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Hitachi Chainsaws

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Aled Owen, May 1, 2010.

  1. Aled Owen

    Aled Owen ArboristSite Member

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    I'm sorry I keep bringing these topics up but I want my first petrol chainsaw to be a good one.

    Anyway I've had a look at Hitachi's range of chainsaws and other gardening powertools and it all looks well and good. They seem lightweight and some of them are rebranded to Tanaka.

    For my first saw I was thinking either this or the slightly more powerful CS33EA.

    The first one has been rebranded under Tanaka, I saw it at a Stihl dealership a couple of weeks ago, they seem pretty sturdy chainsaws. What do you guys think about them?
     
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    gilraine AboristSite Guru

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    follow your sig line and get the MS211, skip all the Grey market junk..
     
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    1.That is not quite correct. Tanaka is now part of the Hitachi corporation.

    2. I donot understand how the two are different in power because on the homepage they are both 32.2cc with either 1.25kw or 1.2kw. The difference is so marginal you will never notice it.

    I believe you will get the same quality as with Stihl, Husqvarna, Dolmar/Makita, Echo, Efco/Oleo Mak or Solo in the same price range. Personaly I donot have any sawing experience with this saw model, but I have handled it a few times in the store and have the impression it will stand up just as well as my Stihl 180.

    Go for it and give us a feedback! There are many different excellent brands out there, some people here just don't want to hear from them.

    Don't forget ppe!

    Good luck!

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    Alright thanks for the feedback man :)

    Woops I must've got the wrong one, or otherwise imagined there was a power difference :S - Stoopid me :)

    Anyway the first one I linked to is defiantly re-branded to Tanaka, I thought it might be a good investment as I've had good experience with Hitachi electronics (a different manufacturing plant but still) and the quality assurance might be the same.

    There's a Tanaka dealer nearby who I know sell the first saw, for the sake of being picky I'd rather have it branded under Hitachi but I'll go down there sometime and try to get a demo of it in action to see what it's like.

    Would be a good first-saw if it works well etc.
     
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    1. No problem, happens to all of us.

    2. Definately! Why shouldn't it be good first saw? It has enough power for around the house and minor firewood work. I'm sure the quality is up to Hitachi standards.

    I must say that I found Stihl chain to be the best.

    Go for it! Don't forget ppe(personal protection equipment)!

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    These could be interesting, but I don't know who is going to cover the supposed seven year warranty.
     
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    Aled Owen ArboristSite Member

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    > Go for it! Don't forget ppe(personal protection equipment)!

    Got me some today actually, Stihl helmet/visor/earmuffs, just need some boots and perhaps chainsaw trousers then I'm set.

    It looks like Tanaka would provide spares, I don't hear a lot about Tanaka around these forums, perhaps I'm just not looking hard enough though.
     
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    You don't hear alot about them because there is so little to report. I donot have any personal experience with them because over here I just can't afford them. But as far as I have understood in this and quite a few other forums they are just the typical japanese equipment. Totally hassle free!

    Great to hear you started out with the safety department first! :clap: Now go get them chaps & boots! When you get them I believe you'll be in line for some rep! :cheers:

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    I would be worried about parts.
    Can you find them?
     
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    The saws I have been quoting on the top the CS33 cost here in Austria 200€~240$. A Stihl 180 costs approx. 300€~360$. I paid for a spare air filter for my 180 10€~12$! If the Hitachi had been available at the time I bought my 180 I would have bought it without hesitation.
    If you have a Tanaka dealer, or in todays reality access to the internet, spare parts are always available. If you are dependent on a saw you donot buy a single small homeowner saw without local support and hope to survive. These saws are made for the homeowner who wants to cut some branches, some firewood, some blowdowns and other small chores. If it breaks the repair is often not finacially feasable. Let's be realistic. How often does a new saw need parts in such a setting? Of course if we are talking about the Dolmar 5100 they die reel often.... :laugh:

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    Hitachi Chain saws

    Hi Everyone
    I have 3 Hitachi 16 Inch Model # CS33EB chainsaws The problem is I can not get them to stay running They will start then they shut down,If I try speeding it up it will shut down.
    I have cleaned the units and installed new plugs. I was thinking maybe there is a bad hose some where. Any Information is welcomed.

    Thanks GB :msp_cool:
    Help My arm is getting sore also does anyone have any information on tying the chain saw down so I can bench start them.:biggrinbounce2:
     
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    No real help on fixing them, never worked on one. For bench starting I clamp the bar in a vise. Make sure you clamp it tight, you don't want them to come out at all when that chain is spinning. OK I thought a little while typing the vise trick. As soon as the saw stalls pull the plug and see what it looks like. If its wet too much fuel if its dry too little. And its kinda weird you have three and they all do the same thing, did they site to long with ethanol gasoline killing there carbs?? Good luck, if you find anything post it up.

    oh yeah check compression
     
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    Hitachi chainsaw

    gbelect: Did you get your Hitachi's running? I bought one and am having similar problems. Took a lot of pulls (over 20) to finally get it started. Now, it won't rev cleanly or idle properly. I've tried adjusting the h, l, and idle screws but can't get it sorted out. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
     

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