FOCUS ON: Chain Saws

A staple to any landscape business, chain saws assist in a variety of tasks such as limbing trees, cutting logs or clearing heavy brush. The following products can save you time and effort. If you need more information about any of these chain saws, use the circle numbers provided at the end of each product description.

The Echo CS-510 chain saw gives tree care professionals and arborists cutting performance and functionality. Delivering speed, power and durability, the chain saw gives dependable, high-quality results. The CS-510 has a 49.3-cc Pro-V vertical engine, designed to run faster and longer than standard chain saw engines. The engine's Slope Advance Ignition System matches the ignition timing of the engine to the operating rpm, resulting in consistent power throughout the entire rpm range and easier engine starts.
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Efco introduces the 947, a versatile, all-purpose lightweight saw suitable for a variety of woodcutting applications. This saw has compression-release and purge primer for easy starting. It also has an accordion nylon mesh air filter and a compensating carburetor. With 3.1 hp, this saw has a 10.8-pound powerhead.
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Husqvarna's 353 chain saw is a powerful and versatile saw using a 3.3-hp engine. The product uses advanced engine technology, combining high power, low weight and rapid acceleration for optimum performance. It has a vibration dampening system that isolates the handles from the engine with rubber mounts or steel springs. The rubber suspension reduces vibrations in the carburetor, providing smoother operation and an extended product life.
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John Deere Pro-Series chain saws offer cutting speed, best power-to-weight ratio in class, ergonomic design and low vibration. The addition to this series of professional-grade saws includes the CS46 and CS52, each with a 16-inch and 18-inch bar option. The CS46 and CS52 saws' 45.01-cc and 51.7-cc engines have 3 and 3.4 hp, respectively. With powerhead weights of 10.8 pounds and 11 pounds, both saws come standard with compression valves for easy starting.
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The new Jonsered model CS 2152 Turbo offers more power and torque than its predecessor, with no added weight. The saw weighs 11 pounds, less bar and chain, with an engine displacement of 51.7 cc and a power output of 3.2 hp/2.4 kW. It has a magnesium crankcase, adjustable oiler and a quick-release latched top cover. Other features include a compression release for easy starting, a side access chain tensioner and a steel spring anti-vibration system for smooth cutting.
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The UC170DWD cordless chain saw from Makita has a chain-tip guard that helps prevent tool kickback and extends chain life. The electric brake stops within 0.5 second of trigger release. Standard hand guards protect hands from debris, and there is a conveniently located hex wrench for quick and easy blade changes and adjustments.
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The Milwaukee 6215 electric chain saw has a 16-inch bar and 1,800-feet-per-minute chain speed. This chain saw is lightweight with a quiet, smooth running motor. It starts instantly even in freezing temperatures. No flammable fuel is required, which omits engine exhaust. It has an adjustable clutch, which protects the motor and mechanism from harmful binding.
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The G5000 chain saw from RedMax is powered by RedMax's durable 49.3-cc engine and is offered with a 16-, 18- or 20-inch bar for heavy-duty cutting. To increase the saw's reliability, the G5000 is equipped with RedMax's exclusive patented dust-free intake and the company's closed transfer port. The crankcase is made of strong, lightweight magnesium and spark is delivered through a CDI ignition. The chain tensioner for this 11-pound saw is on the side for easy adjustment and worry-free operation.
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The RGC hand chain saw's lightweight, durable design reduces operator fatigue. An automatic adjustable chain oiler increases chain life and running time. This chain saw has nose sprockets on all bars and a dual action spool quickly changes from opened- to closed-center. A safety hand guard helps prevent accidental operation.
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The Shindaiwa 488 professional chain saw has a high chain speed and rim-style sprocket. The saw weighs 10.1 pounds and has a five-point anti-vibration system. Bar options range from 16 to 20 inches. This product also has a USFS-approved spark arrester.
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Stihl announces the new MS 270C WOOD BOSS and MS 280 to round out its line of mid-range chain saws. These chain saws provide low vibration and engine performance for firewood cutting and applications in farming, orchard and horticulture work, as well as for building and construction. These chain saws have essential user conveniences and an advanced ergonomic design. The anti-vibration system installed in the chain saws provides smooth operation.
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Weighing just 7.9 pounds, the Tanaka TCS-3401 limbing saw contains a 34-cc, 1.8-hp engine; 12- or 14-inch Oregon bar and chain; and multi-point anti-vibration system. The extreme weather switch allows you to switch between normal and extremely cold running conditions to keep the saw operating at peak performance. In addition, the thumb rest provides you with more precision and comfort when working in tight areas.
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