Rated 2 out of 5Â by Gecko Cheap and cheerful chainsaw
Ok for light work but don't try anything too big. I bought one in August and it has died already. It's OK for cutting small logs and branches but anything substantial and it just will not cope.
Thankfully Screwfix are very happy to replace or refund mine , and I will opt to replace it when they get some back in stock because it's an Ok little saw good enough for most domestic work. I had the tree surgeons round to deal with the big stuff and they did laugh a bit at my chainsaw....but remember it only costs about 1/10th of theirs :)
20 Oct 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Pr914 Great value
Pretty ideal for cutting up logs in the garden.
Tested against a petrol Husqvarna 445 and, as you might expect, the Husq had more power but there wasn't a whole hill of beans in it and for sawing up 12" logs both were excellent.
This electric one is much lighter which makes it easier to manage and a bit quieter and will have lower servicing costs.
It uses a standard oregon chain so no problems replacing it.
Safety break works very well. Chain stops instantly while motor winds down.
Only -ve is the plastic toothed bumper which seems a bit cheap. Metal would be better but it works OK.
If you're new to chainsaws, don't forget, any saw with a blunt chain is useless so you'll need a sharpening kit for this specific chain (around Â£15).
Also, as it can damage you just as much as a 'proper' petrol chainsaw, you'll need to allow for helmet (Â£25), trousers (Â£70), gloves (Â£15) and boots (Â£40) if you're just getting started.
A U shaped saw horse will allow you to saw several smaller logs at once and keep the chain out of the mud (which really blunts it). (Â£60 ish)
So the cost of the saw is minimal compared to all the other gubbins required for any chain saw.
At this price (Â£60), for non-pro use near a mains supply, I'd say it's a no-brainer. Hope this helps someone.
17 Oct 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by penarthjiffy Good Value
Bought this two days ago. Only one left in the area all other Screwfix stores had sold out halfway into "offer period" (Â£15 off). Had to travel 20 miles to only store with one left, Assembly instructions could be easier by way of one page quick step illustrations though soon put together. Thought on switching on that it was faulty and wouldn't work but realised the safety cut off handle was on. Sounds very powerful and is sturdy. Given ratings for performance and reliability but yet to use..
16 Oct 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Graham1871 Great while it lasted!
This was a great cheap and cheerful chainsaw... for a year until it died! It did get a fair amount of use for a year for cutting up logs. It is amazing value for money considering the cost of just the chain itself and does have safety cut off. It's also good for cutting pretty big wood due to the size. As it's light it's very easy to use. No real problems at all.
The chain was sharpened quite a lot and it was still cutting well until it started randomly cutting out. This got more regular until it refused to start at all. Now I assume something was shorting out as it now also flicked the switch on the fuseboard! As it was a few days outside a year I took a look inside but nothing obvious.
Now I need to decide if I get another on the basis that it's good value for a years use or spend a bit more on something that will last longer.
15 Oct 2014