Efco 162

Considerable thought has gone into this saw, but our testers reckon there are a few points that let it down for forestry use.

For its size the 162 is not lacking in power. It has a few plastic parts but overall seems well built and strong. It’s a shame it feels so heavy to use. Dry weight is 5.5kg yet our testers found it a strain on the arms and shoulders.
“There are no problems starting it but in use there is a weight issue,” says one tester. “I wouldn’t want to use it all day.”
All our testers found good points and bad points. The decompressor helps starting but we are not sure about the primer bulb. Another tester says: “It’s fiddly and I wonder what would happen if the bulb was knocked off or punctured,” he says. “I don’t like the thought of petrol on the outside of the chainsaw.”
A tester investigates the waterproofing around the on/off rocker switch. “That’s a nice touch — the switch is well protected but it makes it fiddly to operate when you’ve got gloves on.”

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