Stihl a great little Chainsaw...
Just tired of using fossil fuels and oils but will keep an old petrol driven with me for emergencies. The 220 C is designed to be easily handled and grips are great.
Purchased in June 2020 for A$499.00.
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Gamechanger. You won't look back
I'm coming at this as someone who had not owed a chainsaw prior to the Covid 19 lockdown. This is just my experience as someone new to chainsawing.
With a lot more time on my hands, and a new wood fire heater installed, I wanted to get to work cutting up some fallen trees on my property. I had an 18V Ryobi battery already and so started with the 18V Ryobi chainsaw from Bunnings. It took just one session before I realised I was going nowhere fast with it.
So I borrowed my brother's 30 year old Stihl Echo petrol chainsaw and while I can't bel...ieve how well the thing still does the job for something that's that old (imagine a 30yr old computer or phone), the Ryobi had at least taught me how much easier things could be with battery power and not needing to mix the petrol and battle the chainsaw just to start it every time. This drove me to searching for the perfect combination of petrol power with battery ease. I found that with the Stihl MSA 220, the most powerful battery powered chainsaw by Stihl. Just to be clear, it was around $1100 with the skin ($599), the badass AP300S battery ($299), the mid range charger ($139) and the sharpening kit ($41), so that perfect combination comes at a price. The Ryobi, for comparison was $170 for the skin. By this stage though, I didn't care. I wanted the unicorn. And now that I have it, I just don't understand how anyone could use any other chainsaw. I haven't shut up about it to my mates and have them lining up to try it. It wasn't easy getting my hands on it, I had to call around to three Stihl dealers until I tried Hoogies in Yarra Glen who had it in stock.
Purchased in April 2020 for A$599.00.
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Flawless! Can't fault it.
I've been meaning to purchase a chainsaw for a number of years now and due to the smaller jobs I would be using it for and infrequent use, I didn't want a petrol chainsaw, having the hassle of mixing fuel and trying to start it after it had been sitting around unused for extended periods of time. So I started to look at the Stihl battery chainsaw lineup and was initially going to purchase the MSA 200-C but happen to stumble across the MSA 220 C-A on an overseas website, which had not been release in Australia at the time.
The difference betwee...n the two may not seem a great deal but what I was impress with was the chain pitch of 3/8" on the 220 while all other Stihl battery chainsaws, including the 200, were 1/4". Also the bar length option of 14" or 16" for the 220 ($10 difference) compared to only 14" for the 200. The electric motors are different too with the 220 having more power than the 200 (most likely due to the 3/8" chain). I'm running the 220 with the AP300S battery and overall weight would be around 4.7kg. A little bit heavier than a petrol equivalent Stihl MS 171 Mini Boss @ 4.3kg but comparing power output, the MS 171 is 1.3 kW, the MSA 220 is 2.1 kW. The 220 feels really well balanced and cuts through wood with ease with essentially zero kickback, minimal vibration and low noise. Another feature I like is that the chain tension can be adjusted with no tools just by rotating the tensioner thumbwheel. Cutting time was about 30 minutes before requiring a recharge (it wasn't dead flat and I may have got a few more cuts out if it) but I was running it pretty hard with minimal pauses between cuts. As the title says, I really can't fault it. It's a great, convenient chainsaw ready to go at anytime. Only requires the battery to be charged and the bar oil reservoir topped up and you're good to go. The initial cost maybe a deterrent; the 16" 220 RRP is $599. Add the extra cost of between $300 to $500 depending of the combination of charger and battery type you elect to go for. If you have other Stihl battery products that use the same battery type them this may not be as big of an issue. Also depending on if you have solar, you may need to factor into the charging cost of the battery compared to that of purchasing petrol/oil.
Purchased in February 2020 for A$599.00.
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Which website did you buy from? Been waiting months for these to arrive in Aussie but still looks like it will be another month at least!
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