FAQs

Everything You Need to Know About the OREGON® Cordless Tool System

Battery Packs and Chargers

  1. Can the OREGON® Battery Pack be used in other OREGON® tools?

    Yes. All OREGON® Cordless Battery Packs are compatible with all OREGON® Cordless tools, batteries, and chargers.

  2. What is the difference between the 2.4 Ah and the 1.25 Ah Battery Packs?

    The difference between battery packs is primarily weight and run time. The B500S 1.25 Ah Battery Pack is the lightest option available weighing approximately 1.7 lb (.77 kg).  The B400E 2.4 Ah Battery Pack weighs approximately 2.7 lb (1.2 kg) and has twice the run time of the B500S. The B600E 4.0 Ah Battery Pack is the same weight as the B400E, but offers 66% longer run time.

  3. How long does the battery take to charge?

    A completely discharged battery pack will have the following approximate charge times:

    BATTERY PACKC600 BATTERY CHARGERC750 RAPID BATTERY CHARGER
    B500S 1.25 Ah60 minutes30 minutes
    B400E 2.4 Ah120 minutes30 minutes
    B600E 4.0 Ah210 minutes60 minutes
  4. 4. How many times can the battery be recharged?

    All OREGON® Battery Packs are designed with premium lithium ion cell technology. Depending on battery pack use and care, OREGON® Battery Packs will generally last between 500 and 1,000 full charge / discharge cycles.

  5. What is the difference between Lithium Ion batteries and others?

    Batteries with lithium ion chemistry have four advantages over other power tool batteries

     

    • High power density: Lithium Ion battery cells have both high power and light weight
    • No fade: Lithium Ion batteries delivery constant power throughout the pack discharge
    • No memory effect: charge maintenance and full discharge are not necessary to retain consistent capacity throughout battery pack lifetime
    • Always ready: Lithium Ion batteries stay charged for months when left off the charger
  6. Is it okay to leave the battery charger plugged in?

    Yes. The battery charger has an integrated safety circuit that will monitor and remain idle when not charging. The battery charger can remain plugged in with or without the battery pack.

  7. Can I leave my battery on the charger?

    Yes. OREGON® Battery Packs can be left on the charger indefinitely.

  8. Can I put a partially discharged battery on the charger?

    Yes. There is no reduction in battery pack performance or life by recharging OREGON® Battery Packs at any point in the charge or discharge cycle.

  9. How do I dispose of a battery pack?

    Do not dispose of Lithium Ion battery packs in household waste. Do not incinerate battery pack. Recycling centers and receptacles in dealers and major electronics retailers accept the 4.0 Ah, 2.4 Ah, and 1.25 Ah Battery Packs. For more information, call the helpline 800.822.8837, or visit www.call2recycle.org.

  10. Can I use my battery charger to charge other Battery Packs?

    No. OREGON® Battery Chargers can only be used to charge OREGON® Battery Packs.

  11. Can I charge my battery pack on another charger?

    No. OREGON® Battery Packs can only be charged on OREGON® Battery Chargers.

  12. Can I charge my OREGON battery packs using a 12V system with a DC to AC inverter?

    There are options available on the market today. In order to ensure you do not damage your OREGON® product, we recommend only using a DC to AC inverter that meets the following specifications:

    Input Voltage Range:10.5 - 15 VDC**
    Minimum Output Power: 260 watts
    Surge Power:>300 watts
    AC Output Frequency:50–60 Hz
    AC Output Voltage Range: >90 <130 VAC
    Output Waveform:Pure/True Sine-Wave
    Efficiency:>80%
    GFCI Output:Preferred

    ** Vehicles and Inverters designed for 24 volts or higher are OK as long as the other minimum requirements are met.

Chain Saw, Model CS250

  1. How long does the battery last?

    A 4.0 Ah Battery Pack will last up to 400 cuts per charge in 2 to 3 in. (5 to 7 cm) diameter limbs. This performance may vary with user technique, chain sharpness, size, and type of wood. A 2.4 Ah Battery Pack will make up to 250 cuts and a 1.25 Ah Battery Pack will make up to 125 cuts in the same size wood. Cuts per charge will drop significantly with increasing diameter wood.

  2. How fast does the saw cut?

    In 2 to 3 in. (5 to 7 cm) diameter limbs, the chain saw will make a cut in approximately 1 second. In 3 to 6 in (7 to 15 cm) diameter limbs, the chain saw will take approximately 4 seconds, while large 8 to 10 in. ( 20 to 25 cm) diameter cuts will take approximately 25 seconds. This performance may vary with user technique, chain sharpness, and hardness of the wood.

