20 September 1996

CHAINSAW BUYERS GUIDE

Chainsaw manufacturers offer a wide range of saws to suit the varied requirements of different users.

In this guide, compiled by Peter Hill, we list the models considered most suitable for farm use

THOUGH engine, guide bar and chain brake specifications differ, all chainsaw models listed feature anti-vibration mounts and automatic oiling of the cutting chain.

Manual chain brake operation relies on physical contact between the actuator – the front hand guard – and the operators arm or wrist; inertia chain brakes are activated by sudden and rapid movement of the saw and are therefore claimed to respond more immediately to the potentially dangerous "kick-back" that can result from a saw chain biting into a hard knot, nail or length of wire.

Newcomers to the buyers guide this year include the Efco range from Hemming & Wood and the Al-Ko models.

E P Barrus has added two models to its Oleo-Mac range from Italy. The 942 and 946 pack 42cc and 46cc engines respectively, 400mm (16in) guide bars and inertia chain brakes.

The Komatsu Zenoah range from Stratford Power gains one model, the 500AVS with a 49cc engine, 400mm (16in) bar and inertia brake.

The Poulan range, however, which has endured a chequered history of UK agents over the past few years, is off the scene again.


Make EngineGuideChain List

capacityWeightbar lengthbrakeprice ex

& modeland powerkg (lb)*cm (in)VAT(£)


Chainsaw buyers guide

MakeEngineGuideChainList

capacityWeightbar lengthbrakeprice ex

& modeland powerkg (lb)*cm (in)VAT(£)

Al-Ko Britain (01207-590295)

Al-Ko KB400032cc/1.8hp4.6 (10.1)40 (16)Man182.93

Al-Ko KB450038cc/2.2hp5.0 (11)40 (16)Man212.72

Alpina – Spaldings (01522-500600)

Truecraft P38038cc/2.3hp3.5 (7.7)**40 (16)Man194.16

Truecraft P70068cc/4.4hp6.4 (14.1)**50 (20)In463.81

Dolmar – Outdoor Power Products (0161-320 8100)

Dolmar PS-40139cc/2.2hp4.0 (8.8)30 (12)In270.00

35 (14)276.00

40 (16)282.00

Dolmar 11152cc/3.2hp4.6 (10.1)38 (15)In349.00

46 (18)354.00

Dolmar 115i52cc/3.6hp4.6 (10.1)38 (15)In385.00

46 (18)389.00

Dolmar 6000i60cc/4.1hp6.0 (13.2)38 (15)In425.00

46 (18)433.00

53 (21)439.00

Echo – Echo GB (01235-813936)

Echo CS340033cc/-3.3 (7.2)30 (12)Man289.32

Echo CS360036cc/-4.0 (8.8)38 (15)In378.68

Echo CS440044cc/-4.6 (10.1)41 (16)In502.09

Homelite – Saxon Industries (01488-682655)

Homelite 25241cc/ -4.9 (10.8)40 (16)Man268.09

46 (18)271.49

Homelite 30049cc/ -5.3 (11.7)46 (18)Man297.02

51 (20)302.13

Efco – Hemming & Wood (01543-256711)

Efco 14142cc/2.2hp4.9 (10.8)41 (16)In240.00

Efco 14646cc/2.7hp4.9 (10.8)41 (16)In255.00

Efco 15151cc/3.1hp4.9 (10.8)46 (18)In275.00

Husqvarna – Husqvarna Forest & Garden UK (01453-822382)

Husqvarna 3636cc/2.2hp4.5 (9.9)38 (15)In191.48

Husqvarna 4140cc/2.6hp4.6 (10.1)38 (15)In208.50

Husqvarna 4040cc/2.7hp4.7 (10.3)38 (15)In268.00

Husqvarna 4544cc/3.0hp4.7 (10.3)46 (18)In297.00

Husqvarna 4242cc/2.8hp4.7 (10.3)46 (18)In328.00

Husqvarna 5151cc/3.1hp5.2 (11.5)46 (18)In345.00

Husqvarna 5553cc/3.4hp5.2 (11.5)46 (18)In367.00

Husqvarna 6162cc/3.9hp6.1 (13.3)51 (20)In427.00

Jonsered – Partner Jonsered Power Products UK (01453-820305)

2041 Turbo40cc/2.7hp4.8 (10.6)33 (13)In265.00

38 (15)268.00

46 (18)271.00

2045 Turbo44cc/3hp4.8 (10.6)33 (13)In295.00

38 (15)298.00

46 (18)301.00

2050 Turbo50cc/3.3hp4.8 (10.6)33 (13)In329.00

38 (15)332.00

46 (18)335.00

2054 Turbo53cc/3hp5.2 (11.5)33 (13)In409.00

38 (15)412.00

Jonsered – Partner Jonsered Power Products UK (01453-820305)

