Although M2M also features on the 4301, it is best noticed on the 5030 - being a bigger saw, you expect more vibration. In fact, vibration on this 50cc unit is reported to be 4.7m/sec2 (ISO: 7505).
The vibrating mass - engine, bar and chain - is isolated from other parts of the chainsaw, which is more effective than damping the handles alone. Effective vibration damping reduces the physical stress of working with a chainsaw, so hands remain steady when cutting and the guide bar can be used safely and accurately.
Makita chainsaws continue to feature lateral chain tensioning and tool-free filter access. Heralding a change in Makita's livery, the DCS 5030 and 4301 have a black top.
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: 3.8hp
Bar length: 38cm or 45cm
List price ex VAT: £727 with 45cm bar
Contact: Makita UK on 01908 211678