We like the shape and the handle arrangement and there is no doubting the robustness. The first thing we notice, however, is that the front hand shield is now supported either side of the saw body. This new feature vastly improves the operation of the chain brake and ensures minimal flex in the shield and no delay in bringing the chain to a halt.
"It's a good saw," says Branch. "The Easy Start mechanism would be really useful when you have been using the saw all day. But I find the on/off takes a bit of getting used to."
The 420 has a semi automatic carb and a clutch-related oil pump so that when the saw is at tickover it is not pumping oil onto the guide bar.
THE REVIEW PANEL
Caroline Bartlett, learning support co-ordinator, Cannington Centre for Land-Based Studies, Bridgwater College, Somerset
Darren Chambers, arboriculture tutor, Cannington Centre for Land-Based Studies, Bridgwater College, Somerset
- - Joe Branch
- - Hayden Davies
- - Mark Evans
- - Jack Malone
- - Jack Nicolas
- - Dave Richards
We took a range of new chainsaws to the Cannington Centre for Land-Based Studies at Bridgwater College in Somerset and asked tutors and trainees for their opinions.
We find out why Makita is confident its 4301 is going to be popular, look at the latest upgrades from Echo, try a Solo chainsaw for the first time and consider the advantages of the latest technology-packed Stihls and Husqvarnas. Conditions on the day were dry, warm and sunny.
AT A GLANCE
Power output: 1.6kW
Bar length: 38cm
List price ex VAT: £379
Contact: Echo on 01844 263886