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Old 01-31-2021, 03:37 AM #1
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Is there a wired chainsaw I could plug into trunk power.

One of my friends recently recommended that if I will be overlanding more I should get a chainsaw. I don't really want a gasoline powered one because for one I don't want it to leak in my trunk and two more gas I have to bring on the trip. I was looking at battery powered but having to make sure they are charged every time I go out seems like a pain. Also wired one seem to be cheaper than battery powered ones. If I can't find a wired one that won't draw too much power from rear power I will go with the battery powered option. I am not really good with the electrical conversion if I googled correctly I don't think I can power one with the rear power outlet. So I was wondering if you guys also have chainsaws in your truck and what you went with.
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I can’t answer your question directly, but my two cents would be to just go w battery powered. My neighbor has a Dewalt one and it is amazing- I think it was under $200.
You can just bring the charger and plug it in the back of its dead, maybe even bring a spare battery too.

I wouldn’t even mess with electric chorded chainsaws. I have one and it’s a PITA to drag the chord around all the time and it gets tangled around your legs and trees/logs.
Battery powered would be perfect and so much more convenient to just hop out, grab it, and start choppin.
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Yep, go battery powered. A corded chainsaw would be a PIA--if you are really going to be driving places that would require you to have a Chainsaw in the 4R, then you are not going to want to drag a cord around in those conditions.
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This made me curious. This looks like a decent review and comparison:

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I have a cheapass Harbor Freight electric chain saw for home use, and it draws 9 Amps. That’s about 1000 Watts, more than the 4Runner inverter can handle.

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You’d be better off with a Silky hand saw. I have a small one for trimming, but they have large ones for serious cutting. They are sold on Amazon. But check out their website and read reviews to see which model to get. There are different configurations of blades and teeth size.

Silky Professional BIGBOY 2000 Folding Saw XL Teeth Silky Professional BIGBOY 2000 Folding Saw XL Teeth - Hand Pole Saws - Amazon.com

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One of my friends recently recommended that if I will be overlanding more I should get a chainsaw. I don't really want a gasoline powered one because for one I don't want it to leak in my trunk and two more gas I have to bring on the trip. I was looking at battery powered but having to make sure they are charged every time I go out seems like a pain. Also wired one seem to be cheaper than battery powered ones. If I can't find a wired one that won't draw too much power from rear power I will go with the battery powered option. I am not really good with the electrical conversion if I googled correctly I don't think I can power one with the rear power outlet. So I was wondering if you guys also have chainsaws in your truck and what you went with.
If I remember correctly, the stock inverter is only rated to 400 watts. Not sure you would find an electric chainsaw that works under 400 watts. I like the idea of getting a battery powered chainsaw for a couple of reason. First, no pesky extension cord that's going to take up space. Second, you can get a few batteries and carry a couple different battery operated tools that use the same battery including a work light. The LED work lights you can get now that use a tool lithium ion battery are great.
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Small gas powered or battery operated chainsaw would be just fine. 4X4 clubs do trail mentanaince with mostly gas powered chainsaws out here.
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Not sure where you are going that your friend thinks you should carry a chain saw. But I would suggest you really think about why you would need one and if you need that friend. You will need an off road trailer to carry all of the stuff people are likely to recommend to you.
Personally I have an electric chain saw (green works) that I leave at home. I also have hand saws and axes that I leave at home. If I had to take one it would be the axe.
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Not sure where you are going that your friend thinks you should carry a chain saw.
Well obviously that depends entirely on where you live and travel to. I've carried a chainsaw on trips for decades because without it i'd have been screwed on multiple occasions. Mine is used mostly for cutting trees off trails, which happens a lot in thick forests. I've also used it for firewood, making a bridge and even ground anchors for winching.

Electric wired chainsaws might be improving these days, but generally they are crap for anything more than 6in dia. They require massive amounts of power to do anything more than trimming and I could never see one being run off a 12v outlet unless you simply wanted it for cutting kindling.
Also, I've never had a fuel spill. I just tighten lids and make sure stuff can't move around.
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Electric wired chainsaws might be improving these days, but generally they are crap for anything more than 6in dia. .
My greenworks is an 80v cordless model and is about as powerful as a small gas chain saw. Of course small gas chainsaws are not particularly powerful either, I wouldn't tackle anything over about 10" with either the green works or the last gas powered chain saw I owned. I either used an axe or a tree service

I am too old and have too bad a back to mess with moving large trees or boulders off the road. Of course I would be happy to sit on a nearby rock watching someone else do that work while giving them bad advice.
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... Of course I would be happy to sit on a nearby rock watching someone else do that work while giving them bad advice.
Haha, I believe that's called supervision.
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Haha, I believe that's called supervision.
Because of my bad back one of my daughters and a friend of hers put the roof rack on my 4runner (my third mod coming after tires and rock sliders). They refused to let me help and would not even let me watch much less supervise.

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Haha, I believe that's called supervision.
Yeah, that’s what I see when I pass by our city crews “working” on a project.
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Saw this at Walmart today...not sure how safe it would be...would need to do some power calculations and wire ampacity checks.

But the power inverter shows a hedge trimmer I think. Wonder how much more an electric chainsaw would be.

I would go with a lithium battery powered chain saw with a quick charger off an properly rated inverter.
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I saw the Makita 18v x 2 chainsaw in use down the street, sub-contractor took a moment to show me. Nice!
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