- Mar 4, 2009
The older Shindaiwa 488 and 300 chainsaws have chain brakes, but they are manually operated only. That means they probably will not stop the chain when you have a kickback. If you have an inertia brake, it will probably show a drop test in the user manual that simulates certain types of kickback. I had a very violent kickback with a 488 and when I returned from the hospital, the first thing I checked was the brake. It never engaged. If I had my Husky 50 in the same situation, I bet the brake would have set.