The Picco Duro has an ultra-sharp edge, is precision soldered and has a distinctive golden colour. It is a smooth runner, has low vibration and low kickback properties and makes the chainsaw easy and comfortable to use. It does costs around £30 more than a standard chain but is expected to last four or five times longer before requiring sharpening. But it has to be sharpened with a diamond-grinding wheel tool.
The 211 is a low-vibration compact chainsaw powered by Stihl's 2-MIX engine. This uses stratified-scavenging technology to reduce emissions by 70 per cent and improve fuel consumption by 20 per cent.
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: 2kW
Bar length: 35cm or 40cm
List price ex VAT: £331.91 for 35cm bar
Contact: Stihl on 0800 137574