he team is also impressed with the starting mechanism. The system provides automatic inertia drive assistance, created by a cam-wound spring inside the cord reel that engages when the cord is tensed against the compression stroke of the engine. This means it takes the lightest pull on the cord to speed the crank through the compression stroke and ignition sequence and into the combustion cycle.
The word is out and suddenly the lads are queuing to use this easy-start, low-vibration saw. "I don't think this brand is well seen but it's a really brilliant saw. It's nicely weighted, got lovely balance and is comfortable to use," says Davies.
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
- - 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
Power output: 2.8hp
Bar length: 35cm, 40cm or 45cm
List price ex VAT: £474 with 35cm bar
Contact: Makita UK on 01908 211678