The Mark II T540 XP comes with three different sizes of top handle - simply fit the one that matches the size of your hand. That might sound like a gimmick, but the balance of a saw can be severely affected by the operator's grip and anything that improves comfort and safety while working in the tree has to be a bonus.
This saw has lots of features we like. The Auto-return stop switch should mean no flooding. There is a window to keep a check on the fuel level. For climbing efficiency, a secondary eyelet has been added for easy connection to a harness-mounted hook. Importantly, the front guard/chain brake has two supports to give stability and cut-out sections so you can see the tip of the saw while working.
The TechLite bar, also of interest, is 18 per cent lighter than that of a traditional chainsaw, so aiding balance and manoeuvrability, but it has increased rigidity.
Husqvarna's X-Torq engine technology is harnessed by this chainsaw to reduce emissions in the tree canopy, while the AutoTune feature adjusts the engine settings based on conditions.
We are told that warm-starting issues have been rectified. We need to put it to work in the trees and report back.
Engine displacement: 37.7cc
Power output: 1.8kW
Chain speed at max power: 19.4m/s
Max power speed: 10,200rpm
Idling speed: 3,000rpm
Max torque: 1.79Nm
Fuel tank capacity: 0.34 litres
Oil tank capacity: 0.2 litres
Recommended bar max/min: 16in/12in
Chain pitch: 3/8in
Chain gauge: 0.05in
Sound pressure level at operator's ears: 104dB(A)
Sound power level, guaranteed: (LWA) 116dB(A)
Vibration levels: 3.1m/s2 front, 3.2m/s2 top
Weight excluding cutting equipment: 3.9kg
Price: £625 with 12in bar, including VAT
Tel: Husqvarna UK - 0844 243 5263
Tested This Issue
- Husqvarna 536Li XP
- Husqvarna 545
- Stihl MS 261 C-M
- Husqvarna 560 XP
- Husqvarna 450
- Husqvarna T540 XP II
- Stihl MSA 160 C-BQ & MSA 200 C-BQ
Darren Chambers, arboriculture teacher and apprenticeship assessor, Bridgwater College; Claire Prangley, gardener, Cannington Campus and Walled Gardens; Jim Doble, Sedgemoor Tree Services; Joe Taylor, Mendip Trees & Landscapes; Mike Cullen, head of arboriculture, Bridgwater College.
Perhaps more than any other power tool, the chainsaw is a matter of personal preference. Depending on the task, different users may want a compact, powerful, top-handled or even battery saw. But with so much choice available, there should be something for everybody.
We put a wide range to test at Bridgwater College's arboriculture department. We look at the Stihl 261 C-M, a popular machine recently improved. Four petrol models from Husqvarna include updated units and the Mark II top handle. Then we consider rear-handled battery chainsaws from Husqvarna and Stihl.
Conditions on the day were warm and sunny. Note: the Mark II T540 XP is for use by professional arborists only and should not be used on the ground. Lacking time to rig up, we gave it a thorough inspection but hope to run it on another occasion.