Makita DCS 5000

Our testers have never used Makita chainsaws. And with the livery of Makita tools bearing resemblance to more than one brand of domestic tool, this team of professional arborists are cautious at first. But they are in for a surprise. This machine is setting new standards and breaking a few records on the way.

The DCS 5000 is aimed fairly and squarely at the professional chainsaw operator. It's been designed to take on competition and is already finding favour.
"I reckon that it's a cracking saw," says one tester. "It's powerful but not too heavy. It's a good medium-sized ground saw."
The DCS 5000 has a 50cc engine and features the same high revving attributes as the bigger DCS 6400 chainsaw. What's more, with power output of 2.8kW and running at 13,500rpm, the 5000 has the flattest torque curve in its class. It also boasts the lowest vibration of any 50cc professional machine on the market - 4.7m/s2. Weight is just 5.1kg.
There is no problem with the chain brake and although one of the testers reports some "harshness" on starting, no one feels any vibration when using the saw. Maintenance of the saw also looks simple. Makita has obviously considered the need to reach components such as spark plugs and filters when using the saw in the field.
"Access to the air filter is very easy. There are just three clips," points out one tester. A full 12-month warranty and a national network of 60 service dealers back the DCS 5000. The saw, which runs on a 50:1 mix, is available with a choice of a 38cm or 45cm bar and there is a version with decompression starting. The fuel tank holds 0.47 litres and the oil sump 0.27 litres.

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