We have to be honest. Hyundai's professional top-handled saw has some issues. Firstly, we cannot fit a normal sized karabiner through the small hole. Neither will a lanyard thread through. In addition, the choke is not protected and potentially could snap off as the saw is hauled into the tree.
In use we find the front hand guard is far too close to the hand grip and it has some flex in it, reducing our confidence in the responsiveness of the chain brake. The hand guard is also solid - there are no viewing holes or slits so, depending on the cut you are trying to achieve, visibility of the blade can be impaired.
We have talked to Hyundai about these issues and are hopeful that they will be addressed because, in all other respects, this is a nice top-handled chainsaw. It is lightweight, well balanced, manoeuvrable, has a world-renowned Oregon bar and it cuts well.
Bar size: 25.5cm
SRP: £178.75 + VAT
Tel: Genpower - 01646 687880
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The Review Panel
Jason Buckton, level 3 student, arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Darren Chambers, lecturer, arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Mike Cullen, head of arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Andre Gardner, manager, Cannington Centre for Land-based Studies, Bridgwater College
Gareth Martin, level 2 student, arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Simon Northard, level 3 student, arboriculture, Bridgwater College