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  1. Hi all, new to the site. I was hoping to get a little advice for my first chainsaw. I’ve used my dads husky over the years but want to bite the bullet. My mind is set in getting a MAKITA EA4300F45C 43CC. I was originally going to get the Husqvarna 435 mk2 but having looked at all the advice people have got in the past in these forums and others the Makita sound like a great piece of equipment for what I want it for. I hope this isn’t a stupid question but if I do buy this, will I struggle to get it serviced or would any know where to go if I needed to. I’m based in Armagh Northern Ireland and the Husqvarna seems to be a safe option for servicing down the line as it’s sold nearby. Gosford equipment Ltd. do sell dolmars and Makita but look like they have very few compared to other brands. Hoping to get my certs done (cs30,31,32,34) with this saw when all the dust settles around us and mostly use it for firewood on a regular enough basis. I wouldn’t be felling at the moment as most of the wood is lying but would ideally love to get into working with it eventually. Any advice would be great ?
  2. Ive got into doing a bit of climbing lately (bit of a hobby), and my trusty husqvarna 41 has finally blown up, and i dont fancy swinging the 560 around up a tree. Hence i now need top handle saw, dont want to spend more than 300+ vat, not too fussed whether 30 or 40cc as each has its advantages. Narrowed it down to Makita, tanaka, efco, solo, echo. Which make and model of these top handles is the best saw in your experience? Cheers
  3. I am looking to get a 50cc saw, I prize reliability and good engineering, and have been impressed with a smaller Makita / Dolmar 34, and 3501. I also have a Still 390. In practice I tend to go for the lightest saw that will do the job at hand as the Stihl gives me backache and the air filter clogs up quickly! I want a professional saw that will last me a long time, and I don't necessarilly want the latest gizmos and catalytic converters if they just add to the weight and reduce reliability, although easy start does appeal! FR Jones are doing good deals on the Husky 550, 10-15% off + spare bars and chains chucked in, but judging by comments it is not the most reliable saw out there ... The professional Makita 5000 appeals to me, as does the the Dolmar 5105 series or the older design Dolmar 115. Spare parts and servicing are a slight concern if I go for the Dolmar, are they readily available? I also hear good things about the Stihl 260. Which would you professionals go for, and are there any other brands I should look at in the 50cc range, or am I looking at the "best" saws available?
  4. Hi Guys I have a huge Oak tree to buck, it was felled last year and is getting harder as we speak. It is 7 ft diameter at the base, and lying flat in a field. I have a couple of small Makitas, and a Stihl 390 with a 20" bar. I am thinking of getting a new Makita 9010 and understand that it is the same as the Dolmar, but just a different colour. I want a saw that will do the job and last, and I understand that the Dolmar Makita is an old proven but heavy design. When bucking, the weight of the saw will not be a concern, but I am worried about starting a 90 cc monster with no decompression valve. Have any users had experience with the saw, and is it easy to start? As regards bars, again I understand that the studs can be changed to fit longer bars, but would this invalidate the Makita 3 year warranty? It would come with a 30" bar as standard, but that would not go through the 7" diameter trunk, so I would have to cut the trunk into smaller pieces. Is it worth buying the Makita, and should I stick with the standard bar, or go for a modified one that would take longer bars, or should I persevere with my 20" Still and just spend the money on lots of shiny chains? One last question, are the Oregon M chains worth using in hard oak? Many thanks
  5. Just bought the ms150 the other day - it's really nice to use. The power is obviously not up to the 020 standard but it comes with a tiny baby chain which improves cutting speed - I was surprised, it's not a bad little saw at all. My mate has a small Makita DCS230T so we decided to make a video of them against one another, place your bets now...... [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc3PMWjIO_c]Stihl vs Makita Top Handle Saws - YouTube[/ame]
  6. Hi I've got a Makita DCS3410TH that I bought in France three years ago. It's been sat idle in the garage for eighteen months, and won't start now. Not being a mechanic I'm scrabbling around for info to try and avoid having to pay someone to change a widget and get it back up and running. What are the things I should check out? Something dried out.......?
  7. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTGBkjAHrwU]Makita 18v Cordless Chainsaw Test[/ame]


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