Battery power has come a long way since the days when you needed eight massive ‘D’ batteries to run a slightly weedy boombox for an hour or two. Until fairly recently, for example, it would have been difficult to imagine a cordless electric chainsaw with anyway near the power required to compete with traditional petrol models. These days, however, we live in a glorious future world where machines with the clout of Oregon’s superb CS 250 Battery Chainsaw offer a combination of convenience and performance which makes comparable petrol saws seems almost as obsolete as the aforementioned boombox.
With power delivered via a hi-tech 36V/2.4Ah lithium-ion battery and an efficient charger also supplied as standard (charge time approximately 120 minutes), the CS 250’s top chain speed of roughly 11.94m/s will allow you to tackle even tough cutting work with ease. Even better is that this impressive performance comes without the fumes, hassle and expense of running a petrol machine. Not relying upon fuel also means that the CS 250 will start up instantly even on the coldest mornings, saving valuable time and effort when you set to work. And with Oregon’s interchangeable battery packs you can even purchase a spare then switch between the two while one charges for uninterrupted cutting throughout the working day.
Equipped as standard with a 35cm (14”) bar and a 3/8” low profile chain, the CS 250 is also notable for featuring Oregon’s innovative PowerSharp® technology. This integrated system helps to ensure exceptional cutting performance at all times by allowing you to sharpen the saw’s chain in seconds; simply pull and activate the PowerSharp® lever for 3-5 seconds and the cutters will be restored to optimal sharpness. Cutting through thicker branches or tougher hardwoods is thus made pleasingly effortless, while the need for additional tools or time-consuming manual sharpening procedures is also eliminated for peerless user convenience.
At only 5.4kg with the bar and chain attached this saw is also very easy to handle, providing complete control when faced with tricky cutting jobs. Other user-friendly features include an automatic oil system which regulates chain lubrication for added reliability and a safety enhancing chain brake for vital protection against kickback, meaning that this is, all in all, a remarkably user-friendly piece of kit. Oregon’s CS 250 is thus one of the best in the business when it comes to providing low-noise, fume-free cutting performance.
*Make sure you are using your chainsaw safely and read our free advice article when you have a spare moment.