Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of the testers using the Echo chainsaws preferred the smaller model. "The chain may be a bit slack," says one tester, putting down the 450.
Weight and balance are fine and we appreciate that this model also has the double-support hand shield makeover. "The chain brake activation is positive, though I would still prefer the smaller Echo saw if I needed to use one for any length of time," says another tester.
The tool-free access to the air filter is much appreciated on both the Echo machines and we are impressed by the sawdust discharge.
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.