An Electric Chainsaw So Badass It Needs Two Batteries

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Electric chainsaws aren't anywhere near as powerful as the ones with gas engines, but Makita's X2 LXT comes close—and offers several key advantages if you don't need a tool capable of clear-cutting a forest.

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For starters, even with a pair of 18-volt rechargeable lithium-ion batteries hanging off the back, the X2 LXT weighs in at around just over eleven pounds, which is light compared to a gas-powered saw. But it can still hack and slash its way through tree branches less than six inches in diameter. It's quieter too, generating around 90-decibels instead of a traditional chainsaw's 110-decibel wail.

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Each battery requires just 30 minutes to charge, so you'll have to double that if you've only got a single charger. But when topped up, you can expect to clear debris and prep firewood for about 90 minutes before you're forced to take a break. The part that could make the saw totally worth its $370 asking price, though, is the fact that you'll never end up with gas soaked hands and clothing when you're done your yard work. [Makita via Fancy]

DISCUSSION

With normal (gas powered) chainsaw use you need to put more bar oil in every time you refuel, must you put more bar oil in this one every time you recharge? If so I declare your final statement lacking in that your hands will always get bar oil on them. Always.