The 441C-M is similar to the 441 but with one significant difference - it has no high/low speed adjustment. This machine has a self-tuning engine that is all down to sensors and solenoids. Stihl calls it M-tronic. We call it fantastic.
Before you fire up the saw, the system measures altitude and ambient temperature and decides how much fuel is needed to start it. This means it should be a doddle to start, no matter how difficult the conditions. Then it constantly measures fuel mixture and revs throughout the cut. We find it a powerful machine and one with really good cutting performance.
Looking after this chainsaw is also different to anything that has gone before. The 441C-M has a diagnostic kit - plug it in like a car or a tractor.
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: 4.2kW
Bar length: 45cm, 50cm or 63cm
List price ex VAT: £800
Contact: Stihl on 0800 137574