(contd)

46 (18)415.00

62561cc/4.1hp6.2 (13.7)38 (15)In435.00

46 (18)438.00

51 (20)441.00

61 (24)445.00

Komatsu Zenoah – Stratford Power Garden Machinery (01789-294839)

G45545cc/ – 4.8 (10.5)46 (18)In445.00

G50049cc/ – 4.9 (10.8)40 (16)In455.00

46 (18)459.00

G56153cc/ – 5.5 (12.1)46 (18)In487.00

Makita – Makita UK (01908-211678)

Makita DCS43043cc/2.7hp4.6 (10.1)38 (15)In322.00

46 (18)328.00

Makita DCS52052cc/3.3hp4.6 (10.1)38 (15)In385.00

46 (18)390.00

McCulloch – Goblin (01924-892888)

ProMac 4040cc/2.4hp4.9 (10.8)41 (16)In212.76

ProMac 4646cc/3.2hp4.9 (10.8)46 (18)In238.29

ProMac 5554cc/3.5hp6.0 (13.2)46 (18)In323.40

ProMac 6059cc/3.8hp6.0 (13.2)50 (20)In340.42

Oleo-Mac – E P Barrus (01869-363636)

Oleo-Mac 935DF34cc/ – 3.9 (8.6)30 (12)Man203.40

Oleo-Mac 94242cc/ – 4.9 (10.8)40 (16)In245.96

Oleo-Mac 94646cc/ – 4.9 (10.8)40 (16)In246.81

Oleo-Mac 95151cc/ – 4.9 (10.8)46 (18)In280.00

Oleo-Mac 97071cc/ – 6.5 (14.3)50 (20)In450.21

NB: 935DF is a top handle design

Opem – Rock UK (01495-247278)

Opem K151cc/3.4hp5.5 (12)40 (16)Man319.00

Opem K256cc/4.0hp5.7 (12.5)46 (18)Man336.00

Opem K2 Super62cc/ – 5.8 (12.8)50 (20)Man382.00

Shindaiwa – PLM Power Products (01543-414477)

Shindaiwa 37737.7cc/2.5hp4.1 (9.0)33 (13)In391.45

38 (15)399.96

Shindaiwa 48847.9cc/3.5hp4.6 (10.1)33 (13)Man490.17

38 (15)495.28

46 (18)500.38

Shindaiwa 57557.3cc/4hp5.9 (13)33 (13)Man531.87

41 (16)536.13

46 (18)540.38

51 (20)544.64

Shindaiwa 68567.9cc/5hp6.0 (13.2)41 (16)Man553.15

46 (18)560.81

51 (20)568.47

56 (22)576.13

Shindaiwa 75773.5cc/5.6hp6.8 (14.9)41 (16)In587.19

46 (18)594.00

51 (20)600.81

56 (22)607.62

Shindaiwa 35735.5cc/2.5hp4.0 (8.8)30 (12)In 323.36

Shindaiwa – PLM Power Products (01543-414477)

(contd)

36 (14)331.87

Solo – LandMec (01752-698350)

Solo 63939cc/2.6hp4.5 (9.9)33 (13)In253.00

38 (15)255.00

Solo 64545cc/3hp4.5 (9.9)33 (13)In283.00

38 (15)285.00

Solo 651SP51cc/3.9hp4.9 (10.8)33 (13)In355.00

38 (15)359.00

46 (18)365.00

Solo 66263cc/4.3hp6.3 (13.8)41 (16)In462.00

46 (18)465.00

50 (20)469.00

Stihl – Andreas Stihl (01276-20202)

029 Farm Boss54cc/3.6hp5.9 (13)38 (15)In359.00

41 (16)365.00

46 (18)369.00

034 Wood Boss57cc/4hp5.5 (12)41 (16)In409.00

46 (18)419.00

039 Farm Boss64cc/4.3hp5.9 (13)41 (16)In419.00

46 (18)425.00

50 (20)429.00

* Dry weight excluding guide bar and chain; ** dry weight including guide bar and chain. Man chain brake operation relies on physical contact between actuator and operators arm or wrist; in chain brakes are activated by sudden and rapid movement of the saw.

Man=Manual. In=Inertia.


Make EngineGuideChain List

capacityWeightbar lengthbrakeprice ex

& modeland powerkg (lb)*cm (in)VAT(£)