I bought a new Echo 58 volt battery powered chain saw a couple of months ago. It was on sale and I was able to get the big 4ah battery with it, I forget the price, but it was a very good deal at the time ($300 with the battery, I am thinking). I wasn't looking to add the saw but my friend that owns the local Small Gas Engine shop where I bought my ExMark and all my Echo stuff, he was having a sale so I picked up the new battery powered chain saw and the MONSTER Backpack Blower. Here are pictures of each. Check out the warning labels on the saw...... I think they covered everything.
Echo Gas Powered PB-8010-T Blower
The blower is incredible and is the most powerful backpack blower made. If you are taller than 6', I suggest adding another tube extension to the blower tube length so the end of the blower is close to the ground when using it. Note, in the photo, the extra piece of blower tube was not on the unit. I had to order it and it took an extra day to get the extension piece, which just twists and locks onto the blower tube. It probably adds about 15" of length per additional section of tube. The extra blower tube makes moving heavier, stubborn items easier. It also allows me to clear the entire road which is 33' wide, walking down the center of the road sweeping the hose from side to side, because of the volume of air this puts out. The extra piece of the blower tube was about $14.
The backpack blower, on sale and out the door, was $500. It's retail price is $599. I already have the Echo 770 backpack blower unit and like it, but once I tried this new bad boy, I had to have it. The Echo 770 does a great job, but this PB-8010-T unit is like the Fighter Jets of backpack blowers...... If the Echo PB-8010-T was a sniper rifle, it would be the .50 caliber Barrett........Biggest, baddest, knock them off their feet unit..... Now I need to sell my Echo PB770 unit as I won't need both, plus the 3 hand held blowers I own.............
It requires ear protection as it is loud, but the volume of air it moves is that of many walk behind wheel blowers. The discharge tube is massive and it needs it for the volume and force which it produces. Many blowers, when you are dealing with a lot of leaves (piles the size of a small car...), it starts to build a packed pile that becomes tougher to move. Not this bad boy.....It doesn't build the pile, it just keeps blasting them whatever direction you need them sent. Using carbon fiber and other materials this big bad boy isn't any heavier than it's predecessor despite having the same power as some small dirt bikes..... Ear protection definitely required.....But it does have a very sweet sound.....
Echo 16" 58 Volt Battery Powered Chainsaw
The chain saw is simply AMAZING. Put bar oil in it. With your thumb, push the safety switch on the handle and squeeze the trigger and its a force of nature. I buzzed through 6" logs in no more than 3 seconds. Near total silence other than the chain spinning. Very, very efficient. At times, I have dreaded getting the chain saw out, filling it with the special Non Ethanol fuel and then running it and then taking the fuel back out, just to always make sure it starts easily and runs the next time.
With the new battery unit, snap in the battery, make sure the bar oil is full and squeeze the trigger and go. It never bogged down despite cutting green wood up to 8" in diameter. The bar and chain went through the various wood without any hesitation. Makes nice chips and cuts very clean. In the time it takes to get the other saw ready, you can perform 10 cuts with this one before the gas powered saw is running. I cut about 40 cuts, between 2" and 8" in diameter and it didn't even drop one level on the battery power indicator. I popped the battery out of the saw and put it in my grass trimmer and trimmed grass edging for 20 minutes and the battery was still more than 50% power.
The charger has a built in cooling fan and the recharging is fast and easy. Two of these batteries will power the walk behind push lawnmower for over an hour of use.....
Echo 58 Volt "Power Head" runs all of my 2 stroke power head attachments, which is great.
All in all, I am very impressed with the Echo 58 volt battery tools. The nicest part for me is I already had all of the power unit attachments for the gas powered Echo unit and they all fit the battery powered drive unit as well, so no replacing anything. I now have the grass trimmer, brush cutter, bed redefiner, edger, pole saw, hedge trimmer, articulating hedge trimmer head, small rototiller head and probably others which aren't coming to my mind right now.
I can see where the 2 stroke lawn tools like those for the Power Unit are going to be replaced with these new battery tools. Plus, the Batteries have a 5 year Echo Warranty on them, so it takes the risk of early battery replacement and the cost out of the picture. I haven't been disappointed with the 58 volt tools in any way. They do everything the 2 stroke units will do, except burn the gasoline and make the noise.
I should point out that I have been using the Power drive unit with the edger, grass trimmer, pole saw, hedge trimmer and all of the rest of the attachments now since early last summer. I have had no issues with any of them and the battery has outlasted every project I have used them on. My friend that sells the Echo has had very good results with the units. The only accessory which he discourages people from buying is the blower attachment as it has the greatest drain on the battery at all times. Plus, its fine for cleaning up after mowing, but its not adequate for real clean up projects like the back pack blower is used on.
I would encourage anyone considering the battery powered tools to buy them through a local Echo Dealer and NOT the Big Box store. Having the local dealer should you need any support is far better than trying to do anything through the Big Box store. Someone to provide service if and when needed and knowledgeable advice on practical use of the equipment. If you are going out to cut cords of wood, then sticking with a gas powered saw is probably the better choice. But if you are like me and have an occasional need to cut up a tree the wind has knocked over of sawing up large limbs and trimming, then the battery saw is a great choice. Easy to use, quick and ready to go when you need it.
I posted a picture of limbs I trimmed and cut up on the SCUT thread, it was 3 pallet fork loads, so it wasn't just the occasional limb. Nice clean cuts, the saw is a nice weight and well balanced and feels well. I have cut dozens of cords of wood as it used to be our primary source of heat, so chainsaws are not unfamiliar to me. I really like this saw.....even more than I thought I wood......(would....)