Shindaiwa EC7500 cut-off saw

It may not be the most stylish cut-off saw in the business but behind its traditional appearance the Shindaiwa really packs a punch, providing ample power and performance to do the toughest of jobs. Combined with Shindaiwa reliability, this makes the machine worth a closer look. On test day it effortlessly slides through sandstone and slices through concrete slabs.

With a 30.5cm wheel, the EC7500 is the smaller of two cut-off saws from Oregon-based Shindaiwa Incorporated. The other, the EC7600, differs by having an extra five-centimetre capacity.
Starting the saw is simple. There's a small, but easily accessible, on/off toggle switch and a choke at the back to help with cold starts. Then it's just a case of pulling the recoil starter rope. The starting mechanism is sealed against dust. The latest version of this model also features an engine decompression valve for easy starting.
A Walbro compensating carburettor meters the 25:1 fuel and there is a sealed air-filter system to stop dust infiltrating the carburettor and damaging the engine. Below the sealed side cover is a multi-ribbed V-belt. The tester is impressed by its easy adjustment and external indicator that confirms the belt is correctly tensioned. There is a six-point anti-vibration system.
"The handles are easy to grip, even when you are wearing thick gloves, and vibration is certainly not excessive for this type of machine. The weight is good and the whole unit is evenly balanced and easy to use," he says.
A castor set and dust-suppression water kit are available as options for the EC7500. Dust generation during the test was not excessive and the quickness of this saw means dust is produces over a shorter cutting time. "It might be the damp conditions but this cut-off saw doesn't seem to generate as much dust as some," our tester comments. "The availability of a water kit is important. If you are working in someone's garden, you have to be careful not to cover the plants, the car and the windowsills with dust."

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