A chainsaw is a portable gasoline-, electric-, or battery-powered saw that cuts with a set of teeth attached to a rotating chain driven along a guide bar.Most likely the world’s first and only turbine powered chainsaw. A “one-off” designed and built by André Prager and Matt Santjer. Why?
source/image(PrtSc): André’s Projects
Because it hasn’t been done before! Fully functional, automatic start, zero vibration, superb power to weight ratio… if it only wouldn’t have 4 times the fuel consumption and the shooting flames!
The high-powered invention is the work of Andre Prager and Matt Santjer, who work for STIH, The saw useas a Wren Turboprop turbine fitted with a custom-made exhaust.
Starting with the body and guts of a Stihl chainsaw, a custom 6hp miniature turbine was added. The two stage turbine turns at incredible RPM with the first stage turning nearly 200,000 and the second stage turning at a seemingly relaxed 80,000. Video by blancolirio:
They use a centrifugal clutch that can be adjusted to engage the chain between 4,000 rpm and 18,000 rpm and they achieve those lower numbers with a custom made gearbox and belt drive to get the revs down to where it would not cause the chain to overspeed.The engine runs on a kerosene and oil mixture.STIHL have not confirmed whether the chainsaw may ever make it to the market, however it is being hailed as the first of its kind.