Everyone needs a Makita 36v 14 inch Cordless Chainsaw.
Living and riding in Bend, Oregon is like straddling the intersection of urban, suburban, and rural living, all at the same time. We don’t have really good sportbike riding – few curves, and roads get hammered from winter – but all other types of riding are very well represented. However, the preponderance of what we have, is bazillions of miles of legal dirt riding, on all types of terrain. Once one plants here, one inevitably cannot escape the siren song of all that dirt. You may start with modest ambitions, but soon end up poring over Google Maps, practicing turning your bike around with clutch-drop 180s, as you try to scout every overgrown logging road made over the last hundred years.Your next step, if you take it, passes an odd tipping point: you decide that future rides absolutely, positively, unquestionably, require a chainsaw. That you carry with you on your motorcycle rides.
The idea of “needing” a chainsaw to carry on your bike is absurd to about 85% of the riders in the US. IMO, about another 10% more can grasp it, but lugging an odd shaped 15 pound tool with you ain’t worth the trouble. The remaining 5% think it makes perfect sense. I know these stats are impeccable, because I told a bunch of people that I wanted a chainsaw for my motorcycle, and 95% of them looked at me with blank concern. Anyway, I am now part of that last bucket.
This purchase was not shaped by past use of a chain saw. I have rarely used one. This lack of experience, along with wanting to use it mainly for moto-related tasks, opened me up to the idea of a cordless lithium ion battery powered saw instead of the ubiquitous and classic Stihl. Now, in some places in the PNW, those words would git yer ass kicked. But for moto use, a battery saw has many advantages, along with solid performance. So, I popped for a 36 volt Makita, on a seasonal promo that came with a free additional Makita tool. I am so stoked over this thing, that I decided to do a video of it. Hope you like it.
- Brian Price