Hello and welcome to my guide on the Neilsen Petrol Chain Saw With 20 Inch Saw 2.2KW which I purchased a few months ago and had enough actual usage time with it to form a well rounded and honest opinion about this large petrol driven chainsaw for only £65.
Should you buy one?
Well that depends.
Plus sides are the following!
Low overall price, what you actually get with the saw, power output, replacement chains are not expensive, not too difficult to start up.
Down sides are!
Drinks fuel, some issues with build quality, oil and fuel tanks can leak.
Compared to a petrol driven Ryobi chainsaw, this has far more power and far less hassle to start, the design of the chainsaw means you can hold the saw in place with your boot whilst you are starting it, leaving you two free hands.
To start : Fill with fuel and chain oil, switch on, pull choke lever out then pull start, on the first sign of ignition with the choke on push the choke lever back in to the normal position, pull start once or twice to get it going, leave for thirty seconds whilst engine warms up slightly.
The motor does vibrate slightly, but it is not an issue for occasional usage, I would not recommend this saw for daily use, but for the odd tree here and there, it is ideal.
Ease of use : easy enough, you won't be swearing aloud whilst using it or trying to start it, which is something I did with two different Ryobi models.
One tank of fuel : which is around 500 to 550ml lasts around 30 to 40 minutes, to prolong the lifespan of one tanks worth of fuel, only use whilst actual cutting, do not leave it on the floor wasting fuel whilst you do something else, this saw can withstand being shut off the started again with one pull repeatedly with no issues.
Mixer bottle : it comes with one that has clear marking, useful as you can have a spare load of fuel ready when on the job which is premixed, the only issue is that getting the fuel from the bottle to the tank does require a funnel, unless you want to waste some of the fuel in the process.
Safety kit the saw comes with : they do the job but no more, I'd recommend slightly more expensive P.P.E. when using a chainsaw of any kind.
Toolkit : A few basic tools, the usual socket and flat head screwdriver tool, blade file with can be useful, alain keys that are not worth a damn.
One tank of oil : Which is around 300ml of regular engine oil, a budget mineral brand I would recommend purely on cost, you use up one tank of oil to roughly every tank of fuel, good design feature to be honest as you are not second guessing when it will run out, motorcycle brand 1 litre bottles are the best bottles to use, especially the bottle which come with a thin pull out pouring nozzle, you can get oil in with no wastage at all.
Power : More than enough for most keen amateur jobs, goes though 16" pine trucks with not too much difficulty, don't apply too much weight to the bar whilst cutting, allow the blade to do the cutting for you.
Chain lifespan : I would recommend a replacement chain for every three to four hours worth of use, if you think that is not too long a lifespan, you can cut down and saw up 8 to 10 trees into manageable chunks with that amount of time if you are a wise user of your chainsaw.
2 stroke oil : I'd use Castrol garden 2 stroke for two reasons, it comes in handy 100ml bottles for low price and it turns the fuel a nice blue colour, so you will never put untreated fuel into your saw by accident.
Build quality : Not the greatest in the world if I am being honest, but for £65 what do you expect, I have half broken the pull cord already, but if you wear heavy duty gloves this is not a real problem.
Tank leaking issues : the "O" rings that seal the tanks can be a bit iffy, however replacement only costs a few pence, so it is not really an issue but can happen.
This saw is more than I hoped for considering the money spent on it, it has more power and better design than saw costing twice it's price, for the odd tree here and there this is the saw for you, but because of it's high fuel consumption and chain wear rate, I would not recommend it for professional use.
For anyone who needs to buy a replacement chain for this saw, the following information is vital for getting the right chain.
Pitch : 0.325" (spacing between teeth)
Gauge : 0.058" (thickness of drive chain)
Teeth : 76 (Number of actual teeth)
I hope I have been of help to you, this is my honest opinion about this budget petrol chainsaw.