Husqvarna 346 XP TrioBrake

The XPs are professional saws and the 346 is for professional logging. It is built to survive life in the commercial world, having a magnesium crankcase and a forged three-piece crankshaft.

Husqvarna 3346 XP TrioBrake - image: HW
Husqvarna 3346 XP TrioBrake - image: HW

he 346 XP is stuffed with technology - including Smart Start and a centrifugal air cleaning system. On top of all that, this chainsaw accelerates quickly and it has plenty of power.

TrioBrake means the chain can be stopped by inertia via the front hand shield or the brake activator at the rear (a right-handed trigger). Some testers think this is a good idea. "Anything that increases safety is a bonus," says one. But for others it simply gets in the way. "When I crouch to do a low cut, I nearly catch the brake," Evans points out.

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: 50.1cc

Power output: 2.7kW

Weight: 5kg

Bar length: 33cm to 50cm

List price ex VAT: £502

Contact: Husqvarna on 0844 844567


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