Another tester likes the DCS520 as well, though at first he didn’t think he would. “I thought the chainbrake was going to be awkward — it’s right on your hand when you’ve got gloves on — but it is surprisingly easy to apply,” he says.
The 520 is well designed in terms of switches, controls and accessibility. The Y-shaped choke is easy to operate, even with gloves, and is simple and well protected. The on/off switch is clearly positioned and comfortable to use. The side plate is easy to take off. Large nuts take the frustration out of getting to the air filter and spark plug. And the nuts are tied in so you can’t lose them.
In use, one tester finds the DCS520 struggles a little with a 45cm bar and he reckons the long bar makes it slightly unbalanced. “I think it would be better with a 15in [38cm] bar,” he says.
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