Solo 665

Our testers have not come across this brand before but they quickly find the 665 to be a professional saw, designed and built for commercial use. The German-built unit is powerful and torquey.

Solo 665 chainsaw - image: HW
Solo 665 chainsaw - image: HW

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

TRAINEES

  • - 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

Displacement: 65.9cc

Power output: 3.6kW

Weight: 6.7kg

Bar length: 40cm or 45cm

List price ex VAT: £577.87

Contact: Lely UK on 01480 226800


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