STIHL MS 150 T-CE arborist chainsaw

 STIHL MS 150 T-CE chainsaw - image:HW
STIHL MS 150 T-CE chainsaw - image:HW

It is not intended to take over from the respected 201, but this lightweight arborist saw may be something you want to add to your kit for those lighter pruning jobs.

Initially it is the size and weight of the 150T that gets the testers talking. "It's so lightweight. It's dinky and should appeal to anyone working in a tree," says Gardner. "You might think it is a bit Mickey Mouse - a bit of toy - but once you start using it you see the value."

Northard agrees: "It is highly manoeuvrable." But Chambers airs a word of caution. "Too lightweight can sometimes be bad," he suggests. "You have to remember it is still a chainsaw and as such should be respected," he points out.

The lack of weight certainly makes it easy to clip directly to the harness when needing to reposition within the tree. The metal loop at the base can easily be clipped to a karabiner.

Stihl ErgoStart means it is a doddle to fire up the machine. Cutting power is good and the quality of the cut is first rate. We used the new in Picco cutting attachment.

If we have a problem with this saw it is with the front hand guard. Gardner clicks the chain brake on and off. "You see, the chain brake does seem to flop on and off a bit too easily," says Northard. Gardner adds: "You need to release the chain brake slowly or it comes back on again."

Tested this issue

Makita EA3601F/EA3500F/EA4300F
Echo CS-390ESX
Hyundai HYC3816/HYC4618/HYC5620
Hyundai HYC36Li 36V
Hyundai HYC2610 Top-handled

The Review Panel

Jason Buckton, level 3 student, arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Darren Chambers, lecturer, arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Mike Cullen, head of arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Andre Gardner, manager, Cannington Centre for Land-based Studies, Bridgwater College
Gareth Martin, level 2 student, arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Simon Northard, level 3 student, arboriculture, Bridgwater College

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