Hyundai HYC3816 petrol chainsaw

Hyundai has only been in the UK outdoor power tool market for a couple of years but already the company has a broad offering, including three chainsaws that are aimed at ground workers.

HYC3816 is the entry-level model and intended for domestic, estate and light commercial duties - whether logging, fencing or tree and hedge work. Moving through the series, model 4618 is a general-purpose saw, again suited to domestic and light professional users, while the 5620 is the power punching 56cc flagship model.

Inspection reveals some rough seams. "They made it but didn't finish it," says Martin. As with the Makitas, we would like spanner slots to help loosen the nut holding the air filter cover in place. We would also appreciate felling sight lines.

Some flex in the front hand-guard is noted, along with a somewhat eager chain brake on the 5620, but whatever is missing in the features department is more than made up for in performance - and these chainsaws have Oregon bars.

"The Hyundais are really easy to start, especially the biggest one," notes Buckton. "They feel nice, well balanced, and they cut nicely too."

Hyundai may be the new kid on the block in terms of chainsaws but we are impressed with these models. We are even more impressed when we learn the prices. These are ideal saws for use on the farm or estate.

Model: HYC3816/HYC4618/HYC5620
Engine: 38cc/46cc/43cc
Output: n/a/2.4hp/3.2hp
Weight: 5.3kg/8kg/8.5kg
Bar sizes: 40cm/46cm/50cm
Suggested retail price (SRP): £156.25/£193.75/£208.75
- all + VAT
Tel: Genpower - 01646 687880

Tested this issue

Makita EA3601F/EA3500F/EA4300F
Echo CS-390ESX
Hyundai HYC3816/HYC4618/HYC5620
Hyundai HYC36Li 36V
Hyundai HYC2610 Top-handled

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

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