Test Reports - Chainsaws

The newest technology-packed models are put through their paces by our review team, Sally Drury reports.


(click on the link to see the review)

Echo CS-420ES
Echo CS-450
Husqvarna 346 XP TrioBrake
Husqvarna 576 XP
Makita DCS 4301
Makita DCS 5030
Solo 665
Stihl MS 211C-BE
Stihl MS 441C-M
Stihl MS 362 and MS 391


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.

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