  3. What is PowerSharp® (the red lever) and how does it work?

    The chain saw has a built-in chain sharpening system. When the chain is dull or not cutting fast enough, bring the chain saw to full speed, pull the red lever for 3 to 5 seconds, and the chain will work like new. Expect approximately 10 to 20 resharpenings on an individual PowerSharp® chain depending on how much the chain was damaged prior to sharpening.

  4. Can a non-PowerSharp® type chain be used on the saw?

    Yes. Other chains can be used on the chain saw; however, the integrated sharpening feature will only work with PowerSharp chain. When installing another chain type, remove the sharpening stone as non-PowerSharp chains can be damaged by operating the red lever when a sharpening stone is installed. Any 3/8” Low Profile, .050 gauge chain with 52 drive links can be used as an alternate chain.

  5. Can I put a shorter or longer guide bar on the saw?

    It is not recommended to install a guide bar longer than 14 in. (35 cm). The chain saw has been designed with a 14 in. (35 cm) guide bar as the optimal length. Performance will decrease with a longer guide bar. Shorter guide bars with an A041 tail mount can be fitted to the chain saw.

  6. Does the saw use oil?

    Yes. Bar and chain oil is required to properly lubricate the cutting system. OREGON® bar and chain oil is recommended. Place the chain saw on its side and fill the oil resevoir accessed through the oil cap. Check oil level each time you recharge the battery and fill as needed.

  7. Is the knob on the cover for tightening the chain?

    No. The side cover knob tightens the guide bar against the chassis of the chain saw. Chain stretches in normal use and will need to be periodically re-tensioned. Use a screwdriver on the tension adjustment screw, located inboard of the guide bar on the front face of the chain saw, to adjust chain tension as described in the operator’s manual.

  8. How do I eject the battery?

    To remove the battery pack from the chain saw, lift up on the release lever located below the battery pack to the right side of the rear handle.

  9. If I overload the saw, will the battery or saw be damaged?

    No. The chain saw is equipped with multiple protection features and will stop running before damage occurs.

Handheld Blower, Model BL300

  1. How long does the Battery last?

    A 4.0 Battery will last up to 90 minutes when using the BL300 on its lowest setting. It will last 15 minutes with the trigger pulled all the way to the high setting and 7 minutes with the Turbo Button pressed. The variable trigger on the BL300 allows the user to pick their desired power level and corresponding battery runtime.

  2. How loud is my Blower?

    The BL300 was designed to be as quiet as possible. It is below 65 dB(A) when tested to ANSI B175.2. This is below the sound requirements for most areas that have bans on handheld blower noise.

  3. Why does my Turbo Button not work?

    If you use the BL300 with a B500S 1.25 Ah battery the Turbo Button will not function. The Blower will still operate with the variable trigger but the Turbo Button will not activate the turbo mode. The tool is designed this way to protect the Battery. The Turbo Button will function with all of the other OREGON® Battery Packs.

  4. Why is my Blower nozzle so difficult to install?

    In order to insure that the nozzle fits the tool properly, it’s engineered to be very tight. Be sure to match up the alignment lugs on the Blower tube with the alignment slots on the nozzle, then firmly attach the nozzle.

  5. How do I eject the Battery?

    To remove the Battery Pack form the Blower, lift up on the release lever located below the Battery Pack above the intake screen.

Hedge Trimmer, Model HT250

  1. How long does the battery last?

    A 2.4 Ah Battery Pack will last for approximately 60 minutes of run time in the HT250. This performance may vary with user technique and the type of hedge being cut. A 1.25 Ah Battery Pack will last approximately 50% of a 2.4 Ah Battery Pack.

  2. How do I turn on the tool?

    Grasp the front and rear handles firmly. Pull back on the trigger lock-out on the rear handle with your thumb while squeezing the variable speed trigger until the cutting blades move at the desired speed.

  3. Can the blade be sharpened or replaced?

    Yes. If the cutting blades are dull, blades can be file sharpened. If there is extensive damage, a replacement blade kit is available.

  4. What is proper blade maintenance?

    Before each use, inspect the cutting blades. Make sure the cutting blades are sharp, have no nicks or blunt edges, and do not hang up or catch when running the hedge trimmer. Periodically file away nicks and burrs on the blades to ensure they move freely.

    When cutting hedges with heavy sap or in dusty environments, buildup of sap and dirt can occasionally cause blades to stick. To prevent this blade stick condition, clean the blades with a light coating of liquid silicon lubricant only on the lubrication area of the cutting blades and run the blades briefly to evenly distribute the lubricant. Sharp and free-moving cutting blades cut more easily than dull or sticky ones.

