For years I have wanted to close the loop making wood fuel completely independently of petroleum fuel. I discovered that the Russians had been logging in the 50s with electric chainsaws powered by Wood fired gas producers. I wondered if I could cut firewood with an electric chainsaw. I bought a poulan from Kmart and went at it. Compared to my Husqvarna or stihl gas powered saws, the poulan was a complete waste of time. Then in 2007, I hurt my neck and couldn’t ride very far in my truck to cut firewood at the bush. So I got a load of slabs and made a sawbuck, and discovered that the gas powered chainsaws would tug the slabs right out of the buck. On a whim I plugged in the pool on to the inverter and started cutting the slabs with it. It was slow but it worked. Then I realized I wasn’t using any grid electricity and the slabs were free and suddenly my heat bill was ridiculously low even though I was too injured to actually do a lot of work. That’s when I started looking around for actual usable electric chainsaws.
The first successful saw was the Remington Versa saw. 1600 watts, and a really fast chain speed compared to the poulan. The versa saw cut about eight full cords before stripping its gears. I am not above pulling a dick move now and then, and so I took it back to Menards and they replaced it because the guy didn’t believe that I actually cut eight cords of wood with an electric saw so he gave me a new one. I still have one or two usable versa saws here but Menards no longer sells them.
Next, in 2010, we bought the Cadillac of saws. The Husqvarna 316e. We have hauled the Honda eu3000i out to the wood piles, and the women have all used this saw out in the bush.
Last year my oldest boy cut 30 face cords with it. It has a regular chisel chain on it these days and is still going strong.