It is powered by the latest-generation Solo two-stroke engine with nickel/silicon-coated cylinder walls and Solo four-port transfer system. Emissions from this engine have been reduced by up to 75 per cent and fuel economy improved by 20 per cent, so if you have not tried Solo for a while you should notice a difference. Fitted with an Oregon bar, this is a nice saw to use.
"It's a clean machine and it cuts very quickly," notes Richards. "It's got plenty of power and doesn't worry about the size of the log - it just goes straight through. It didn't even struggle with the seasoned beech."
The chain brake is positioned a little further away than we like but is still positive to use. All other controls are located where they are simple to operate. Being a big saw, the 665 has a weight issue. It is not noticeable when you are cutting, but we reckon it would tell on the arms if carried long distances.
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: 3.6kW
Bar length: 40cm or 45cm
List price ex VAT: £577.87
Contact: Lely UK on 01480 226800