Electric versus gas-power professional saw

If you have decided you need a chainsaw, what is the first decision you will have to make? We would recommend first determining if an electric or gasoline-powered saw best suits your need.

ELECTRIC SAWS

Pros

  • Becoming widely used. According to the international trade statistics of The International Trade Centre electric saws are becoming more popular than gas-powered saws.
  • Less expensive: annual cost of operation is much cheaper because of the use a cheaper source of energy (electricity).
  • Less tiring for an operator and easy to use. You can work with an electric saw longer without becoming tired. As for Victar electric saw, thanks to its ergonomic design an operator can saw without lifting the wood while staying in a comfortable position.
  • No fuel and no regular refueling. Simply plug them in without worrying about the fuel/oil mixture of gas saws.
  • Easy to start: turn  it on and work. It does not require heating.
  • They are easier on the ears (and nerves).
  • No fumes.
  • Less maintenance. No spark plugs, air filters, or fuel filters to change.
  • Can be used indoors.
  • They break less often and are easy to repair. It is convenient to maintain them on site without service center.
  • Spare parts are cheaper.
  • Less expenses for maintenance. You do not need to hire highly qualified staff for the maintenance service.
  • They operate in a wide range of temperature from minus 35 to plus 40.
  • There is no need to keep records of fuel consumption.
  • Bucking the wood in the production facilities eliminates theft of wood in the forest.
  • It is possible to use any engine oil (even the cheapest).
  • More safety features. The Victar chainsaw was designed to avoid any kickback. This eliminates the need for a chain brake. The operator of the Victar chainsaw can place his arms at a safe distance of 40 cm (opposed to 15 cm) from moving parts.
  • Professional electric saws withstand usage of 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Professional electric saws are ideal for manufacturers of veneer lumber, firewood and timber.

Cons

  • Limited cutting range. You must be near an electric outlet or the length of your  cord. The Victar chainsaw is operated with a cord  up to 50 m.
  • Must plug into a GFCI outlet or cord.
  • Additional specialized frequency converter should be used.
  • Do not work in the heavy rain.
  • Be aware of where the power cord is at all times when cutting.
  • It is not possible to increase  the power of electric saws and the length of the bar  indefinitely. While chainsaws can use a dual power engine. However, the Victar chainsaw could be used with a bar of up to 70 cm.
  • The Victar chainsaw cannot be used in a horizontal position.

GAS-POWERED CHAINSAW

Pros

  • Gas-powered chainsaws are suitable for any consumer with a variety of requests. Wide range of choices and cutting capacity. From six pounds in weight up to forty pounds. From 3 kW engine displacement to 6.4 kW with 30 cm bars up to 1,5 meter.
  • Work anywhere. Gas-powered chainsaws can work in any kind of open spaces except indoors.
  • Available after-market attachments.
  • Maneuverability and ability to work with a horizontal position of the bar.
  • There are internationally established brands like Stihl and Husqvarna.

Cons

  • Can be used by any fairly strong adult (after suitable training).
  • Original purchase is cheaper, but it becomes more expensive with a maintenance.
  • Fuel/oil mixture. Gas-powered saws require special fuel/oil mixture that can be expensive and time consuming. Manufacturers require to use branded oil.
  • Starting a gas-powered saw involves a number of steps. In winter, the duration of the warm-up increases.
  • A chainsaw has to be always lifted up, which leads to fatigue of the operator.
  • Cutting performance depends on the physical strength of the operator.
  • Noisier and create fumes. Less friendly to the operator or the environment. Require more protective equipment.
  • The complex configuration results in additional maintenance. Air and fuel filters need regular attention.
  • Storage of gasoline increases fire hazards.
  • The use of gasoline requires additional costs to control the consumption.
  • Impossible to use inside of the premises.
  • Expensive attachments.
  • Extra attachments for security increase the complexity of the design and make repairs expensive.

So whatever your ultimate plans, that is a good place to start. Compared to gas saws, electrics are easier to use and to maintain, and less expensive too.