Battery power has come to the fore over the past few years so we are not surprised to see that Hyundai has developed the HYC36Li. It uses the same 36V battery as fits in the company's line trimmer, hedge trimmer and rotary mower.
Mention batteries and everyone wants to know the runtime and charge time. Hyundai does not disappoint. Runtime is 30-90 minutes depending on the timber and it takes 90 minutes to recharge. Expect 1,000 charges. Should you have a lot of work to do, a second battery will only cost an extra £48.
The quick tool-less tensioning on this saw suggests it is suitable for domestic use. There is also an oil fill indicator. What we would like to see is a light to indicate "live". In all other respects this is great little saw and should appeal to anyone trying to keep the noise down.
Chambers tests it against the college's Husqvarna battery saw. "It is heavier than the Husky but quieter," he notes. "This is ideal for those work places where you don't want noise pollution." The battery is well sealed. We reckon this saw is a good, clean alternative to petrol engines.
Battery: 36V Samsung 2.6Ah lithium-ion
Weight: 5.7kg (including battery)
Bar sizes: 30.5cm Oregon bar
No load rpm: 4,400
Chain speed: 8m/s
SRP: £255.36 + VAT (including battery and charger)
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