Tanaka ECV4501

Just look at the price. But what do you get for £331? Actually, in this case, you get quite a lot.
The 43cc saw is fitted as standard with a 38cm bar, but has a 45cm option. It has a vertical cylinder, intended for smooth running and cutting power, and a decompression system for fast and easy starting. The AirForce air filtration system is designed to remove particles from the air intake system in order to increase performance and prolong the life of the engine. And, naturally, there is an inertia-activated chain brake to stop the chain instantly.
For the test, this saw proves to be lacking in power. It is a nicely balanced saw and, at 4kg, is a handy and comfortable saw to operate but as our tester tries to push it through the trunk of the felled tree, the power drops off. “You have to keep lifting the saw to keep the revs up but I reckon it would make a good saw for ringing up and maybe thinning small trees,” he says.
The handles are good for gripping but, although there is no problem with the front handle, one of the testers does report some vibration coming from the rear handle.
We test the chain brake. “It comes on easily enough but seems to be a bit delicate,” notes a tester. He does, however, like the operation and location of the on/off switch on this model. The tester explains: “It’s in a good place and very easy to use. Down for off is good — it’s much easier to push down on a switch than it is to pull up when you need to stop the saw.”
This model, perhaps, is not a saw that a tree surgeon will want to use all day long, but it could prove suitable for the estate manager needing to do a quality job at a keen price.

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