Review of the Stihl MSA 200 C-BQ

After spending the summer having fun in the sun, doing many  different projects and just enjoying the East Coast’s short summer while totally neglecting this humble chainsaw blog, we are finally ready to bring you our review of Stihl’s entry into the world of lithium ion outdoor power equipment: the MSA 200 C-BQ.

The Stihl MSA 200 C-BQ is a great saw.  It will make a believer out of most naysayers who doubt that a battery powered saw has any place in the stable of “serious” operators.  This saw will not replace large felling saws or a dedicated firewood cutter, but then it was never intended too.  The 200 C could replace your small limbing saw or your arborist’s saw.  It’s performance is comparable to most sub 40 cc gas saws, although it’s power lies more in it’s torque than in high chain speeds.  What really makes this saw stand out is it’s remarkable ease of use, and its clean, quiet, practically maintenance free operation.  The MSA 200 C-BQ is so quick and easy to use that you will find you reach for it whenever you have a job that doesn’t absolutely require a large displacement saw.

Photo by A.J. Kilpatrick

Stihl MSA 200 C-BQ is a strong contender whose incredible performance coupled with it’s remarkable ease of use will make it a go-to saw in anyone’s stable.

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Worx WG303.1 Electric Chainsaw Review

 

Can an electric chainsaw perform as well as a small gasoline powered saw?  The short answer is yes.  What the electric motor lacks in speed, it makes up in torque.  It’s all about the torque, baby, torque.  I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about the buzz on the internet concerning the Worx 303.1 14.5 amp chainsaw being comparable to a small 30ish CC gas powered chainsaw, but it really does handle itself well.  Are there drawbacks when compared to a gas powered model? Yes there are, but there are some advantages as well.

Another great photo by A.J. Kilpatrick of the Worx WG 303.1.

A handsome fellow with his orange and black coloration: the Worx WG303.1.

Pros:

  • No harmful CO emissions which makes it ideal for using indoors (especially in the winter).
  • It is plug and go- no carburetor related issues when starting/operating.
  • Substantially cheaper for those who are all about the Benjamins
  • Low maintenance
  • Much quieter than a conventional chainsaw
  • Weighs 11 pounds

Cons:

  • It is tethered to an electric cord which limits its range and sometimes makes it awkward to maneuver with
  • Ultra sensitive safety brake that is set too close to the handle. This makes the saw prone to stopping at the slightest change in hand position and limits the saws manoeuvrability while greatly increasing frustration for the end user through repetitive stops.
  • Weighs 11 pounds
  • Low grade bar

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Stihl MS 193 C Review

Stihl MS 193 C-E Review

A.J. Kilpatrick

Another review from the world's best chainsaw blog!

Stihl’s newest midrange rear handled “arborist” saw: the Stihl MS 193 C-E.

In a previous post, we reviewed the Stihl MS 170 that was purchased to convert into a dedicated carving saw, but the MS 170 had some issues with the engine (see full review here), so it was returned for a Stihl MS 193 C-E. The MS 193 C-E is a light-weight and nimble 30.1 cc rear handled saw. Weighing in at 10.2 pounds fully fueled with a 16” bar and 3/8”p chain; the MS 193 C-E is extremely light. Its strato-charged engine promises a BHP of 1.8 with lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions. The anti-vibe is incredibly smooth and refined and this saw promises to be a well balanced detail carver once I get around to forking out the additional $200.00 to equip it with a carving bar, chain and sprocket/rim.

Overview

Pro’s

  • Extremely light-weight and nimble

  • Fully adjustable carb

  • Incredibly low vibration

  • Strato-charged engine promises lower emissions and lower fuel consumption with increased power.

  • Outboard clutch for better balance.

  • Easy to start

Cons

  • Strato-charged engine is cold blooded and needs more time to warm up

  • Adjustable carb is quite finicky with a hard to find sweet spot

  • Small, narrow bar is very sensitive to dirt and debris- clogs easily

  • Chain tension system requires breaking in and is difficult to tension out of the box

  • Automatic oiler is anemic with 16” stock bar

  • Outboard clutch makes bar and chain removal more difficult

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Review Echo CS 590

Review: Echo CS 590 Timber Wolf

A.J.Kilpatrick

 

Echo CS 590 Timber Wolf

Echo CS 590 redefining “Tough”

Echo’s foray into the Landscaper/Rancher class is a bold, no nonsense 69.8 cc “tough” guy that proves to be a reliable and powerful alternative to the competition.  Featuring a :pro-grade” magnesium crank case engine, modern features, and coming in at a price that’s hard to beat, the Echo CS 590 Timber Wolf is a formidable predator among the tree-line.

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Stihl MS 271 Review: My First Love

Stihl MS 271 Review: My First Love

A.J. Kilpatrick

Looking for a new saw in the 50 cc range, but don’t want to sink the kid’s dreams of being a doctor?  The Stihl MS 271 is a durable performer that can be relied on.  It offers good value in its class, and as an added bonus slinging it through the daily sawing chores will pump up those stringy biceps and forearms.

Review Stihl MS 271

Stihl MS 271: a reliable performer

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