
20" -> 21" mower
480 -> 535 blower

Ego has consistently improved their product and I have no doubt the gen 2 is better than the gen 1.

Conclusion:
Electric chainsaws have come a long way, and I am very happy with their performance.  What people seem to forget is that you are trading one feature for another; in this case you are gaining lower maintenance, and NOISE, for slightly less raw power, and you also have to be a little more precise in your technique.

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