Echo CS-420ES

Upgraded from the CS-4200ES, the new CS-420ES has a number of nice features and is one of the lads' favourite saws on test day. Malone is particularly impressed by the weight, balance and handling of this machine.

Echo CS-420ES - image: HW
Echo CS-420ES - image: HW

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

TRAINEES

  • - 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

Displacement: 40.2cc

Power output: 1.6kW

Weight: 4.6kg

Bar length: 38cm

List price ex VAT: £379

Contact: Echo on 01844 263886


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