Chainsaw product guide
Dolmar, Echo, Efco
When living in the country, a chainsaw can be one of the most useful tools to have on hand. Whether you find yourself needing to cut some firewood, clear a trail, or clean out branches, a chainsaw can prove invaluable.
You may currently have an older model, but newer models can make all the difference. Most importantly, they're much safer than in the past, and they're also more powerful, easier to start, lighter in weight, and more comfortable to operate. Many models have antivibration technology, providing operator comfort and less fatigue.
When choosing a chainsaw, bigger isn't always better. In fact, larger saws are heavier and more tiring to use than smaller models. Longer cutting bars can sometimes be difficult to maneuver in tight spaces or when cutting smaller jobs. Alternatively, choosing a saw without enough power or cutting capacity can be dangerous. Most every model is available with a range of cutting bar lengths.
Assess the work you wish to complete before buying a chainsaw, then purchase an appropriate model. The gas-powered saws in this guide average about 50 cc of engine displacement, perfect for most acreage use.
The Dolmar PS-510 chainsaw offers a 50.4-cc engine with high torque for felling, stripping, and debranching. An Airmaster air filter system and toolless air filter maintenance make fixes quick and easy. The saw also features optimum chip flow through, an integrated chain brake, vibration damping, an adjustable automatic oil pump, and a half throttle lock. Available in 16-, 18-, and 20-inch bar lengths, the dry weight is 12.1 pounds. MSRP: $339.95.
Echo's CS-530 chainsaw features a 50.1-cc, two-stroke engine with power. A top-mounted air filter positioned away from dirt and debris provides quality air filtration. A Slope Advance Irrigation System senses engine speed for optimum performance, and a dual-post chain brake adds increased durability. Standard bar length is 20 inches with 16- and 18-inch lengths available. The saw's dry weight is 11.2 pounds. MSRP: $429.
Efco's 152 chainsaw features a 51.7-cc engine. The engine's linear torque-speed response ensures rapid and responsive acceleration for performance. A compression relief valve and primer bulb ensure easier pull starting. A steel driveshaft and two-ring piston provide reduced wear and longer life. Available in bar lengths of 16 and 18 inches, the saw's dry weight is 10.7 pounds. MSRP: $388.99 (18-inch bar).
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