  5. If I overload the hedge trimmer, will the battery or trimmer be damaged?

    No. The trimmer is equipped with multiple protection features and will stop running before damage occurs.

Pole Saw, Model PS250

  1. How long does the battery last?

    A 4.0 Ah Battery Pack will last up to 500 cuts per charge in 2 to 3 in. (5 to 7 cm) diameter limbs. This performance may vary with user technique, chain sharpness, size, and type of wood. A 2.4 Ah Battery Pack will make up to 325 cuts and a 1.25 Ah Battery Pack will make up to 160 cuts in the same size wood. Cuts per charge will drop significantly with increasing diameter wood.

  2. What length does the Pole Saw extend to?

    The Pole Saw extends from 7’3″ to 10’4″ (2.2 m to 3.15 m) in length allowing up to approximately 15 feet (4.57 m) of access (based on a 5’10” individual operating at a 60 degree angle).

  3. What types of chain can be used on the saw?

    Micro-Lite Narrow-Kerf 3/8″ Low-Pro .043 gauge saw chain (OREGON® R34, 90SG034G) is recommended, but any 3/8 Low-Pro .043 gauge chain with 34 drive links will work.

  4. Can I put another size guide bar on the saw?

    Other bars with an A041 tail mount will fit on the PS250, but it is not recommended and may void the product warranty.

  5. Does the saw use oil?

    Yes. Bar and chain oil is required to properly lubricate the cutting system. OREGON® bar and chain oil is recommended. Place the chain saw on its side and fill the oil reservoir accessed through the oil cap. Check oil level each before each use and fill as needed.

  6. Is the knob on the cover for tightening the chain?

    No. The side cover knob tightens the guide bar against the chassis of the chain saw. Chain stretches in normal use and will need to be periodically re-tensioned. Use a screwdriver on the tension adjustment screw, located inboard of the guide bar on the front face of the chain saw, to adjust chain tension as described in the operator’s manual.

  7. If I overload the saw, will the battery or saw be damaged?

    No. The pole saw is equipped with multiple protection features and will stop running before damage occurs.

Trimmer/Edger, Model ST275

  1. How long does the battery last?

    A 4.0 Ah Battery Pack will last up to approximately 45 minutes on one charge. This performance may vary with user technique and the type of grass or vegetation being trimmed. A 2.4 Ah Battery Pack will last up to approximately 30 minutes and a 1.25 Ah Battery Pack will last up to approximately 15 minutes.

  2. What is the difference between the ST250 and ST275?

    The ST275 Trimmer/Edger is the second generation trimmer/edger from the Cordless Tool System and has been reengineered for enhanced performance. Improved features include: patented gear drive technology for 50% more torque and power, a larger cutting swath, new and improved cutting head for longer run time, grass wrap shroud, less vibration and easier line loading, and a longer shaft for increased reach and improved ergonomics.

  3. How does the line advance?

    The trimmer/edger utilizes a bump feed trimmer head. To advance the line, bump the trimmer head on the ground while the trimmer/edger is on.

  4. Does the trimmer head need to be removed or opened to replace the line?

    No. The trimmer/edger is equipped with an easy reload trimmer head. It is not necessary to disassemble the head in order to replenish the trimmer line.

  5. Can other line be used in trimmer/edger?

    It is not recommended to use larger diameter or round line. The trimmer/edger has been designed to utilize twisted .080″ (2.0 mm) line for optimal performance and run time. Larger diameter line or round line will decrease performance and run time. However, the ST275 is capable of using either .080″ (2.0mm) or .095″ (2.4mm) trimmer line.

  6. Can other trimmer heads be used on this trimmer?

    No. The ST275 is designed to be used with OREGON® ST275 replacement trimmer head only.

  7. Can the handle be adjusted?

    Yes. The front handle on the trimmer/edger is adjustable. You can move the handle forward or backward along the shaft until it is in a comfortable position for trimming, clearing, or edging.

  8. How does the tool convert from trimmer to edger?

    The tool can quickly and easily be converted from trimmer to edger by simply flipping the edge guard down so that it protrudes from the trimmer and clicks into place.

  9. If I overload the trimmer/edger, will the battery or trimmer/edger be damaged?

    No. The trimmer/edger is equipped with multiple protection features and will stop running before damage occurs.

Trimmer/Edger, Model ST250

  1. How long does the battery last?

    A 4.0 Ah Battery Pack will last for up to approximately 40 minutes on one battery charge. This performance may vary with user technique and the type of grass or vegetation being trimmed. A 2.4 Ah Battery Pack will last for up to approximately 27 minutes and a 1.25 Ah Battery Pack will last for up to approximately 14 minutes.

