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Topic-icon Decent hedge trimmers/ electric chainsaw recommendations please

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3 weeks 4 days ago #545880 by Alan Gilbert

Last year we bought an Ozito blower from Bunnings, with an 18 volt battery.
And when we needed a non-mains-powered hedge trimmer last month we bought the matching Ozito, which uses the same battery. Cost was just $99. In theory it should be good for a couple of hours on one charge, not that we would ever need it for that long.
Our mains-powered hedge trimmer is a Ryobi with a 600 watt motor (~3/4Hp), a 650mm blade and rotatable handles so vertical or horizontal cutting are equally comfortable.

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1 week 5 days ago #546063 by Cinderfaud

Hi Keppelk, I'm needing to get a new battery for mt hedge trimmer, and was wondering where in Christchurch you went to recell yours? I can't find the info from the link. They may not even exist anymore as I see your post was 3years ago! However, I'd value your opinion. Cheers!

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1 week 5 days ago #546070 by tonybaker

BatteryMasta is a sales and repair business, specialising in repacking and replacing all kinds of batteries.
We are located at 45a Carlyle Street, which is on the corner of Gasson Street and Carlye Street in Sydenham.


I have a Ryobi 18v chainsaw and it's great and much safer than petrol ones. Bunnings offer great warranties so no worries.


5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, ducks, Kune Kune pigs, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)
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1 week 4 days ago #546084 by Cinderfaud

Cheers for that, I'll certainly make use of them!

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1 week 3 days ago #546109 by Ronney

Interesting that this topic resurfaced at a time when I felt that I was physically fit enough to go back to using a chainsaw.

So off I went, did the research on what is available now, made my decision and went to town - only to find I couldn't start it. This shouldn't have rocked me but it did. I earned my living with a chainsaw and now I can't even start one! But now there are battery and while I'm having a bit of trouble getting my head around that, it is the obvious path to take. All my bush saws were Husky and they never missed a beat but their battery powered are hugely expensive and I don't really think I can justify the expense for what I'm going to be doing with it - scrub clearing but not 8 hours a day.

So back to the research. Both Kevin (mechanic) and stepson (builder) use Makita battery tools so the batteries and chargers are in place. Both of them swear by their tools. Makita also make a chainsaw so all I would need is the skin - anybody got any views on this?

Why isn't life just bloody simple!

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Ronnie

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1 week 3 days ago #546111 by tonybaker

Ronny, keep calm, life is simple! Just go to Bunnings or M10 and get a cordless chainsaw, if you are not happy with it they will change or refund it, no problem. I have a little Ryobi saw ans it's a beaut. So safe and handy. Makes the petrol job seem so cumbesome, and like you i wonder how the hell I did so much work with such a heavy tool!


5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, ducks, Kune Kune pigs, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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1 week 2 days ago #546131 by Alan Gilbert

Ronney, a few years ago Stihl realised that half the world's population didn't buy chainsaws, because they were women and couldn't start the things. So they got some female engineers to design a woman-proof starter.
Instead of heaving heartily on a rope to turn the motor over, you gently pull a rope to wind up a spring. At the end of the pull, the spring turns the motor over much faster than you could, and the saw usually starts first or second time from cold. It sounds like a marketing gimmick, but no, it really does work.

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1 week 2 days ago #546133 by Ronney

Alan, that is what is called an "easy start" - which is what I was trying to start! There were several factors involved - I am no longer young, even in my hey day I was never a heavy weight, and the best easy starts come in the top-of-the-range commercial saws. It was disappointing to find that this saw was actually harder to start than the 444 I used commercially 30 years ago. So no, it isn't a marketing gimmick but manufacturers would seem to have kept the technology for the high end market. Thank you for the input and it is certainly information for those looking at buying a saw.

Thank you for your input too Tony - funnily enough Kevin said this afternoon "why don't you just go and buy a cheapie from the Warehouse (which don't sell chainsaws) and it will probably do everything you want". Have got a M10 but they don't sell chainsaws and the nearest Bunnings is in Whangarei , a good 2 hour drive on a good day. Will go and search Ryobi.

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Ronnie

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1 week 2 days ago #546135 by Alan Gilbert

Ronnie, my easy-start Stihl is only a little one, not anywhere hear the top of the range.
There's a Bunnings in Kerikeri, if that's closer, and a huge new Mitre10 at Waipapa..

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1 week 2 days ago #546137 by Ronney

Thanks Alan, I remembered this morning that Kerikeri is between here and Whangarei! Blond moment.
Have also investigated Ryobi and found something that looks close to what I'm wanting AND in a reasonable price range.

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Ronnie

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1 week 1 day ago #546150 by Mudlerk

Alan, it's not just for women. Old little guys like me can't either!

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1 week 1 day ago #546157 by Alan Gilbert

You and me both, Mudlerk! But I was told that it was the total lack of female buyers that caused the hairy-chested lads at Stihl to ask their women engineers what to do about it.

Ronnie, Waipapa also has a Stihl shop, and they're really good guys to deal with.

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