  2. How does the line advance?

    The trimmer/edger utilizes a bump feed trimmer head. To advance the line, bump the trimmer head on the ground while the trimmer/edger is on.

  3. Does the trimmer head need to be removed to replace the line?

    No. The trimmer/edger is equipped with an easy reload trimmer head. It is not necessary to disassemble the head in order to replenish the trimmer line.

  4. Can other line be used in trimmer/edger?

    It is not recommended to use larger diameter or round line. The trimmer/edger has been designed to utilize twisted .080″ (2mm) line for optimal performance and run time. Larger diameter line or round line will decrease performance and run time.

  5. Can other trimmer heads be used on this trimmer?

    No. The ST250 is designed to be used with the OREGON® ST250 replacement trimmer head only.

  6. Can the handle be adjusted?

    Yes. The front handle on the trimmer/edger is adjustable. You can move the handle forward or backward along the shaft until it is in a comfortable position for trimming, clearing, or edging.

  7. How does the tool convert from trimmer to edger?

    The tool can quickly and easily be converted from trimmer to edger by simply flipping the edge guard down so that it protrudes from the trimmer and clicks into place.

  8. If I overload the trimmer/edger, will the battery or trimmer/edger be damaged?

    No. The trimmer/edger is equipped with multiple protection features and will stop running before damage occurs.

Chain Saw, Model CS300

  1. How long does the battery last?

    A 4.0 Ah Battery Pack will last up to 400 cuts per charge in 2 to 3 in. (5 to 7 cm) diameter limbs. This performance may vary with user technique, chain sharpness, size, and type of wood. A 2.4 Ah Battery Pack will make up to 250 cuts and a 1.25 Ah Battery Pack will make up to 125 cuts in the same size wood. Cuts per charge will drop significantly with increasing diameter wood.

  2. What is the difference between the CS300 and CS250?

    The CS300 features brushless motor technology, increased power and torque, letting the user get more work done. The bar length has increased from 14″ to 16″ on the CS300 and it features tool-less chain tensioning. The CS300 has retained the patented PowerSharp® self-sharpening chain technology so you’ll never have to cut with a dull chain again.

  3. How fast does the saw cut?

    In 3 to 6-in. (7 to 15 cm) diameter limbs, the chain saw will take approximately 3 seconds, while large 8 to 10-in. (20 to 25 cm) diameter cuts will take approximately 18 seconds. This performance may vary with user technique, chain sharpness, and hardness of the wood.

  4. What is PowerSharp® (the red lever) and how does it work?

    The chain saw has a built-in chain sharpening system. When the chain is dull or not cutting fast enough, bring the chain saw to full speed, pull the red lever for 3 to 5 seconds, and the chain will work like new. Expect approximately 10 to 20 resharpenings on an individual PowerSharp chain depending on how much the chain was damaged prior to sharpening.

  5. Can a non-PowerSharp® type chain be used on the saw?

    Yes. Other chains can be used on the chain saw; however, the integrated sharpening feature will only work with PowerSharp chain. When installing another chain type, remove the sharpening stone as non-PowerSharp chains can be damaged by operating the red lever when a sharpening stone is installed. Any 3/8-in. Low Profile™, .050″ gauge chain with 56 drive links can be used as an alternate chain.

  6. Can I put a shorter or longer guide bar on the saw?

    It is not recommended to install a guide bar longer than 16 in. (40 cm). The chain saw has been designed with a 16-in. (40 cm) guide bar as the optimal length. Performance will decrease with a longer guide bar. Shorter guide bars with an A041 tail mount can be fitted to the chain saw.

  7. Does the saw use oil?

    Yes. Bar and chain oil is required to properly lubricate the cutting system. OREGON® bar and chain oil is recommended. Place the chain saw on its side and fill the oil reservoir accessed through the oil cap. Check oil level each time you recharge the battery and fill as needed.

  8. How do I tighten the chain?

    Always remove the battery and wear gloves when tightening the chain. Loosen the side cover release knob 1.5 turns (counter-clockwise). Use the red tensioning ring to tighten the chain, clockwise adds tension. Once the chain is at desired tension, tighten the side cover release knob.

  9. How do I eject the battery?

    To remove the battery pack from the chain saw, lift up on the release lever located below the battery pack to the right side of the rear handle.

  10. If I overload the saw, will the battery or saw be damaged?

    No. The chain saw is equipped with multiple protection features and will stop running before damage occurs.